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InDesign CS5 For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Galen Gruman
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Book Description

Get up to speed on the latest features and enhancements toInDesign CS5

As the industry standard in professional layout and design,InDesign delivers powerful publishing solutions for magazine,newspaper, and other publishing fields. This introductory book isan easy-to-understand reference for anyone migrating from anothersoftware application or those with little-to-no desktop publishingexperience. You’ll explore InDesign basics and examine theenhancements to InDesign CS5, while you also discover how pageswork, build templates, create frames and shapes, manage styles, andmuch more.

  • InDesign is proving to be an increasingly popular layout anddesign application; InDesign CS5 includes new functionality andenhanced tools
  • Teaches all the basics for first-time users, including how toopen and save your work, arrange objects, work with color, edittext, manage styles, finesse character details, add special type,import and size graphics, set paths, work with tabs, createindices, and more
  • Demonstrates how to calibrate colors, export PDF files,fine-tune paragraph details, create frames and shapes, manipulateobjects, and work with automated text

InDesign CS5 For Dummies offers a straightforward but funapproach to discovering how to get the most from your desktoppublishing experience when using InDesign.

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Get up to speed on InDesign CS5 and create great publicationsfor print or the Web

How do you design? Free-form, creating one-of-a-kind pieces? Or would you love a highly formatted template that you could modify as needed for regular periodicals? InDesign is the right tool for both approaches, and this is the right book to help you master the essentials. Learn to set up your documents, prepare them for output, and get creative!

  • Take a tour — navigate around InDesign's menus, dialog boxes, panels, and panes, and customize preferences

  • Master the template — set up and modify templates, use master pages, build libraries, and work with color

  • The essential object — manipulate, organize, align, and arrange design objects

  • Terrific text — see how to import and thread text, edit and style it, and finesse characters to make your words look great

  • Must-have graphics — prepare graphics files, work with image layers, and create a clipping path

  • Get down to business — create manuals and annual reports with tables, footnotes, and indexes

  • Pretty in print — calibrate color and prepare your document for printing

  • Present your project — export your work to the Web or make it an interactive presentation with animation and sound

Open the book and find:

  • Tips on modifying defaults for views, colors, and styles

  • How pages and layers work

  • What you can do with color swatches

  • When to align objects and when to stack them

  • How to customize the spelling and hyphenation dictionaries

  • Import options for Word, Excel, and RTF files

  • How to handle automatic text

  • Tips for cropping and positioning graphics

Learn to:

  • Navigate the interface and set up reusable master pages

  • Work creatively with lines, text frames, and graphics frames

  • Manipulate text and spiff up your documents with graphics

  • Create PDFs, Web pages, and Flash files from InDesign

About the Author

Galen Gruman is the principal at The Zango Group, an editorial and book production firm. He has designed and produced numerous publications. Galen has authored or coauthored more than 20 books on desktop publishing, and he is currently the Executive Editor for InfoWorld.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4154 KB
  • Print Length: 458 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470614498
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 20, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003IS767G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #711,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Spring for the Adobe manual June 24, 2010
By M. Nave
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I first referred to this manual for the details on text autoflow, during an attempt at layout.
During my call with technical support I learned the text was flat WRONG.
Believe me, help like this... you don't need. And what irks me; this is not a new feature! They've had 5 versions to correct it and get it right!
Now that the Adobe manuals are out, stick with them; and Quality!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for the newbie June 14, 2012
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I purchased this book in order to get up to speed on book publishing with InDesign. I had never used InDesign before, so I assumed (incorrectly) that this would be the best tutorial for those purposes. Unfortunately, the scope of the book is so vast that it fails to cover the basics of book-publishing with InDesign--for example, nowhere can you find a discussion of how to set up a header or footer or running head/foot...not even in the index. I was able to lay out the book I'm working on primarily via Pete Masterson's Book Design and Production and via a handful of InDesign sites and videos. Consulting this book, though, on basic questions proved to be an exercise in frustration.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars InDesign for Dummies December 30, 2011
By Barbara
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The instruction is OK and is probably as good as it could be, but with a program as complicated as ID, I'm better off watching video instruction, which is readlily available online. Go to Google, type in ID and what you need to learn and multiple videos come up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good but not as good as other 'dummies' books May 7, 2014
By mariap
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Needed this for a new job. The company supplied the entire package for Adobe CS5, but I really use InDesign and Photoshop most of the time. I had purchased the Photoshop Dummies book because help was useless. The Photoshop book is much easier to understand. Just look up what you need to do, follow the directions and it's done.

With InDesign I was having problems with page numbering. There were at least 6 different places listed in the back index. The frustration set in when I tried to do what the book stated and the program told me it had already been done! I went back and forth with different suggestions in the book. Nothing worked. Finally went online for InDesign for Dummies and got the answer, which was not in any area of the book I found.

Other items I've looked up have been much easier explained, but the problem noted above was annoying.

Would I buy a Dummies guide again? Yes, for the most part they are very helpful
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great how-to helpmate for InDesign October 2, 2013
By L. J.
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Tips and instructions to help climb the steep learning curve that is InDesign. Good layout and easy to find topics. And of course, a bonus is the ever present humor of books for "Dummies". I can recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It makes this program easier to use. November 16, 2013
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Its easy to follow. Indesign isn't that easy to follow without any formal instruction. I recommend this book for InDesign users.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not well put together June 30, 2013
By robk64
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Having used the "for Dummies" books in the past, and having inconsistent results, I was hesitant to purchase this book.
Now that I have it, it's barely useful, but that's better than not useful at all. If you were an expert at InDesign, then suffered from amnesia after a bump on the head, this book might bring you around. If you're learning InDesign for the first time, there are probably better books out there. I had hoped for "InDesign does this, this, and this, and here's how." What I got was, "if you want to do this, you can do it this way, and... if you want to do that, you can do it that way." I don't know what I don't know. Tell me what it does in the Index, and let me go from there. Instead, I'm finding out about B and C after reading A and D. Not a sensible approach, in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Help When Self-Publishing April 25, 2014
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Refer to Gruman over and over again as I climbed the ladder of self-publishing. This book had answers I failed to find other places. I would purchase this one again and recommend to any other self publisher. Great investment! Thank you Gailen!
Carol Witten
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More About the Author

Galen Gruman has written more than 30 books, on Mac OS X, the iPad, Windows 8, and desktop publishing software (iBooks Author, InDesign, QuarkXPress, and PageMaker). Gruman writes the mobile and consumerization columns for InfoWorld, and he was a pioneer in the use of personal computing and desktop publishing technologies in the mid-1980s and has covered and used all the major software in production environments ever since. In addition, he has been executive editor of Macworld, M-Business, InfoWorld, and Upside magazines, among other roles in high-tech publications. Gruman lives and works in San Francisco as a writer, editor, and consultant on high-tech and business issues. His Web site is

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