Get an introduction to Adobe InDesign CS4 with this essential training that introduces you to the basics tools, skills and techniques required to create professionally styled text, layouts and graphics that deliver a powerful impact.
In this InDesign CS4: Essentials series, you’ll be guided through the techniques needed to work with text and graphics in your layouts. You will also learn how to apply artistic effects to text and placed artwork, without prior knowledge of other applications like Illustrator or Photoshop.
Discover how InDesign CS4 provides a platform for communications beyond print. It can make electronic documents as PDF as well as web documents as SWF.
Find out whether your print jobs will cause problems at print shops by using the new Preflight panel.
Learn how design can be more efficient with Text and Object Styles.
See how InDesign CS4 can apply many artistic effects to your placed artwork, without knowledge of other applications like InDesign or Photoshop.
Learn how to use layers to create different versions of your publications, for different languages, different markets, and more.
Changing Text Color in the Swatches & Color Panels
Adjusting Alignment, Tracking & Kerning
Using the Eyedropper Tool to Sample Text Attributes
Finding & Replacing Fonts
Adding Indents & Spacing
Controlling Hyphenation & Justification
Creating Drop Caps
Using Optical Margin Alignment
Chapter VIII: FORMATTING TEXT USING STYLES (20 min)
Creating Paragraph Styles
Understanding Next Styles
Clearing Style Options
Importing & Managing Styles
Chapter IX: TABS, TABLES & LISTS (33 min)
Formatting Text with Tabs
Creating, Selecting & Navigating Tables
Formatting Tables & Cells
Saving Time with Table & Cell Styles
Working with Bulleted & Numbered Lists
Chapter X: WORKING WITH PLACED GRAPHICS (28 min)
Exploring Bridge & Assigning Keywords
Placing & Scaling Images
Using the Free Transform, Position & Scale Tools
Frame & Content Fitting Options
Placing Multiple Files
Using the Links Panel
Building a Library
Chapter XI: CREATING SHAPES & USING TEXT WRAP (21 min)
Creating Shapes & Frames
Customizing & Transforming Shapes
Aligning & Distributing Shapes
Applying Text Wrap
Chapter XII: WORKING WITH COLOR & SWATCHES (41 min)
Introduction to Swatches
Choosing Colors & Creating New Swatches
Working with Gradients
Using the Kuler Panel
Chapter XIII: USING LAYERS (12 min)
Placing Content on Layers
Moving Content between Layers
Chapter XIV: INTRODUCING OBJECT STYLES (12 min)
Creating New Object Styles
Applying Object Styles
Updating Object Styles
Defining Default Object Styles
Chapter XV: ADDING INTERACTIVITY (26 min)
Making a Table of Contents Interactive
Adding Buttons for Navigation
Adding Page Transitions
Exporting for the Web Using SWF & PDF
Chapter XVI: PREFLIGHT, PRINT & PDF (19 min)
Introducing New Live Preflighting
Packaging for Output
Understanding Printing Options
Exporting to Adobe PDF
Total Run Time: 6.5 hrs
James Lockman is the owner of James Lockman Consulting, a digital workflow consulting and training company. James holds a degree in physics and applied physics from Yale University, and has years of experience teaching high school and college physics. James joined Working Words & Graphics in 1995 to head its Digital Prepress division. Since then, he has become a technical resource for manufacturers, software vendors, printers, agencies and graphic designers worldwide. His long practical experience with PostScript and PDF workflows, coupled with his teaching skills, make a great fit for training technical subjects.
James is an Adobe Certified Creative Suite Master and Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro Consultant. With customers ranging from large agencies to small boutique newspapers, his expertise in Acrobat and web-based collaboration make them more agile in today’s electronic document workflows. He is a frequent presenter at industry events and online for Adobe Systems. James is also a seasoned instructor. In the early 1990s, he taught physics at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts and at Worcester Academy, Worcester, Massachusetts. He also taught Astronomy and Physics at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, where he studied Physics and Electrical Engineering. On graphics subjects, he is the host of several Total Training series, including Total Training for Acrobat 9 Essentials and InDesign CS4 Essentials, and has more titles in the works.
James lives in Maine with his wife and three sons, and enjoys making maple syrup and playing the tuba.
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