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Mini-review & Competition: Mastering InDesign CS5

“for Print Design and Production”

If you're a busy designer racing daily deadlines, the last thing you need is fluff. Mastering InDesign CS5 for Print Design and Production vaults you straight into the practical, everyday techniques you need to get professional results, today.

Overview

About the book:

Each chapter gets right to the point and covers what professionals need to master to work more efficiently: text, drawing, documents, preflight, collaboration, and much more. Written by the former InDesign technical lead for Adobe and packed with his invaluable advice, this book shows you how to make InDesign's tools work the way you work - saving time, improving results, and freeing you to focus on the creative.

What You'll Learn:

  • The new features of InDesign CS5 and how and why you should use them
  • Setting up press-ready pages and spread with bleed, slug, and live areas
  • Placing and fitting images rapidly and accurately
  • Using layers, guides, templates, and libraries to speed the design process
  • Improving productivity through reusable settings and assets
  • Working with InCopy to incorporate collaboration
  • Customizing InDesign's tools to meet the demands of daily deadlines
  • Exploring all that InDesign can do with text, characters, and documents
  • Revolutionizing your workflow by using pages and stories effectively
  • Mastering essential calibration and color management steps, even for greyscale jobs
  • Printing well and accurately with the right preflighting procedures
  • Getting more efficient and more creative using smart workflows

Competition

We've got a brand new mini-review and competition of Mastering InDesign CS5 for Print Design and Production. Our friends from Wiley are giving away 5 books!

All you need to do, to enter the competition is download the sample and continue the following line: "Ultimately, like RAM, designers can never have too much screen real estate when dealing with..."

Send your answer to this e-mail address, before Wednesday the 25th of May 2011. Don't forget to include your post address and phone number (required for international shipping) in the e-mail.

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1 Customizing.

  • Panels
  • The Panel Dock
  • Arranging Panels
  • Stacked Panels
  • Multistate Panels
  • The Tools Panel
  • The Control Panel
  • Panels You Don't Need
  • Bars
  • Application Bar
  • Application Frame
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Menus
  • Plug-in Customization
  • Workspaces
  • InDesign in Your Pocket
  • Customizing Application Defaults
  • The Bottom Line

Chapter 2 Text.

  • Text Frame Basics
  • Creating Text Frames
  • Getting Text Into Text Frames 
  • Column Spanning
  • Splitting Columns
  • Paragraph Formatting
  • Alignment
  • Left and Right Indent
  • Separating Paragraphs
  • Last Line Right Indent
  • Drop Caps
  • Paragraph Composition
  • Paragraph vs. Single-line Composer
  • Justification Options
  • Hyphenation 
  • Optical Margin Alignment
  • Balance Ragged Lines
  • Keep Options
  • Highlight Composition Violations
  • Paragraph Rules
  • The Bottom Line

Chapter 3 Characters.

  • Formatting Characters
  • The Character Panel
  • Character transformation
  • Special Characters
  • Insert Special Characters
  • White Space Characters
  • OpenType
  • What is OpenType?
  • Cross-platform at Last
  • Upgrading to OpenType Fonts
  • Using OpenType Features
  • Glyphs Panel
  • Using the Glyphs Panel
  • Glyph Sets 
  • The Bottom line

Chapter 4 Drawing.


Chapter 5 Images.


Chapter 6 Objects.


Chapter 7 Pages.


Chapter 8 Stories.


Chapter 9 Documents.


Chapter 10 Preflight.


Chapter 11 Print.


Chapter 12 Export.


Chapter 13 Efficiency.


Chapter 14 Collaboration.


Appendix The Bottom Line.

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