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InDesign Production Cookbook (Cookbooks (O'Reilly)) Paperback – 8 Dec 2005

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (8 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596100485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596100483
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.5 x 25.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,353,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Easy-to-Follow Recipes for Desktop Publishers and Graphic Designers

About the Author

Alistair Dabbs is a regular contributor and contributor to various computer and graphic arts magazines, writing on topics related to digital imaging and computer arts. He is an experienced trainer and an Adobe Certified Expert in Adobe InDesign.

Anne-Marie Concepci n owns Chicago-based Seneca Design & Training (, a cross-media design studio and certified Adobe training provider. Anne-Marie has taught InDesign and InCopy to hundreds of clients across the country via on-site training and her popular seminars at the InDesign and Creative Suite Conferences. She is the co-author of InDesign CS/CS2 Breakthroughs (with David Blatner, 2005 Peachpit Press) and publishes DesignGeek, a free tips and tricks e-zine for digital designers.

Ken McMahon runs Pelican Graphics, a digital design consultancy specializing in design and artwork production for print media and the web. He currently writes for Personal Computer World, Mac User and PC Pro in the UK. He is the author of Paintshop Pro 9 for Photographers.

Keith Martin is a trained graphic designer with experience in print, photography, and all forms of electronic design. He has used Macs since 1986, and started creating multimedia productions in 1989. He first started experimenting with Web design in 1993, and is constantly thankful for today's visual Web page design tools. He is Macuser magazine's technical editor, and the author of Web Expert: Color and the Haynes Mac Manual. He lives online and in South London, and spends his spare time making custom software, creating Web sites and discussing interface design, advising and lecturing at his old college - the London College of Printing - and practicing off-road unicycling with his sons.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Possibilities and Inspiration 21 Mar. 2006
By Geetesh Bajaj - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book really won't teach you the basics of Adobe's layout program. Beyond that, it contains how-to-do recipes that make tasks seem easier. In fact, the book is more than a collection of recipes - it's inspiration for you when you want your layouts to look out of the ordinary. Flip through the pages, and you'll be amazed at the possibilities - yes, this book is a collection of possibilities. That in itself makes it a great title to own. And yes, it's full color and lavishly illustrated.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good for both examples and explanation 26 Jan. 2006
By Jack D. Herrington - Published on
Format: Paperback
In a book like this I look for two things. Are the examples any good? Definitely. These are real world examples that look good. So not only will you see how the InDesign is used well, but also get some inspiration.

The second question is, are the features explained well? Yeah, pretty much. It's all done very graphically with an emphasis on what it looks like to go through the operation. Which leaves the text somewhat terse. But if you like to see it done, as opposed to reading about it. Then you will like that style.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Awesome InDesign Guide 31 Mar. 2009
By Lady Evenstar - Published on
Format: Paperback
I wish they update this book for InDesign CS4. When I bought this book, we were still using CS3 so it helped. It has a very beautiful easy to follow layout. I use this book as a reference all the time at work. I highly recommend this book instead of those boring Killer Tips or Classroom in a Book. Once you know one type of Adobe product, they all mimic the same usability.
Great book, invaluable reference 12 Sept. 2007
By Spyder - Published on
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Having just begun using Indesign CS3 I purchased this book based on previous reviews here. All the material in this book was aimed at the CS2 version but it all applies in CS3 as well. I haven't come across anything as yet that doesn't work as described when using the CS3 version so you won't find the book out of date.
It's not a 'How To' book in the sense that it will teach you every one of the functions in Indesign but rather a quick reference so you can quickly achieve a style or formatting that you may require in your documents.
There is a lot of information covered such as creating frames and using tables, applying colour, special effects, working with images, using grids and guides, shapes..... and the list goes on.
The layout is very pleasing to the eye as it uses lots of colour photos of screen shots and has many tips and pointers to grab your attention.
I am very pleased with this purchase, it's saved me much time when it comes to applying effects and character formatting to my pages, highly recommended.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Difficult to follow 3 Mar. 2008
By Kathleen Meyer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am very disappointed with this book and will return it. The type is tiny, and to make it worse, the author chose a font that is very light -- making it even more difficult. I don't think it is very well organized, either. There are much better books out there on the creative use of InDesign.
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