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InDesign CS4 For Dummies

InDesign CS4 For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Galen Gruman
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"...explains everything in easily understood, bit–sized chunks (excellent)...It′ll take you from a standing start to a position of relative confidence..." (Mac User, February 27th 2009)

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InDesign is the preferred graphic design software, and InDesign CS4 is loaded with cool new desktop publishing features. InDesign CS4 For Dummies shows you how to use every one!

Whether you’re an experienced designer or just want to create a cool newsletter for the school soccer team, you’ll benefit from Galen Gruman’s guidance. This desktop publishing expert shows you how to navigate InDesign menus, dialog boxes, panels, and panes; streamline your work with templates; prepare your creations for printing or online publication, and more.

  • Explore the new tools, work with the application frame, and set preferences for the way you work
  • Learn to open and save documents and export content
  • Get familiar with the Pages panel, apply Master Pages, and work with Layers
  • Make the most of color with color libraries, multi-ink colors, spot versus process color, and gradients
  • Create layout guidelines and use color swatches for consistency
  • Streamline text formatting by using styles and treat text as a graphic element
  • Design for the Web with hyperlinks, multimedia elements, and Flash files
  • See how InDesign CS4 works seamlessly with other applications in the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Discover why good design is part science and part art and learn to manipulate, organize, and align design objects
  • Take advantage of tips for cropping and positioning graphics
  • Prepare for printing or other output with enhanced preflighting tools

InDesign CS4 For Dummies also offers great advice for designing pages that do their job perfectly. Start creating today!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6038 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 047038848X
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (3 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026LTMAA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as helpful as I had hoped 2 Jun 2010
Having for the first time to edit pages that had been laid out by a designer using InDesign, rather than QuarkXpress (with which I was familiar), I was finding it a very steep learning curve. I thought the solution would be this book.
It is of course aimed at people starting to do the layouts themselves, and maybe it would be fine for that. But for me, desperate to find quickly how things work, and how to troubleshoot when things go wrong - i.e. when the Tool panel and the Control panel unaccountably vanished today - I have found it totally frustrating.
The index does not seem to work like my brain, so I can never find what I want.
When I have eventually worked out, by trial and error, how to sort something, I have had to write my own notes in the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful source book 27 May 2013
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This book has been brilliant for dipping into when I need it. It is written very clearly and has the brilliant icons as the side of the pages so that you know the main points where to take extra note.

As an experienced designer it has still been a valuable source book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book for indesign adobe 12 Jun 2011
great book to get me started, it gave a lot of helpful info without being intimidating. useful as a reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb guide for beginners 27 Jun 2010
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The `Dummies' series of books can be a bit hit and miss depending on the subject, but this is one instance where they've got it just right.

It's pitched at exactly the right level in my opinion. The structure is superb, so that depending on your familiarity with a particular part of the software, you can dip in and out as required, without having to read the whole book from start to finish.

All the essential bits of InDesign are covered, and the index is also great for clarifying things as you work through the actual software. Just don't expect it to make you a graphic designer - no handbook in the world will do that, but what it will do is break down all the elements of this powerful tool to make your first steps into layout just that little bit easier.

Of course, there is no substitute for a proper training course and the experience acquired from many hours in front of a monitor, but this is still an indispensible book for any beginner.

Highly recommended!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dummies Book not really for Dummies 31 Aug 2009
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I could find few books that covered Adobe's InDesign CS4 & a DVD tutorial costs more than the program. I am not all that familiar with Adobe products, including Photoshop, but I needed a program that could handle complex graphics, etc in a book format. I found that even the best Word Processing programs froze once I got a chapter to a certain length. Due to the topic, the format of my writing style is complicated, very note heavy with maps, sidebars, photos, as well as varying levels of indentation, bullets, etc.

Unfortunately, this book is way over my head. I struggled through Chapter 1, wondering why a beginner with the program needed to know about the changes made from CS3 before anything else. Finally, when I got to Chapter 3, it began to explain how to create a document, but if you are a beginner/dummy, you don't already know what various Icons mean... nor do you understand the jargon & techniques used in the printing & publishing industry. Frankly, I despair.

What I really needed, before progressing to this book, was "Teach Yourself InDesign CS4 Visually." The Teach Yourself Visually series is the absolute best for the absolute beginner. Unfortunately, there is no such book for this program.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love In Design 16 Dec 2009
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In Design for Dummies was just the resource I needed when I suddenly needed to learn the program. It doesn't presume too much knowledge of Adobe software and covers the basics to get you started. Then it gets into many of the more sophisticated features of this awesome program. I needed to get a corporate newsletter on the street in less than a month and this book took me from complete tyro to turning out a professional-looking product. It's a life-saver. Easy to use, easy to understand, easy to reference.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A++ 2 April 2009
By Robyn D. Elam - Published on
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[...] has a great online course for InDesign versions CS3 and 4. But if your new to this arena as I was, you must read this book thoroughly first! These "Dummies" book are simply the needed ABCs you need for any subject you're interested in.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars InDesign CS4 12 Sep 2009
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Well worth the cost of the book. Great for getting off the ground for someone who is used to using Pagemaker 7.0!
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful when no time to train 8 Dec 2012
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Most products are better-learned when self taught through trial and error - with a great reference book. I passed this book along to associates who needed to learn the product but had no budget to take a class. They utilized the book and became more than functional - so I call it a success.
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