InDesign CC Fundamentals

Learn how to harness the power of Adobe InDesign CC to create superior eBooks and magazines. This course is the first in a series designed to help you master one of the world's most popular page layout applications.
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(40)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Mar 10, 2016
Duration
4h 14m
Table of contents
What Is InDesign?
Understanding InDesign's Workspace
Working with Documents
The Basics of Text
Working with Graphics
Typography
Description
Course info
Rating
(40)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Mar 10, 2016
Duration
4h 14m
Description

With InDesign CC you can create and publish content for print, web, and digital distribution. Traditionally a page layout application, it has evolved into the premiere tool for creating eBooks, and magazines for digital devices. In this course, we get you comfortable with working inside the program. You'll learn how to master the interface, how to work with images, and create the best possible typography.

About the author
About the author

Matthew Pizzi is an Adobe Certified instructor with over 15 years of experience teaching Adobe applications.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

What Is InDesign?
Adobe InDesign is the premier page layout application for print, interactive pdfs, e-books, and mobile publishing. InDesign CC Fundamentals is the first course in a series designed to get you working with the program efficiently and professionally. We've structured our courses in a way that allows you to become immediately productive with the concepts covered in the course. It's up to you to determine how far you want to take your skills. If you're a casual user a fundamentals course is all that may be required. If you want more advanced skills you may want to continue with the other InDesign courses we have in our library. Either way you need to know the fundamentals which is exactly what this course provides. I'll review the basics of the application like getting comfortable with the working environment, how to work with images in getting the most out of your type. And of course we'll talk about how to pre-flight, and output your documents. If you ever wanted to become an expert in InDesign or simply become more productive inside the program this is the right place to start.

Understanding InDesign's Workspace
When you open Adobe InDesign for the first time, you'll be greeted with the Start workspace. And the Start workspace gives you access to commonly performed operations, whether it be opening a recent document, working with Creative Cloud libraries, or creating a new document based upon a preset. You'll notice on the left-hand side you can navigate between those three categories, your recent files, your CC libraries, and presets. With the presets and the recent files, you can view each of those files in a list or in an icon view. It's completely up to you. Down towards the bottom, you can quickly search Adobe Stock for stock images. And on the right-hand side, you have quick access to video based tutorials posted on adobe. com. All you have to do is click the video you're interested in watching. A web browser will launch and bring you directly to Adobe's website where that video is located. So that's the Start workspace. And often times if you don't have a document open inside the program, you'll see the Start workspace. You can always come up to the top right-hand corner and click this little gear icon. And here, you can choose to hide the Start workspace if you decide you don't want to see it. If you do do that, and later decide that you do want to see it, you can always go back to your Preferences dialog box and turn it back on. You can also switch out of the Start workspace by using the workspace switcher and choosing a different type of workspace, like Essentials. So that's what you'll see when you first launch Adobe InDesign.