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Real World Adobe InDesign CS5 [Paperback]

by Olav Martin Kvern, David Blatner, Bob Bringhurst
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August 26, 2010 0321713052 978-0321713056 1
Sharpen your InDesign skills with this definitive resource created specifically for design professionals who need to lay out, proof, export, and print/publish pages in InDesign CS5. Best-selling authors Olav Martin Kvern, David Blatner, and Bob Bringhurst share their hands-on techniques to help you master InDesign’s advanced layout tools. This book is brimming with insightful advice, illustrations, and shortcuts that will have you producing high-quality work in no time. This is the book that experts open to find real answers to their questions about InDesign.

In Real World Adobe InDesign CS5 you’ll learn how to:
  • Use the new Layers panel to simplify working in complex documents
  • Optimize your workflow with multiple page sizes and track text changes
  • Learn the best practices for consistent color management
  • Increase efficiency with scripts and other automation features
  • Make your layouts come to life with the new Animation and Media panels for interactive documents
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Editorial Reviews


”Real World InDesign is a must-have in the creative professional’s toolkit.”
Chris Kitchener, Adobe InDesign Product Manager
“Every InDesign user should have this book, whether they need quick answers or an extended education."
—Terri Stone, Editor-in-Chief,

Product Details

  • Series: Real World
  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (August 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321713052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321713056
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My definitive reference for all things InDesign October 27, 2010
As a graphic designer, I did not always have time to learn the ins and outs of InDesign. Too much time spent producing, too little spent learning; I am sure that many designers out there are familiar with that. In front of me are Blatner's and Kvern's volumes for InDesign CS2, CS3, CS4, and now CS5. What is so great about Real World InDesign CS5 is that it serves as a quick reference for whenever you are blocked with any specific feature.
Also, a great deal of learning the application comes from just browsing the book, randomly turning pages, and being surprised by old and new features, or tips and tricks.
The addition of Bob Bringhurst (lead writer for InDesign and InCopy at Adobe) to the team of authors, brings a fresh new voice. David mentions in the introduction that if it weren't for Bob, the book may not have been written. I hope that there will be many more with that new line-up of authors.
Notice how I never once mentioned that you should read the book cover to cover (more than 800 pages). My secret for using this book? Well, it's the 60 page index in the end. It has never failed to direct me to the information I needed to solve a problem, or to learn about a feature.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE reference guide for ID CS5 December 5, 2010
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I am a yearbook adviser at a public high school and we create a 500+ page book (plus a number of other publications) each year. While I have at my disposal any number of online programs from my publisher, I prefer to run the course using InDesign without employing online or publisher plug-in "cheats." My goal is to have my students proficient in InDesign should they decide to pursue a career in publishing or graphic design.

This book is THE go-to reference on our shelf. In our classroom, the editors refer to it as the bible (as in, "Mr. Gone, can I see the bible, or can you lookup how to pull a 4X6 photo grid for me?"). My usual instructions to my students at the beginning of the year are "if you can imagine it, we can build it." This book makes that possible. InDesign is such a powerful tool and someone like a simple high school yearbook adviser cannot even begin to scratch the surface of its uses. However, for tapping into the utmost in creativity and (more importantly?) efficiency, this book is THE reference.

A note to would-be buyers: This is not a tutorial or lesson driven text, it is a reference book that explains every tool and feature available in InDesign. My guess, though is that if you were studying for the InDesign ACE exam, this would be your text book...
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best book around November 2, 2010
This is now my second attempt to review this book. I wrote a previous review last week. It was up for a nano-second and then disappeared. Who knows why? Anyway, this book is The Bible of InDesign and also happens to be a fun read (which says a lot for a 900 page computer book). The authors are wonderful writers and there's much to learn. So don't delay. Dive in. You won't be disappointed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly a manual December 16, 2011
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I've used inDesign and Pagemaker now and then for many years. I want a manual to give me the information I need when I need it, I like to jump in and get the job done. This is a different type of book. There's a lot of commentary about the reasons why you should do it this way or that way, good stuff no doubt for magazine publishers but frankly, I just need to do the occasional home use page layout document -- I'm not trying to become an inDesign professional and I don't have all the time in the world. An hour with the book recently left me with a lot of thoughtful commentary on the value of Pantone colors, but really none the wiser as to how to quickly add a box tinted in a color of my choice to a document. And that is a pretty basic action.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real World InDesign CS5: A great reference tool September 26, 2010
Another excellent reference manual for all things InDesign! This book covers everything from installation to the more advanced features such as InDesign scripting and GREP styles. Don't fear the the book's size: it's all there in manageable chunks, sorted by chapter. This mammoth book is testament to the amount of features that have been added throughout the years, as InDesign celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. I'm pleased to find the authors' tips and humorous approach still evident here, as in past Real World series books. Bob Bringhurst is new to the Real World InDesign series; as an Adobe employee, he's been busy writing documentation for every version of the program since its inception.

CS5 features such as the new Layers, Animation, and Media panels are covered. Span columns, a new way to take a column of text and span it across one or more columns, is very handy and covered here as well. I particularly loved exploring the new Gap tool. For Flash users, the good news is that FLV video files and MP3 audio files can now be imported into the program, for easy creation of interactive documents. As well, ePUB documents can be created for the iPad. In other words, CS5 is definitely keeping up with the ever-changing technology surrounding it!

This book is highly recommended for users of all levels. There's even bonus online material to be found via the publisher's website.
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