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Learning Adobe InDesign CC

by Greg Bowden (532 pages)


 

Adobe InDesign CC tutorials

The Learning Adobe InDesign CC tutorials provide activity-based publishing lessons to teach or learn Adobe InDesign CC 2017. There are two modules available:

 

Module 1 introduces the Adobe InDesign CC basics.

Module 2 covers advanced Adobe InDesign CC features.

 

A sample book with the first few pages of each chapter can be downloaded from the following zip file:

 

Learning Adobe InDesign CC Module 2 Sample (20 Mb)

 

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Module 1: InDesign CC Basics

 

Contents (Modules 1 & 2)

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Chapter 1: Introduction to InDesign CC (31 pages)

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Chapter 2: Creating Greeting Cards (17 pages)

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Chapter 3: Text Formatting (25 pages)

 

Chapter 4: Creating Newsletters Using Frames (30 pages)

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Chapter 5: Creating Menus Using Frames (26 pages)

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Chapter 6: Using Styles in Publications (22 pages)

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Chapter 7: Single Page Newsletters (14 pages)

 

Chapter 8: Multiple Page Newsletters (34 pages)

view sample pages (1.20 MB)

Chapter 9: Using Tables in Publications (20 pages)

 

Chapter 10: Creating Pamphlets (32 pages)

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Module 2: InDesign CC Advanced Exercises

 

Chapter 11: Table of Contents (19 pages)

 

Chapter 12: Creating Magazines (30 pages)

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Chapter 13: Magazine Covers (8 pages)

 

Chapter 14: Creating Multimedia SWF Products (24 pages)

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Chapter 15: Animations and Media (20 pages)

view sample pages (1.16 MB)

Chapter 16: Creating Multimedia PDF Products (24 pages)

view sample pages (1.16 MB)

Chapter 17: Liquid Layouts (16 pages)

 

Chapter 18: Alternate Layouts (18 pages)

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Chapter 19: Creating Books (18 pages)

 

Chapter 20: Library Items and Content Tools (24 pages)

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Chapter 21: Creating Online Forms (23 pages)

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Chapter 18: Useful Features (24 pages)

 

 

 

 

The tutorials can be used onscreen next to the software package, from a tablet or printed. Assignments are provided at the end of each chapter and the multi-user version provides projects at the end of each module.

 

Support files that provide all the images and data required to complete the activities are included with the product.

 

 

Module 1

Introduces laying out pages, setting text and graphics frames, controlling graphics, formatting text, using glyphs and creating styles to produce publications including flyers, greeting cards, restaurant menus, newsletters, placing text in columns, multi-page documents, using of tables and creating pamphlets.

Module 2

Covers creating magazines, applying master pages, creating interactive SWF products and interactive PDF products, setting animations and importing videos, using Liquid Layout tools and Alternate Layouts to create publications for different sized devices, using the Book feature, using Library files and the Content Conveyor, creating online forms, using the Page tool, Layers, the EyeDropper tool and entering text along a path.

 

 

Module 1 Chapter Descriptions

 

 

Chapter 1: Introduction to Adobe InDesign CC

 

Demonstrates how to set up a document, insert and format text, spell check text, insert and format graphics and create thumbnail sketches through the creation of simple flyers, such as:

 

Adobe InDesign CC flyer

 

 

 

Chapter 2: Creating Greeting Card

 

Demonstrates how to layout a page into quarters, use column and page guides, adding borders and rotate objects to produce a greeting card such as:

 

Adobe InDesign CC greeting card

 

 

 

Chapter 3: Text Formatting

 

Demonstrates how to create indents, hanging indents, use the Tab Ruler to insert left, right, centre and decimal tabs, add leader characters to tab stops, using glyphs, insert lines and multiple copies of lines to product tables such as:

 

Adobe InDesign CC tabs, lines and indents

 

 

 

 

Chapter 4: Creating Newsletters Using Frames


Introduces the concept of frames. How to insert text and graphics into frames, how to format frames, use frames options, apply effects such as drop shadow and bevel and emboss, thread text from one frame to another, shade frames, align frames and add leader characters to text to produce newsletters such as:

 

Adobe InDesign CC frames

 

 

 

 

Chapter 5: Creating Menus Using Frames

 

Extension of the use of frames to create page structures that remain fixed while the content can be updated as required. Publications such as a restaurant menu are created to illustrate this.

 

Adobe InDesign CC frames and page structure

 

 

 

Chapter 6: Using Styles in Publications

 

Demonstrates how to use preset styles, create custom styles and applying them, copy styles from one document to another to create advertising publications like:

 

Adobe InDesign CC styles

 

 

 

Chapter 7: Single Page Newsletters

 

Demonstrates the use of columns to quickly produce simple one-page newsletters without the need to set frames and thread text from frame to frame. The span option is used to set text such as headers and footers back to one column. The following newsletter is created:

 

Adobe InDesign CC columns

 

 

 

Chapter 8: Multiple Page Newsletters

 

Multiple pages of different designs are created using wrap text around graphics, adding multiple columns to pages and layering page elements. The following multiple page newsletter is created:

 

Adobe InDesign CC multiple page documents

 

 

 

Chapter 9: Using Tables in Publications

 

Demonstrates how to setup and manage tables. This includes adjusting column width and row height, shading cells, setting borders, entering text and graphics in to cells and formatting them, wrapping text around tables and importing Microsoft Word tables. The following publication is created.:

 

Adobe InDesign CC tables

 

 

 

Chapter 10: Creating Pamphlets

 

Demonstrates how to create a 6-sided pamphlet which includes the use of landscape orientation, setting pages into 3 columns, duplicating lines and printing pages back to back.

 

Adobe InDesign CC pamphlets

 

 

 

Project 1: The Society of Architects

 

The Multi-user version provides a project that requires students to create a two-page newsletter for a Society of Architects. All the text required in the publication is provided.

 

 

 

 

Module 2 Chapter Descriptions

 

 

Chapter 11: Table of Contents

 

Demonstrates how to produce a Table of Contents from headings set to styles. The document is then exported as a PDF document which creates bookmarks from the Table of Contents items.

 

Adobe InDesign CC table of contents

 

 

 

Chapter 12: Creating Magazines

 

Demonstrates how to layout and create pages of a magazine. Left and Right master pages are created to contain header and footer details, then the pages are created from those master pages.

 

Adobe InDesign CC master pages

 

 

 

Chapter 13: Magazine Covers

 

Demonstrates how to create a cover for a magazine using an A3 paper size and landscape orientation.

 

Adobe InDesign CC magazine cover

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 14: Creating Interactive SWF Products

 

Using the interactive capabilities of InDesign students build an interactive Flash Player SWF products that that can be exported to web sites. An online catalogue for a sports store is created.

 

Adobe InDesign CC SWF documents

 

 

 

 

Chapter 15: Animation and Media

 

Using the animation capabilities of InDesign students apply animations to frames, set photos on top of one another and set buttons to display the photos. Also video clips are imported and formatted. The document is then exported as a Flash Player SWF file for viewing on a browser.

 

Adobe InDesign CC animation

 

 

 

 

Chapter 16: Creating Interactive PDF Products

 

Using the interactive capabilities of InDesign students build an interactive PDF products that plays short movie clips on the click of inserted buttons. Hyerlinks allow the user to move from page to page.

 

Adobe InDesign CC hyperlinks

 

 

 

 

Chapter 17: Liquid Layouts

 

Applies the Liquid Layout Rules to pages and objects within pages to allow pages to be quickly resized and adjusted for different devices and orientations. A prepared cover page set to the vertical iPad view is adjusted for viewing horizontally on an iPad.

 

Adobe InDesign CC liquid layout rules

 

 

 

Chapter 18: Alternate Layouts

 

Demonstrates how to adjust a layout for viewing on multiple screen sizes and store those layouts within the one document. A prepared vertical iPad layout is converted and stored so that it can be viewed horizontally on the iPad, then further layouts are converted for horizontal and vertical viewing on an Android tablet.

 

Adobe InDesign CC alternate layouts

 

 

 

Chapter 19: Creating Books

 

Using the BOOK command to combine individual documents into a book which is then exported to a PDF document with Bookmark links.

 

Adobe InDesign CC Book command

 

 

 

Chapter 20: Library items and the Content Tools

 

Demonstrates how to store commonly used text and graphics in a Library for use at any time. The Content Tools are then demonstrated which allows content to be temporarily stored in the Content Conveyor panel for re-use within the current document or within a different document.

 

Adobe InDesign CC library and content conveyer

 

 

 

Chapter 21: Creating Online Forms

 

Fields are added to a prepared document of labels so that data can be collected from users. Text fields, check boxes, radio buttons, combo and list fields and submit buttons are used in the form which, once complete, is exported to Adobe Acrobat.

 

Adobe InDesign CC forms and fields

 

 

 

 

Chapter 22: Useful Features

 

Demonstrates some useful features that InDesign provides to make the publishing process easier. These include using the Page tool to set different sized pages within the one document, using Layers, using the Gap tool to maintain the gap between frames whiles resizing images, the EyeDropper tool, drawing text along a path, embedding images, OpenType fonts and font tools.

 

 

 

Project 2: Home Bodies

 

The Multi-user version provides a project that requires students to create a publication for a home help company that can be viewed on different sized screens. All the text required in the publication is provided.