Intro to Adobe InDesign
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Intro to Adobe InDesign

Learn Adobe InDesign with design expert Joseph Caserto
4.8 (97 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,789 students enrolled
Created by Joseph Caserto
Last updated 2/2013
English
Price: $25
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Includes:
  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
Launch InDesign; customize Preferences and Workspaces.
Create Documents and Templates.
Draw objects and transform them(change size, scale, angle, etc.).
Use objects to hold text and graphics.
Format text and transform graphics.
Work with Swatches and Styles to save time and boost efficiency.
and much more...
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Description

Adobe revolutionized the publishing world when it introduced InDesign over a decade ago, and InDesign is now the publishing industry standard. However, its power isn't limited to producing print and digital magazines. It can be used to create virtually any type of material, such as collateral and packaging. With the release of Creative Suite 5.5, InDesign gained digital publishing capabilities built right in, for easier publication on tablets like the Apple iPad, and the Samsung Galaxy and other Android-based devices.

Learning InDesign is not optional. For the past several years, every working print designer has been expected to learn InDesign. With the explosion of digital publishing, mastering InDesign is even more critical. This InDesign course for beginners will get you up and running, and give you a solid foundation upon which to build your skills. Once you're done, you'll be able to build layouts that contain graphics and large amounts of text that flows between multiple pages. Lectures are shown in CS 5.5, but everything covered works in even the most current version of the software, which is InDesign CC (Creative Cloud).

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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 53 Lectures Collapse All 53 Lectures 05:59:27
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Introduction
1 Lecture 02:28

Instructor bio; a note for users of versions earlier than InDesign CS5; tips for PC users

Preview 02:28
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Getting Started
3 Lectures 33:21

Opening and setting up the application

Preview 08:59

A look around the application

The InDesign Interface
10:43

Preparing to work

Settings, Files and Guides
13:39
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Working with Objects
6 Lectures 43:26

Shapes and Frames

Drawing Objects
09:54

Changing size, scaling, rotating, skewing

Transform Objects
12:39

Applying color to an object's fill and stroke

Adding Color
07:01

Applying formatting to paths

Working With Strokes
06:38

Applying color quickly

Tips for Working with Color
03:20

A brief rundown of this section

Review: Working with Objects
03:54
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Exercise 1: Objects
3 Lectures 19:48

OBJECTIVES:

• Build a two page document, and add guides to it.

• Draw and position objects of different shapes and sizes.

• Apply colors to object fills and strokes.

Instructions for Exercise 1: Objects
1 page

Demonstration of the solution for this Exercise

Step-by-Step: Exercise 1: Objects, Part I
10:29

Demonstration of the solution for this Exercise

Step-by-Step: Exercise 1: Objects, Part II
09:19
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Objects Bonus
1 Lecture 06:01

Combining multiple objects and changing their order from top to bottom

Grouping and Stacking
06:01

Test your knowledge about getting started and working with objects. Choose the best answer for each of these ten multiple choice questions.

Sections 1-5
10 questions
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Working with Type
5 Lectures 40:11

Adding and formatting characters

Basic Type
11:05

Styling blocks of text

Paragraph Formats I
08:27

Styling blocks of text

Paragraph Formats II
14:26

Making corrections

Editing Text
03:56

A brief rundown of this section

Review: Working with Type
02:17
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Exercise 2: Type
2 Lectures 11:01

OBJECTIVES:

• Draw and position text frames and guides.

• Add text to a document: specify font, size, leading, tracking and kerning.

• Apply color to type.

Instructions for Exercise 2: Type
1 page

Demonstration of the solution for this Exercise

Step-by-Step: Exercise 2: Type
11:01
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Type Bonus
1 Lecture 02:56

Setting quotation marks and apostrophes correctly

Typographer's Quotes
02:56
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Working with Graphics
5 Lectures 32:24

Placing and working with Photoshop and Illustrator files

Adding Graphics Part I
07:43

Placing and working with Photoshop and Illustrator files

Adding Graphics Part II
04:42

Transforming graphics precisely

Sizing Graphics with the Control Panel
05:18

Managing placed graphics

The Links Panel
10:29

A brief rundown of this section

Graphics Review
04:12
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Graphics Bonus
1 Lecture 06:48

Removing an image from its background

Silhouettes and Clipping Paths
06:48

Test your knowledge about working with type and graphics. Choose the best answer for each of these ten multiple choice questions.

Sections 6-10
10 questions
9 More Sections
About the Instructor
Joseph Caserto
4.6 Average rating
207 Reviews
5,205 Students
12 Courses
Design Professional :: Educator :: Consultant

I'm Joseph Caserto, a design professional, educator, and consultant. I have over 20 years of experience as a publication art director and designer, and worked on the staffs of several national magazines before starting my own business. Since then, I've worked with many publications, including BusinessWeek, Marie Claire, PC, TV Guide, and Vibe. My projects have included helping to produce several issues of the iPad edition of Fortune, and consulting on the launch of Parents for iOS (Apple iPad) and Android (Samsung Galaxy).

I'm also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Digital Communications and Media, at New York University, School of Professional Studies, Center for Advanced Digital Applications, Department of Design Digital Arts and Film. Formerly, I was an Adjunct Lecturer at the City College of New York, in the Art Department's Electronic Design and Multimedia Program. I have several online tutorials published, and have been a guest critic and speaker at Cooper Union, and SUNY Fredonia.

I've consulted with clients including FP Design, The Archdiocese of New York, and The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York to help them learn and maximize the potential of their software, and to explore graphic design principals.

I earned a BFA, with Honors, in Graphic Design from Pratt Institute, where I completed one of the first classes that explored graphic design produced with a Macintosh. I'm a member of AIGA, Freelancers Union, the Graphic Artists Guild, and The Society of Publication Designers. A lifetime resident of New York State, I've lived in Brooklyn since the late 1980s.