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InDesign Essentials: The Fast Track to Mastering Adobe's Revolutionary Page Layout Application [Paperback]

Alistair Dabbs , Ken McMahon , Anne-Marie Concepcion
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: ILEX (21 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904705707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904705703
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 23.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 768,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alistair Dabbs is a freelance editor, writer, publishing production expert, editorial consultant and qualified media trainer.

He was rescued from unemployment in Leeds by a computer magazine in London, where he was taken on as editorial assistant in 1987. After a brief diversion into advertising production and print buying, he retrained at the London College of Printing (now the LCC) as a sub-editor in 1989 and that same year became an early participant in the UK publishing industry's 'desktop publishing' revolution.

After some years as a production editor, Alistair went to live in France for a year, returning in 1994 as a freelance journalist. Over the following ten years, Alistair became closely associated with the UK's MacUser magazine, where he continued to cover the digital arts revolution in publishing, achieved a world exclusive for being the first journalist to review Apple's original iMac, became notorious for massive lab tests of outrageously expensive digital imaging kit (printers, scanners, displays, digital cameras), and was dubbed "legendary" by music journalist and MacUser columnist Tony Tyler.

By the beginning of the noughties, Alistair had written countless booklets about page layout and computer graphics, all cover-mounted on magazines, and began contributing to larger works on similar themes. His first published book, 'Interface Design', has become a snapshot of computing history; his tips book for QuarkXPress 6.5 was bundled in Quark's retail boxes; and the classic 'Digital Designer's Bible' became a best seller in multiple languages.

From the mid-noughties, Alistair became more involved in editorial training. He began teaching his unique 10-week sub-editing short-course at the London School of Publishing (still running today, with an entry waiting list) and is also qualified as both an IT trainer and an Adobe Certified Instructor. His much-promised 'Sub-editor's Handbook' remains a work in progress but looks set for a 2012 publishing date.

Alistair's main focus these days is in editorial production for bringing publications to digital tablets and smartphones.

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Synopsis

Learn the world's fastest-growing professional page-layout program in double-quick time. Adobe InDesign represents the biggest shake-up in the publishing and print-design industry for over 15 years - taking page layout into a new era of high-end integrated graphics, elegant typography, and multiformat output. Now, you can be part of the latest desktop publishing revolution, whether you're a seasoned professional, a relative beginner, or a 'switcher' from Quark XPress.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value AND doesn't talk down to you! 10 Jan 2006
Format:Paperback
At first glance I wasn't sure about this book. Since it's only 190 pages - short compared to some - and has a bright, colourful design, I expected one of those style-over-very-little-content numbers. Wrong on both counts. It's packed with useful info and tips - I've been using ID for some time, but found better and faster ways to do a couple of things the first day I had it on the desk. And after a month I have yet to catch it out on missing content - everything I've wanted info on has been there, and well-indexed too. The examples and illustrations are very clear and always pertinent, again, something I wouldn't say about the majority of manuals. By far the best I've seen of its type since Rick Altman's Corel books over ten years ago!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect desktop companion 1 Dec 2005
Format:Paperback
Having been using Quarkxpress since 1989 I decided (okay - more like forced) to switch to InDesign and although it doesn't take long to get up and running in a basic sort of way, there were certainly some unfamiliar things about InDesign that I needed to grapple with fast (like style sheets). InDesign's online help is okay but doesn't show examples. So I just bought this book and wow! - it does exactly what I need like explain all the features a "switching" designer needs to get a grasp of quickly, and it does so very concisely with loads of real world examples and some really useful tips such as why making drop shadows in InDesign is sometimes better than doing them in Photoshop. If I have one quibble it's that some of the screen shots are a bit on the small side, but given that this book is packed to bursting with info and examples I can forgive it that. InDesign Essentials sits right next to my keyboard - if you've just made or are thinking of switching you really won't regret forking out for this book. Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get the knowledge you need in a logical way 3 Nov 2009
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Such a useful tool. Worth it's wieght in gelt!

Such a beautifully produced book too, even if you don't use it, it is a beautiful book!!!
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