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Paperback Adobe InDesign Classroom in a Book

ISBN: 0201658933

ISBN13: 9780201658934

Adobe InDesign Classroom in a Book

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Book Overview

InDesign is Adobe's professional page layout program. This Classroom in a Book text guides readers through short lessons in desktop publishing, moving from basic skills to advanced features.

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4 ratings

Book in progress

Got the book a few days ago and have only, so far, perused it carefully.Looks like? If you want to really teach yourself this program, step by step?If you want to really gain a feeling of solidity that you know the program?This is the book. Seems to cover everything. Chapters on typography (crucial to my design work), on Bézier curves, on color management, seem especially stimulating. And you need not go in sequence, they say, though I prefer to.Type is big so no page feels overwhelming. Images are clear. Words are easy to grasp.Two caveats / quibbles: (1) The index sucks. I looked up simple words and ideas and did not find them. [Shame on you, Adobe.] (2) Do not throw out the original manual that comes when you buy the application, which provides a depth of details beyond the scope of this book. I do wish this book provided page number referrrals to that manual .

It's a classroom alright.

Adobe InDesign 1.5: Classroom in a Book, gives you real lessons and basically covers all you need to know about Indesign 1.5. It gets you all geared up for the next lesson in the book and really promotes the passion for Indesign and all other adobe products. One thing it does not teach is how to portray your creative self in the pages you create with this powerful tool. It is a great resource book. However, when it comes to getting ideas this book is not the best to look at. Overall, this indesign 1.5 classroom in a book is a great resource book, one where you can take it out any day refer to it and still learn something from it.

Just the Facts...

After using (and loving) Classrooms for Acrobat 4.0 and PhotoShop, I expected more from the one on InDesign. It has done the basic job of introducing the power of ID, but I don't feel as competent to use it as I did after the courses in Acrobat and PS. I will probably try the upcoming Real World ID, hoping I get what I need from it.The best parts of the course were on the graphic effects you can achieve within ID; as a PageMaker user, I'd like to see more on manipulating text.But it covers the basics, and my enthusiasm for the new product grows as I learn.

Another great Classroom in a Book

Each tutorial touches on something unique and different about ID - mostly stuff you won't find in Quark. Plus, it is still geared toward the real world. It's very tricky for the software companies to write tutorials. They have to showcase features that are not found in other programs yet be realistic. And they have to be short because people who have to do them have to struggle through something new.
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