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InDesign Resources

InDesign CC Essentials

Adobe InDesign is the industry standard for desktop publishing and page layout, and InDesign CC is loaded with tools to help creative professionals design eye-popping layouts for brochures, magazines, e-books, and other projects. Now, you can learn the ins and outs of maximizing InDesign CC - from setting up your document and working with templates to using XML and exporting your documents - with InDesign CC Essentials. Our instructors provide expert, straight-forward, user-friendly training to help you tackle new topics the way you want to learn. Master basic skills, boost your creativity, and challenge yourself in bold new directions. Navigate the InDesign interface, set up grids and guides, and import text and images. Work with InDesign's drawing tools and style menus. Build templates, use XML, and automate routine tasks and formatting and prepare your documents for print.

Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book

Creative professionals seeking the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe InDesign choose Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book (2019 release) from Adobe Press. The 15 project-based step-by-step lessons show users the key techniques for working in InDesign. Designers will build a strong foundation of typographic, color, page layout, and document-construction skills that will enable them to produce a broad range of print and digital publications—from a simple postcard to an interactive Adobe PDF with form fields. The real-world tasks in this comprehensive book are presented in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step format and are designed to train beginning Adobe InDesign users in the program—from fundamental features to powerful layout and output skills.

Data Merge and Styles for Adobe InDesign CC 2018

Harness the power of Adobe InDesign's data merge and style panel. Whether you're creating custom mail-outs or other mail-merge needs, familiarize yourself with this powerful InDesign panel in this in-depth, step-by-step guide. This book shows you how to easily create, edit, and print data merged documents that match specific branding and style guidelines. You'll learn how to combine MS Excel to create a faster workflow and quickly turn your Adobe InDesign CC 2017 files into printer-ready files. In this book, we'll also take a look at how to apply paragraph and character styles to your text and how you can alter formatting using Global Regular Expressions Print (GREPs).

Learn Adobe InDesign CC for Print and Digital Media Publication

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. 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.

White Space Is Not Your Enemy

White Space Is Not Your Enemy is a practical graphic design and layout guide that introduces concepts and practices necessary for producing effective visual communication across a variety of formats—from web to print. Sections on Gestalt theory, color theory, and WET layout are expanded to offer more in-depth content on those topics. This new edition features new covering current trends in web design—Mobile-first, UI/UX design, and web typography—and how they affect a designer’s approach to a project. The entire book will receive an update using new examples and images that show a more diverse set of graphics that go beyond print and web and focus on tablet, mobile and advertising designs.

InDesign CC In Depth

Master InDesign CC on your terms with this one-of-a-kind video training course. Adobe InDesign is the industry standard for desktop publishing and page layout, and InDesign CC is loaded with tools to help creative professionals design eye-popping layouts for brochures, magazines, e-books, and other projects. With this video course you will go beyond the basics to maximize InDesign CC and start taking advantage of all the features that InDesign offers. Our instructors provide expert, straight-forward, user- friendly training to help you tackle InDesign CC the way you want to learn. Dive deep into InDesign’s drawing tools and style menus. Learn advanced styling and template techniques, work with XML, design forms, and automate routine tasks in InDesign with expressions, scripting, and plug-ins.

Instant InDesign: Designing Templates for Fast and Efficient Page Layout

Instant InDesign is the first comprehensive guide to Adobe InDesign that focuses exclusively on the art of template design and production. You’ll learn everything you need to know—from key design principles and basic template architecture to advanced automation techniques. With practical tips and real-world examples, you’ll discover how to translate your great ideas into industrial-strength templates. Magazine, newspaper, book, and catalog publishers, as well as ad agencies, graphic design firms, and independent designers can all use this guide to boost productivity and enhance their creative process. Instant InDesign is the best single resource for fast and
efficient page layout and production.

Digital Publishing with Adobe ® InDesign® CC: Moving Beyond Print to Digital

If you’re a designer or other creative professional who needs to create digital documents that will be read on multiple devices, you will be thrilled with the powerful tools in Adobe InDesign CC. Now you just need to know what to do with them. Digital Publishing with Adobe InDesign CC examines not just the “How” of using the tools, but also the “When” and “Why” of choosing among the various digital format options–ePub, PDF, HTML, tablet app, and so on. Clear explanations and plenty of full-color graphics will guide you through the potentially confusing digital publishing landscape. Written by two longtime publishing experts, the book thoroughly covers the theory and best practices for creating and using buttons, hyperlinks, video, audio, forms, animations, slideshows, and iPad interactivity to enhance and enliven your digital publications. 

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