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InDesign CS4 For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-38848-8
432 pages
October 2008
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Have designs on better-looking publications? Here’s how to make them happen!

Whether you’re an experienced designer or just want to create a cool newsletter for the school soccer team, InDesign is the gold standard for desktop publishing programs. This easy-to-follow guide is packed with tips and techniques for making the most of InDesign’s features, along with some wise advice on designing pages that do their job perfectly.

  • Make it work for you — explore the new tools, take advantage of personal workspaces, and set preferences for the way you work
  • Master the details — take advantage of precise typography, layout, and graphics tools to get exactly the document you want
  • Add color — use color libraries, multi-ink colors, and gradients to make your document sparkle
  • Play well with others — learn how InDesign works seamlessly with other applications in the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Get in style — take text and object formatting up a notch by using styles and InDesign’s many special effects
  • Be Web savvy — use hyperlinks, multimedia elements, and more for Web, PDF, and Flash files
  • Pack it up — prepare for printing or other output with enhanced preflighting and service-bureau tools

Open the book and find:

  • Steps for designing and producing professional page layouts
  • How to open and save documents and export document content
  • The ins and outs of working with text
  • Steps for managing chapters and books
  • Secrets for setting up great master pages
  • The dangers of unnamed colors
  • How to manipulate, organize, and align design objects
  • Tips for cropping and positioning graphics
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Part I: Before You Begin.

Chapter 1: Understanding InDesign Ingredients.

Chapter 2: Making InDesign Work Your Way.

Part II: Document Essentials.

Chapter 3: Opening and Saving Your Work.

Chapter 4: Discovering How Pages and Layers Work.

Chapter 5: The Joys of Reuse.

Chapter 6: Working with Color.

Part III: Object Essentials.

Chapter 7: Adding Essential Elements.

Chapter 8: Manipulating Objects.

Chapter 9: Organizing Objects.

Chapter 10: Aligning and Arranging Objects.

Part IV: Text Essentials.

Chapter 11: Putting Words on the Page.

Chapter 12: The Ins and Outs of Text Editing.

Chapter 13: The Styles of Text.

Chapter 14: Fine-Tuning Paragraph Details.

Chapter 15: Finessing Character Details.

Chapter 16: Tricks with Text.

Part V: Graphics Essentials.

Chapter 17: Importing Graphics.

Chapter 18: Fitting Graphics and Setting Paths.

Part VI: Getting Down to Business.

Chapter 19: Working with Tabs and Tables.

Chapter 20: Working with Footnotes, Indexes, and TOCs.

Chapter 21: Working with Automatic Text.

Chapter 22: Publishing Books.

Part VII: Printing and Multimedia Essentials.

Chapter 23: Printing Your Work.

Chapter 24: Multimedia Project Basics.

Part VIII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 25: Top Ten New Features in InDesign CS4.

Chapter 26: Top Ten Resources for InDesign Users.


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Galen Gruman is the principal at The Zango Group, an editorial and book production firm. He has designed and produced numerous publications and is a regular contributor to Macworld and CIO. Galen is author or coauthor of 22 books on desktop publishing, and he is currently the executive editor for InfoWorld.
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