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Getting to Know Indesign

Chapter Description

In this sample chapter from Adobe InDesign Classroom in a Book (2020 release), authors Tina DeJarld and Kelly Kordes Anton walk you through the basics of InDesign. You'll learn about the building blocks of an Adobe InDesign layout: objects, text, and graphics.

Getting started

The document for this lesson is a standard-size postcard designed to be printed and mailed. In addition, the postcard can be exported as a JPEG to use in email marketing. As you will see in this lesson, the building blocks of an InDesign document are essentially the same, regardless of the output media. In this lesson, you will add the text, images, and formatting necessary to finish the postcard.

  1. To ensure that the preferences and default settings of your Adobe InDesign 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” on pages 4–5.

  2. Start Adobe InDesign.

  3. When the InDesign Home screen displays, click the Open button at the left. (If the Home screen does not display, choose File > Open from the InDesign menu bar.)

  4. Open the 02_Start.indd file in the Lesson02 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the InDesignCIB folder on your hard disk.

  5. If an alert informs you that the document contains links to sources that have been modified, click Update Modified Links.

  6. Choose File > Save As, rename the file 02_Postcard.indd, and save it in the Lesson02 folder.

  7. This lesson uses the default Essentials workspace. If necessary, choose Window > Workspace > [Essentials], and then choose Window > Workspace > Reset Essentials.

  8. To display the document at a higher resolution, choose View > Display Performance > High Quality Display (if it’s not already enabled).

  9. If you want to see what the finished document looks like, open the 02_End.indd file in the same folder. You can leave this document open to act as a guide as you work.

  10. When you’re ready to resume working on the lesson document, display it by clicking its tab in the upper-left corner of the document window.

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