Need a Whole InDesign Getting Started Series?

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Dec 27, 2017 Dec 27, 2017

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What would we do if we had to start learning InDesign as a newbie?

(Hide under our bed? Runaway? Pray unceasingly? Find a good shrink?)

Here’s how we did it: In 1985, the founder of Aldus asked us to beta test PageMaker (PM) 1.0. Eventually, we were forced to try to learn QuarkXPress (QXP). Then Adobe bought Aldus primarily for what became Adobe InDesign (“Id”). So, we got to play with Id before version 1.0 was released. Adobe took the concepts of PM and QXP and fit many of them into Id 1.0. Knowing both, we sat down at InDesign 1.0 and started creating pages.

All of that was then, and this is now. InDesign is currently in version #13. It has some serious horsepower under its hood, responding to the needs of traditional print publishing as well as electronic documents. For a newbie, the learning curve seems to be so steep that it can wrap around the planet.

Well, just because it has that big team of horses in the InDesign engine doesn’t mean a newbie has to drive Id from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds the first time you sit in the driver’s seat. Just get used to the clutch pedal, the shifter, put the key in the ignition and get it into first gear.

Here’s how you do that: Brian Wood’s “Get started with InDesign” section begins with a 4 minute and 17 second #1 “Create a new document.” After that, in just 2:21, Brian takes you through #2, some file saving options. In just over 4 minutes, you’ll feel like you’re starting to feel some of that power with #3, “Get around in InDesign.” Before you take a break, do #4, “Zoom and Pan” for 3-½ minutes.

But, that’s not everything. When you scroll down to the bottom of this page:  https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/how-to/get-started-indesign.html?playlist=/ccx/v1/collection/produc... you’ll see a link for another set of learning experiences, and after that, there’s another, and another, and so forth.

Just like New Year’s Eve celebrations, don’t over-indulge. Pace yourself. You’ll start 2018 as a wiser creative.

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Hi Brain,

Thanks for sharing this.

Regards,

Srishti

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Advocate ,
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srishtib8795206  wrote

Thanks for sharing this.

Regards,

Srishti

You are quite welcome.

We have been wanting to talk this up for a few weeks.

The week between Christmas and New Years used to be a real high traffic time for when our website had an archive of new tutorials.

We figured either 1.) people got apps for Christmas, 2.) they wanted to set aside learning time for weeks and finally found some, or 3.) really, really, REALLY needed a break from family things!

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Here's the complete list of everything the series covers:

1. Create a new document (4:17)

2. Save your documents (2:21)

3. Get around in InDesign (4:07)

4. Zoom and pan (3:35)

5. Understand frames in InDesign (3:54)

6. Add text (4:23)

7. Create columns of text (4:26)

8. Import text (4:10)

9. Flow text between frames (3:49)

10. Change font and font size (4:42)

11. Basic text formatting (5:23)

12. Save text formatting as a style (5:07)

13. Edit text styles (3:01)

14. Add graphics to your project (4:54)

15. Move, resize, and fit graphics (5:01)

16. Learn about linked graphics (4:50)

17. Wrap text around objects (4:56)

18. Change the color of content (5:15)

19. Save colors as swatches (4:07)

20. Add effects like a drop shadow (3:44)

21. Create and edit frames for graphic elements (4:36)

22. Rotate, flip, lock, and hide content (5:12)

23. Align and group content (4:18)

24. Create guides for alignment (4:50)

25. Navigate pages in a document (4:28)

26. Create and edit pages (4:21)

27. Use a master page (5:07)

28. Set margins and columns (4:00)

29. Change the order of content (3:35)

30. Understand layers (3:53)

31. Create and edit layers (4:39)

32. About interactivity in InDesign (4:26)

33. Add interactivity (4:27)

34. Share interactive documents (4:08)

35. Share your InDesign files (3:34)

36. Export as PDF (2:06)

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