InDesign CC15Tutorials for the InDesign CC15 ACA Exam
Most of us have had to create documents with text and pictures at some point in our lives. InDesign is the professional application for not only bringing text and images together, but also for creating layouts that allow for easier workflows, as well as designing publications for both digital and printed media. InDesign will enable you to create stunning visual, interactive documents for all devices to reach a broad audience. These lessons are specifically designed to help prepare you and your students for the Adobe Certified Associate Exam (ACA).
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King of Interactive Documents
Jonathan Gordon is a prominent InDesign instructor with 20 years’ experience. He is an award winning instructor receiving the Broward County Journalism Adviser of the year from the Sun Sentinel newspaper in 2010 and 2015. He also won Journalism Adviser of the Year from the Florida Scholastic Press Association (District 7) 2004 and 2010. Jonathan helped establish the Academy of Journalism at McFatter Technical High School where students received journalism certificates learning digital design and industrial communication and also taught Digital Media Technology (Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver) through McFatter Technical College. Jonathan received a Masters in Mass Communication – Online Communication and Web Design from the University of Florida, and presently lives and works in Upstate New York.
PROJECT 1 – CONFERENCE POSTERProject 1 Files
Create an amazing Conference Poster using Indesign and some BEAUTIFUL free assets we found on the web under CC license!
- 1.01 – InDesign, What? :: A quick understanding of what InDesign can do for you.
- 1.02 – Know Thy Interface – Control Panel, Tools, and more :: An Introduction to InDesign’s interface.
- 1.03 – What are you in for? :: An overview of the concepts and skills to be presented in Project 1.
- 1.04 – It is a set up :: Creating a new InDesign document. Also understanding what the heck a bleed and slug are.
- 1.05 – Don’t be a tool, use them :: Meet a few of your assistants (tools – ie: Frame, Type; Swatches; Strokes; and a few Quick Key short cuts)
- 1.06 – Layer me this :: Understanding and setting up layers – as well as being introduced to workspaces
- 1.07 – Rule of thumb :: Creating guides from the ruler and placing your first image. Should you use high quality performance images or not?
- 1.08 – In Living Color :: Use swatches, the color picker, and the color theme tool to get your colors just right.
- 1.09 – Be Direct :: Get to know the direct selection tool as well as how to rename layers. Learn how to shear and rotate frames for added an added touch.
- 1.10 – Casting a Shadow :: Learn how to place effects on images and frames (inner shadows in particular)
- 1.11 – If it doesn’t fit, you must constrain proportionally :: Adding oversized images to frames and choosing the correct method to decrease the size of the image to fit inside the frames.
- 1.12 – Getting your point across :: Manipulating points to alter the shape of a frame. Creating a grunge effect by placing a texture background on top of an image and altering the background’s opacity.
- 1.13 – Thank you sir, Give me another :: Once again using points on a frame, naming layers, and making inner shadows.
- 1.14 – Seeing Double :: Duplicate images and ‘Paste (them) into Place’. Create new swatches. Understand how to utilize the Pasteboard. Learn the difference between plain text vs. rich formatted text. Import text into a document.
- 1.15 – You are such a character :: Use text formatting settings through the control and character panels. Learn the usefulness of leading and kerning.
- 1.16 – More of the same with a bit more :: In addition to more formatting text with the character panel and kerning/leading. Learn how to identify and fix overset text. Oh, do not forget about ‘tracking’.
- 1.17 – Heading toward the finish line :: Learn how to group elements, create drop shadows, and understand how making a simple line could add to your design.
- 1.18 – Housecleaning :: Cleaning up your publication and adding more grunge to the poster.
- 1.19 – It’s a package deal :: Setting up for export, creating a package .
PROJECT 2 – YEARBOOK SPREADProject 2 Files
Create an amazing Yearbook Spread Indesign and some Awesome free assets we found on the web under CC license!
- 2.01 – Memories fade, but yearbooks are forever :: An overview of the concepts and skills to be presented in Project 2.
- 2.02 – Face the facts :: In the document set-up, learn how to face pages and create a custom sized page. Then change the units of measurement that your document uses.
- 2.03 – Master of the house :: Create master pages and insert special characters like page numbers. Understand how to use the X/Y location to your benefit.
- 2.04 – Stop, crop, and resize :: Besides creating and deleting layers, crop and scale an image, then resize a frame.
- 2.05 – Patience for a pop-out :: Work with the pen tool to place points on a path. Use the add and delete anchor point tools add finishing touches to your path. Learn how to select a photo and ‘Paste (the photo) Into’ your create path. Make your photo ‘pop’ off the page.
- 2.06 – Same as above :: Ditto – more practice.
- 2.07 – You are smarter than you look :: Get know to columns, guides, smart guides, adding lines, making a swatch, and then add some text to the spread.
- 2.08 – Placeholder text for dummies (dummy text, get it?) :: After creating a tint swatch and adding more text to your spread, learn how to fill (a text frame) with placeholder text. Then create a new swatch, import text, and add an outer glow around text.
- 2.09 – Master replica :: Duplicate a master page and place items on a master page. Understand why creating headings that are repeated throughout your document can enhance the overall publication.
- 2.10 – Have a purpose for your choices :: Listen to why design choices and knowing your target audience is important. Learn about font choices, readability, and font consistency.
- 2.11 – I’m going to drop a cap… :: More placeholder text. Learn about overset text. Add a drop cap to your text.
- 2.12 – Placing pics in publications properly (say that 10x fast) :: Load an image in your cursor. Then scale an image, resize a frame, and fit content proportionally in the frame. Add a stroke on an image. Learn about the proper way to obtain photos – such as public domain. Finally, to wrap the video up, learn text wrap.
- 2.13 – Join the right path :: Work with paths and then join them together. Use the character panel to stylize text. Open the text frame options dialog to ‘ignore text wrap’.
- 2.14 – Check yourself, before you wreck yourself :: Glance over your project, clean things up.
- 2.15 – PDF – Project Done… BOOM! :: Learn how to hide your guides. When exporting your document to a PDF, understand the various options you have.
Project 3 - Menu
PROJECT 3 – MENUProject 3 Files
Imagine the world’s best restaurant- and then create the menu!
- 3.01 – Design Master Chef :: An overview of the concepts and skills to be presented in Project 3.
- 3.02 – Prepping the meal :: As you set-up your document make multiple pages that face one another, add columns, and change your documents unit increments.
- 3.03 – Setting up your workspace :: Create a new workspace by organizing various panels, change the page panel size, and set up master pages.
- 3.04 – Taking the correct path to success :: After placing an image in a graphic frame learn to use the pathfinder tool. Work with anchor and direction points to alter a path shape.
- 3.05 – A bit of rehash :: Make a stroke, duplicate paths , resizing frames, and create a new swatch
- 3.06 – Alter your path and align your ellipse :: Time for some cleanup – work with anchor points, the direction point tool, crop an image, and resize the image. Use the ellipse tool to create a perfect circle. Then use the align panel to align other circles around the original circle.
- 3.07 – Fontastic :: More clean-up. Find projects fonts (or use your own). Place text on the pasteboard. Work with lines/stroke and grouping elements.
- 3.08 – To err is human, to not fix them is stupid :: Learn about the preflight panel which helps identify project errors. A review of high quality display, shapes, and importing text.
- 3.09 – Make your style speak :: Understand how paragraph styles and character styles increase your workflow. Keeping an eye on the preflight panel.
- 3.10 – Override :: More about paragraph styles and how to override formatting setting. Then learn how to clear those overrides. Make a paragraph style based on another paragraph style. Add some character styles to throw into the mix.
- 3.11 – Combine your styles :: Blend character and paragraph styles with nested styles. Use forced line breaks to initiate the nested style.
- 3.12 – Tidy up your document :: Clean up pages. Add some guides. Deselect hyphenation in a paragraph style.
- 3.13 – It’s a wrap :: Add images to the document. Use text wrap to move copy around those images. Identify text wrap contour options.
- 3.14 – Share styling tips :: Import a word document that has formatting setting intact. Duplicate the front logo.
- 3.15 – Right out of the gate :: Use the page tool to create a gatefold for the kids-menu.
- 3.16 – Interact with your project :: Understand scope creep. Create an interactive pdf with hyperlinks to the internet.
Project 4 - Graphic Resume'
PROJECT 4 – Graphic Resume’Project 4 Files
You’ve got mad skills- so show them off! Make a resume’ that will show your design skills in words as well as design.
- 4.01 – Make the snapshot of your life count :: An overview of the concepts and skills to be presented in Project 4.
- 4.02 – Work it :: Setting up a new document with columns, gutter, and margins. Change the units and increments, undock panels, make layers, and create a new workspace for the resume.
- 4.03 – Mind the Gap :: Once again create new swatches, make rectangle frames, add a bleeds. Get to know the GAP Tool.
- 4.04 – Making a pick-up, then delivery :: Learn how to duplicate elements with the use of the content conveyor, content collector, content placer, and CC libraries.
- 4.05 – Head of the class :: Add some guides, place text file, and create a paragraph style.
- 4.06 – Keep it styling :: Group some elements on the page. Place elements of the resume in the proper layers. Create some more paragraph styles. Finally, cut/paste text within text frames.
- 4.07 – Revise :: Clean-up: shift text frames, add lines breaks, and check for errors.
- 4.08 – What is in a name?:: Add name of the resume owner. Work with text frame options and vertical justification. Use character and paragraph panels to format text. Create a circle path with the ellipse tool and place an image inside.
- 4.09 – Icon do it :: Retrieve icons from Adobe Illustrator file, edit those icons, and review anchor points, Create an object style.
- 4.10 – Very interesting :: Create a drop shadow on a shape. Work in the Hobbies and Interest section of the resume. Use the align panel and align Hobbies and Interest icons. Use the ellipse tool to creates circles and place around icons.
- 4.11 – How competent are you? :: Create a ellipse bar graph for the Skills and Competencies section. Use the ellipse tool, create a new swatch, align with the align panel, and group elements.
- 4.12 – A stroke of expertise :: Create a circle ‘pie graph’ of sorts for the Software Expertise section. Use the ellipse tool and align panel. Create a tint swatch. Use the Scissors tool to cut portions of circle paths. Open the stroke panel and change end caps.
- 4.13 – Taking it personal :: Create a bar graph for the Personal Skills section. Create a rectangle frame and duplicate them. Create lines and open the stroke panel. Change stroke starts and ends.
- 4.14 – Refer to my friends :: Work on the References section. Create rectangle frames, change corner shape with corner options. Use the pathfinder tool to create custom shapes (speech bubbles) Use transform to flip the shapes horizontally. Organize text frames on the page. All done.
Project 5 - Event Poster
PROJECT 5 – PERFECT PORTFOLIOProject 5 Files
Dream about your most perfect event… and then make a poster for it!
- 5.01 – Showcase Yourself :: An overview of the concepts and skills to be presented in Project 5.
- 5.02 – Digitally Incline :: Setting up a new document with the intent for Web, customize a page size, group panels together, and create new workspace for a digital portfolio.
- 5.03 – Catch the Rainbow :: Create RGB swatches, learn where to acquire free fonts, and produce paragraph/character styles
- 5.04 – Page Master :: Placing elements on master pages. Changing page panel options. Inserting page numbers.
- 5.05 – Lock it up :: More new swatches. Making frames. Locking elements on a page. Adding text. Create effects to be used in an object style.
- 5.06 – I got you pegged:: Exporting document pages to jpegs. Placing images on a page. Create effects to be used in an object style.
- 5.07 – Let’s be transparent :: Create new swatches. Use transparency blending modes for a cool effect. Use inset spacing, placeholder text, and paragraph styles in a text frame.
- 5.08 – Scissor me this?:: Creating frames with aligning the stroke on the outside. Use the scissor tool to create line paths. Add arrows to the end of the line paths. Work with inset spacing in text frames. Add Adobe Illustrator icons to the document.
- 5.09 – Text, text, and more text :: Work with margins/columns. Create text frames. Use placeholder text. Thread text between multiple text frames.
- 5.10 – Jump, Jump, Jump around :: Create page jumps to get around your publication. Apply paragraph and character styles. Use text wrap around an object.
- 5.11 – Anchors Aweigh :: Creating frames with aligning the stroke on the outside. Use the scissor tool to create line paths. Add arrows to the end of the line paths. Manipulate anchor points. Utilize text wrap while altering offset values.
- 5.12 – Image-ine That! :: Screen capturing images. Placing those images. Scaling those images.
- 5.13 – Lay it out for me :: Clean-up. Revisit CC Libraries. Add new pages. Copy/paste in place full layouts.
- 5.14 – Rinse and repeat :: Adding vector icons to the document Export pages to jpgs. Screen capturing images. Placing those images. Scaling those images. Utilize text wrap while altering offset values.
- 5.15 More of the same :: Fixing issues with page numbering in jumps. Work with icons. Exporting document pages to jpegs. Resize frames and rotate images. Utilize text wrap while altering offset values.
- 5.16 Now you can see it…No you don’t :: Toggle visibility icon. Creating text and ignore text wrap. Create a character style. Revisit transparency blending modes. Kern some text. Apply an object style.
- 5.17 A glimpse of perfection :: Add new pages. Change a swatch color. Create outlines out of text. Manipulate anchors points. Use the character panel. Add buttons. Placing an image in a shape. Get an idea what the digital portfolio looks like through the ‘epub interactivity preview’.
- 5.18 Button up :: Create buttons and trigger events. Copy those buttons – paste in place. Use the ‘epub interactivity preview’.
- 5.19 Let’s table this :: Create a table of contents, table of contents style, paragraph styles, tab leaders, and object style.
- 5.20 Icons in motion :: More icons. Use the align panel and distribute spacing. Create animations with trigger events and few more buttons.
- 5.21 Another time around the block :: Creating frames with aligning the stroke on the outside. Use the scissor tool to create line paths. Add arrows to the end of the line paths. Placing an image and fitting the content/frames. Adding buttons and copying/pasting in place.
- 5.22 Your portfolio in motion :: Show where to create video for the digital portfolio (Adobe spark videos). Create a frame and align a stroke to the outside. Place videos in document. Insert html into an InDesign project. Publish online.
- 5.23 In the real world :: Export digital portfolio to epub and interactive pdf. Publish online as well.
- 5.24 Fixer Upper :: Redo button destinations, Relink TOC electronic links, Correct effects in epubs. Final export to interactive pdf, publish online, and epub. And bid Adieu.