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InDesign is a sophisticated page-layout program. You can use it to create professional-looking documents, including newsletters, books, and magazines. You can also use it to create documents for distribution on a tablet such as an iPad, and even documents that include interactivity or videos. InDesign has evolved into a tool that lets you publish content to just about any device or in print. For example, using InDesign you can create a document and distribute content in print and then add hyperlinks and video and export it to PDF or HTML.
As powerful an application as InDesign is, you'd think it would be difficult to use, but you'll find that creating most basic documents is a snap. This minibook shows you how to use InDesign to make creative page layouts. In this chapter, you discover the InDesign interface and start your first publication.
InDesign is used for creating page layouts that include type, graphics (such as fills and strokes), and images. The InDesign document you see in Figure 1-1 includes elements from Adobe Illustrator (logos) and Photoshop (images). If this file were to be exported as a PDF or an HTML file, it could include video or interactive buttons.
In the following sections, you get familiar with creating and opening documents in InDesign. In Chapters 2 through ...