Adobe InDesign Turbochargers: Work Faster and Smarter, Vol 1

Tips, tricks, and features that will beef up your InDesign skills, so you can solve problems, fast!

About this course

You know InDesign, but you want to get faster. You want your hands to move your mouse and fly over your keyboard as quickly as your mind is coming up with ideas. Sound familiar? Well, then, this course is for you! We’ll work on getting repetitious tasks done quickly, so you can spend more time solving the creative problem.

The pace is fast, and it’s assumed that you already know the fundamentals, so if you’re new to InDesign, you’ll need to have them down before you start. The prerequisite knowledge is covered in my course, Intro to Adobe InDesign. No matter what your skill level is, if you find you’re falling behind in a lecture, watch it at least once, and familiarize yourself with the techniques until you feel comfortable enough to work along.

The lessons will be shown in Mac OS, but if you’re a PC user, everything inside InDesign will essentially be the same.

Who should take this course

  • Adobe InDesign users who know the software well, and are ready to start building their skills to an intermediate level.

What’s required

  • Strong grasp of Adobe InDesign fundamentals: creating multi-page files that contain substantial amounts of text and graphics.
  • The prerequisite knowledge is covered in my course, Intro to Adobe InDesign..

What’s inside

  • Over 16 lectures and 1.5 hours of content!
  • Learn how to customize Preferences and Panels so you don't have to change them in every new file.
  • Add multiple pages, with threaded text frames, and placed text flowing into them, with just a single mouse click.
  • Make laser-precise grids, some in minutes, others in seconds!
  • Create perfectly-aligned patterns and see how to adapt the technique for layouts.
  • Place and transform multiple graphics at once, and manage their linked files.

About Joseph Caserto, Design Professional :: Educator :: Consultant

I’m Joseph Caserto, a design professional, educator, and consultant. I have nearly 20 years of experience, as a publication art director and designer, and worked on the staffs of several national magazines before starting my own business. Since then, I’ve worked with many publications, including BusinessWeek, Marie Claire, PC, TV Guide, and Vibe. My most recent projects include helping to produce several issues of the iPad edition of Fortune, and consulting on the launch of Parents for iOS (Apple iPad) and Android (Samsung Galaxy).

I’m also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Digital Communications and Media at New York University, in the Design Digital Arts and Film Department of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and am a former Adjunct Lecturer at the City College of New York, in the Art Department’s Electronic Design and Multimedia Program. I have several online tutorials published, including Common Type Mistakes… & How to Avoid Them, Color Basics for Print Designers, and 10 InDesign Favorites, and have been a guest critic and speaker at Cooper Union, and SUNY Fredonia.

I’ve consulted with clients including FP Design, The Archdiocese of New York, and The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, to help them learn and maximize the potential of their software, and to explore graphic design principals.

I earned a BFA, with Honors, in Communications Design, from Pratt Institute, where I completed one of the first classes that explored graphic design produced with a Macintosh. I’m a member of AIGA, Freelancers Union, where I was elected to the board in June 2011, The Graphic Artists Guild, and The Society of Publication Designers. A lifetime resident of New York State, I’ve lived in Brooklyn since the late 1980s.

Curriculum

  • Section 1: Welcome!
  • Course Intro
  • Section 2: Manage Your Preferences Like A Pro
  • Define Your Favorite Preferences and Settings Only Once
  • Section 3: Add Text In A Flash
  • 1 Click: Place Text, Draw & Thread Frames, & Add Pages
  • Section 4: Create Grids Faster Than You Ever Imagined
  • Use the Control Panel to Start a Grid
  • Use the Control Panel to Finish a Grid
  • Use Step and Repeat to Draw Grids Even Faster
  • Use Gridify to Draw Grids at Lightning Speed!
  • Section 5: Align Multiple Objects: Tear Through Patterns And Layouts
  • Use the Align Panel to Start a Checkerboard Grid
  • Finish the Checkerboard with the Align Panel
  • The Align Panel Can Be Used to Build Layouts, Too.
  • Section 6: Get Going With Graphics
  • Place Files by Dragging
  • Manage Graphics with the Links Panel
  • Resize Graphics with the Fitting Commands
  • Use the Select Commands to Work with Placed Graphics
  • Section 7: Course Wrap-Up
  • A Quick Review
  • Section 8: Resources
  • Download These Files Shown in Lectures to Follow Along

About this course

You know InDesign, but you want to get faster. You want your hands to move your mouse and fly over your keyboard as quickly as your mind is coming up with ideas. Sound familiar? Well, then, this course is for you! We’ll work on getting repetitious tasks done quickly, so you can spend more time solving the creative problem.

The pace is fast, and it’s assumed that you already know the fundamentals, so if you’re new to InDesign, you’ll need to have them down before you start. The prerequisite knowledge is covered in my course, Intro to Adobe InDesign. No matter what your skill level is, if you find you’re falling behind in a lecture, watch it at least once, and familiarize yourself with the techniques until you feel comfortable enough to work along.

The lessons will be shown in Mac OS, but if you’re a PC user, everything inside InDesign will essentially be the same.

Who should take this course

  • Adobe InDesign users who know the software well, and are ready to start building their skills to an intermediate level.

What’s required

  • Strong grasp of Adobe InDesign fundamentals: creating multi-page files that contain substantial amounts of text and graphics.
  • The prerequisite knowledge is covered in my course, Intro to Adobe InDesign..

What’s inside

  • Over 16 lectures and 1.5 hours of content!
  • Learn how to customize Preferences and Panels so you don't have to change them in every new file.
  • Add multiple pages, with threaded text frames, and placed text flowing into them, with just a single mouse click.
  • Make laser-precise grids, some in minutes, others in seconds!
  • Create perfectly-aligned patterns and see how to adapt the technique for layouts.
  • Place and transform multiple graphics at once, and manage their linked files.

About Joseph Caserto, Design Professional :: Educator :: Consultant

I’m Joseph Caserto, a design professional, educator, and consultant. I have nearly 20 years of experience, as a publication art director and designer, and worked on the staffs of several national magazines before starting my own business. Since then, I’ve worked with many publications, including BusinessWeek, Marie Claire, PC, TV Guide, and Vibe. My most recent projects include helping to produce several issues of the iPad edition of Fortune, and consulting on the launch of Parents for iOS (Apple iPad) and Android (Samsung Galaxy).

I’m also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Digital Communications and Media at New York University, in the Design Digital Arts and Film Department of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and am a former Adjunct Lecturer at the City College of New York, in the Art Department’s Electronic Design and Multimedia Program. I have several online tutorials published, including Common Type Mistakes… & How to Avoid Them, Color Basics for Print Designers, and 10 InDesign Favorites, and have been a guest critic and speaker at Cooper Union, and SUNY Fredonia.

I’ve consulted with clients including FP Design, The Archdiocese of New York, and The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, to help them learn and maximize the potential of their software, and to explore graphic design principals.

I earned a BFA, with Honors, in Communications Design, from Pratt Institute, where I completed one of the first classes that explored graphic design produced with a Macintosh. I’m a member of AIGA, Freelancers Union, where I was elected to the board in June 2011, The Graphic Artists Guild, and The Society of Publication Designers. A lifetime resident of New York State, I’ve lived in Brooklyn since the late 1980s.

Curriculum

  • Section 1: Welcome!
  • Course Intro
  • Section 2: Manage Your Preferences Like A Pro
  • Define Your Favorite Preferences and Settings Only Once
  • Section 3: Add Text In A Flash
  • 1 Click: Place Text, Draw & Thread Frames, & Add Pages
  • Section 4: Create Grids Faster Than You Ever Imagined
  • Use the Control Panel to Start a Grid
  • Use the Control Panel to Finish a Grid
  • Use Step and Repeat to Draw Grids Even Faster
  • Use Gridify to Draw Grids at Lightning Speed!
  • Section 5: Align Multiple Objects: Tear Through Patterns And Layouts
  • Use the Align Panel to Start a Checkerboard Grid
  • Finish the Checkerboard with the Align Panel
  • The Align Panel Can Be Used to Build Layouts, Too.
  • Section 6: Get Going With Graphics
  • Place Files by Dragging
  • Manage Graphics with the Links Panel
  • Resize Graphics with the Fitting Commands
  • Use the Select Commands to Work with Placed Graphics
  • Section 7: Course Wrap-Up
  • A Quick Review
  • Section 8: Resources
  • Download These Files Shown in Lectures to Follow Along