Adobe InDesign Classroom in a Book (2021 release)

Book description

The fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe InDesign

Classroom in a Book®, the best-selling series of hands-on software training workbooks, offers what no other book or training program does -- an official training series from Adobe, developed with the support of Adobe product experts.

Adobe InDesign Classroom in a Book (2021 release) contains 15 lessons that cover the basics and beyond, providing countless tips and techniques to help you become more productive with the program. You can follow the book from start to finish or choose only those lessons that interest you. This book will also help experienced InDesign users elevate their skills, understand best practices, and learn about new features.

Purchasing this book includes valuable online extras. Follow the instructions in the books Getting Started section to unlock access to:

  • Downloadable lesson files you need to work through the projects in the book

  • Web Edition containing the complete text of the book, interactive quizzes, and videos that walk you through the lessons step by step

What you need to use this book: Adobe InDesign (2021 release) software, for either Windows or macOS. (Software not included.)

Note: Classroom in a Book does not replace the documentation, support, updates, or any other benefits of being a registered owner of Adobe InDesign software.

Table of contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Where are the Lesson Files?
  5. About the Authors
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Contents
  8. Getting Started
    1. About Classroom in a Book
    2. Prerequisites
    3. Installing the software
    4. Online content
    5. Saving and restoring the InDesign Defaults file
    6. Training resources
  9. 1. Introducing the Workspace
    1. Getting started
    2. Looking at the workspace
    3. Working with panels
    4. Customizing the workspace
    5. Changing the magnification of a document
    6. Navigating through a document
    7. Using context menus
    8. Using panel menus
    9. Modifying interface preferences
    10. Exploring on your own
    11. Review questions
    12. Review answers
  10. 2. Getting to Know Indesign
    1. Getting started
    2. Viewing guides
    3. Adding text
    4. Working with styles
    5. Working with graphics
    6. Working with objects
    7. Working with object styles
    8. Preflighting as you work
    9. Viewing the document in Presentation mode
    10. Exploring on your own
    11. Review questions
    12. Review answers
  11. 3. Setting Up a Document and Working with Pages
    1. Getting started
    2. Creating a new document
    3. Creating and saving custom document settings
    4. Creating a new document from a preset
    5. Working with master pages
    6. Applying master pages to document pages
    7. Adding new document pages
    8. Rearranging and deleting document pages
    9. Changing the size of pages within one InDesign document
    10. Adding sections to change page numbering
    11. Overriding master page items and placing text and graphics
    12. Printing to the edge of the paper: Using the bleed guides
    13. Viewing the completed spread
    14. Exploring on your own
    15. Review questions
    16. Review answers
  12. 4. Working with Objects
    1. Getting started
    2. Introducing layers
    3. Working with layers
    4. Creating and modifying text frames
    5. Creating and modifying graphics frames
    6. Adding metadata captions to graphics frames
    7. Wrapping text around a graphic
    8. Transforming the shape of frames
    9. Transforming and aligning objects
    10. Selecting and modifying grouped objects
    11. Flowing type along a path
    12. Drawing lines and modifying arrowheads
    13. Finishing up
    14. Exploring on your own
    15. Review questions
    16. Review answers
  13. 5. Working with Color
    1. Getting started
    2. Managing color
    3. Defining printing requirements
    4. Creating colors
    5. Applying colors
    6. Working with tint swatches
    7. Working with gradients
    8. Working with color groups
    9. Exploring on your own
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  14. 6. Flowing Text
    1. Getting started
    2. Flowing text into an existing frame
    3. Flowing text manually
    4. Creating text frames while flowing text
    5. Creating threaded frames automatically
    6. Flowing text automatically
    7. Using Find/Change to delete extra paragraph returns
    8. Applying paragraph styles to text
    9. Adjusting columns
    10. Using the baseline grid to align text
    11. Adding a jump line page number
    12. Exploring on your own
    13. Review questions
    14. Review answers
  15. 7. Editing Text
    1. Getting started
    2. Entering and importing text
    3. Finding and changing text and formatting
    4. Checking spelling
    5. Editing text by dragging and dropping
    6. Using the Story Editor
    7. Tracking changes
    8. Exploring on your own
    9. Review questions
    10. Review answers
  16. 8. Working with Typography
    1. Getting started
    2. Adjusting vertical spacing
    3. Working with fonts, type styles, and glyphs
    4. Working with columns
    5. Changing paragraph alignment
    6. Creating a drop cap
    7. Adjusting letter and word spacing
    8. Adjusting line breaks
    9. Setting tabs
    10. Working with paragraph shading and rules
    11. Review questions
    12. Review answers
  17. 9. Working with Styles
    1. Getting started
    2. Creating and applying paragraph styles
    3. Creating and applying character styles
    4. Nesting character styles inside paragraph styles
    5. Creating and applying object styles
    6. Creating and applying table and cell styles
    7. Globally updating styles
    8. Loading styles from another document
    9. Exploring on your own
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  18. 10. Creating Tables
    1. Getting started
    2. Working with tables
    3. Converting text to a table
    4. Changing rows and columns
    5. Formatting a table
    6. Adding graphics to table cells
    7. Creating a header row
    8. Creating and applying table and cell styles
    9. Exploring on your own
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  19. 11. Importing and Modifying Graphics
    1. Getting started
    2. Adding graphics from other programs
    3. Comparing vector and bitmap graphics
    4. Managing links to imported files
    5. Updating revised graphics
    6. Adjusting display quality
    7. Importing and sizing graphics
    8. Editing placed pictures
    9. Working with dropped backgrounds
    10. Importing native Adobe graphic files
    11. Using subject-aware text wrap
    12. Filling type with a graphic
    13. Using an InDesign library to manage objects
    14. Exploring on your own
    15. Review questions
    16. Review answers
  20. 12. working with transparency
    1. Getting started
    2. Creating a background graphic
    3. Applying transparency settings
    4. Adding transparency effects to imported vector and bitmap graphics
    5. Importing and adjusting Illustrator files that use transparency
    6. Applying transparency settings to text
    7. Working with effects
    8. Exploring on your own
    9. Review questions
    10. Review answers
  21. 13. Printing and Exporting
    1. Getting started
    2. Preflighting files
    3. Previewing separations
    4. Managing colors
    5. Previewing transparency effects
    6. Previewing the pages
    7. Creating an Adobe PDF proof
    8. Creating a press-ready PDF and saving a PDF preset
    9. Printing a proof and saving a print preset
    10. Packaging files
    11. Exporting graphics for the web and other digital destinations
    12. Exploring on your own
    13. Review questions
    14. Review answers
  22. 14. Creating Adobe PDF Files with Form Fields
    1. Getting started
    2. Setting up a workspace for forms
    3. Adding form fields
    4. Setting the tab order of the fields
    5. Adding a button to submit the form
    6. Exporting an interactive Adobe PDF file
    7. Testing your form in Acrobat Reader
    8. Exploring on your own
    9. Review questions
    10. Review answers
  23. 15. Creating a Fixed-Layout Epub
    1. Getting started
    2. Creating a new document for fixed-layout export
    3. EPUB: Fixed-layout versus reflowable
    4. Adding animation
    5. Buttons
    6. Adding multimedia and interactive elements
    7. Exporting a fixed-layout EPUB file
    8. InDesign Publish Online
    9. Exploring on your own
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  24. Index

Product information

  • Title: Adobe InDesign Classroom in a Book (2021 release)
  • Author(s): Kelly Kordes Anton, Tina DeJarld
  • Release date: December 2020
  • Publisher(s): Adobe Press
  • ISBN: 9780136870319