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InDesign CS4 Digital Classroom Book with video training

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Adobe InDesign CS4 Digital Classroom is like having a personal instructor guiding you through each lesson, while you work at your own pace. This InDesign CS4 book and DVD includes 13 self-paced lessons helping you learn essential skills and explore new features and capabilities of Adobe InDesign.

  • Full color lessons with easy to follow step-by-step instructions 
  • Video tutorials highlight key topics in each lesson
  • Covers all essential InDesign skills 
  • Gets you up-and-running quickly with included InDesign CS4 lesson files on DVD
  • Written by expert InDesign instructors who regularly teach InDesign training courses – it's like having your own personal tutor
  • Used by hundreds of schools and more than 100,000 readers

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InDesign CS4 Digital Classroom Book with video training Contents

Starting Up

  • About InDesign Digital Classroom
  • Prerequisites
  • System requirements
  • Starting Adobe InDesign CS4
  • Fonts used in this book
  • Resetting the InDesign 
    workspace and preferences
  • Loading lesson files
  • Working with the video tutorials
  • Setting up for viewing the video tutorials
  • Viewing the video tutorials 
    with the Adobe Flash Player
  • Additional resources

Lesson 1: InDesign CS4 Essential Skills

  • Starting up
  • InDesign tools
  • The InDesign workspace
  • The document window
  • Using guides
  • Viewing modes
  • Working with panels
  • The Tools panel
  • Managing panels
  • Working with the Control panel
  • Saving your workspace
  • Navigating through an 
    InDesign document
  • Using the Pages panel
  • Changing the magnification of your document
  • Working with type
  • Entering and formatting type
  • Placing and formatting type
  • Flowing type
  • Using styles
  • Applying paragraph styles
  • Applying character styles
  • Apply styles using Find/Change
  • Working with graphics
  • Positioning graphics within a frame
  • Applying text wrap
  • Understanding layers
  • Applying effects
  • Resources for additional help
  • In-product help
  • On-line help
  • Forums
  • Conferences, seminars, and training
  • Self study
  • Review

Lesson 2: Building Documents with Master Pages

  • Starting up
  • Planning your document
  • Creating custom page sizes
  • Creating a new custom-sized document
  • Creating and formatting master pages
  • Formatting master pages
  • Adding automatic page numbering
  • Using text variables
  • Basing master pages on other master pages
  • Overriding master page items
  • Adding layout pages
  • Placing formatted text
  • Creating the classified page
  • Adding images and text to 
    the master frames
  • Applying master pages to multiple pages
  • Self study
  • Review

Lesson 3: Working with Text and Type

  • Starting up
  • Adding text to your document
  • Creating a text frame
  • Changing character attributes
  • Changing font and type styles
  • Adjusting size
  • Adjusting line spacing
  • Adjusting character spacing kerning and tracking
  • Using a baseline shift
  • Changing paragraph attributes
  • Horizontally aligning text
  • Changing the spacing before and after paragraphs
  • Using tabs
  • Adding rules above or below paragraphs
  • Changing text color
  • Creating drop caps
  • Checking and correcting spelling
  • Finding and changing text and text attributes
  • Checking spelling
  • Adding words to the dictionary
  • Checking spelling as you type
  • Automatically correcting spelling
  • Editing text using the Story Editor
  • Drag-and-drop text editing
  • Special characters and glyphs
  • Using the Glyphs panel and glyph sets
  • Text frame options
  • Adjusting text inset
  • Vertically aligning text
  • Importing text
  • Flowing text manually
  • Threading text between frames
  • Using semi-autoflow to link several text frames
  • Changing the number of columns in a text frame
  • Baseline grid
  • Viewing and changing the baseline grid
  • Adding story jumps
  • Using styles to format text
  • Creating a headline and applying a style
  • Importing styles from other documents
  • Redefining styles
  • Type on a path
  • Importing text from Microsoft Word
  • Missing fonts
  • Finding and fixing missing fonts
  • Self study
  • Review

Lesson 4: Working with Styles

  • Starting up
  • Style types
  • Applying a paragraph style
  • Character styles
  • Defining a character style
  • Applying a character style Using nested styles
  • Globally updating styles
  • Loading styles from another document
  • Quick Apply
  • Organizing styles into groups 
  • Object styles
  • Defining an object style
  • Applying an object style
  • Changing an object style
  • Finishing up
  • Self study
  • Review 

Lesson 5: Working with Graphics

  • Starting up
  • Understanding how InDesign 
    handles graphics
  • Locating missing images
  • Working with the Links panel
  • Customizing the Links panel
  • Adding graphics to your layout
  • Fitting an image within an existing frame
  • Auto Fitting
  • Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics
  • Placing multiple graphics
  • Using object styles for images
  • Wrapping text around images
  • Wrapping text around the bounding box
  • Using graphics with clipping paths 
    and alpha channels
  • Removing an image background 
    using InDesign
  • Using anchored objects
  • Advanced importing
  • Importing layered Photoshop files
  • Importing InDesign layouts as graphics
  • Self study
  • Review

Lesson 6: Creating and Using Tables

  • Starting up
  • Creating a table
  • Designing a table from scratch
  • Copying and pasting table information
  • Converting text to table and table to text
  • Importing a table
  • Editing tables and table options
  • Changing row width
  • Editing the border
  • Formatting rows and columns
  • Using fills
  • Formatting cells and text
  • Resetting the cell styles within a table
  • Text alignment and inset within a cell
  • Formatting text within a cell and 
    saving paragraph styles
  • Formatting text in tables by column
  • Working with tables in Story Editor
  • Merging cells
  • Defining a header cell
  • Setting column and row dimensions
  • Setting a fixed row height
  • Setting column width
  • Using graphics in tables
  • Placing graphics in cells
  • Cell styles and table styles
  • Cell styles
  • Applying cell styles
  • Creating table styles
  • Applying table styles
  • Self study
  • Review

Lesson 7: Using Color in Your Documents

  • Starting up
  • Applying colors to frames and text
  • Applying color to text
  • Applying color to frames
  • Creating and saving a new swatch
  • Applying strokes to text
  • Creating a tint reduction
  • Making a dashed stroke
  • Creating and saving gradients
  • Linear gradients
  • Saving a gradient
  • Adjusting fill opacity
  • Radial gradient
  • Adjusting the direction of a radial gradient
  • One-click edits
  • Using the Eyedropper tool to copy frame attributes
  • Applying colors to multiple objects
  • Updating and editing colors
  • Using and saving spot colors
  • Colorizing a grayscale image
  • Setting up color management 
  • Color management essentials: about 
    color models CMYK, RGB, and spot
  • About the device-independent 
    color space
  • About profiles
  • About color management engines
  • Setting up color management
  • Saving color settings
  • Changing a source profile
  • Assigning a new source profile
  • Self study
  • Review

Lesson 8: Using Effects

  • Starting up
  • Creative effects
  • Applying opacity to objects
  • Apply effects to stroke or fill only
  • Drop shadow
  • Adjusting effects for objects
  • Bevel and Emboss
  • Object styles with effects
  • Basic Feather
  • The Gradient Feather tool
  • Converting text to a path
  • Applying blending modes to objects
  • The Screen blending mode
  • The Multiply blending mode
  • Working with imported files that use transparency
  • Applying an alpha channel selection
  • Applying a path selection
  • Self study
  • Review

Lesson 9: Advanced Document Features

  • Starting up
  • Adding text variables
  • Creating a book from multiple files
  • Defining pagination and document order
  • Synchronizing attributes across a book file
  • Creating a Table of Contents
  • Building an index
  • Adding topics
  • Adding cross-references
  • Generating the index
  • Creating PDFs and printing from the Book panel
  • Creating PDFs
  • Printing
  • Self study
  • Review

Lesson 10: Document Delivery: Printing, PDFs, and XHTML

  • Starting up
  • Package inventory
  • Preflight checks
  • Packaging your document
  • Creating an Adobe PDF
  • Generating XHTML
  • Adding CSS formatting
  • Separation preview
  • Printing a proof
  • Self study
  • Review

Lesson 11: Using XML with InDesign

  • Starting up
  • XML basics
  • XML tags in InDesign
  • Importing and applying XML Tags
  • Using a DTD
  • Viewing and organizing structure
  • Viewing and applying attributes
  • Exporting XML
  • Importing XML
  • Preparing the document template
  • Applying an XSLT on import
  • Mapping tags to styles
  • Using data merge
  • Self study
  • Review

Lesson 12: Creating Interactive Documents

  • Starting up
  • Interactive design considerations
  • Importing multimedia content
  • Creating buttons to control 
    multimedia content
  • Adding more buttons
  • Creating page transitions
  • Creating an interactive PDF
  • Viewing an interactive PDF
  • Creating a Flash .swf file
  • Viewing a Flash file
  • Self study
  • Review

Lesson 13: What’s New in Adobe InDesign CS4

  • Starting up
  • Improved navigation and user experience
  • Scrolling with the Hand tool
  • Hidden tools
  • Additional cursor information
  • Nudge buttons
  • New method for creating styles
  • The Edit With command
  • Gone but not forgotten
  • Joining objects
  • Guides and rulers
  • Delete all guides
  • Ruler origin on spine
  • Images and Contact sheets
  • Placing a constrained image
  • Creating a grid and placing images
  • Dynamic autoflow
  • Smart guides and Smart object alignment
  • Smart dimensions and Smart spacing
  • Smart dimensions
  • Smart spacing
  • Enhanced preflight capabilities
  • Links panel
  • Kuler panel
  • Page transitions
  • SWF export
  • XFL export
  • Self study
  • Review

 

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