The Non-Designer's InDesign Book

The Non-Designer's InDesign Book

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Many designers and photographers own the entire suite of Adobe's creative products, but they manage to learn only one or two of the applications really well. If Adobe InDesign CS5.5 is the one app in the suite that makes you feel like you're entering a foreign country where you don't speak the language, Robin Williams provides the perfect travel guide and translator in this new edition to the best-selling Non-Designer's series. This fun, straight-forward, four-color book includes many individual exercises designed specifically to teach InDesign CS5.5 to beginners in such a way that you can jump in at any point to learn a specific tool or technique. Along the way, Robin offers design tips for making your work communicate appropriately and beautifully. Whether you need to create your own marketing materials for a small business or organization, or you want your student or business papers to be perceived as more professional, or you want to become more proficient with the design tools you already use, this book is the fastest and most efficient path to mastering basic tasks InDesign.In this non-designer's guide to InDesign CS5.5, you'll learn:How to create basic design projects, such as flyers, business cards, letterhead, ads, brochures, CD covers, and much moreHow to add images to your pages and crop, rotate, resize, and add effects to those imagesHow to use InDesign's typographic tools to make your work look professionalHow to use style sheets so every job is easier to create and work withHow to use tabs and indents with confidence and predictabilityHow to create nice-looking tables to effectively organize dataAnd, of course, the basics of working in InDesign with layers, panels, tools, etc.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 177.8 x 251.46 x 15.24mm | 521.63g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Peachpit Press Publications
  • Berkeley, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations (chiefly col.)
  • 0321772849
  • 9780321772848
  • 434,778

About Robin Williams

Robin Williams is the author of dozens of best-selling and award-winning books, including The Non-Designer's Presentation Book, The Non-Designer's Design Book, The Little Mac Book, and so many more. Through her writing, teaching, and seminars, Robin has educated and influenced an entire generation of computer users in the areas of design, typography, presentations, and the Mac.
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Table of contents

1 What is InDesign?A. What you can do with ita. The difference between a word processor and InDesignb. The joy of an object-oriented applicationB. What you can not do with itIncludes a chart with a list of projects indicating when you might use a word processor,InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, or other app for that particular project.2 Quick Sample ProjectsThe sample projects allow readers to quickly and easily develop small design ideas usingthe basic tools; they provide an immediate interaction with the application and a feeling ofempowerment. The projects also provide examples of typical sorts of projects for which youmight use this particular application.A. Flyer: learn to use the most common tools; work with an object-oriented program;organize, adjust, finetune, redesign.This project emphasizes the things you already know how to doand teaches new skills to supplement what you already know.B. The InDesign interface-learn to control the panelsC. Brochure: Multiple columns, import text, create text, place graphics, etc.D. Multiple page project: Eight-page booklet; using facing pages; importing lengthy text,master pages, etc.3 FormattingA. How to do the things you already know how to doB. Defaults: set them before you start working; learn to manipulate themC. Fonts; where to get inexpensive ones; use the Glyph palette for OpenType fonts;avoid fake stylesMost users of the Adobe suite of products end up with at least InDesign, Photoshop,and Illustrator on their computers. This book is for those who might be power usersof Photoshop, Illustrator, or even Dreamweaver, but are a bit lost in a text-based pagelayoutapplication such as InDesign. It is also a book for those who have been using wordprocessors or entry-level design apps to create their work and are ready to develop amore professional look.This book includes many individual exercises designed specifically to teach the toolsand ideas that InDesign offers, and along the way offers many design tips for nondesigners.It does not, however, create one giant project from beginning to end-rather,the individual exercises ensure that a reader can jump in at any point to learn a specifictool or technique. Text and graphic files will be provided on an included cd so readersand instructors will have the assets available to work with.4 GraphicsA. Drawing toolsB. Importing graphicsC. How to manipulate graphicsa. Resize, rotate, crop, paste into, etc.b. Make adjustments in Photoshop with a clickD. How to place multiple graphicsE. RGB vs. CMYK; jpg vs. tiff; when to use which model/formatF. What to do about missing links5 ColorA. RGB vs. CMYK; when to use which oneB. The Swatches palette vs. the Color palette; how to use thema. How to create colors; how to copy colorsb. How to apply colors; what kinds of graphics you can apply color to6 SpacingA. One of the three most important things to learn-this is what makes the differencebetween amateur and professional design work.B. Space between lettersC. Space between wordsD. Space between linesE. Space between paragraphsF. Space above and below headines and subheads7 Tabs and IndentsA. One of the three most important things to learn-never use the Spacebar to indent.Includes excercises for simple tabs and indents, hanging indents, hanging outdents,numbered lists, columns, etc.8 Style SheetsA. One of the three most important things to learn-you waste huge amounts of timeif you don't know how to use style sheets!B. What they do; why to use themC. How to create and use style sheets using everything you already know aboutformatting, spacing, tabs and indents, etc.9 Extra Fun ThingsA. Type on a curveB. Text wrap; import a graphic with a pathC. Drop shadows and other effectsD. Text as outline; why, when, how to manipulateE. Create a path around a graphic to remove the backgroundF. Etcetera . . .10 Going to PressThe Non-Designer's InDesign Book * Robin Williams 2A. Print booklets on your desktop printerB. Check your links, fonts, etc.; "package" your fileC. Press specifications for projects such as online printing at;book projects at,, or (note re the book featuresof InDesign)D. Create an eBookE. Create a PDF or a Digital Edition fileF. Save a file for an earlier version of InDesign
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