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InDesign CS4 For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-38848-8
432 pages
October 2008
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InDesign is the preferred graphic design software, and InDesign CS4 is loaded with cool new desktop publishing features. InDesign CS4 For Dummies shows you how to use every one!

Whether you’re an experienced designer or just want to create a cool newsletter for the school soccer team, you’ll benefit from Galen Gruman’s guidance. This desktop publishing expert shows you how to navigate InDesign menus, dialog boxes, panels, and panes; streamline your work with templates; prepare your creations for printing or online publication, and more.

  • Explore the new tools, work with the application frame, and set preferences for the way you work
  • Learn to open and save documents and export content
  • Get familiar with the Pages panel, apply Master Pages, and work with Layers
  • Make the most of color with color libraries, multi-ink colors, spot versus process color, and gradients
  • Create layout guidelines and use color swatches for consistency
  • Streamline text formatting by using styles and treat text as a graphic element
  • Design for the Web with hyperlinks, multimedia elements, and Flash files
  • See how InDesign CS4 works seamlessly with other applications in the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Discover why good design is part science and part art and learn to manipulate, organize, and align design objects
  • Take advantage of tips for cropping and positioning graphics
  • Prepare for printing or other output with enhanced preflighting tools

InDesign CS4 For Dummies also offers great advice for designing pages that do their job perfectly. Start creating today!

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

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.

Index.

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Author Information

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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