Introduction to Desktop Publishing Using Adobe InDesign ®

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Slide 1 Introduction to Desktop Publishing Using Adobe InDesign Slide 2 Desktop Publishing (DTP) The world of publishing was radically transformed in the 1980's by the introduction of desktop publishing Slide 3 Producing a publication involves many steps Writing text Editing text Producing art (drawings, photos, etc.) Designing the basic format Slide 4 The steps of production (cont.) Typesetting text Paste-up, arranging text and graphics on a page Going to press, typesetting, shooting plates, printing the pages Binding the pages into a finished publication Slide 5 With traditional publishing This process was very labor intensive It required a lot of equipment, trained people and time It was difficult and expensive Slide 6 DTP, going beyond word processing! Very precise layout and design Software focus is on the page Done with tools that are small, economical and easy to use Slide 7 Desktop Publishing History Invented in 1978 TeX program showed publishing could be done on a desktop computer 1985, DTP came to the masses Aldus PageMaker software Apple Macintosh computer Adobe PostScript page description language Today virtually all publishing is DTP Slide 8 Typical DTP equipment Computer(s) DTP software (also called page layout software) Laser or other high resolution printer(s) Other peripherals (digital camera, scanner, drawing tablets) Slide 9 DTP Advantages Saves money and time Able to keep in-house and maintain quality control Provides affordable publishing alternative for small batch jobs and non-mainstream periodicals Slide 10 DTP Software Today DTP software is precise DTP software aggregates! QuarkXpress was the market leader Adobe InDesign is now the predominate software platform for DTP Apple Macintosh is predominate hardware platoform Slide 11 Precision and Aggregation Content from other programs: Text produced with word processors or text editors Careful control of font usage Charts and spreadsheets from spreadsheet and/or statistical analysis programs Photos either produced digitally or scanned, often manipulated with programs like Adobe PhotoShop Half-toning and resolution issues Color space considerations Control that what appears in printed page is as close as possible to what appeared on the screen Slide 12 Precision and Aggregation (Continued) Content from other programs (Cont.): Maps, charts and other illustrations either produced in, or manipulated with, graphics or illustration programs like Adobe Illustrator Items need to be converted into formats the DTP software will import Slide 13 Precision and Aggregation (Continued) The page-layout process combines the various source documents together into a coherent, visually appealing publication Uses own measurement system and printing trades language Sample terms: serifs, leading, points, picas In the printing trades DTP was once called electronic pagination The Zen of desktop publishing: Digital preparation of pages for press quality Slide 14 Portable Document Format (PDF) PDF InDesign & PDF like peas and carrots For representing documents in a manner that is independent of the original application software, hardware, and operating system used to create those documents Open standard, royalty free Simple or complex, rich graphics & layers! Slide 15 Output methods Print: Laser printing 600+ dpi, (mostly for small batch, in-house, flyers, newsletters, forms, black and white jobs) Electronic pre-press Professional service bureaus, 1200+ dpi, and large press runs for bigger jobs Prepare camera ready output Produce color separations (for color) Version management and other work flow considerations Slide 16 Output methods (Continued) Electronic Output PDF is the standard Cross platform Printable Editable Deployable on-line Importable into DTP software XML eBooks Slide 17 This is an InDesign CS4 page Slide 18 InDesign is Palette Based Tools Palette Introduces own terms One of many palettes Tiny arrows indicate hidden tools Flyout menus Palettes dock and can be disconnected Palettes are a strongly followed Adobe UI concept Slide 19 More about InDesign Palettes can be torn off, grouped and joined Uses flyout menus Other great tools not mentioned Layers, styles and tables A lot of what you know about Pagemaker carries over to InDesign Right clicking (ctrl-clicking) brings up important options

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