Sebastopol, CA—If you're getting ready to learn something new, nothing beats having a trainer by your side. And if you want to learn InDesign CS3, nothing comes closer to a personal coach than Deke McClelland's unique and effective multimedia package, Adobe InDesign CS3 One-on-One (O'Reilly, $54.99 US).
Indeed, Michael Ninness, Adobe InDesign's senior product manager heartily agrees. He recommends Deke's new book and companion video to anyone who needs immediate results. "Deke really gets it. He understands what it takes to pick up InDesign CS3 for the first time and make it work for you."
Deke--who has written more than 85 books on computer graphics and design books and logged hundreds of hours of tutorial-style video training for industry leader lynda.com--says his new book was designed for visual learners. "I tried to devise creative ways to weave the graphics into the text. Throughout the book, every step is clearly illustrated as well as explained."
Aimed at students, teachers, and anyone working in electronic design, Deke's important new guide to InDesign CS3 serves as an all-in-one training package. It comes packed with many exciting new projects, 900 full color images, diagrams, and screenshots, and more than three hours of lynda.com video instruction to show you how to do the work in real time.
"All the video instructions were created for my new book. We provide a video for each lesson along with an overview of what's going on in a design program and how it differs from text editors," explains Deke.
Throughout his new book and video system, Deke encourages you to proceed at your own pace. Under Deke's seasoned guidance, through twelve step-by-step lessons and relevant, real-world projects, you learn both fundamental and advanced concepts, theories, techniques, and best practices for making the most out of InDesign.
Deke's comprehensive multimedia training solution teaches you how to:
Create professional-looking documents with InDesign's powerful text and graphic tools
Import text from a word processor, move and scale existing text frames, and check spelling
Use the line, pen, and geometric shape tools to draw complex graphic objects
Apply fill and stroke, specify process and spot colors, and design custom rules
Use Adobe Bridge to organize and manage your digital assets
Import and modify layered artwork from Photoshop and Illustrator
Create inline graphics and anchored objects that move automatically with your text from one page to the next
Create, edit, and link paragraph styles, complete with nested character styles
Apply a sequence of style sheets to format an entire document in one operation
Build object styles with embedded paragraph styles in order to format entire frames at a time
Use master pages to automate repeating page features
Automatically generate a table of contents
Compose a fully interactive document--with bookmarks, hyperlinks, buttons, sounds, and movies--and export your creation to a PDF file that can be played on most computers
"By the time you're finished with my book, you'll be ready to take on any design challenge that comes your way," adds Deke.
"You aren't going to waste time and you aren't going to need any other guides."
Advance Praise for Adobe InDesign CS3 One-on-One
"Deke McClelland is a joy to watch present and in many ways more of a joy to read. Deke is best known for his work in Photoshop; however, one of Deke’s best-kept secrets is his understanding of Adobe InDesign. Adobe InDesign CS3 has tons of little nuances and hidden features. Deke helps you uncover them all. Having used InDesign since version 1.0, I’m often surprised when I can learn a tip or trick that I hadn’t seen before. When I read Deke’s books, I always learn something new."
--Terry White Director, Creative Pro Sales, Adobe Systems, Inc.
"Deke McClelland’s "'Adobe InDesign CS3 One-on-One' is an effective and thorough way to learn how to get the most out of Adobe InDesign in a step-by-step, hands-on fashion. There’s no substitute for learning by doing, and if you’re looking for a hands-on tutorial to learn how to tap into all the power of InDesign, this is the book for you."
--Tim Cole Senior InDesign Evangelist, Adobe Systems, Inc.
"This book is not only enjoyable and approachable, it’s a valuable reference for just about anybody. Whether you’re going through lessons step by step or merely skipping from one 'Pearl of Wisdom' to the next, you’ll find it well worth the price."