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Need answers quickly? Adobe InDesign CS6 on Demand provides those answers in a visual step-by-step format. We will show you exactly what to do through lots of full color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions.

Numbered Steps guide you through each task

See Also points you to related information in the book

Did You Know alerts you to tips and techniques

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Tasks are presented on one or two pages

Inside the Book

• Create layouts for print, web, tablets, and mobile devices
• Browse, organize, and process files using Adobe Bridge or Mini Bridge
• Create, link, and manage content, pages, and books to keep track of your documents
• Create text and apply style to display artistic text
• Use track changes to review content
• Create interactive PDFs , EPUB ebooks, and HTML web pages
• Create output for commercial print purposes
• Create output for commercial print purposes
• Create publications for use with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789749345
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 5/23/2012
  • Series: On Demand Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 968,225
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Johnson has written more than 70 books on a variety of computer software, including Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, Adobe Flash Professional CS5, Adobe InDesign CS5, Adobe Illustrator CS5, Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010 and 2007, Microsoft Office 2008 for the Macintosh, and Apple Mac OS X Lion. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve founded Perspection, Inc., which writes and produces software training. When he is not staying up late writing, he enjoys coaching baseball, playing golf, gardening, and spending time with his wife, Holly, and three children, JP, Brett, and Hannah. Steve and his family live in Northern California, but can also be found visiting family all over the western United States.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xvii

1 Getting Started with InDesign CS6 1

Installing InDesign 2

Getting Started 4

Viewing the InDesign Window 6

Showing and Hiding Panels 7

Working with Panels 8

Using the Tools and Control Panel 10 New!

Opening a Document 12 New5.5

Opening a Document with Adobe Bridge 14

Inserting Images or Text in a Document 16

Using the Status Bar 17

Working with Document Windows 18 New!

Checking for Updates Online 20

Getting Help While You Work 22

Saving a Document 24 New!

Finishing Up 26

2 Creating and Viewing a Document 27

Creating a New Document 28 New!

Creating a New Document from a Template 30

Creating a New Document Using Presets 32 New!

Setting Up a Document 34 New!

Changing the Display View 36

Changing the View with the Zoom Tool 38

Viewing and Using Rulers 40

Using Guides 42

Changing Guides & Pasteboard Options 44

Using Smart Guides 46

Using the Grid 48

Moving Around with the Hand Tool 50

Working with the Info Panel 51

Creating and Displaying Workspaces 52 New!

Using Undo and Redo 54

3 Managing Pages and Books 55

Using the Pages Panel 56 New!

Inserting Pages 58

Navigating Pages 60

Changing the Page Size 62 New!

Deleting Pages 65

Moving Pages 66

Working with Page Spreads 68

Rotating Page Spreads 69

Creating Master Pages 70

Working with Master Pages 72 New!

Working with Page Numbers and Sections 74

Working with Chapter Numbers 76

Creating and Using Text Variables 78

Creating a Book 80

Managing Books 82

Creating a Table of Contents 84

Starting an Index 86

Creating an Index Entry 88

Creating an Index 90

Managing an Index 92

4 Working with Text 95

Using Type Tools 96

Creating Type in a Text Frame 97 New!

Creating Type Using Frame Tools 98

Creating Path Type 100

Importing Text 102

Flowing Imported Text 104

Working with Overflow Text 106

Using Smart Text Reflow 108

Typing and Selecting Text 110

Editing Text with Autocorrect 112

Copying and Moving Text 113

Changing Fonts 114 New!

Changing Font Size 116

Changing Text Leading 117

Changing Text Kerning 118

Changing Text Tracking 119

Scaling or Skewing Text 120

Aligning Paragraphs 121

Indenting and Spacing Paragraphs 122

Creating a Drop Cap 123

Applying a Paragraph Rule 124 New!

Adding Bullets and Numbering 126

Setting Tabs 128

Working with Glyphs 129

Inserting Special Text Characters 130

Working with Hidden Text 131

Setting Text Frame Options 132 New!

Creating Columns 134 New!

Wrapping Text Around an Object 136

Creating Type Outlines 138

Adding Page Numbers to Continued Text 139

5 Placing and Working with Graphics 141

Placing Graphics 142

Placing Graphics with Options 143

Setting Place Import Options 144

Placing Multiple Graphics 146

Placing Graphics from Adobe Bridge 148

Adding Captions to Graphics 150

Copying or Moving Graphics 152

Using the Links Panel 153

Managing Linked Graphics 154

Editing a Linked Graphic 156

Displaying XMP Graphic Information 157

Creating Specialty Frames for Graphics 158

Selecting and Moving Frames and Graphics 160

Fitting Graphics in Frames 162

Nesting Graphics in Frames 164

Formatting Graphics in Frames 165

Controlling Graphics Display Performance 166 New!

Adding Alt Text to Graphics 168 New5.5

6 Working with Objects and Layers 169

Creating Shapes 170

Creating Lines 172

Creating Multiple Objects in a Grid 173

Using the Selection Tool 174

Using the Direct Selection Tool 176

Resizing Objects 178

Moving Objects 179

Duplicating Objects 180

Grouping and Combining Objects 182

Aligning Objects 184 New!

Distributing Objects 186

Arranging Object Stack Order 188

Transforming Objects 189

Repeating Object Transformations 190

Using the Free Transform Tool 191

Scaling Objects 192

Shearing Objects 193

Rotating Objects 194

Locking and Unlocking Objects 196

Creating Inline Objects 197 New5.5

Creating Anchored Objects 198 New5.5

Creating and Deleting Object Layers 200

Setting Layer Options 202

Showing and Hiding Layers and Objects 203

Locking Layers and Objects 204

Merging Layers and Groups 205

Working with Objects on Layers 206

Using the Measure Tool 207

Using Live Screen Drawing 208

7 Applying and Managing Color 209

Changing Color Settings 210

Changing Color Profiles 212

Working with Color Modes 214

Applying Colors 215

Using the Eyedropper Tool 216

Working with the Color Panel 218

Working with the Swatches Panel 220

Managing Color Swatches 222

Working with Swatch Libraries 224

Creating Tint Swatches 225

Creating Gradient Swatches 226

Creating Mixed Inks 228

Using Colors from the Kuler Panel 230

Overprinting Colors 232

Proofing Colors on the Screen 233 New!

8 Applying Fills, Strokes, and Effects 235

Applying Fill and Stroke Colors 236

Changing Stroke Attributes 238

Creating Stroke Styles 240

Applying Gradients 242

Using the Gradient Tool 244

Using the Gradient Feather Tool 245

Creating Blends and Effects 246

Applying Shadow Effects 248

Applying Glow Effects 249

Applying Bevel and Emboss Effects 250

Applying Feather Effects 251

Applying Corner Object Effects 252

Converting Shape Objects 254

Setting Object Defaults 255

9 Working with Points and Paths 257

Drawing with the Pen Tool 258

Selecting and Moving Points and Segments 260

Converting Points 262

Adding and Deleting Anchor Points 264

Splitting Paths 266

Joining Anchor Points 268

Using the Smooth Tool 269

Using the Pencil Tool 270

Erasing to Reshape Paths 272

Working with Pathfinder 273

Creating a Compound Path 274

Working with Clipping Paths 276

10 Working with Tables 279

Creating Tables 280

Importing Text into Tables 282

Entering and Editing Text in a Table 284

Modifying a Table 286

Adjusting Table Rows and Columns 288

Adjusting Table Cells 290

Aligning Content in Table Cells 291

Creating Table Headers and Footers 292

Adding Strokes and Fills 294

Alternating Fills and Strokes 296

Adding Diagonal Lines in Cells 298

Adding a Border to a Table 299

Adjusting Tables in the Text Frame 300

11 Working with Styles 301

Using the Paragraph Styles or Character Styles Panel 302

Changing the Basic Paragraph Style 303

Creating Paragraph Styles 304 New!

Creating Character Styles 306 New5.5

Creating GREP Styles 308

Creating Style Groups 309

Loading and Importing Styles 310

Applying and Overriding Styles 312

Creating Nested Styles 314

Creating Object Styles 316

Creating Table and Cell Styles 318

Using Quick Apply 320

Mapping Styles to Export Tags 322 New!

12 Finalizing a Document 323

Using Spell Check 324

Using Custom Dictionaries 326 New!

Finding and Changing Fonts 327

Using Find and Change 328

Searching for Text 330

Searching Using GREP 332

Searching for Glyphs 333

Searching for Objects 334

Working with Hyphenation 335

Keeping Lines Together 336 New!

Changing Justification Options 337

Using the Story Editor 338

Adding Footnotes 340

Changing Case 342

13 Creating an Interactive Document 343

Defining Hyperlink Destinations 344

Creating Hyperlinks 346

Converting and Stylizing Hyperlinks 348

Using the Hyperlinks Panel 350

Creating Cross-References 352

Creating Bookmarks 354

Adding Media 356 New!

Setting Media Options 358

Adding Animation with Motion Presets 360

Working with Animations 362

Changing Animation Order 364

Adding Page Transitions 365

Using the Buttons and Forms Panel 366 New!

Creating Buttons 368 New!

Creating Forms 370 New!

Working with Events and Actions 372 New!

Working with Button States 374 New!

Setting Tab Order 375

Creating Multi-State Objects 376

Inserting HTML Content 378 New!

Using the SWF Preview Panel 380 New!

14 Creating a Digital Publication 381

Creating Liquid Layouts 382 New!

Creating Alternate Layouts 384 New!

Working with Alternate Layouts 386 New!

Adjusting Layouts 387

Getting Started with Digital Publishing Suite 388 New!

Creating a Folio Overlay 390 New!

Creating a Folio Publication 392 New!

Importing Articles into a Folio Publication 394 New!

Setting Folio and Article Properties 395 New!

Previewing a Folio Publication 396 New!

15 Automating the Way You Work 397

Creating a Library 398

Using and Updating a Library 400

Changing Library Item Information 401

Searching and Sorting Libraries 402

Creating and Using Snippets 404

Creating Conditional Text 406

Collecting and Placing Content 408 New!

Creating Linked Content 410 New!

Linking Content Across Documents 412 New!

Managing Linked Content 413 New!

Using and Running Scripts 414

Using Data Merge 416

Working with XML 418

Exporting XML or IDML 420

16 Exporting a Document 421

Exporting a Document 422 New!

Understanding Export File Formats 423 New!

Exporting as a Print PDF 424 New5.5

Setting PDF General Options 426 New5.5

Setting PDF Compression Options 428

Setting PDF Marks and Bleeds Options 429

Setting PDF Output Options 430 New!

Setting PDF Advanced Options 431

Setting PDF Security Options 432

Exporting with PDF Presets 433

Exporting PDF Files in the Background 434

Setting PDF Media Options 435

Exporting as an Interactive PDF 436 New!

Exporting as an EPS 438 New!

Exporting as a JPEG or PNG 440 New!

Exporting as a Flash Movie 442

Exporting as a Flash File 444

Ordering Content in the Articles Panel 446 New5.5

Exporting as an Accessible PDF 448 New5.5

Applying Tags to a PDF 450 New5.5

Setting EPUB and HTML Options 451 New5.5

Exporting as an EPUB eBook 452 New!

Exporting as an HTML 454 New!

17 Printing and Outputting a Document 457

Printing a Document 458

Printing with Presets 459

Setting General and Setup Print Options 460

Setting Marks and Bleed Options 462

Setting Graphics Options 464

Previewing Color Separations 465

Setting Output Options 466

Setting Trapping Options 468

Setting Advanced Options 470

Setting Color Management Options 472

Creating a Print Summary 473

Printing Spreads in a Booklet 474

Using Live Preflight 476 New!

Inserting File Information 478 New!

Creating a Package 480 New!

Using Document Fonts 482

18 Customizing the Way You Work 483

Setting General Preferences 484

Setting Interface Preferences 485 New5.5

Setting Type Preferences 486 New!

Setting Advanced Type Preferences 488

Setting Composition Preferences 489

Setting Units & Increments Preferences 490

Setting Dictionary Preferences 492 New!

Setting Spelling Preferences 494

Setting Notes Preferences 496

Working with Appearance of Black Preferences 497

Setting Story Editor Display Preferences 498

Setting File Handling Preferences 500

Setting Clipboard Handling Preferences 502

Defining Shortcut Keys 503

Customizing Menus 504

Configuring Plug-In and Extensions 505 New!

Customizing the Control Panel 506

19 Collaborating with Others 507

Creating and Working with Notes 508

Tracking Text Changes 510

Sharing Content with Adobe InCopy 512

Setting Up User Identification 513

Exporting Content from InDesign 514

Using the Assignments Panel 515

Creating an Assignment 516

Checking Content Out and In 518

Updating Content 519

Working with InCopy 520

20 Working Together with Adobe Programs 521

Exploring Adobe Programs 522

Exploring Adobe Bridge 523

Getting Started with Adobe Bridge 524 New!

Getting Photos from a Digital Camera 525

Working with Raw Images from a Digital Camera 526

Modifying Images in Camera Raw 528

Working with Images Using Adobe Bridge 530

Setting Preferences in Adobe Bridge 532 New!

Applying Image Adjustments 534

Creating a Web Photo Gallery 535

Automating Tasks in Adobe Bridge 536

Using Mini-Bridge 537

Working with Adobe Media Encoder 538 New!

Working with Adobe Extension Manager 540 New!

Scripting with Adobe ExtendScript Toolkit 541 New!

New Features 543 New!

Adobe Certified Expert 549

Index 555

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    This book was invaluable in getting me up to speed on InDesign.

    This book was invaluable in getting me up to speed on InDesign. Anyone who has used an Adobe product knows that all Creative Suite applications are created in the same likeness so one could get up to speed quickly without having to learn a different program and it's motions. With that in mind, I was able to understand the tools and the panels concept due to previous experience with Dreamweaver and Photoshop but to get a project off the ground with InDesign, I would be completely in the dark. Once I put this book in-between my hands it was a whole new ball game.

    The book mentions how one could read cover to cover or jump around, I personally read cover to cover learning all the uses for the tools, panels, workflows and shortcuts inside the program. The beginning of the book covers using the tools in the program as listed below.

    - Chapter 1 was your standard chapter to get started with the tools, panels, opening/saving/closing a document and working with windows
    - Chapter 2 stated the process of creating and viewing your document using guides, rulers, and grids...don't want anything crooked now
    - Chapter 3 went into managing pages and books. It's really useful if you need to work with page numbers and sections and creating and managing books
    - Chapter 3 was about dealing with text from kerning, leading, tracking, scaling and much more
    - Chapter 5 dealt with importing, placing, and working with graphics
    - Chapter 6 delved deeper into the graphics element by dealing with objects and layers and how to resize, move, duplicating, scale, rotate, repeating and transforming.
    - Chapter 7 was about applying and managing color by talking about settings, profiles and working with different modes...think CMYK, RGB or Lab
    - Chapter 8 was about applying fills, strokes and effects such as blends, shadows, and glows among others
    - Chapter 9 goes into points and paths
    - Chapter 10 covered tables and importing text into tables along with adjusting elements of that table
    - Chapter 11 goes into styles such as paragraph and character styles

    Now when you hit chapter 12 and up your getting into the workflows that you would use on a daily basis in the field such as:

    - Chapter 12 deals with finalizing a have to finish it eventually right.
    - Chapter 13 & 14 go into creating an interactive document and creating a digital publication...think ipad, iphone, kindle, and the like
    - Chapter 15 shows you how you can automate your workflow....think less is more when it comes to what you have to actually do
    - Chapter 16 & 17 explain the exporting of a document, printing and outputting of documents
    - Chapter 18 show how you can customize InDesign to the way you work by changing some of the programs preferences
    - Chapter 19 covered a bit on InCopy which allows you to share documents among others and add comments, corrections and notes.
    - Chapter 20 There was mention of Adobe Bridge, Adobe Media Encoder, the ExtendScript toolkit, Camera Raw and working with RAW Images.

    The book covered creating a digital publication for various tablets, covered templates for print, material for the web and liquid layouts if you are using a project on multiple mobile devices. There is also mention of the Adobe certified exams. Another great thing which I really loved was that it show you the new features in the program from the previous version. This book wasn't a typical tech book in the sense of dry content like some others I have read in the past. This book offered color pictures and short procedures to get an action done, within 8 steps you had an understand of how a tool worked, text accentuated, color blooming, menus, and submenus. I didn't have the opportunity to try the bonus online content but this book alone got me up and running without wasting my time. I recommend it to anyone that is starting out or already has familiarity with the program. My copy is within reach of my desk since I found it so useful and informative.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Definitely would not recommend!

    I would not recommend this book. The chapters do go into detail and there are lesson files, however, there isn't anything referencing what file to to open and work on for a lesson. I will be having to spend more money finding another book that is a better learning tool!

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