Intro to Adobe InDesign

Learn Adobe InDesign with design expert Joseph Caserto

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About this course

Adobe revolutionized the publishing world when it introduced InDesign over a decade ago, and InDesign is now the publishing industry standard. However, its power isn't limited to producing print and digital magazines. It can be used to create virtually any type of material, such as collateral and packaging. With the recent release of Creative Suite 5.5, InDesign now even has digital publishing capabilities built right in, for easier publication on tablets like the Apple iPad, and the Samsung Galaxy and other Android-based devices.

Learning InDesign is not optional. For the past several years, every working print designer has been expected to learn InDesign. With the explosion of digital publishing, mastering InDesign is even more critical. This InDesign course for beginners will get you up and running, and give you a solid foundation upon which to build your skills Once you're done, you'll be able to build layouts that contain graphics and large amounts of text that flows between multiple pages.

What’s inside

  • Over 53 lectures and 6 hours of content!
  • Launch InDesign; customize Preferences and Workspaces.
  • Create Documents and Templates.
  • Draw objects and transform them(change size, scale, angle, etc.).
  • Use objects to hold text and graphics.
  • Format text and transform graphics.
  • Work with Swatches and Styles to save time and boost efficiency.
  • and much more…

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: Introduction
  • Welcome!
  • Section 2: Getting Started
  • Launching InDesign
  • The InDesign Interface
  • Settings, Files and Guides
  • Section 3: Working With Objects
  • Drawing Objects
  • Transform Objects
  • Adding Color
  • Working With Strokes
  • Tips for Working with Color
  • Review: Working with Objects
  • Section 4: Exercise 1: Objects
  • Instructions for Exercise 1: Objects
  • Step-by-Step: Exercise 1: Objects, Part I
  • Step-by-Step: Exercise 1: Objects, Part II
  • Section 5: Objects Bonus
  • Grouping and Stacking
  • Sections 1-5 Quiz
  • Sections 1-5 Quiz Key
  • Section 6: Working With Type
  • Basic Type
  • Paragraph Formats I
  • Paragraph Formats II
  • Editing Text
  • Review: Working With Type
  • Section 7: Exercise 2: Type
  • Instructions for Exercise 2: Type
  • Step-by-Step: Exercise 2: Type
  • Section 8: Type Bonus
  • Typographer's Quotes
  • Section 9: Working With Graphics
  • Adding Graphics Part I
  • Adding Graphics Part II
  • Sizing Graphics with the Control Panel
  • The Links Panel
  • Graphics Review
  • Section 10: Graphics Bonus
  • Silhouettes and Clipping Paths
  • Sections 6-10 Quiz
  • Sections 6-10 Quiz Key
  • Section 11: Layouts
  • Pages
  • Threading Text Frames
  • Building Layouts
  • Text Wrap
  • Text Frame Options
  • Review: Layout
  • Section 12: Exercise 3: Layout
  • Instructions for Exercise 3: Layout
  • Exercise 3: Resources
  • Exercise 3: Step By Step
  • Section 13: Layout Bonus
  • Build Layouts Faster; More on Silhouettes
  • Sections 11-13 Quiz
  • Sections 11-13 Quiz Key
  • Section 14: Swatches And Styles
  • Swatches
  • Paragraph Styles
  • Character Styles
  • Object Styles
  • Removing Style Overrides
  • Swatches Review
  • Styles Review
  • Section 15: Exercise 4: Swatches And Styles
  • Exercise 4: Using Swatches and Styles
  • Exercise 4: Resources
  • Exercise 4: Swatches and Styles, Step By Step
  • Section 16: Swatches And Styles Bonus
  • Simulating Colored Paper Stock; Replacing Styles and Swatches Globally
  • Section 17: Output
  • Output
  • Packaging
  • Section 18: Output Bonus
  • Opening Newer InDesign Files in Older Versions
  • Sections 14-18 Quiz
  • Sections 14-18 Quiz Key
  • Section 19: Closing
  • Course wrap-up

About this course

Adobe revolutionized the publishing world when it introduced InDesign over a decade ago, and InDesign is now the publishing industry standard. However, its power isn't limited to producing print and digital magazines. It can be used to create virtually any type of material, such as collateral and packaging. With the recent release of Creative Suite 5.5, InDesign now even has digital publishing capabilities built right in, for easier publication on tablets like the Apple iPad, and the Samsung Galaxy and other Android-based devices.

Learning InDesign is not optional. For the past several years, every working print designer has been expected to learn InDesign. With the explosion of digital publishing, mastering InDesign is even more critical. This InDesign course for beginners will get you up and running, and give you a solid foundation upon which to build your skills Once you're done, you'll be able to build layouts that contain graphics and large amounts of text that flows between multiple pages.

What’s inside

  • Over 53 lectures and 6 hours of content!
  • Launch InDesign; customize Preferences and Workspaces.
  • Create Documents and Templates.
  • Draw objects and transform them(change size, scale, angle, etc.).
  • Use objects to hold text and graphics.
  • Format text and transform graphics.
  • Work with Swatches and Styles to save time and boost efficiency.
  • and much more…

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: Introduction
  • Welcome!
  • Section 2: Getting Started
  • Launching InDesign
  • The InDesign Interface
  • Settings, Files and Guides
  • Section 3: Working With Objects
  • Drawing Objects
  • Transform Objects
  • Adding Color
  • Working With Strokes
  • Tips for Working with Color
  • Review: Working with Objects
  • Section 4: Exercise 1: Objects
  • Instructions for Exercise 1: Objects
  • Step-by-Step: Exercise 1: Objects, Part I
  • Step-by-Step: Exercise 1: Objects, Part II
  • Section 5: Objects Bonus
  • Grouping and Stacking
  • Sections 1-5 Quiz
  • Sections 1-5 Quiz Key
  • Section 6: Working With Type
  • Basic Type
  • Paragraph Formats I
  • Paragraph Formats II
  • Editing Text
  • Review: Working With Type
  • Section 7: Exercise 2: Type
  • Instructions for Exercise 2: Type
  • Step-by-Step: Exercise 2: Type
  • Section 8: Type Bonus
  • Typographer's Quotes
  • Section 9: Working With Graphics
  • Adding Graphics Part I
  • Adding Graphics Part II
  • Sizing Graphics with the Control Panel
  • The Links Panel
  • Graphics Review
  • Section 10: Graphics Bonus
  • Silhouettes and Clipping Paths
  • Sections 6-10 Quiz
  • Sections 6-10 Quiz Key
  • Section 11: Layouts
  • Pages
  • Threading Text Frames
  • Building Layouts
  • Text Wrap
  • Text Frame Options
  • Review: Layout
  • Section 12: Exercise 3: Layout
  • Instructions for Exercise 3: Layout
  • Exercise 3: Resources
  • Exercise 3: Step By Step
  • Section 13: Layout Bonus
  • Build Layouts Faster; More on Silhouettes
  • Sections 11-13 Quiz
  • Sections 11-13 Quiz Key
  • Section 14: Swatches And Styles
  • Swatches
  • Paragraph Styles
  • Character Styles
  • Object Styles
  • Removing Style Overrides
  • Swatches Review
  • Styles Review
  • Section 15: Exercise 4: Swatches And Styles
  • Exercise 4: Using Swatches and Styles
  • Exercise 4: Resources
  • Exercise 4: Swatches and Styles, Step By Step
  • Section 16: Swatches And Styles Bonus
  • Simulating Colored Paper Stock; Replacing Styles and Swatches Globally
  • Section 17: Output
  • Output
  • Packaging
  • Section 18: Output Bonus
  • Opening Newer InDesign Files in Older Versions
  • Sections 14-18 Quiz
  • Sections 14-18 Quiz Key
  • Section 19: Closing
  • Course wrap-up