Adobe InDesign is the clear software of choice for designers in desktop publishing and typesetting. With it, designers create professional, eye-catching posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, presentations, books, ebooks, and more. Because it has so much power and depth, sometimes the things you need are…well…kinda hidden or not really obvious. There will be a lot of times when you need to get something done in InDesign, but you have no idea where Adobe hid that feature, or what the “secret handshake” is to do that thing you need now so you can get back to working. That’s why this book was created: to get you to the technique, the shortcut, or exactly the right setting, right now.
Here’s how it works: When you need to know how to do a particular thing, you turn to the chapter where it would be found, find the thing you need to do (it’s easy—each page covers just one single topic), and designer and author Dave Clayton tells you exactly how to do it just like he was sitting there beside you, using the same casual style as if he were telling a friend. That way, you get back to working in InDesign fast.
This isn’t a book of theory, full of confusing jargon and detailed multi-step concepts. This is a book on which button to click, which setting to use, and exactly how and when to use it, so you’re never “stuck” in InDesign again. This will be your “go to” book that sits within reach any time you’re working in InDesign, and you are going to love having this type of help right at your fingertips.
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jwdigital (verified owner) February 16, 2020
I have always appreciated that InDesign was a program that was more than the sum its parts. Until now there really hasn’t been much in the way of reference information that avoids extensive background context. While I personally am a fan of all the context I can absorb, having a “go-to” guide that tells me what I want to know — when I want to know it — is invaluable. That is especially important when using InDesign. You’re always using the program against a deadline. There are so many pieces that need to mesh, and if you don’t use it every day, you will likely forget an important part. So thank you Dave Clayton for taking on the challenge of writing this book. I can open it to any page for fun or for intention, but either way way I will learn or refresh my memory, and make deadlines in the process.
Doug (verified owner) March 24, 2020
A handy book to keep by your computer while working on Indesign. A quick reference guide full of tips and tricks. Even after years of using Indesign I still find this book great to refer to on areas not familiar with.. A worthwhile book to have.
theprimate May 13, 2020
I bought this on Scott Kelby’s recommendation. What reduced the stars is its publishing flaws. The screen shots were too small and dark. Commitment to single page tips sacrificed clarity, comfort, and utility. There is enough white space on a page for a magnified circle containing selected menus, which it badly needs. Within minutes, my eye muscles felt like overly stretched rubber bands. Within 15 minutes, eyestrain led to a headache. I recommend buyers wait for the publisher to correct its flawed printing so the author’s work can shine.
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