Adobe® InDesign® CS3 Classroom in a Book®

Book description

This thorough, self-paced guide to Adobe InDesign CS3 is ideal for beginning users who want to master the key features of this program, while readers who already have some experience with InDesign can use this book to familiarize themselves with InDesign CS3's newest features. Using step-by-step, project-based lessons, each chapter contains a project that builds upon the reader's growing knowledge of the program, while review questions at the end of each chapter reinforce the most important skills learned in each lesson. The companion CD contains all the assets readers will need to work through each project in the book. Adobe InDesign CS3, Adobe's page layout and design software, has been updated to accelerate user productivity with loads of new features: new Photoshop effects--including gradient feathering, inner shadows, and glows--that you can apply to objects on a page; finer transparency controls, which let you apply transparency settings independently to an object's fill, stroke, and content for more complex visual looks; numerous productivity enhancements; advanced find/change features; new table and cell styles; export to XHTML, and more.

Educational instructor notes—created to help teachers plan, organize, and time their lessons—are available for this book (and for other Classroom in a Book titles) at

SPECIAL NOTE: Before starting the lessons in the book, visit for important lesson and project file updates. 

Table of contents

  1. Copyright
  3. What’s on the CD*
    1. Lesson files... and so much more
  4. Getting Started
    1. About Classroom in a Book
    2. Prerequisites
    3. Installing the software
    4. Installing the Classroom in a Book fonts
    5. Saving, deleting, and restoring preference files
    6. Copying the Classroom in a Book files
    7. Color profiles
    8. Additional resources
      1. Useful links
    9. Adobe certification
  5. What’s New in Adobe InDesign CS3
    1. Enhanced workspace
    2. Customizable user interface
    3. Productivity enhancements
    4. Expanded layout features
    5. Improved text handling
    6. Enhanced graphics handling
    7. Long document enhancements
    8. XHTML exporting
    9. XML features
  6. A Quick Tour of Adobe InDesign CS3
    1. Getting started
      1. Viewing the lesson document
      2. Changing the View mode
      3. Viewing guides
      4. Adding text
    2. Threading text in frames
      1. Placing and flowing text
      2. Threading text
      3. Adding a pull-quote
      4. Wrapping text around an object
      5. Adding a stroke to the frame
      6. Changing the frame and text position
      7. Adjusting the size of an image
    3. Working with styles
      1. Applying paragraph styles
      2. Formatting text for the character style
      3. Creating and applying a character style
      4. Applying object styles
    4. Working with graphics
      1. Positioning graphics within a frame
      2. About the Position tool
      3. Targeting layers when placing
      4. Cropping and moving the photograph
    5. Exploring on your own
  7. 1. Getting to Know the Work Area
    1. Getting started
    2. Looking at the work area
      1. About the Tools panel
      2. About the Control panel
      3. About the document window
      4. Multiple document windows
      5. Viewing and arranging panels
      6. Customizing your workspace
      7. Using panel menus
    3. Changing the magnification of a document
      1. Using the view commands and magnification menu
      2. Using the Zoom tool
    4. Navigating through your document
      1. Turning pages
      2. Scrolling through a document
      3. Using the Navigator panel
      4. Using context menus
      5. Selecting objects
      6. Using InDesign Help
      7. Using keywords, links, and the index
      8. Locating a topic using the index
    5. Exploring on your own
    6. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  8. 2. Setting Up Your Document
    1. Getting started
      1. Creating and saving custom page settings
      2. Creating a new document
      3. Switching between open InDesign documents
      4. Working with master pages
      5. Adding guides to the master
      6. Dragging guides from rulers
      7. Creating a text frame on the master page
      8. Renaming the master page
      9. Creating additional master pages
      10. Creating a placeholder master
      11. Adding a title placeholder frame
      12. Adding placeholder frames for graphics
      13. Wrapping text around a graphic
      14. Drawing colored shapes
      15. Creating text frames with columns
      16. Applying the masters to document pages
      17. Adding sections to change page numbering
      18. Adding new pages
      19. Arranging and deleting pages
      20. Placing text and graphics on the document pages
      21. Overriding master page items on document pages
      22. Viewing the completed spread
    2. Exploring on your own
    3. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  9. 3. Working with Frames
    1. Getting started
    2. Working with layers
    3. Creating and editing text frames
      1. Creating and resizing text frames
      2. Reshaping a text frame
      3. Creating multiple columns
      4. Adjusting text inset within a frame
      5. Vertically aligning text within a frame
    4. Creating and editing graphics frames
      1. Drawing a new graphics frame
      2. Placing graphics within an existing frame
      3. Resizing a graphics frame
      4. Resizing and moving an image within a frame
      5. Replacing the contents of graphics frames
      6. Changing the shape of a frame
      7. Wrapping text around a graphic
    5. Working with frames
      1. Working with compound shapes
      2. Converting shapes
      3. Using the Position tool
      4. Rotating an object
      5. Rotating an image within its frame
      6. Aligning multiple objects
      7. Scaling grouped objects
      8. Selecting and modifying a frame within grouped objects
      9. Finishing up
    6. Exploring on your own
    7. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  10. 4. Importing and Editing Text
    1. Getting started
      1. Managing fonts
      2. Finding and changing a missing font
    2. Creating and entering text
      1. Creating a headline and applying a style
    3. Vertically aligning text
    4. Flowing text
      1. Flowing text manually
    5. Working with styles
      1. Applying a style
    6. Flowing text automatically
      1. Resizing a text frame
      2. Adding a column break
    7. Adding a jump line page number
      1. Changing horizontal and vertical text alignment
    8. Using semi-autoflow to place text frames
    9. Changing the number of columns on a page
    10. Loading styles from another document
    11. Flowing text into an existing frame
    12. Finding and changing
      1. Finding text and changing formatting
    13. Checking the spelling of a story
    14. Adding words to a dictionary
      1. Adding words to a document-specific dictionary
    15. Checking spelling dynamically
    16. Automatically correcting misspelled words
    17. Drag and drop text editing
    18. Using the Story Editor
    19. Exploring on your own
    20. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  11. 5. Working with Typography
    1. Getting started
    2. Adjusting vertical spacing
      1. Using a baseline grid to align text
      2. Viewing the baseline grid
      3. Changing the spacing above and below paragraphs
    3. Changing fonts and type style
    4. Changing paragraph alignment
      1. Adding a decorative font and special character
    5. Creating a drop cap
      1. Applying a fill and stroke to text
      2. Adjusting the drop cap alignment
    6. Adjusting letter and word spacing
      1. Adjusting the kerning and tracking
      2. Applying the paragraph and single-line composers
    7. Working with tabs
      1. Creating a hanging indent
    8. Adding a rule below a paragraph
    9. Exploring on your own
    10. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  12. 6. Working with Color
    1. Getting started
    2. Defining printing requirements
    3. Adding colors to the Swatches panel
    4. Applying colors to objects
    5. Creating dashed strokes
    6. Working with gradients
      1. Creating and applying a gradient swatch
      2. Adjusting the direction of the gradient blend
    7. Creating a tint
    8. Creating a spot color
    9. Applying color to text
      1. Applying colors to additional objects
      2. Creating another tint
    10. Using advanced gradient techniques
      1. Creating a gradient swatch with multiple colors
      2. Applying the gradient to an object
      3. Applying a gradient to multiple objects
    11. Ensuring consistent color
    12. An overview of color management
      1. About the device-independent color space
      2. About ICC profiles
      3. About color management engines
      4. Components of a CMYK press-oriented workflow
    13. Setting up color management in InDesign CS3
    14. A look at Adobe Bridge
      1. Specifying the Adobe ACE engine
      2. Setting up default working spaces
      3. Assigning source profiles
      4. Specifying the rendering intent
      5. Using full-resolution display with color management
    15. Color-managing imported graphics in InDesign CS3
    16. Assigning a profile after importing an image
    17. Embedding a profile in a Photoshop image
      1. Setting up color management in Photoshop CS3
      2. Embedding the profile
      3. Updating the image within InDesign CS3
    18. Assigning a profile while importing a graphic
      1. Embedding a profile in an Illustrator graphic
      2. Setting up color management in Illustrator CS3
      3. Embedding a profile in a graphic from Illustrator
      4. Placing a color-managed Illustrator file into InDesign CS3
      5. Other information resources for color management
    19. Exploring on your own
    20. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  13. 7. Working with Styles
    1. Getting started
    2. Creating and applying paragraph styles
      1. Creating a paragraph style
      2. Applying a paragraph style
    3. Creating and applying character styles
      1. Creating a character style
      2. Applying a character style
    4. Nesting character styles inside paragraph styles
      1. Creating character styles for nesting
      2. Creating a nested style
    5. Creating and applying object styles
      1. Creating an object style
      2. Applying an object style
    6. Creating and applying table and cell styles
      1. Creating cell styles
      2. Creating a table style
      3. Applying a table style
    7. Globally updating styles
    8. Loading styles from another document
    9. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  14. 8. Importing and Linking Graphics
    1. Getting started
      1. Adding graphics from other programs
    2. Comparing vector and bitmap graphics
      1. Managing links to imported files
      2. Identifying imported images
      3. Viewing information about linked files
      4. Showing files in Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac OS)
    3. Updating revised graphics
    4. Adjusting view quality
    5. Working with clipping paths
      1. Removing a white background using InDesign
      2. Working with alpha channels
    6. Importing a Photoshop file and alpha channels
      1. Examining Photoshop paths and alpha channels
      2. Using Photoshop alpha channels in InDesign
    7. Placing native files
      1. Importing a Photoshop file with layers and layer comps
      2. Placing inline graphics
      3. Adding text wrap to an inline graphic
      4. Importing an Illustrator file
      5. Importing an Illustrator file with layers
    8. Using a library to manage objects
    9. Creating a library
    10. Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics
    11. Exploring on your own
    12. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  15. 9. Creating Tables
    1. Getting started
    2. Importing and formatting a table
      1. Formatting borders and alternating row colors
      2. Editing cell strokes
      3. Formatting the header cells
      4. Deleting a column
    3. Using graphics within tables
      1. Setting fixed column and row dimensions
      2. Placing graphics in table cells
      3. Placing multiple graphics in a cell
    4. Formatting text within a table
      1. Editing imported paragraph styles in a table
      2. Creating a new cell style
      3. Dragging to adjust column size
      4. Finishing up
    5. Exploring on your own
    6. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  16. 10. Working with Transparency
    1. Getting started
    2. Importing and colorizing a black-and-white image
    3. Applying transparency settings
      1. About the Effects panel
      2. Changing the opacity of solid-color objects
      3. Applying a blending mode
      4. Adjusting the transparency settings for EPS images
      5. Adjusting transparency for Photoshop images
      6. Importing and adjusting Illustrator files that use transparency
      7. Applying transparency settings to text
      8. Applying transparency settings to text frame fill
    4. Working with effects
      1. Applying basic feathering to the margins of an image
      2. Applying a gradient feather
      3. Applying multiple effects to objects
      4. Editing and removing effects
    5. Exploring on your own
    6. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  17. 11. Working with Long Documents
    1. Getting started
    2. Starting a book
      1. Creating a book file
      2. Adding documents to a book file
      3. Specifying page numbering across the book
      4. Customizing page numbering
    3. Creating a running footer
      1. Defining a text variable
      2. Inserting a text variable
    4. Adding a footnote
    5. Synchronizing a book
    6. Generating a table of contents
      1. Preparing to generate the table of contents
      2. Setting up the table of contents
      3. Flowing the table of contents
    7. Indexing a book
      1. Adding index topics and references
      2. Generating an index
    8. Exploring on your own
    9. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  18. 12. Output and PDF Exporting
    1. Getting started
    2. Using Preflight
    3. Using Package
    4. Creating an Adobe PDF proof
    5. Separations preview
    6. Transparency flattener preview
    7. Previewing the page
    8. Printing a laser or inkjet proof
    9. Exploring on your own
    10. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  19. 13. Using XML
    1. Getting started
    2. About XML
    3. Viewing XML tags
    4. Importing and applying XML tags
    5. Tagging images
      1. Viewing and organizing structure
      2. Viewing and applying attributes
      3. Exporting XML
    6. Importing XML
      1. Mapping tags to style
    7. Using XML snippets
    8. Exploring on your own
    9. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  20. Production Notes
    1. Team credits
    2. Typefaces used
    3. Images

Product information

  • Title: Adobe® InDesign® CS3 Classroom in a Book®
  • Author(s): Adobe Creative Team
  • Release date: April 2007
  • Publisher(s): Adobe Press
  • ISBN: 9780321492012