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InDesign CS3 For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-11865-8
432 pages
April 2007
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Packed with the latest InDesign tips and techniques

The secrets of InDesign page layout - explained in plain English!

New to InDesign? Making the switch from QuarkXPress®? No worries - this easy-to-follow guide shows you how to master this electronic publishing tool, customize the interface, work with objects and graphics, calibrate color, create PDF files, and more. From pages, panels, and pictures to text, tabs, and tables, you'll design and output like a pro every time!

  • Set up a new publication
  • Create and use master pages
  • Add frames, lines, and colors
  • Manage chapters and books
  • Output your files
  • Import and place pictures
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Table of Contents


Part I: Before You Begin.

Chapter 1: Understanding InDesign Ingredients.

Chapter 2: Making It Work Your Way.

Part II: Document Essentials.

Chapter 3: Opening and Saving Your Work.

Chapter 4: Discovering How Pages Work.

Chapter 5: Layers and Layers.

Chapter 6: The Joys of Reuse.

Chapter 7: Working with Color.

Part III: Object Essentials.

Chapter 8: Creating Essential Elements.

Chapter 9: Manipulating Objects.

Chapter 10: Organizing Objects.

Chapter 11: Aligning and Arranging Objects.

Part IV: Text Essentials.

Chapter 12: Putting Words on the Page.

Chapter 13: The Ins and Outs of Text Editing.

Chapter 14: The Styles of Text.

Chapter 15: Fine-Tuning Paragraph Details.

Chapter 16: Finessing Character Details.

Chapter 17: Tricks with Text.

Part V: Graphics Essentials.

Chapter 18: Importing Graphics.

Chapter 19: Fitting Graphics and Setting Paths.

Part VI: Getting Down to Business.

Chapter 20: Working with Tabs and Tables.

Chapter 21: Working with Footnotes, Indexes, and TOCs.

Chapter 22: Working with Automated Text.

Chapter 23: Publishing Books.

Part VII: Printing and Output Essentials.

Chapter 24: Setting Up for Output.

Chapter 25: Printing and Other Output Techniques.

Part VIII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 26: Top Ten New Features in InDesign CS3.

Chapter 27: Top Ten (Or So) Resources for InDesign Users.

Chapter 28: Top Ten Must-Knows for QuarkXPress Refugees.

Chapter 29: Top Ten Must-Knows for PageMaker Orphans.


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Author Information

Galen Gruman is the principal at The Zango Group, an editorial and marketing consulting firm. Currently a regular contributor to Macworld, Layers Magazine, CIO, and InfoWorld, he has also been editor of Macworld and M-Business, executive editor of Upside, West Coast bureau chief of Computerworld, and vice president of content for ThirdAge.com. He is coauthor of 20 other books on desktop publishing. Gruman led one of the first successful conversions of a national magazine to desktop publishing in 1986 and has covered publishing technology since then for several publications, including the trade weekly InfoWorld, for which he began writing in 1986, Macworld, whose staff he joined in 1991, and, most recently, Layers Magazine.
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Related Websites / Extra

InDesign CentralVisit author Galen Gruman's site for some bonus content as well as expert advice and resources for InDesign users.
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