Posts Tagged InDesign

Get started with InDesign CC | Top 10 things for beginners

indesign-100x100In this episode of Adobe Creative Cloud TV, Terry White shows you how to get started with Adobe InDesign CC and the 10 things beginners want to know how to do.

In a little less than 44 minutes (a bit long, but worth every second), Terry White will take you through:

Creating a new document, placing graphics, fitting graphics in frames, adding text, formatting text, working with swatches, creating and applying styles, adding page numbers, wrapping text, and exporting to PDF.  In addition, there are lots of tips and tricks thrown in.

If you’re new to InDesign and just getting started, these are probably the best 44 minutes you can invest in.

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InDesign CC 9.2 | What’s new and changed

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Jan 2014

Adobe InDesign is the industry-standard publishing application for print publications, interactive PDF documents, digital magazines, and EPUBs. A new version of InDesign CC (9.2) is available now. It comes with several enhancements, bug fixes, and a brand new feature.

 

 

 

 To install InDesign CC

  1. Go to http://creative.adobe.com and sign in with your Adobe ID.
  2. Click Download Center in the top navigation bar.
  3. Click Download icon next to the InDesign icon.
  4. On the InDesign product page, click Download. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

What’s new and changed in InDesign CC 9.2

Typekit Desktop Font Integration

Typekit desktop fonts are now fully integrated with InDesign. With this seamless integration, Creative Cloud customers can now easily:

  • Find missing Typekit fonts in your documents and sync those fonts from Typekit.
  • Browse and add new fonts from the Typekit Website.
  • Find your synced Typekit fonts quicker in the Font menu with the new Typekit font filter.

Hyperlinks Simplification

The major pain points around creating, editing, and managing hyperlinks have been addressed in this release of InDesign:

  • Creating a hyperlink in InDesign is now incredibly simple. You can create a hyperlink with just a right-click gesture.
  • Hyperlinks now have a separate Hyperlink character style – blue and underlined.
  • Edit hyperlinks from right-click menu.
  • Quickly identify errors in your hyperlinks with traffic light indicators.
  • Quickly navigate to the hyperlinks within your document from the hyperlinks panel.

 EPUB enhancements

  • You can now create footnotes that popup over the page you’re reading.
  • InDesign now provides more accurate representation of exported text color, tables, and nested styles in the exported doc and the CSS.
  • The CSS handling of native InDesign objects, images and groups has also been improved.
  • New support for additional list types and text align last within CSS properties.
  • Create books for the Japanese market with improved support for Ruby, J Vertical Composition which includes TCY and Auto TCY.
  • Create books for the Arabic market with more complete handling of right to left direction languages.

Critical bug fixes

  • Marked improvement in cross-references performance.
  • Text selection or highlight behavior is restored (similar to CS6).
  • Active preflight profile appears in the document status bar.
  • The Color Theme setting now does not automatically get reset to Medium Dark on updating InDesign.

More on What’s new in InDesign CC version 9.2

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InDesign CC | Generate QR Codes

Download TrialYou can now generate and edit high quality independent QR code graphics from within InDesign. The generated QR code is a high-fidelity graphic object that behaves exactly like native vector art in InDesign. You can easily scale the object and fill it with colors. You can also apply effects, transparency, and printing attributes, such as overprinting, spot inks, and trappings to the object. You can copy-paste the code graphic as a vector graphic object into a standard graphics editor tool such as Adobe Illustrator.

To generate QR code in InDesign

  1. From the menu, choose Object > Generate QR Code. The Generate QR Code dialog box is displayed.
  2. In the Content tab, select any one of the following data types in the Type drop-down list: Web Hyperlink, Plain Text, Text Message, Email, or Business Card.
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  3. The Color tab shows Swatch List. If you want to apply a specific color to the QR code, switch to the Color tab and select a specific color. By default, the generated QR code is Black with transparent background.
  4. Click OK. If you have selected a Frame before generating the QR code, the code is placed directly in the selected Frame replacing its content. Otherwise, the QR code is loaded on the Place Gun and you can place it just like a traditional EPS object.

Once placed inside a document, the QR code is treated as a traditional EPS object, except that a tooltip appears on hovering over the object, revealing the content details in the form of the embedded code.

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Modifying the QR code’s frame attribute

The default background of a QR code frame is transparent. However, you can change the Frame’s Fill and Stroke attributes such as Color, Line Style, and Thickness using the traditional controls.

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Transforming the QR code object

You can move, resize, or rotate the placed QR code object with the Selection tool. When you drag the frame’s box, only the frame resizes. However, while dragging:

  • If you press the Shift key, the aspect ratio of the frame is preserved.
  • If you press the Ctrl (on Windows) or Command (on Mac) key, both the frame and the content scales with preserved aspect ratio.
  • If you press the Shift + Alt (on Windows) or Option (on Mac) keys, the frame scales from its center with unpreserved aspect ratio. You can press the Shift key to preserve the aspect ratio.

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- Prabhat Singh, Senior content & community lead

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InDesign CC | New Adobe Exchange panel

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The new Adobe Exchange panel is now an in-app experience for you to explore, discover, and install content, plug-ins, and scripts that you can purchase or download for free. If you produce scripts, templates, plug-ins, or anything that can enhance the functionality of Adobe’s Creative applications, you can quickly package, submit and make them available to a larger community.

Adobe Exchange even lets you privately share products. For example, you can package up a series of images, InDesign templates, and other files. Anyone with who you have privately shared the products can install the content and see any updates you make. The experience is very much like an app store.

To open the Exchange panel, go to Windows > Extensions > Adobe Exchange.

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You can become a producer for free. Get started here: https://www.adobeexchange.com/producer

For the latest updates on Adobe Exchange, like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AdobeExchange or follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AdobeExchange

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- Prabhat Singh, Senior content & community lead

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Creative Cloud | Learn the apps

totem-creative-cloud-80x80Adobe Creative Cloud gives you access to several several tools. It includes all the creative tools, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and many other tools and services that you’ll need to make a mark in the  competitive and meritocratic industry creative design is shaping up to be.

Whether you’re already a seasoned pro or a beginner, you may need some resources to get you started on the journey to create the most compelling designs and artifacts. Now, we’ve tried to make it a little easier for you to get started.

How to get started with Creative Cloud

Want to start using your Adobe Creative Cloud apps, but don’t know where to begin? That’s where we come in. We’ve provided a few basic, entry level tutorials that help you use the apps in a real-world fashion, to a create real world deliverable.

See the following tutorials to quickly get started with  the apps and get creating.

 

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How to edit a photo in Photoshop
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How to design a logo with Illustrator
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How to make a brochure with InDesign
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How to add effects, motion graphics in After Effects
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How to create a video story with Premiere Pro
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How to make and style a web page in Dreamweaver
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How to build a web banner in Edge Animate
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How to create a website with Adobe Muse

Get going

Not a Creative Cloud member yet? Sign up for a free account and try any of the new CC desktop apps for 30 days, as well as a selection of services. For any other information, see Creative Cloud Help

 

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