Adobe InDesign Classroom in a Book

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Adobe InDesign 1.0 is a powerful new professional page-layout application with a palette-based interface, close integration with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and full support for PDF files. Learning a program as feature-filled as InDesign requires a skilled teacher. And who better than the Adobe Creative Team? Adobe InDesign Classroom in a Book teaches InDesign in short, self-paced lessons that use the exciting new techniques and tools found in the program, all designed and tested by the training experts at Adobe. Thanks to the Classroom in a Book series' popular lesson-based format, you'll quickly learn what you need to put InDesign to work for you. If you're new to page layout, you can start with introductory lessons that familiarize you with the interface, tools, views, and frames of the InDesign environment. If you're a more experienced designer who's making the switch from QuarkXPress or Adobe PageMaker, you can go straight to the topics that interest you. The accompanying CD-ROM includes files customized for each lesson, which adds rich, visual content to the package.)

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Adobe InDesign Classroom in a Book has all the benefits of both a manual and a tutorial. Since it was written by the Adobe staff, its voice lacks the personal "avoid-the-mistakes-I've-made" tone of an individual. Instead, what comes through is the confident authority common to books written by an application's creators.

InDesign is Adobe's powerful layout application that it hopes will be used in place of current industry favorite Quark Express. One of the main selling points of InDesign is its commonality and integration with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

The book begins with a Quick Tour, which is actually a lesson in itself since it covers many of the basic text, page, and image-handling features of InDesign. Each subsequent lesson goes deeper into these topics. The files for each lesson are provided on the cross-platform CD-ROM. The lessons range from working with text and typography to working with graphics, using advanced frame techniques (frames hold text or images), and prepress document preparation. There is a color section with illustrations that clarify many steps, especially those that use color, and show the finished projects.

Each lesson begins with an overview of what's covered and ends with review questions. Don't worry: answers are provided on the same page. Reading the overviews and review questions first is a good way to decide whether that chapter can be skipped or should be read in depth. This makes Adobe InDesign CIB useful for both beginners and intermediates. For example, it is easy to jump ahead to the fairly advanced section on filling one block of text with a different block of text to which a gradient has been applied. The fact that executing this involved graphic becomes a simple process is a credit both to the InDesign application as well as to this book.

It should be noted that Adobe InDesign CIB does not come with a demonstration copy of the application, nor is a demo available on the Adobe Web site. Interestingly, you can follow along without actually using the application at the same time. However, the book is clearly meant for those who have already purchased InDesign and are convinced it will be the Quark killer the design world has been hearing about for months. --Angelynn Grant

Topics covered: Features of Adobe InDesign, including lessons on the work area and interface; creating and setting up a document; working with frames; applying color; importing and editing text; working with typography; placing and drawing images; color management issues; and preparing a document for high-resolution printing.

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The Adobe Development Team is made up of creative employees from Adobe's User Education group. They take their expertise in training users to work with Adobe products, combine it with the creative talents of Adobe's product design teams, and add the rich content of the CD-ROM to make a unique learning package from Adobe Systems.

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