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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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Adding text

With InDesign CS4, text is always contained by a frame or flows along a path. You can either add text to a frame that has already been created, or you can create the frame while you import text.

You’re ready to start working on the magazine layout and its copy. First, you’ll add a secondary headline to page 3. To add text, you can use InDesign CS4 or import text created in separate word-processing programs.

  1. Select the Type tool (typetool.jpg). Align the pointer with the vertical guide that runs through the “x” in “Mexico” and the horizontal guide under the word.
  2. Drag to create a text frame for a headline as shown.
  3. When creating a frame with the Type tool, InDesign CS4 places the insertion point in the frame. If the text frame is not aligned exactly to the guides, use the Selection tool (selectiontool.jpg) to click the corners of the box and enlarge or reduce them as necessary. Then, select the Type tool and click inside the text frame.

  4. Type Exploring Mexican Folk Art in the text frame.
  5. With an insertion point still in the text, choose Edit > Select All.
  6. In the Control panel, click the Character Formatting Controls icon (A) and do the following:
    • From the Font Family menu, select Adobe Garamond Pro. (Adobe Garamond Pro is alphabetized on the list under G, not A.)
    • Select Semibold from the Font Family submenu or from the Type Style menu below the Font Family menu.
    • Select 18 pt from the Font Size menu to the right of the Font Family menu.
  7. Choose File > Save to save your work.
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