Create Your Own iPad & Android Publications

Design and publish digital magazines & eBooks for iPad Kindle & Nook, with Adobe InDesign & Digital Publishing Suite.

About this course

A revolution is happening in the world of publishing as tablet computers and pixels are replacing paper and ink. Designers need to consider the limitations of a small screen and the advantages of an interactive medium, and at the same time, learn the new technology required to produce their work. This course will explore some of the basic issues faced by designers of eMags and eBooks, and the basics of getting them onto tablet devices using Adobe InDesign CS6 and CS5.5 in combination with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS).

Who should take this course

  • Print designers and producers who want to learn the essentials of creating digital content for iPad and Android tablets.
  • Print designers who aren’t familiar with production techniques for tablet, and who want to begin using some of the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) tools.
  • Beginner print, web, and mobile, designers who want to explore the essentials of understanding essential principals of interactive design.
  • Writers interested in producing their own e-books or mobile blowzines. These students should please note: the foundations of design will not be covered in this course.
  • Any of the above working with tablet devices not running Mac iOS, such as Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Samsung Galaxy, and other Android devices. These students should please note: the design content of this course will translate regardless of the device, however some technical content covered may not be applicable.
  • PC users. Students not working in Windows OS should please note: although content will be demonstrated in Mac OS X, they should easily be able to follow along.
  • Interactive and User Interface designers who want to explore how users and readers might access interactive content. These students should please note: this course WILL NOT cover programming apps, although the process of designing them will be touched on, briefly.

What’s required

  • Knowledge of essential 2-D graphic design principles, such as form, space and plane, typography, color.
  • Introduction to Adobe InDesign or equivalent knowledge. Students will need to have knowledge of essential print production techniques using Adobe Creative Suite: building pages in InDesign, importing elements from Photoshop and Illustrator, and exporting pages in .pdf format.
  • Adobe InDesign CS6 (30-day trial download available), or CS5.5. Students wanting a hands-on experience should please note: following most content and lessons will be possible in CS5. Students using versions earlier than CS5 will be able to layout content, but won’t be able to explore most, if not all, of the technical content relating to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Stuffit Expander or other software to open .zip files

Suggested Resources

  • Access to an iPad or Tablet Device. While the device is not critical for completing this course, it will provide students with the opportunity for more in-depth study, and without it, access to a minimal amount of content won’t be possible.
  • Notebook & something to write with, or equivalent tools.

What’s inside

  • Over 49 lectures and 5 hours of content!
  • By the end of this course, you will be able to understand key differences between print and digital publications, and concept, build, preview and share an interactive digital publication.
  • I'll also show you how to start presenting your ideas using non-interactive .jpg interactive .pdf files. Although this is not an App development course, I introduce some key concepts and provide resources for further exploration.
  • You'll be able to create a simple eBook using InDesign's ePub format capabilities.
  • Upon completion, you will have a strong foundation in Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS)

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: Course Intro
  • Welcome!
  • Section 2: Designing for a Tablet Audience
  • The Audience: Viewers vs. Users
  • How Technology Impacts the Tablet Design Process
  • Section 3: Creating an Interactive PDF in InDesign
  • Interactive Buttons in InDesign: Part I
  • Interactive Buttons Part II
  • Interactive Buttons in InDesign CS6
  • Adding Bookmarks
  • Troubleshooting and Editing an Interactive PDF
  • Hyperlinks and Media
  • CS6: Hyperlinks Media and Interactive PDF options
  • Bridging the Gap Between Desktop and Tablet
  • Section 4: eMagazines
  • Comparing Printed Publications and eMagazines
  • Introduction to Using Layers
  • How InDesign Layers are Used to Produce Tablet Files
  • Section 5: Creating Digital Publications with Adobe Publishing Suite (DPS)
  • Install Adobe DPS Tools
  • Setting Up a File for Adobe Digital Publishing System I
  • Setting Up a File for Adobe Digital Publishing System II
  • Creating Folios and Articles in InDesign CS6
  • Creating Folios and Articles in InDesign CS5.5
  • Sizing Tips for Designing Tablet Documents
  • Changing and Previewing Articles
  • Creating a Single Scrolling Page
  • Design Elements for a Scrolling Page
  • Scrolling Content I
  • Scrolling Content II
  • Tips for Troubleshooting Scrolling Content
  • Pop Up Content
  • Slideshows
  • Audio Video & Hyperlinks
  • Adding a Scroll to a Pop Up
  • Combining Pop-Up and Scrolling Content
  • Using the Content Viewer App
  • Dual Orientation Publications
  • Having Both Vertical and Horizontal Orientations In a Folio
  • Local Folios and Importing Articles
  • Section 6: Intro to Apps
  • A Few Words About Apps
  • Section 7: eBooks
  • eBook Set-Up and Covers
  • Placing eBook Content
  • eBook Chapters and Contents
  • Exporting to EPUB format
  • Previewing eBooks
  • Section 8: Resources
  • Course Materials: Templates
  • Course Materials: Lesson Files
  • Apps: Additional Resources
  • Digital Publications: Additional Resources
  • eBooks: Additional Resources
  • Updated iPad Templates (pixels)
  • Device Frames
  • Section 9: Course Wrap-Up
  • Review and Closing

About this course

A revolution is happening in the world of publishing as tablet computers and pixels are replacing paper and ink. Designers need to consider the limitations of a small screen and the advantages of an interactive medium, and at the same time, learn the new technology required to produce their work. This course will explore some of the basic issues faced by designers of eMags and eBooks, and the basics of getting them onto tablet devices using Adobe InDesign CS6 and CS5.5 in combination with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS).

Who should take this course

  • Print designers and producers who want to learn the essentials of creating digital content for iPad and Android tablets.
  • Print designers who aren’t familiar with production techniques for tablet, and who want to begin using some of the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) tools.
  • Beginner print, web, and mobile, designers who want to explore the essentials of understanding essential principals of interactive design.
  • Writers interested in producing their own e-books or mobile blowzines. These students should please note: the foundations of design will not be covered in this course.
  • Any of the above working with tablet devices not running Mac iOS, such as Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Samsung Galaxy, and other Android devices. These students should please note: the design content of this course will translate regardless of the device, however some technical content covered may not be applicable.
  • PC users. Students not working in Windows OS should please note: although content will be demonstrated in Mac OS X, they should easily be able to follow along.
  • Interactive and User Interface designers who want to explore how users and readers might access interactive content. These students should please note: this course WILL NOT cover programming apps, although the process of designing them will be touched on, briefly.

What’s required

  • Knowledge of essential 2-D graphic design principles, such as form, space and plane, typography, color.
  • Introduction to Adobe InDesign or equivalent knowledge. Students will need to have knowledge of essential print production techniques using Adobe Creative Suite: building pages in InDesign, importing elements from Photoshop and Illustrator, and exporting pages in .pdf format.
  • Adobe InDesign CS6 (30-day trial download available), or CS5.5. Students wanting a hands-on experience should please note: following most content and lessons will be possible in CS5. Students using versions earlier than CS5 will be able to layout content, but won’t be able to explore most, if not all, of the technical content relating to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Stuffit Expander or other software to open .zip files

Suggested Resources

  • Access to an iPad or Tablet Device. While the device is not critical for completing this course, it will provide students with the opportunity for more in-depth study, and without it, access to a minimal amount of content won’t be possible.
  • Notebook & something to write with, or equivalent tools.

What’s inside

  • Over 49 lectures and 5 hours of content!
  • By the end of this course, you will be able to understand key differences between print and digital publications, and concept, build, preview and share an interactive digital publication.
  • I'll also show you how to start presenting your ideas using non-interactive .jpg interactive .pdf files. Although this is not an App development course, I introduce some key concepts and provide resources for further exploration.
  • You'll be able to create a simple eBook using InDesign's ePub format capabilities.
  • Upon completion, you will have a strong foundation in Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS)

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: Course Intro
  • Welcome!
  • Section 2: Designing for a Tablet Audience
  • The Audience: Viewers vs. Users
  • How Technology Impacts the Tablet Design Process
  • Section 3: Creating an Interactive PDF in InDesign
  • Interactive Buttons in InDesign: Part I
  • Interactive Buttons Part II
  • Interactive Buttons in InDesign CS6
  • Adding Bookmarks
  • Troubleshooting and Editing an Interactive PDF
  • Hyperlinks and Media
  • CS6: Hyperlinks Media and Interactive PDF options
  • Bridging the Gap Between Desktop and Tablet
  • Section 4: eMagazines
  • Comparing Printed Publications and eMagazines
  • Introduction to Using Layers
  • How InDesign Layers are Used to Produce Tablet Files
  • Section 5: Creating Digital Publications with Adobe Publishing Suite (DPS)
  • Install Adobe DPS Tools
  • Setting Up a File for Adobe Digital Publishing System I
  • Setting Up a File for Adobe Digital Publishing System II
  • Creating Folios and Articles in InDesign CS6
  • Creating Folios and Articles in InDesign CS5.5
  • Sizing Tips for Designing Tablet Documents
  • Changing and Previewing Articles
  • Creating a Single Scrolling Page
  • Design Elements for a Scrolling Page
  • Scrolling Content I
  • Scrolling Content II
  • Tips for Troubleshooting Scrolling Content
  • Pop Up Content
  • Slideshows
  • Audio Video & Hyperlinks
  • Adding a Scroll to a Pop Up
  • Combining Pop-Up and Scrolling Content
  • Using the Content Viewer App
  • Dual Orientation Publications
  • Having Both Vertical and Horizontal Orientations In a Folio
  • Local Folios and Importing Articles
  • Section 6: Intro to Apps
  • A Few Words About Apps
  • Section 7: eBooks
  • eBook Set-Up and Covers
  • Placing eBook Content
  • eBook Chapters and Contents
  • Exporting to EPUB format
  • Previewing eBooks
  • Section 8: Resources
  • Course Materials: Templates
  • Course Materials: Lesson Files
  • Apps: Additional Resources
  • Digital Publications: Additional Resources
  • eBooks: Additional Resources
  • Updated iPad Templates (pixels)
  • Device Frames
  • Section 9: Course Wrap-Up
  • Review and Closing