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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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Viewing the lesson document

Before you start working on the magazine layout, you’ll look at the document you’re about to format.

  1. Adobe Bridge remains open until you exit it. Return to Adobe Bridge and double-click the 02_Start.indd file.
  2. Choose File > Save As. Type the new name, 02_Tour.indd, in the Save As dialog box. Leave the file type as an InDesign CS4 document, and click Save.
  3. Click the Pages icon (pagespanelicon.jpg) in the dock at right to view the Pages panel.
  4. Drag the Pages panel tab to the left, out of the panel group. You can now reposition the Pages panel as necessary.
  5. As you can see, the lesson document starts on a left-facing page—page 2. This is a common setup for a magazine article or other type of document. By default facing-page documents always start on a right-facing page.

  6. In the Pages panel, double-click the numbers 6-7 below the page icons to view the last spread in the document. You may need to scroll to see these.
  7. View each page in the document, by trying the following methods:
    • Double-click the numbers below the page icons to display the full spread in the document window.
    • Double-click an individual page icon to display only that page in the document window.
    • To center the spread in the window, double-click the Hand tool (handtool.jpg) in the Tools panel.
  8. Now that you’ve seen all three spreads, let’s go back to page 3 and start working.

  9. In the Pages panel, double-click the page 3 icon to view page 3.
3. Preflighting as you work | Next Section Previous Section