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Adobe InDesign CS3 Tutorial

By combining extraordinary production power and creative freedom with innovative cross-media support, Adobe® InDesign® CS3 takes page design and layout to new levels. Its advanced typography controls allow users unprecedented control over text and formatting. And with new advanced features that allow non-destructive effects (such as drop shadow, bevel and emboss), to be added to both text and graphic frames, users will find endless creative design possibilities. In this VTC tutorial, long time author and graphics guru, Brian White, teaches the fundamentals of InDesign before moving on to show professional hands-on document creation and manipulation. From novice to Pro, this course covers it all! Work Files are included. To begin learning today, simply click on one of the movie topics.

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New Features

Interface Basics

The Welcome Screen
The ID Screen
The Control Pallet
Customizing Pallets
Customizing Menus
Opening Files
Missing Links
Missing Fonts

Navigating the Document

Changing the View
Zoom Tool
Navigator Pallet
Scrolling and Hand Tool
Multiple Windows
Turning Pages

Page Setup

New Documents
Document Preset
Document Measurements
Document Window
Margins and Columns
Ruler Guides pt. 1
Ruler Guides pt. 2
Ruler Options
Baseline Grid

Pages and Masters

Intro Pages
Pages Pallet
Adding Pages
Duplicating Pages
Deleting Pages
Re-organizing Pages
Multiple Page Spreads
Master Pages Intro
Page Numbering
Advanced Page Numbering
Prefix and Section Markers
Multiple Master Pages
Overriding Masters


Intro to Layers
Creating New Layers
Moving and Copying to Layers
Adjusting Text Wrap
Duplicating and Deleting
Pasting onto Layers
Locking Layers
Layers and Master Pages

Adobe Bridge

Intro to Bridge
Viewing Files
Organizing Files
Searching / Labeling and Rating
Adobe Stock Photos
Opening Files

Drawing Tools

Intro To Drawing Tools
Line Tool
Rectangle vs Frame Tool
Rectangles and Ovals
Resizing Rectangles and Ovals
Polygon Tool
Pencil Tool
Smooth / Erase
Pen Tool
Adding and Deleting Direction Points
Converting Text to Outlines

Selecting and Manipulating

Selecting Multiple Objects
Direct Select
Position Tool
Toggling Selection Tools
Moving Objects
Positioning By Numbers
Scaling Tool
Scaling - Other Technique
Free Transform
Transform Again
Step and Repeat

Working with Objects

Aligning Within a Frame
Aligning Objects
Order of Objects
Locking Objects
Corner Effects
Intro to Clipping Paths
Paths - Creating
Paths - Imported
Paths - Detect Edges
Compound Paths
Convert Shape

Working with Frames

Creating Text Frames
Moving and Resizing Text Frames
Auto Text Frames
Frames on Master Pages
Importing Text Files
Threading Text Frames pt. 1
Threading Text Frames pt. 2
Automatic Text Flow
Frames Columns
Frames - Insets / Align
Frames - Text Wrap

Formatting Text

Selecting Text
Applying Fonts
Font Size and Leading
Changing Case
Small Caps and Super / Subscript
Scaling Type
Baseline Shift
Paragraph Alignment
Setting Indents
Space Above and Below
Drop Caps
Baseline Alignment
Rules Above and Below
Setting Tabs
Hanging Indents
Copying Attributes
Setting Defaults

Other Text Features

Special Characters
Section Markers
Break Characters
Spell Checker
Story Editor
Story Editor Preferences
Type on a Path
Type on a Path - Alignment
Type on a Path - Effects
Text Wrap pt. 1
Text Wrap pt. 2
Overriding Text Wrap
In-line Graphics
Anchored Objects pt. 1
Anchored Objects pt. 2
Anchored Objects pt. 3
Find / Change Text
Find / Change GREP
Find / Change Glyphs
Find / Change Objects

Stroke and Fill

Intro to Color
Color Modes
Color Picker
Intro to Swatches
Creating Swatches
Creating Tints
Coloring Imported Graphics
Creating Gradient Swatches
Multi Colored Gradients
Modifying Gradients
Swatches Options

Special Effects

Applying Special Effects
Special Effects pt. 1
Special Effects pt. 2
Special Effects pt. 3
Special Effects pt 4
Duplicating Effects


Creating a Table
Importing Tables
Moving Around a Table
Selecting Cells
Inserting Columns and Rows
Formatting Type
Merging Cells
Resizing Columns and Rows
Cell Formatting
Alternating Colors
Adding Graphics
Scaling Tables


Paragraph Styles pt. 1
Paragraph Styles pt. 2
Editing Paragraph Styles
Basing Styles
Creating a Character Style
Nesting Styles pt. 1
Nesting Styles pt. 2
Nesting a Drop Cap
Setting Next Style
Bullet Color
Bullet Levels
Overriding and Deleting
Object Styles pt. 1
Object Styles pt. 2
Object Styles pt. 3
Table Styles
Style Groups

Managing Graphics

Types of Graphics
Graphic Displays
Placing Graphics
Cut and Paste
Updating Links

Creative Suite at Work

Quick Start Overview
ID & Bridge
ID & Photoshop
ID & Illustrator
ID & Export

Other Document Features

Libraries pt. 1
Libraries pt. 2
Importing ID Files
Creating a Book
Synchronizing Book Documents
Table of Contents
Measurement Tool

Previewing the Document

Viewing Separations
Ink Limit
Flattener Preview

Printing and PDF

Basic Printing
Advanced Print Options
Exporting to PDF
Create High Resolution PDF File
PDF Presets
Create Normal Print Presets
Printing Oversized Documents (Booklets)

Final Thoughts and Considerations

Using the Included "Work Files"
Closing Remarks
About the Author

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