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Adobe InDesign CS6 Classroom in a Book 1st Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Classroom in a Book
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (June 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321822498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321822499
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Jane Austen Lover on October 11, 2012
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Buckle your seat belt, this is going to be long. About me: I am a mostly self-taught graphics manipulator that primarily used open source and free software before finding Creative Cloud. My biggest aversions to Adobe products in the past was the expense and the learning curve. This book GREATLY erases the second concern and I plan to purchase the rest in the series for CS6 after I'm finished! (Creative Cloud took away the first concern about the price of the creative suite software).

If you've ever watched a Youtube video to learn how to do something with an image, this book is perfect for you. It really is a step-by-step guide for anyone new to InDesign, and graphics and page layout. For example, one of the tips in Chapter 3 explains how a placeholder frame with an x in it is traditionally used for graphics frames rather than text frames. It might feel like the classroom in a book is insulting your intelligence if you have used previous versions of InDesign. I don't know for sure as I have never used InDesign until yesterday (I'm on Chapter 4); I mostly used openoffice to export to PDF but the scope of my newest project of making a digital magazine made me look for a software title like InDesign where I could make what I call templates and they call masters.

Each chapter is a tutorial in itself and the files you use as the examples are available even if you buy the Kindle version (which I did). I am reading it on my Kindle Fire as I'm working through the book on my laptop which is working well. I especially love that when there is an unfamiliar publishing term (like gutter, bleed, or pica) I can highlight, see the full definition and find out what it means exactly as my jargon is rusty.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 22, 2012
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I give this book 4 stars because I am very impressed with the way it was put together. I'm an old PageMaker user and I really did not know what to expect. I assumed that my work with PageMaker wouldn't help me much, and I was right. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn InDesign CS6 in the fastest way possible. The reason I didn't give it that 5th star, is probably more about me than it is about the book. The tutorials were fun, and I'm not sure, but I suppose it covers the basics of everything InDesign CS6 has to offer. There were only a few places where I had to go back over an exercise when I did not get the results shown in the book; and in every case, it's because I missed a sentence, or it didn't register at the time I read it the first time. This is not a criticism by any means, but for me, after reading the book and doing the exercises, I'm embarrassed to admit that I still don't feel like I can jump in and create a work of my own. The samples are superb don't get me wrong, but the next time the writers might throw in a chapter or two that starts you with absolutely nothing and teaches you how to design your own creation from scratch--no graphics, no text, no borders and no guides. Just a blank screen with nothing to work with but your mouse and the keyboard. Maybe it will all come back to me as I begin to create my own work. In conclusion, you can't go wrong with this book. Everything you need is in there, but you'll have to use your own imagination to start using the product. I can envision myself pouring back through the pages to try and remember, "Now, how did they do that?" Skip the Kindle version, you simply have to have the graphics in front of you to do the exercises.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. Nacario on July 29, 2012
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The first few chapters are extremely basic but there are a few tips that can be of great help. So if you're someone familiar with Adobe software such as Photoshop or Illustrator and feel they're unnecessary I'd suggest toughing them out. This book is very cut and dry pointing out every detail step by step. However bland the instruction is I have found this book to be quite helpful. I'd suggest not skipping the tips along the sides of the pages as these offer shortcuts, and extra ways to do things.
This book gets the job done and the time taken per chapter is very reasonable. Have fun designing everyone.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brian M. Stoppee on December 9, 2012
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Adobe InDesign (ID) CS6 is the eighth version of the leader in publishing applications. Like many of the flagship apps in Adobe's Creative Suites and Creative Cloud, ID has become quite robust in its power and feature set. Mastering any one of the key CS apps is no small task. It's essential to gain a firm foundation in them. "Adobe InDesign CS6 Classroom in a Book" (CIB) is a key to gaining that foundation.

For the most part, CIB is designed to appeal to the beginner or someone who has been dabbling in ID and has decided to get serious about it. However, it has a following of creative professionals who see it as a guide to what's new and what needs to be mastered beyond CIB's pages. With the huge success of the new Creative Cloud subscriptions, we suspect those who have mastered a few CS6 apps will want to expand their skills to take command of a few others.

The CIB series is step-by-step lesson oriented. However, this particular CIB has been artfully designed to permit the reader to pick and choose chapters. This makes it excellent for someone, like ourselves, who have been following the series for many years. For this review we'll side-by-side compare the CS5 edition of this book to this latest one, both of which were written by John Cruise and Kelly Kordes Anton.

If you're new to Adobe CS apps, you'll find the the first chapter to be mind boggling. We suggest you move through it slowly as it introduces you to the workspace. The good point is that once you have completed it, you'll be prepared to expand your learning into many other CS6 apps since the concepts are spread across quite a few others. If you're already well-versed in Illustrator or Photoshop, this will feel like familiar territory but take the time to learn what is specific to InDesign.
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