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Creating a Newsletter in InDesign (Visual QuickProject)

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When you need to do just one thing-design a newsletter-and do it fast, this efficient, to-the-point, highly visual guide delivers. Designers Katrin Straub and Torsten Buck show novice InDesign newsletter producers like you each step of the process-from acquainting you with standard newsletter elements to setting up the document, using typography and artwork effectively, and publishing for print, email, and the Web. Simple, direct, step-by-step instructions are linked to large four-color illustrations so you can ...

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Overview

When you need to do just one thing-design a newsletter-and do it fast, this efficient, to-the-point, highly visual guide delivers. Designers Katrin Straub and Torsten Buck show novice InDesign newsletter producers like you each step of the process-from acquainting you with standard newsletter elements to setting up the document, using typography and artwork effectively, and publishing for print, email, and the Web. Simple, direct, step-by-step instructions are linked to large four-color illustrations so you can see exactly how to use InDesign to turn your own content into a well-designed newsletter.

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Peachpit's new "Visual QuickProject" series targets those who find even the "Visual QuickStart" titles too complicated, or those who just want to accomplish one project without being distracted by their software's other capabilities. These full-color guides walk readers step by step through completing a common project via large labeled screen shots, large fonts, and minimal text. Creating a Presentation describes both PowerPoint 2003 (PC) and 2004 (Mac), delineating basic presentation creation. Later sections show how to create and print speaker notes and audience handouts, set up a projector, and save a presentation to a CD or web site. Creating a Newsletter demonstrates how to produce with InDesign CS a basic, four-page newsletter that includes a calendar, masthead, and graphic and text frames, followed by ways to publish the newsletter, including PDF, printouts, and preflight checks. Including a companion web site with sample files, Creating a Web Page nicely shows how to use Dreamweaver styles to format text and other ways to ease formatting issues, as well as the basics and more complex items like saving library items and templates. The section on publishing a site gives useful tips on adding search terms, fixing broken links, and uploading. Creating REsumEs covers four projects with Word 2003 (Windows) and 2004 (Mac): letters, resumes, business cards, and flyers. A companion web site provides sample files, articles, and reader comments. The resume section seems a little busier than others and could have been expanded; readers needing this basic advice might have difficulty modifying the example given to fit their needs. Appropriate for absolute beginners and technophobes, these volumes make the most sense for software like Word and PowerPoint; when it comes to more expensive packages like Dreamweaver, libraries may want to buy more thorough guides. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321278920
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 9/24/2004
  • Series: Visual QuickProject Series
  • Pages: 129
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Katrin Straub is a noted graphic designer who has worked as design director for numerous organizations in the United States and abroad. She is also the author of the popular Adobe Creative Suite Idea Kit. Torsten Buck is the former head of type development at Adobe Systems. He is a partner, with Katrin, in manneken pis productions, a design firm based in Brussels.

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Table of Contents

1 Set up document 7
2 Work with text frames 15
3 Creating and applying styles 33
4 Add lines and color 63
5 Images and tables 79
6 Print and publish 105
App Embed or link graphics 119
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  • Posted November 7, 2009

    Very poor book

    Poorly written, full of padding. The techniques could have been condensed into one page.

    Much better references are available online, for free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2005

    Creating a Video Newsletter

    Creating a Newsletter in InDesign, Visual QuickProject Guide, by Straub and Buck, is a lot of fun and only 129 pages. The QuickProject Guide walks you through the process of creating a professional looking newsletter and describes InDesign¿s workflow. I like the large colorful page titles, i.e., ¿create graphic frame,¿ ¿add byline,¿ ¿create color swatches,¿ because they make it easy to find information in the guide. I wish the authors had provided the graphics that illustrated their example newsletter. Not that I need them. The guide does a good job of demonstrating how to place original illustrations in a layout. I want them because they are amusing and I would like a finished copy of the example newsletter to refer to with pride. Perhaps, a QuickProject companion Web site will follow that¿ll provide graphics for future QuickProject examples. The newsletter layout, the QuickProject creates, offers impressive professional touches like, ¿justified bylines,¿ ¿auto incrementing page numbers,¿ ¿justified photo captions,¿ ¿color coded table of contents¿ and ¿automatic page continuation.¿ We learn to recognize professional work by following along, like on the job training. The instructions are usually easy to follow but not always. Straub and Buck describe procedures and techniques well but only apply them once; the reader doesn¿t get much time to build up experience before being required to apply them. I expect this terseness is intended to keep the Guide thin, but it adds time to completing the example newsletter. I struggled with inserting colored background frames for the table of contents into the flow of the document. The extra bits of information at the end of each chapter are helpful for trouble shooting. Grappling to apply new techniques quickly keeps us on our toes¿ not altogether a bad thing. The guide explains how easy it is to place and change graphics in a layout. InDesign and Photoshop communicate through the links palette. Modify a photograph in Photoshop and update its link in InDesign. As soon as a modified photo¿s link is updated, the layout is changed. InDesign preserves formatting from word processors too but embeds text instead of linking it allowing InDesign¿s formatting features to become available. Updating a link to a word processing document would erase InDesigns¿ specialty formatting. The guide explains InDesign¿s export options well. Preserve documents as ebooks (ebook) or Internet presentations (screen). Send them directly to your desktop printer (print) or export them as packages ready for deliver to a professional print shop (press). I exported my newsletter as a .pdf for print (desktop printer) then opened it in Acrobat and added movies. Perfect for delivery on CD. Creating a Newsletter in InDesign is colorful and easy to read guide. Great typography! A good way to begin using InDesign. I¿m looking forward to more QuickProjects.

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