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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).
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 FilesCreate 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.