InDesign CS In Easy Steps (In Easy Steps Series)by Robert Shufflebotham
Adobe InDesign CS, a core component of the Adobe Creative Suite, has the power to challenge old habits of the last 12 years and make sweeping changes through the print, publishing and design sectors. InDesign CS In Easy Steps brings a clear, logical and informative learning sequence to this product which has created a new creative excitement and impetus amongst end-users, using clear, step-by-step instructions and an abundance of screenshots that clarify and explain the features covered with the minimum of fuss and the maximum impact.
The early chapters concentrate on the fundamentals of page layout and create a platform on which to build more advanced skills. The features covered such as creating, manipulating and organizing frames, importing and handling type, importing and sizing images form the core skill areas that must be understood and mastered in order to become a competent, confident user of the software.
At the heart of any page layout application are its typesetting capabilities. Separate chapters deal with the comprehensive character and paragraph formatting controls available in InDesign, including the innovative paragraph composer. These are followed by chapters that deal with creating and applying color and gradients as well as more advanced text editing techniques, all of which provide the user with greater and greater precision and control in using the software.
Precision, accuracy and consistency are watchwords in any deadline driven, production workflow environment. Chapters covering paragraph and character style sheets, master pages and document construction, layers and alignment techniques carefully explain the use of these essential controls to the user.
InDesign CS does not only offer new creative opportunities, it also delivers significantly enhanced productivity features. The later chapters deal with these areas, covering the automated features needed for long document production such as table of contents and index generation as well as the book palette which allows you to consolidate independent chapter files into a final book structure. InDesign's industrial strength print, pdf export and XML capabilities are also examined in the second part of the book. There is also a chapter devoted to the use of InDesign's powerful and flexible table functionality, with a final chapter which takes an in-depth look at how to master InDesign's sophisticated bezier curve functionality.
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