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InDesign CS2 : Hands-on Training: Includes Exercise Files & Demo Movies Paperback – 26 Jul 2005

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (26 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321348729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321348722
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,887,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Learn Adobe® InDesign® CS2 with hands-on exercises and demo movies.

Do you like to learn by doing? Do manuals leave you bored and craving realworld examples? Do you want concrete training that goes beyond theory and reference materials? If so, this is the book for you. These hands-on exercises, complete with insider tips and detailed color illustrations, teach you the latest techniques for powerful page layout using Adobe InDesign CS2. You’ll learn to set up documents, work with text and type styles, add color, work with tables, use transparency and other effects, and bring in graphics to your InDesign projects. You’ll also learn how to use the new features in InDesign CS2 such as Adobe Bridge, drag and drop text editing, layer visibility, and shareable swatches, to name only a few. Accompanied by a CD-ROM loaded with classroomproven exercises, QuickTime movies, and bonus tutorials, this book ensures you'll master the key features of InDesign CS2 in no time.

100+ Step-by-Step Tutorials

• Learning the interface
• Applying character and paragraph formatting
• Using leading, kerning, and tracking
• Creating paragraph and character styles
• Creating colors
• Placing and working with graphics
• Creating and transforming vector artwork
• Planning documents with Facing Page layouts
• Working with tables
• Using drop shadows, transparency, and feathering
• Using long document tools
• Outputting and exporting
• Plus much more!

Brian Wood is the vice president/ director of training and co-owner of eVolve Computer Graphics Training Inc., a Seattle-based company that specializes in providing training in Adobe Creative Suite applications. Brian has been an Adobe Certified Expert (A.C.E) in InDesign since version 2.0, and is also an Adobe Certified Instructor (A.C.I) in the program. He is also certified in QuarkXPress and has taught and used page layout programs for well over 10 years.

lynda.com, Inc. specializes in training books and video instruction for creative professionals. Check out the web site at www.lynda.com.


About the Author

Brian Wood is the vice president/director of training and co-owner of eVolve Computer Graphics Training Inc., a Seattle-based company that specializes in providing training in Adobe Creative Suite applications. Their clients include Starbucks Coffee Company, Kraft Foods, Nintendo, XEROX, BowTie Inc./Fancy Publications, and Russell Investment Group, to name a few. Brian has been an Adobe Certified Expert (A.C.E) in InDesign since version 2.0, and is also an Adobe Certified Instructor (A.C.I) in the program.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By allan on 27 Feb 2007
Format: Paperback
Before reading this book I knew nothing about InDesign. After 4 weks I have designed a 32 page catalogue/price list. It's as good as that!

The book is training at its best from cover to cover and is certainly the best pure training book I have ever read. As far as I am concerned it covers every possible angle of design I needed and is a "dream" to work through. Follow the lessons chapter by chapter and everything seems to fall into place like a jig saw. The simplicity of the book plus the additional 25 bonus exercises and 20 plus movies make this a "must buy" for anyone wanting to learn InDesign.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
It even includes demo movies 16 Sep 2005
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a process oriented tutorial that teaches readers core principles, techniques, and tips in a hands-on training format. That's a lot of words. What it really means is that this book is aimed at the beginning to intermediate user and is intended to get him started with the 20% of the software that he will really use 80% of the time. It uses a combination of text with drawings of what the screen should look like, and even a few short QuickTime movies (on a CD-ROM that comes with the book) that show some processes that are difficult to explain with words and static pictures.

The book does not require any previous experience with page layout programs. However, if you have experience with QuarkXPress or PageMaker, the first chapter talks about using your experience to give you a head start with InDesign.

By chapter 2 you are looking at the pretty butterfly on the InDesign Welcome Screen and quickly moving on to the InDesign workspace. One problem beginners often have with InDesign is keeping track of all the palettes, toolboxes, and shortcuts. Chapter 2 also talks about these and helps you get the workspace set up the way it's comfortable for you.

The subsequent chapters are about what you would expect, chapters on text, on bringing in graphics, on vector artwork. By the end of the book you'll know enough to use InDesign to product the documents you need. And you'll find it easier to read the manual to find out the more advanced features you will need from time to time.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Training for Indesign CS2 23 Mar 2006
By Dennis C. Duer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I work for an architect firm in which we used the old Pagemaker for doing our marketing and proposals brochures. We upgraded to Indesign CS2. I have never had any formal training in using Pagemaker or any marketing software. I simply edited over previous brochures to launch my new projects. So I really felt overwhelmed when I first opened the software and didn't know where to begin. I went to a large book store and took off the shelf every training book I could find on learning InDesign CS2. There were a couple dozen books out there. I choose this book because I could relate to it. It explains very clearly everything you need to know to get started using it. It has pictures or diagrams on just about every page showing you exactly where to go and how to do what they are explaining. Then you are directed to a practice exercise or video (on the training disk which comes with the book) to reinforce what you have learned. In my opinion if you are "green" to this software this is the best book for the average lay person. I even tried taking an 8 week class on InDesign CS2 which used the Adobe "Classroom In A Book". I ended up dropping the class because I thought I could learn more efficiently on my own using this book. I can't tell you exactly why but I did not like Adobe's Classroom In a Book as well as Brian Wood's Hands-On Training.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Best InDesign Training Manual for a Beginner 17 Mar 2006
By Conspicuous Consumer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you are a new InDesign user and/or do not understand concepts like bleed & slug/kerning &leading, then read Lynda.com's Hands On Training (HOT) first. Otherwise, you may want to consider Adobe's Classroom in a Book. HOT does a better job of covering the basics and the included videos are superb. But Classroom in a Book is also excellent and carries you a bit further than does HOT, particularly if you are producing a book with chapters.

In addition to reading both of these texts, I went through the entire Total Training Video Workshop that ships with the CS2 and found it less useful than the books but still interesting and helpful. I also subscribed to Lynda.com's online video training (after watching all the free movies first) which may be the easiest way to pick up tips or understand something you can't quite qet. Neither of the two books (nor Adobe's own literature) were particularly useful at explaining the Bridge or Version Cue but videos on Lynda.com's website that helped me understand how to use them.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Newsletter Maven 4 Feb 2006
By Pica Pete - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having bought excellent training CDs from Lynda.com in the past, I was happy to see that the company expanded into book publishing with the InDesign CS2 book by Brian Wood.

The book itself is very well written and thoughtfully organized, but another huge advantage is the inclusion of training videos and PDFs that go a long way in helping users get grounded in InDesign CS2.

This book represents an excellent value. The inclusion of exercise files based on actual projects is a far superior way to learn the program than some of the basic, generic instruction found in "Visual Quickstart" books, although those books are reasonably priced and do convey a lot of information. I've bought and value those books.

But Brian Wood's book is the state-of-the-art in InDesign instruction, a fitting companion to a phenomenal page design program. If you want to learn InDesign at a reasonable price, this is the only way to go.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
InDesign CS2 Hands-On-Training 20 Feb 2006
By KayO - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is absolutely the best resource if you've never used InDesign. I spent 6 weeks in a course in which we were told to do things but never why or the alternatives. I wish I hadn't spent the time or the money of the course as the first 100 pages got my head wrapped around basic concepts the course was supposed to do. I should have realized when I was initially confused and not getting answers to turn to a product from lynda.com as the books and training are superior to anything on the market.
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