InDesign CC Developing Long Documents, Books, and Manuals

InDesign is the best application for producing long documents, books, and manuals. This course will teach you the required skills, help you to develop the strategies, and guide you through mastering the InDesign features to publish long documents.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 26, 2018
Duration
3h 21m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Building Long Documents
Designing Long Documents
Organizing Long Documents
Publishing Long Documents
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 26, 2018
Duration
3h 21m
Description

A unique set of skills, distinct strategies, and different features of InDesign are required to build, design, organize, and publish long documents like books, textbooks, manuals, or any long document. In this course, InDesign CC Developing Long Documents, Books, and Manuals, you will learn all the skills, develop the strategies, and master the InDesign features to produce creative long documents efficiently on your own or as part of a team. First, you will learn how to start the production on the right foot with a solid plan for the formats, editions, and media in which your book-length project will be published before creating the roadmap, structure, and templates for an effective single-person or team-based workflow. Next, you will discover the design considerations and functions of InDesign that are of greatest value to technical documents and book-length projects, including ways to automate and standardize repetitive and error-prone activities that would otherwise put your project at risk for out-of-sync design, typos, and unnecessary labor. Finally, you will explore how to solve content organization and navigation problems, and how to use InDesign’s automation features to significantly reduce the manual labor involved in listing, referencing, and connecting parts of your books, manuals, and other long documents. When you’re finished with this course, you will be able to collaborate effectively on a long document project, and then output your manual, book, or other long document. Software required: InDesign CC 2018.

About the author
About the author

As a freelance graphic designer with over 20 years' experience, Pariah sits on the Adobe Advisory Group, is an Adobe Freelancer, and is an Adobe Community Professional and a former trainer and technical lead for Adobe's technical support teams for InDesign, InCopy, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi, I'm Pariah Burke, a Pluralsight author, book author, InDesign trainer and consultant, Adobe Community Professional, and frequent advisor to Adobe on InDesign and InCopy. In addition to writing books about InDesign, I also produce books in InDesign, starting years ago as a production artist and since occupying every position in the book production workflow, and, for more than 10 years, helping other publishers build and streamline their fiction and non-fiction book, manual, textbook, and technical publishing workflows. In InDesign CC Developing Long Documents, Books, and Manuals, I'll be teaching you the same things I teach book producers in person including a lot of tips and tricks to make the work flow more smoothly. During the course, we'll focus on building on long documents; starting production on the right foot with a solid plan for the formats, editions, and media in which your book-length project will be published; and then designing long documents to learn about the design considerations and functions of InDesign of greatest value to technical documents and book-length projects. Organizing long documents will help you solve the content organization and navigation problems inherent to long documents; and working in long documents wraps long document production by helping you collaborate effectively and then output your manual, book, or other long document. From here, you should feel comfortable building your own manual, book, textbook, or other long document start to finish. At the end of the last module in this course, I provide you with a list of next steps and courses to take if you want to learn more about related topics such as EPUB eBook production, interactive PDF publications, and integrating InCopy into your book production workflow. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn long document production with my InDesign CC Developing Long Documents, Books, and Manuals course, at Pluralsight.

Publishing Long Documents
Working in Long Documents wraps long document production by helping you collaborate effectively and then output your manual, book, or other long document. We'll start by preparing for collaboration. Book-length publications are often created by a team, and InDesign includes features to help the team work more effectively. First, you have to identify yourself within InDesign so that team members know who did what. Like InCopy or Word, InDesign can track text changes including adding, deleting, and replacing text. Each change can then be individually approved or rejected, or all changes can be approved or rejected wholesale by story, document, or team member. Notes are a valuable part of communicating with collaborators on text changes, proposed changes, or about topics other than text changes. In this clip, you'll learn how to create and navigate notes, as well as how to convert text in the publication to a note for later reference or reinclusion. Before sending a book or manual to press, you should learn how to have InDesign check it for the common problems that prevent it from being printed, or printed as you designed it. In this clip, you'll learn how to do that and how to activate InDesign's hidden document diagnostics. The ultimate goal of any publication you design is to be printed or exported to a format readers can use. But when you're using an INDB book file, does that complicate that process? This clip will answer that question. You'll learn just how easy it is to print your entire book or export it to PDF or ePUB eBook. Before ending the module and course, I want to point you to additional courses that can be very valuable to your work building, designing, organizing, and working in books, manuals, and other long documents.