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Introduction to InDesign

Introduction to InDesign

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Written by the Usherwood Adventures publisher/designer/author James D. Kramer with the complete InDesign novice in mind, this book is intended to help you get started creating professional documents in InDesign; focusing the skills you need to get up and running quickly, without getting bogged down in a lengthy explanations that makes your eyes glaze over.

The package you will download contains a PDF of the book, as well the source files referenced in the exercises. Although written specifically at this time for InDesign CS5, all the exercises should be also compatible with InDesign versions CS3 through CS6 (much should also remain compatible for the Creative Cloud version of InDesign). Watch this product page frequently for updated exercises.

So, if you're trying to self-publish using InDesign, and you're at a loss as to how to get started, this book will be a great first step for you.

Table of Contents

Lesson 1: Interface Overview

The Quickstart screen and Creating a New Document
The Control bar
Customizing your Workspace(s)
Customizing Menus and Panels
Saving your Workspace(s)
Exercise 1: Starting a new project template

Lesson 2: Working with Text Styles

The Paragraph Styles Dialog
The Character Styles Dialog
Exercise 2: Creating and editing text styles

Lesson 3: Working with Tables

The Table Styles Dialog
The Cell Styles Dialog
Exercise 3: Creating Table and Cell styles
Other creative uses for Table Styles

Lesson 4: Working with Objects

Formatting Objects
The Object Styles Dialog
Importable Graphics
Exercise 4: Creating and editing object styles

Lesson 5: Working with Master Pages

Creating and Organizing Master Pages
Basing Master pages on other Master pages
Exercise 5: Creating and editing master pages

Lesson 6: Working with Editorial Controls

Working with the Story Editor
Working with Search and Replace Routines
Dynamic Spell Checker
Exercise 6: Creating search and replace routines

If you find any errors or omissions contained within this document, I would appreciate hearing from you to rectify the situation. I would like to hear from you regarding any functionality not yet covered in this living instructional document, which I will gladly add as I continue to develop the curriculum contained within. I can be contacted directly at

Read more of my principles of good production and design on my blog at

Happy templating!

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February 7th, 2014
Just got in to using Adobe In Design and wanted a basic book. Did want to spend a ton on a book in case it wasn't what I'd need. This is a great book for beginners. Very clearly written and helpful. [...]
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