Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® Intermediate: Beyond the Basics

 

 

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Export to Other Formats

I just want to mention a couple of the other options that are there 'cause I know there's like all this digital publishing stuff that's here. Now, this is digital publishing. When I made the PDF, I'm gonna put in on my website or I'm gonna sell it, I'm gonna sell it in the Amazon store. Not the Kindle store, but the Amazon store. Or I'm just gonna put it on my website so people download it and read it on their computer or on their iPad or whatever, that's digital publishing. I just published digitally. Now there's some other things that are out there, some of the other export options. We can export out to images, I'm not gonna worry about that because we're almost out of time and people don't wanna know about that. We can export to a JPEG, each page as a JPEg, I do that sometimes when I just want a quick JPEG, but I also can export to EPUB and I have two different versions of EPUB, I have reflowable, I would not do this one in reflowable. Reflowable is like when you're reading a novel ...

on your reader and you are- whether it's on your Kindle, although Kindle takes another step, Kindle or iBooks or you Nook or anything like that, and you're going along and you realize the text is too small. Hey, let's make the text bigger. Dur dur dur, makes it bigger. Everything reflows and that's great for a lot of text. This is an image, and we probably wouldn't wanna do it that way. What we can do, this is fairly new, is a fixed layout EPUB. So what that's gonna do is it's gonna take the entire layout that you've created and it's gonna create it in a 1024 by 768 layout, I believe that's the exact measurements, it'll take that and if you have a device that can read fixed layout, you're good to go. iBooks does fixed layout, I believe, don't quote me on that, I believe it does, and also I believe the Nook does or is going to very soon. Most of the readers don't, unfortunately, but here's the great thing, I don't have to do anything special. When I do EPUB, it's not gonna look like you think it is at all, you have to know HTML, CSS, all that, so that's easily a three day class right there that I am not going to teach, because like I said, it changes from day to day. But the fixed layout is nice because it takes the layout you've already done, so I might do a print version of it, a PDF version of it, and now I wanna do stuff with some interactivity. Now we didn't actually add any interactivity, but we could've put videos and what's called multi state objects, we can put those in there where we have like a slide show we have a little button, so when we click a button the image changes, click another button the image changes. We could put all that in there in InDesign and then when we export it out to a fixed layout EPUB, it's all there ready for us so we don't have to do really anything extra, we just take the one we've been printing and exporting as a PDF and suddenly we decide hey let's add a new version, let's do this fixed layout EPUB. So we can do that and actually I don't even know if I have iBooks on here so I'm not even gonna be able to show it. But basically, I can go ahead and show it and see what- iBooks app, maybe it actually is there. Let's just leave everything that's here and let's just see what happens. I don't have any interactivity in it, but maybe if we're lucky, it will actually not only export it, but will open up inside iBooks, we'll see. It may or may not, we'll come out and see. There it is, it's actually launching, look at that. So it actually made that. Tada! Let's see if it has our table of contents. Look at that. So I can actually jump between here and see what we have available. I can scroll through and see all the different pages and say yep that's the page I wanna get to. So that means that if I took this, I could put this onto my iPad, open it up on iBooks on iPad as well, and you see I have that already. If I'd had any interactivity in here right now it's basically a glorified PDF. But, the nice thing is, creating that was pretty easy, we just come in here and I can scroll through my different pages and see what's there so maybe on this, on travel, it was a hyperlink. If I click on that it's gonna launch Safari, open up that hyperlink into Safari and suddenly show my webpage of my travel photography. Does that make sense? So that's one of the options that's there. So fixed layout is actually- it's- it's pretty cool because it takes something that we've already done, we've been doing layout forever, we can create and use that same layout that we've maybe been doing to print this whole time, pretty easy to create it. The problem is right now very few devices actually handle fixed layout EPUB so there's always pluses and minuses to everything. The iBooks author that I have talked about, you can actually take files from InDesign and bring them into iBooks author, and that's great, but iBooks author can only be read on iBooks on an iPad and now the iPhone and the Mac. So it's very limited. It's great, it's easy to do, but you're limited to who can read it. So again, goes back to what I said. The beginning of the day I said in my intro classes: Know what's happening to your files down the road, know what is you wanna do with them so you don't get to this point and go I wanna do this, but we didn't add any interactivity or whatever or maybe we thought we were going digital and now we're gonna go printing and none of it's ready for that. Always think about that along the way so all this automation won't help if you don't know where you're going the whole time and always be looking towards that as you're creating everything. And sometimes, remember the automation is cool, but maybe the automation is more work than it's worth. Don't just use it because a, I said to do it or because it's cool, sometimes think about it, will that actually save me any time? Or would it just be easier to do this or is it gonna negate it when I decide to go to digital publishing. Always be thinking about everything that affects that file and how that file is going to be- is going to affect other things you do in your process. Sound good? All right, I think we got through everything. I hope that everybody that was asking about the digital publishing- like I said, that's easily a three day class you know, and-- Yeah, we had a lot. There was one thing that's been coming up in this last segment, we do have a couple of minutes, maybe you can just touch on it, but, Yeah. We had a number of people who are curious to know a little bit more about creating a table of contents with hyperlinks, if that could even just be skimmed, I know that's little bit beyond what we're doing here. Yeah, let me think if I have a file that I can show that really quick. I believe I do. Let's actually go back. Because you have to have styles, that's like the big thing, you have to have text styles in here to get that started. So let me go through. Where is my styles? Okay, let's try this one. This one at least has styles in it. So what you have to do, you have to have paragraph styles because that's how it knows to pull to the table of contents. So when I create a table of contents, let's see, I need something in here, let's actually put my text file in here, this is not something that I would actually have a table of contents for, but I know I have the styles set up because I don't think I have that... Let's do that. So now they're there. I have my styles. I should have my paragraph and character styles, let's reset my workspace here. There we go. Paragraph and character styles, great. So I can tell it wherever I have, let's say a subtitle, that would show up in the table of contents, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna just create a new page in the beginning here, and actually let's flow this text onto some new pages. Hold down the shift key so that it flows in the rest of the text that's here. And hopefully I have some other subheads, I don't know if I do. I may just randomly assign some. Let's actually do that, I'm gonna go ahead and apply that subtitle that's here, 'cause I think that was the one I was looking at. Subtitle, and we'll do a subtitle here as well. Just so we have a style because what it's going to do in the table of contents, is it says great, I wanna put something in the table of contents but I need to know what it is I'm looking for. Well it needs to look for a style. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna put a table of contents here so I'm just gonna go up under the edit menu, sorry, the layout menu, and do table of contents. And I'm gonna tell it- I need a title for that, so I might call it "what's inside" or it could be called contents, and I can have a paragraph style for that. So here's where it gets confusing, it's looking for certain paragraph styles, but just because it's a big header on the page, that's probably not what I want it to look like on my table of contents, so I need to look for table of content styles, create those that say when I pull it from here, this is how it looks in the table of contents. So I might also have a paragraph style for the what's inside as well. I have one here set up called toc styles so that's great, and then here's where I tell it what paragraph styles it's looking for so we were looking for subtitles, I'm gonna grab that and say add. I can add multiple and if I do that, if I add this over here, it automatically thinks it's like a subdivision of that. I can tell it that actually is higher level. Come down here to the level and it's equal. Sometimes I have like a, if I want it to be right and left page information, I'm gonna say right and left and they're both equal it just, I have two different styles setup for that. Basically I tell it the entry style, what it looks like when it says whatever it is on that page, and again, I might have something like toc body text setup and I tell it where the page number goes afterwards I can have a character style applied to the page number, a lot of different options, but if I just use what's here at setup, create PDF bookmarks, this is where it's going to actually make a bookmark from the table of contents when I export it to PDF and I say include bookmarks and hyperlinks, then they can actually navigate through it in just a PDF. So we'll just say okay, and I get a loaded text frame. And so I'm gonna go ahead and do this. Now of course I had a few that were selected, it takes the first line that's there, doesn't look very great 'cause it looks different 'cause I had small caps because of what I grabbed, but anyway, it grabbed it and says oh it's on page three, great. Everything it's looking for is on page three. So I went ahead and grabbed that, I guess that was the subtitle one. That's letter sig. Oh, did I delete the wrong one? I may have. So let's go back- And this is great because when I want to update it I can select this table of contents, come up here and say- Update it if I make a change, I change where the pages sit, I can say update, it'll automatically change that in the table of contents as well. I'm actually gonna change this, and I'm gonna say we're placing existing table of contents that's there, I wanna remove that, I just want subtitles to show up. So I have that assigned to a couple items there. And we'll say okay, and it's been updated, and for whatever reason it's not grabbing it from there. Again, I don't have anything set up really, really good for the table of contents, I didn't have that on here. But basically you need to have a paragraph style that it's looking for, and then you need to have a style that it's going to look like in there. And you can have multiple table of content- tables of contents in your document, you could have one that says everything that's in there, you could have another one that's done alphabetically as one of the choices, to do it alphabetically instead of chronologically through your document. You might have a list of your photographers or advertisers that are in your document and if you have styled their name with a paragraph style, and remember, you might not actually have it on there, you might have photos of people, but you have a style off to the side that isn't printing, and it will grab that. So sometimes I have paragraph styles that are used and stuck on a page that don't print, because I just want them to appear in the table of contents. So you could have one that's done alphabetically, maybe you have a cookbook, and you wanna have a list of all your recipes so you have one in order of how it appears in the book, but then you've got just a list alphabetically of the actual recipes that are there. You could have a separate table of contents as well. So I hope that kinda helps, sorry it's kinda quick and at the end but it will automate it when you change the order of everything, when something moves to a different page, your text reflows, you have to go back and update the table of contents, but it's there. And then when you export a PDF you tell it include the hyperlinks and the bookmarks and then you have a navigational table of contents in your PDF as well. And if you have table of contents and a style setup, a table of contents style, when you export to a reflowable EPUB, it asks you if you wanna include that and so, your device has a built in navigation system, it will take the information from the style, even if you don't have a printed one on your page, it will take that information, feed that into the document and so your- Whether it's iBooks or your Nook or Kindle or whatever you have, you click on it and it can navigate through the book as well that way. Pretty powerful. All right. Wonderful. Your heads full? I think all of our heads are full. How are you guys feeling? You learn a lot today? Yeah. All right well I think that's a great place to wrap things up, Erica. Always fantastic to have you here, we really do appreciate it. I wanna read some comments that came in in this last segment, people have just been enjoying this so much. Fred Hughes left a message saying, "Love this course. Erica's awesome. "Very excited about understanding "how to layout a project, "and create a template for our magazine. "I've been learning lots of great things "I didn't know how to do, "thank you Erica and thank you CreativeLive." And Sonja says, "Big compliments, Erica, "she's such a great teacher, "she's had a great tempo throughout all the topics. "Big thank you all the way from Austria." So once again, thank you all for watching, this has been InDesign CC, beyond the basics, my name is Chris Jennings, thanks a lot, but that's all for right now. That's a wrap.

Class Description


Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® enables you to create rich documents and layouts that combine graphic elements, images, and text. Advance your design skills with Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® Intermediate: Beyond the Basics with Erica Gamet.

In this class, Erica will help you tackle complex design projects and share best practice techniques in Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud®

You’ll learn how to:
  • Manage multi-page documents and use master pages
  • Automate your workflow and save time
  • Select character and paragraph styles
You’ll learn about advanced exporting options and she’ll offer tips on taking advantage of the extensive selection of assets in the Creative Cloud® Libraries.

If you’ve mastered the basics are are ready to advance your design skills, don’t miss Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® Intermediate: Beyond the Basics with Erica Gamet.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced. Recommended prerequisite: Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® for Beginners


Software Used: Adobe InDesign CC 2015.1