Learn Adobe InDesign CC for Print and Digital Media Publication: Adobe Certified Associate Exam Preparation, Second Edition

Book description

Used by graphic designers worldwide, Adobe InDesign CC is a layout powerhouse. But that power is easy to harness, as you'll soon learn. These real-world projects teach you to think like a designer and master the details that set your work apart. Hone your InDesign skills as you:


  • Produce an advertising poster
  • Design a magazine for print and tablet delivery
  • Build interactive forms
  • Add controls for video, animations, and more to a digital media publication


This study guide uses more than 11 hours of video integrated with text to help you gain real-world skills that will get you started in your career designing publications for print and screen using InDesign CC. It lays the foundation for taking the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification exam and helps prepare you for an entry-level position in a competitive job market.

Purchasing this book gives you access to valuable online extras. Follow the instructions in the book's "Getting Started" section to unlock access to:


  • Web Edition containing instructional video embedded in the complete text of the book with interactive review questions along with product updates
  • Downloadable lesson files you need to work through the projects in the book ...

Table of contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication Page
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. About the Authors
  7. Contents
  8. Getting Started
    1. About This Book and Video
    2. Conventions Used in This Book
    3. Installing the Software
    4. Accessing the Free Web Edition and Project Files
    5. Additional Resources
    6. Adobe Certification
    7. Resetting the Preferences to Their Defaults
  9. 1 Getting Started with InDesign
    1. Starting InDesign
    2. Using the Start Workspace
    3. Getting to Know the InDesign Workspace
    4. Getting to Know the Tools Panel
    5. Working with Panels
    6. Using Workspaces
    7. Getting Around on a Page
    8. Getting Around in a Document
    9. Working Faster with Keyboard Shortcuts
    10. Challenge
  10. 2 Designing an Event Poster
    1. Starting the Project
    2. Using Layers to Organize Document Elements
    3. Adding Guides and Changing Preferences
    4. Adding Objects to a Document
    5. Applying Color to a Shape
    6. Assigning Objects to Layers
    7. Creating a Shape with the Pathfinder Tools
    8. Moving, Scaling, and Locking Objects
    9. Adding Text
    10. Moving and Sizing Text
    11. Packaging Your Finished Project for Output
    12. Challenge
  11. 3 A Colorful Magazine Cover Design
    1. Introducing the Magazine Cover Project
    2. Starting a Magazine Cover Design
    3. Placing the Featured Image on the Cover
    4. Adding Teaser Text
    5. Creating the Title Masthead
    6. Adding to the Title Masthead
    7. Finishing the Title Masthead
    8. Adding a Coverline
    9. Adding the Main Coverline
    10. Applying an Inset to a Text Frame
    11. Adding a Starburst
    12. Preflighting the Document
    13. Challenge
  12. 4 Designing a Magazine Layout
    1. Setting Up the New Document Dialog
    2. Setting Up Master Pages
    3. Putting Master Pages to Work
    4. Using Spot Colors in Print Designs
    5. Working with Text Frames and Columns
    6. Creating a Drop Cap
    7. Adjusting Space Between Paragraphs
    8. Setting Indents
    9. Setting Tabs
    10. Adjusting Hyphenation
    11. Wrapping Text Around Objects
    12. Creating Bulleted and Numbered Lists
    13. Threading Stories Through Text Frames
    14. Converting Text into a Graphic
    15. Placing a Graphic Without a Placeholder
    16. Adding a Pull Quote
    17. Using Different Page Sizes in a Single Document
    18. Creating an Interactive Form
    19. Numbering and Sections
    20. Adding Page Transitions
    21. Creating an Interactive PDF
  13. 5 Styling a Recipe Book
    1. Setting Up the Recipe Book
    2. Styling Text with Gradient Swatches
    3. Aligning Text Vertically in a Frame
    4. Styling Corners
    5. Formatting Faster with Styles
    6. Adding Text from Other Applications
    7. Using Tables
    8. Using the Content Conveyor
    9. Designing Page 5 On Your Own
    10. Creating a Table of Contents
  14. 6 Creating an Interactive Digital Media Publication
    1. Types of Digital Media
    2. Setting Up for Digital Media
    3. Working with Libraries
    4. Releasing Master Page Items
    5. Laying Out Buttons Precisely
    6. Working with Animations and Timing
    7. Checking Spelling
    8. Finding and Changing Content
    9. Embedding Media Files
    10. Creating a Slide Show
    11. Inserting HTML
    12. Exporting the Project
    13. Conclusion
  15. 7 Leveling Up with Design (online)
    1. Creativity Is a Skill
    2. The Design Hierarchy
    3. The Elements of Art
    4. The Principles of Design
    5. Wrapping Up the Design Concepts
  16. 8 Working with Outsiders (online)
    1. Who You’re Talking For and Who You’re Talking To
    2. Copyrights and Wrongs
    3. Think Like a Boss
    4. Conclusion
  17. Appendix: Building an Index (online)
    1. Adding Index Entries
    2. Generating the Index
    3. Removing an Index Entry
    4. Updating an Index
  18. ACA Objectives Covered
  19. Glossary
  20. Index

Product information

  • Title: Learn Adobe InDesign CC for Print and Digital Media Publication: Adobe Certified Associate Exam Preparation, Second Edition
  • Author(s): Jonathan Gordon, Rob Schwartz, Conrad Chavez
  • Release date: September 2018
  • Publisher(s): Peachpit Press
  • ISBN: 9780134878638