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Getting Started with Adobe InDesign CS4

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Get an overview of the key features of InDesign CS4 including using Adobe Bridge to access files, checking on potential production issues with the Preflight panel and viewing and navigating your document.

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Lesson Overview

In this quick tour, you’ll get an overview of the key features of InDesign CS4 including:

  • Using Adobe Bridge to access files
  • Checking on potential production issues with the Preflight panel
  • Viewing and navigating your document
  • Creating, placing, and styling text
  • Placing and manipulating graphics
  • Targeting layers

This lesson will take approximately 60 minutes.

This interactive demonstration of Adobe InDesign CS4 provides an overview of key features.

Getting started

You’ll start the tour by opening a partially completed document. You’ll add the finishing touches to this six-page article on Mexican folk art, written for an imaginary travel magazine. In the process, you’ll organize your work and try different techniques for creating a layout and adjusting its design.

  1. To ensure that the preferences and default settings of your Adobe InDesign CS4 program match those used in this lesson, move the InDesign Defaults file to a different folder following the procedure in “Saving and restoring the InDesign Defaults file.”
  2. When the Welcome Screen appears, close it.
  3. Start Adobe InDesign CS4. To ensure that the panels and menu commands match those used in this lesson, choose Window > Workspace > [Advanced], and then choose Window > Workspace > Reset Advanced.
  4. Click the Go To Bridge button (bridgebutton.jpg) in the Control panel. By default, the Control panel is docked to the top of the document window.
  5. In the Folders panel in Adobe Bridge, locate and click the Lesson_02 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the InDesignCIB folder on your hard drive.
  6. In the Content panel, in the middle of the Adobe Bridge window, click the 02_End.indd file. The Metadata panel, on the right side of the Adobe Bridge window, displays information about the 02End.indd file.
  7. By scrolling through the Metadata panel, you can view information about the document, including colors, fonts, version of InDesign used to create it, and more. You can scale the preview thumbnails in the Content panel by using the Thumbnail slider at the bottom of the Adobe Bridge window.

  8. Double-click the 02_End.indd file in Adobe Bridge to open it. This is what the document will look like when you complete this lesson.
  9. Scroll through the document to see all the pages. You can leave this file open to act as a guide or choose File > Close to close it.
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