Table of Contents

Unit 1.1 Getting Started with a Document

 As seen on Adobe HelpX

TC's Commentary on the Video and Skills Covered

  • Instead of Inches use Points for the units. The reason for this is that all word processing programs like Google Docs, Pages, and the Microsoft Office Suite uses points primarily. Therefore, the transition may be a little less daunting
  • If you are on a Mac it is highly recommended that you enable the Application Frame
  • Facing Pages (1:40) makes your document works like a book, meaning that they can fold on each other. Since he is designing a tri-fold with only two side, he does not need facing pages for it to fold like a booklet.


Written Guide

For a more detailed guide on setting up a new document with images and detailed description check out this post from TUTS+

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Setting up the Margins in InDesign

A good read on the use and make-up of a margin in InDesign. As well as an explanation on Facing Pages and when to use or not use them.

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Unit 1.21 Working with Images

A video from Terry White (Adobe Evangelist)

TC's Commentary on the Video and Skills Covered

  • For ease of use the TC recommends that the best way to bring images into InDesign the best way to do so is either to drag and drop it into InDesign (1:39) or to create frames first and then drag the images into them (5:14). WE DO NOT RECOMMEND USING ADOBE BRIDGE, since it can be very difficult but it is a good still to understand.
  • A great skill to learn and something about InDesign to understand is the concept of framed pictures (6:55-8:30)
  • Frame Fitting Options (8:42-10:40) is another VERY important skill in using InDesign
  • Re sizing Images in InDesign or in Photoshop terms, CMD/Ctrl+T, is a little different. Where instead of only adjusting the image you need to adjust both the frame and the image to re size what is seen (13:10-13:45).
  • When you are combining text and image a skill you want to know how to do is text wrap (15:42-18:40).

Detailed Post on Placing Images

A guide with explanation on different options when it comes to placing images, fitting images, and manipulating images in InDesign

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A Guide to Supported Image Formats 

Due to the powerhouse that InDesign is it supports multiple image formats. This post will give you an idea of the main ones you should be using

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Unit 1.22 Display & Render Quality

A video from Alain Paradis

TC's Commentary on the Video and Skills Covered

  • Vector files are files that will never pixelate
  • The key preferences you want selected is High Quality Display and you would also want to disable Object Level Display Setting.  
  • We recommend that you make these changes when no documents are open in InDesign so that the preferences can be defaults  (2:41)
  •  You have to understand that the effects of Display Quality does not determine how your project will look when it is printed. Display Quality settings are there to maintain satisfactory performance when you may have hundreds of links. Pixelation because of Display Quality Settings is completely different from pixelation due to Missing Source (linked) files (Unit 1.23).


Explanation on Display Quality

An article from Adobe explaining why high quality images appear to be fuzzy even though the original files are not locked and are linked. 

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Detailed Instruction on the Controls

A more detailed explainations on the options mentioned in the video when it comes to gaining the highest display performance. 

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Unit 1.23 Pixelation and Missing Links

A little explanation from eHow

When you lay out a publication in Adobe InDesign CS5.5+, you combine text and graphics on the pages that make up your brochure, catalog, annual report or technical document. To keep the size of your working file manageable and meet production guidelines, you usually link your layout to the photographs and drawings you place within its pages, allowing Adobe InDesign to store previews of your images in your .indd file. Even the most seasoned designer can face the predicament of finding missing-graphic alerts in her Links panel while her preview images remain undisturbed. These alerts reflect the ways links work behind the scenes to connect your layout to your graphics and warn you when those graphics change or move. 

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Here is a video from Linda 


TC's Commentary on the Video and Skills Covered

  • Links refers to all content that is placed in an InDesign document. Mainly, when speaking of links we are referring to the images that are placed in the document. 
  • If links are missing, the resultant quality that will be printed is very diminished.
  • Alert icons is a must-know of InDesign, users should be able to know that an error has occurred in links and must make it a priority to fix those and using the Links Panel is a great way of knowing the statuses of your links (1:13).

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Unit 1.3 Working with Text

A video from Lynda 

TC's Commentary on the Video and Skills Covered

  • (0:27) Introducing the Text Tool
  • (1:22) Converting a box to a Text Frame—Also know that you can convert anything into a text box, for example, boxes, circles, lines and even images.
  • (1:41) Control Panel Options—Have a try to see the effects of the other 6 options next to the one shown in this video to make all the text uppercase
  • (2:03) Changing Text Color—If the color that you would like is not in the color swatch double click the colored box next the triangle instead of pressing it like in the video
  • (2:35) Changing Text Styles

Advance Text Styles

For a more on text editing and changing text styles head over to this video which goes over most of the options pertaining to text in the control panel

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Advanced Text Wrap Settings

If you want to have an extra look or find out how to further fine tune your text wrap options have a look at this in dept video on text wrap options

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Unit 1.4 Shapes and Colors

A video from Marie Stehlikova

TC's Commentary on the Video and Skills Covered

  • (0:33) Location of the shapes tool
  •  (0:54) Changing Fill Color—Another thing to note is that when selecting color make sure to click into one of the CMYK values just to make sure that the color chosen is in the CMYK color space and not the RGB colors.
  • (1:11) Shape's Strokes or Frame—To get rid of the frame set the color to transparent (none) you can follow the video's method or select the color swatches nest to the stroke box (little triangle) and select none.
  • The way you change color is the exact same way for everything in InDesign. Everything will have a fill and everything will have a stroke. Even picture frames have a fill its just that the picture sits on top of it so that you can not see the fill color of the frame
  • (1:45) Changing the Opacity—Again the same concept applies to all content in InDesign even text pictures and other shapes.
  •  (2:10) Corners—This setting can be set to all frames in InDesign again including texts and pictures.
  • (2:50 ) Eyedropper tool—The eye dropper tool in InDesign can be a pain sometimes, if you would like to save colors it is recommended that you save it to your color swatches instead
  • (3:25) The Effects Panel 

Advance Color Options

A video from Lynda talking about the use of colors and extended usage of the color panels in Adobe InDesign. 

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Another Video on Color, Swatches, and the Gradient Panel

Covers more on strokes and fills as well as other color options in Adobe InDesign. (Highly Recommended) . It also gives some definitions to vocab specific to InDesign.

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Unit 1 Test and the Certification

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