As with all the One-on-One series, Adobe InDesign CS3 One-On-One is based on the Read-Watch-Do approach of learning. In each of the twelve lessons contained in this book the method is to read the chapter, watch the video and do the exercises. Add to that, your personal trainer is Deke McClelland, an established expert with over twenty years of professional training experience.
Adobe InDesign CS3 One-On-One is very systematic in its approach, clear in its communication and very user-friendly. Last year I reviewed the prior version of this book Adobe InDesign CS2 One-On-One, and now I will attempt to highlight what is new. First, the lesson layout and the segments are the same, so I will just briefly mention them. However, the scope of the book is expanded. Now there are over three hours of DVD video (last version had two), and over 900 full color images (previously 850), diagrams and screenshots that will illustrate your every step. The first six chapters are fundamentally the same as the prior version.
Lesson 1, "Starting a Document," gets you started by showing you how to open, setup and work with a document. Lesson 2, "Creating and Flowing Text," shows you how to work with text by importing and adjusting text. Lesson 3, "Basic Text Formatting," further advances your knowledge of working with text by showing you the character and paragraph palettes.
Lesson 4, "Lists and Tables," now shows how to format text into lists and tables as well as introducing you to specialty characters that are essential to page layout. Lesson 5, "Drawing inside InDesign," tackles the task of creating graphics from within InDesign by using the extensive collection of drawing tools. Lesson 6, "Importing and Modifying Artwork," continues the graphic concept by now working with imported artwork and the transformation as well as how to anchor graphics to text.
In lesson 7,"Transparency and Effects," introduces the new Effect palette which you will use to weave transparency into type, graphics, and imported images. Here you will learn how to set the transparency of shadows and glows as well as fading an object gradually by using a trio of feathering effects. Lesson 8, "Using Style Sheets," shows that although the eyedropper is the simplest tool for copying formatting attributes, it is by far the least of InDesign's formatting-duplication features. Here you will see that Paragraph Styles, Object Styles, and the other three varieties of style sheets will bring you much more capability. These include the new table style sheet, and another innovation to CS3, the automatic numbering and bulleting feature.