Real World Adobe InDesign 1.5: Industrial-Strength Page-Layout

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The author of this book drafted the InDesign user manual and the scripting guide for the Adobe Developer Support Group. On top of that, he?s a talented illustrator, graphic designer, so this book reflects both his deep knowledge of this program and how to present its intricacies to users, as well as his understanding of how professional designers can get the most out of this eagerly awaited professional page layout application.

The book provides thorough coverage of all the ...

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Overview

The author of this book drafted the InDesign user manual and the scripting guide for the Adobe Developer Support Group. On top of that, he¹s a talented illustrator, graphic designer, so this book reflects both his deep knowledge of this program and how to present its intricacies to users, as well as his understanding of how professional designers can get the most out of this eagerly awaited professional page layout application.

The book provides thorough coverage of all the basic features‹working with text and palettes, inserting graphics, integrating with Photoshop, and employing PDF, EPS, and HTML formats, plus a detailed introduction to InDesign page layout. Real World InDesign is filled with insider tips, supporting illustrations, and practical real-world solutions including a primer on using a commercial print shop and brief tutorials on automating and customizing InDesign with AppleScript and Visual Basic.

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Kvern (an illustrator, graphic designer, and software developer) offers guidance on using Adobe's newest layout program. He offers advice on layout, proofing, and printing, with specific attention given to using the features of the program efficiently. Specific chapters focus on workspace, page layout, text, type, the place where text and graphics meet, drawing, importing and exporting, transforming, color, printing, and scripting. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201354782
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/17/2000
  • Series: Real World Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 508
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Workspace 1
Ch. 2 Page Layout 67
Ch. 3 Text 125
Ch. 4 Type 177
Ch. 5 Where Text Meets Graphics 225
Ch. 6 Drawing 257
Ch. 7 Importing and Exporting 291
Ch. 8 Transforming 341
Ch. 9 Color 367
Ch. 10 Printing 409
Ch. 11 Scripting 451
Index 481
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Introduction

I'm a desktop publishing user-just like you. I've been through the long shifts (some of them longer than 40 hours), entering and editing text, setting type, drawing paths, importing images, and trying to get files to print. On most of those late nights and early mornings, I could have been home in bed if I'd known just one key piece of information. But I didn't. There was no one there to tell me. I'm here to tell you.

If some piece of information in this book saves you one late night, one early morning, or gets your document to print on the first pass through the imagesetter instead of the second or third, I will have succeeded in my purpose.

InDesign is a watershed of technologies that have, until now, only been at the edge of our page layout "radar": support for OpenType and Unicode, direct export of prepress-quality PDF files, integral PostScript/PDF screen rendering, built-in font management and rasterization, multi-line composition, and optical kerning, solid scripting support on both the Mac OS and Windows platforms, to name just a few of them. Adobe has always said that InDesign is "the future of page layout"-but I think they're selling themselves a bit short. With InDesign, the future is here. And, to my eye, at least, it looks pretty cool.

A Note About the Text

If you've read Real World FreeHand, you'll probably notice that a number of the leads, conclusions, and jokes in this book are the same or similar to text in that book. I hope that this doesn't offend or upset you. Like any other business entity, I have to amortize the high costs of research and development, testing, and marketing of my product. I have no choice-the cost of testing a single silly paragraph, such as the one at the end of Chapter 7, can run into the thousands of U. S. dollars, and requires me to file a special Environmental Impact Statement. Testing leads and conclusions is entirely destructive; we run them into a brick wall at high speed, while special crash test dummies record the impact of metaphors and conceptual explanations. Rest assured that, in the event of an actual rhetorical collision, Real World Adobe InDesign will deploy airbags designed to meet or exceed the highest safety standards for any text. No animals were harmed in the development of this title.

Acknowledgments

Thanks to the entire InDesign team at Adobe, for making such a great program, for letting me work on it, and for supporting this book. Special thanks to David Evans for his inspiring foreword. Jan C. Wright, the Queen of Indexing, produced the superb (and funny) index.

Thanks to Silicon Graphics (SGI)-this book was produced on an SGI 320 workstation running Windows NT4 (because of amount of time it took me to write the book, this system is "last year's model"-you can see newer systems at www.sgi.com). I cannot thank SGI enough for the use of this wonderful system. The Silicon Graphics 1600SW flat panel monitor is without question the best page layout display I have ever seen or used.

Thanks to the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society and their photographer, Ray O. Welch, for giving me permission to use some of their archival photographs as example images. Special thanks to Ed Poole for the free use and abuse of his moustache. Thanks to Nancy Ruenzel for being a great publisher, to Ted Nace for founding Peachpit Press, and to all of the folks at Peachpit for their patience and support (and did I mention patience?). Special thanks to Cary Norsworthy, my editor, and Kate Reber.

Special thanks to my long-suffering officemates Brett Baker, David Blatner, Jeff Carlson, Glenn Fleishman, Toby Malina, Steve Roth, Agen Schmitz, and Jeff Tolbert. Finally, thanks to Leslie Renee Simons and to Max Olav Kvern, for their encouragement, understanding, and support.

Olav Martin Kvern
Republic of Freemont
Seattle, 2000

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Foreword

I admit it. I absolutely refuse to stop and ask for directions. I'm a guy, so it's probably part of my genetic makeup. The way I see it, if you make enough right turns along the way, you're bound to get where you are going-or at least back to where you started. Yes, I understand that this strategy doesn't always yield the most direct, efficient, or scenic route to my destination, but there is a sense of pride and self-reliance in finally figuring out how to get to your destination on your own. And yes, it drives my wife crazy.

But even with this admission of guilt, there are times that the most intrepid explorers should look to an expert to assist us in finding whatever it is we're looking for. It's times like these I wish Olive Kvern would write Real World Frequent Flying. Or Real World Japanese Food. Or Real World Retirement Planning. I know if I had such a guide written with such clarity and insight, it would certainly make the process of needing to stop and ask directions a more pleasant one.

As it is, graphic designers and production artists the world over can be grateful that Olav's experience lies in the realm of professional publishing and not (necessarily) in the matters I mentioned, because this book contains a treasure trove of information to help you take the absolute fullest advantage of the creative freedom afforded by Adobe InDesign.

In short, this book contains directions that are worth stopping and asking for.

It should come as no surprise to you that Real World Adobe InDesign is an expansive look into how Adobe InDesign functions and how you can make best use of it to produce beautiful pages. To say that Olive understands the skills used everyday by publishing and graphic design professionals is an understatement"guru" is the word that more readily comes to mind. His excellent works, Real World PageMaker and Real World Freehand, are studied and used daily by thousands of grateful designers to help improve their work and their workflow.

Olav is no newcomer to page layout software, and he's no newcomer to Adobe InDesign either. He has been involved with InDesign from the earliest stages of its development in its pre-beta stage long before InDesign 1.0 shipped. As a product manager for InDesign 1.0 and 1.5, 1 can tell you with no uncertainty that Olav's feedback to our development team shaped many of InDesign's capabilities. Olav has produced in Real World Adobe InDesign a comprehensive guide that helps you get up to speed quickly with InDesign's new features. Olav's easy, conversational style of writing is both engaging and thorough, making Real World Adobe InDesign as useful a starting point for beginners as it is a reference for experts with years of ink under their fingernails. At Adobe, we think so much of Olav's talents that we contracted him to write the excellent InDesign Scripting Guide that ships with every version of InDesign worldwide. Suffice it to say that Olav is one of the world's true experts in the area of using Adobe InDesign in a professional publishing environment.

In creating Adobe InDesign 1.5, we endeavored to bring a tool to the graphic designer and production artist that would offer power, flexibility, precision and quality in a way that takes full advantage of modern computing power-and tear down many of the barriers that existing software has imposed on the elegance of graphic design. For the literally thousands of features Adobe InDesign has introduced to the world of graphic design and production, Real World Adobe InDesign will expose to you the best ways to take advantage of them. I believe that the information in this book will allow you to unleash the creative potential of InDesign-and of yourself-in ways that have been impossible before now. This much I can say: Real World Adobe InDesign has earned its place-not on my bookshelf-but right beside my mouse. I am certain it will do the same for you.

Wishing you the best and brightest realization of your creative dreams,

David Evans
Senior Evangelist, Adobe InDesign
Adobe Systems, Inc.
Seattle, Washington

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