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Get up to speed on the latest features and enhancements to the new version of InDesign
As the industry standard in professional layout and design, InDesign delivers powerful publishing solutions for magazine, newspaper, and other publishing fields. This introductory book is an easy-to-understand reference for anyone migrating from another software application or those with little-to-no desktop publishing experience. You'll explore InDesign basics and examine the enhancements to the latest version, while you also discover how pages work, build templates, create frames and shapes, manage styles, and much more.
• InDesign is proving to be an increasingly popular layout and design application; the latest version includes new functionality and enhanced tools
• Teaches all the basics for first-time users, including how to open and save your work, arrange objects, work with color, edit text, manage styles, finesse character details, add special type, import and size graphics, set paths, work with tabs, create indices, and more
• Demonstrates how to calibrate colors, export PDF files, fine-tune paragraph details, create frames and shapes, manipulate objects, and work with automated text
InDesign CS5 For Dummies offers a straightforward but fun approach to discovering how to get the most from your desktop publishing experience when using InDesign.
Aimed at beginners, this is full of the very basics, yet still holds some gems for experienced designers who may have 'moved on' and forgotten some of the 'good practices' that every learner has to know. However, the best thing about this title is how it covers the new features from Creative Suite 5.
Starting at the very first step - configuring your workspace so that it 'fits your style' and gives you the most efficient layout to work with - right through to to dealing with the vastly-expanded range of features and functions available in the latest version, including the new frame properties and the 'flash'-based animation systems that allow you to create print-ready files that can also be exported out to animated, and even interactive, flash modules for use in web and multimedia projects, ensuring your artwork stays consistent across all media platforms.
With the ever-increasing 'overlap' between applications, InDesign now comes with a lot of vector-based tools, and this book gives you a detailed overview of the 'shape' tools, which means those new to using drawing tools in a design manner will find it a lot less daunting.
Overall, this book is, quite simply, about half the price of it's worth - For a beginner, it will prove utterly invaluable as a reference to getting to grips with one of the world's leading desktop publishing and design applications, and for those who are already familiar with InDesign, it will prove a great way to get a fast handle on the improvements CS5 has brought. Written in simple language, and using key icons to mark items of particular note, the only way this book could be any easier to deal with would be if it talked!
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