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Getting Started

Getting Started

Welcome to Adobe InDesign CS2. InDesign is a powerful design and production tool that offers precision, control, and seamless integration with other Adobe professional graphics software. Using InDesign, you can produce professional-quality, full-color documents on high-volume color printing presses, or print to a wide range of output devices and formats, including desktop printers and high-resolution imaging devices. Also, you can create PDF files, and convert your documents for use on the Internet by exporting layouts to Adobe GoLive or XML.

Writers, artists, designers, and publishers can communicate to a broader audience than ever before and through an unprecedented variety of media. InDesign supports this with its seamless integration with Creative Suite 2 applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat, and Adobe GoLive. The Adobe InDesign CS2 Classroom in a Book introduces and describes new features, workflows, and techniques that support this new wave of publishing.

About Classroom in a Book

Adobe InDesign CS2 Classroom in a Book is part of the official training series for Adobe graphics and publishing software from Adobe Systems, Inc.

The lessons are designed so that you can learn at your own pace. If you’re new to Adobe InDesign CS2, you’ll learn the fundamentals you’ll need to master to put the program to work. If you’ve already been using Adobe InDesign CS2, you’ll find that Classroom in a Book teaches many advanced features, including tips and techniques for using this exciting design tool.

Each lesson provides step-by-step instructions for creating a specific project. You can follow the book from start to finish, or do only the lessons that meet your interests and needs. Each lesson concludes with a review section summarizing what you’ve covered.

Prerequisites

Before beginning to use Adobe InDesign CS2 Classroom in a Book, you should have a working knowledge of your computer and its operating system. Make sure you know how to use the mouse and standard menus and commands, and also how to open, save, and close files. If you need to review these techniques, see the printed or online documentation included with your Windows or Mac OS documentation.

Installing the program

You must purchase the Adobe InDesign CS2 software separately. For complete instructions on installing the software, see the “How to Install” Readme file in the application CD.

The Classroom in a Book lesson files use the fonts that installed with Adobe InDesign CS2. If it is necessary to reinstall these font files, you can perform a custom installation from your Adobe InDesign software CD to reinstall only the fonts. See the “How to Install” Readme file in the application CD.

Restoring default preferences

To ensure that the tools and palettes function exactly as described in the lessons, you must delete or deactivate (by renaming) the InDesign Defaults file and the InDesign SavedData file.

The InDesign Defaults file and the InDesign SavedData file control how palettes and command settings appear on your screen when you open the Adobe InDesign program. Each time you exit Adobe InDesign, the position of the palettes and certain command settings are recorded in these files. To ensure that the tools and palettes function exactly as described in this book, you can delete the current InDesign Defaults and InDesign SavedData files at the beginning of each lesson. If they don’t already exist, Adobe InDesign creates new versions of these files the next time you start the program.

To delete your preferences to reset to their original default values

1.
Start Adobe InDesign CS2.

2.
Immediately select Ctrl+Alt+Shift (Windows) or Ctrl+Option+Command+Shift (Mac OS) as the program is starting.

3.
Click Yes to delete the InDesign preference files.

Important

If you want to save your current InDesign CS2 settings, rename the defaults files rather than deleting them. When you are ready to restore the settings, change the names back and make sure that the files are located in the InDesign CS2 folder (Windows) or the Preferences folder (Mac OS). If you rename the default files, you will be able to revert to your own default settings after completing your InDesign CS2 Classroom in a Book exercises.


To save your preferences

1.
If InDesign is running, choose File > Exit (Windows) or InDesign > Quit InDesign (Mac OS).

2.
To locate the InDesign defaults files, do one of the following:

  • (Windows) Double-click to open your hard drive containing your operating system folder. Open the Documents and Settings folder and locate the folder for the user name that you created when you installed your computer. Open this folder and locate the Application Data folder and open the Adobe Folder. Inside the Adobe folder, locate the InDesign folder and open the Version 4.0 folder. The InDesign Defaults and InDesign SavedData files are stored in this folder. You may need to set your operating system to show hidden files to make them visible. To do this, Choose Tools > Folder Options and click the View tab then select the Show hidden files and folders radio button. The complete path to locate these files is typically: c\\Documents and Setttings\user name\Application Data\Adobe\Indesign\Version 4.0. Rename these files by adding the word “backup” to their names. Do not delete or change the name of any other InDesign files in this folder.

  • (Mac OS) Open the hard drive containing your operating system and locate your user folder that was created when you installed your operating system. Open this user folder and locate the Library folder. Inside the Library folder, open the Preferences folder and then locate and open the Adobe InDesign folder. Within the InDesign folder is the Version 4.0 folder. The InDesign Defaults and InDesign SavedData files are stored in this folder. Rename these files by adding the word “backup” to their names. Do not delete or change the name of any other InDesign files in this folder. The complete path to locate these files is typically: \\Users\user name\Library\Preferences\Adobe InDesign\Version 4.0.

If you renamed the defaults files to preserve them, you can return to your previous settings by first deleting the newest copies of the InDesign Defaults and InDesign SavedData files. Then restore the original names of the files you renamed in the steps above.


Copying the Classroom in a Book files

The Adobe InDesign CS2 Classroom in a Book CD includes folders containing all the electronic files for the lessons in the book. Each lesson has its own folder; you must copy the folders to your hard disk to complete the lessons. To save room on your disk, you can install only the folder necessary for each lesson as you need it, and remove it when you’re done. To install the Classroom in a Book lesson files, do the following:

1.
Insert the Adobe InDesign CS2 Classroom in a Book CD into your CD-ROM drive.

2.
Browse the contents and locate the Lessons folder.

3.
Do one of the following:

  • To copy all the lesson files, drag the Lessons folder from the CD onto your hard disk.

  • To copy only individual lesson files, first create a new folder on your hard disk and name it InDesignCIB. Then, drag the lesson folder or folders that you want to copy from the CD into the InDesignCIB folder on your hard disk.

If you are installing the files in Windows 2000, you may need to unlock the lesson files before you can use them. If you use Windows 2000 and encounter locked files, proceed to Step 4.

4.
(Windows 2000 only) Unlock the files you copied:

  • Right-click the folder that contains the locked files, such as Lessons, and choose Properties from the contextual menu.

  • In the Attributes area of the File Properties dialog box, deselect (uncheck) the Read-only check box, and then click Apply.

  • In the Confirm Attributes Changes dialog box, select the option “Apply changes to this folder, subfolders, and files.”

  • Click OK to close the Confirm Attributes Changes dialog box, and click OK again to close the File Properties dialog box.

This final step is not necessary for Windows XP or Mac OS users.

Note

As you complete each lesson, you will overwrite the start files. If you want to restore the original files, recopy the corresponding Lesson folder from the Adobe InDesign CS2 Classroom in a Book CD to the Lessons folder on your hard drive.


Installing the Classroom in a Book fonts

To ensure that the lesson files appear on your system with the correct fonts, you may need to install the Classroom in a Book font files. The fonts are in the Fonts folder on the Adobe InDesign CS2 Classroom in a Book CD. If you already have these fonts on your system, you do not need to install them.

Use the following procedure to install the fonts on your computer.

1.
Insert the Adobe InDesign CS2 Classroom in a Book CD into your CD-ROM drive.

2.
Select all of the fonts in the Fonts folder on the CD and drag them into the Fonts folder located in the InDesign CS2 program folder on your hard disk. You can select and drag multiple fonts to install them, but you cannot drag the entire folder to install the fonts.

For more information see Installing Fonts in InDesign Help.

Color Profiles

As you open individual lesson files, you may receive an Embedded Profile Mismatch warning. These warnings are normal, and you should click OK to dismiss the warning if one appears while opening a Classroom in a Book exercise document.

InDesign CS2 supports a variety of settings to accommodate your color management needs. If the settings on your computer do not match those used in creating the document, InDesign uses these messages to alert you when the document is opened. For more information, see About missing and mismatched color profiles in InDesign Help.

Additional resources

Adobe InDesign CS2 Classroom in a Book is not meant to replace documentation that comes with the program. Only the commands and options used in the lessons are explained in this book. For comprehensive information about program features, refer to these resources:

  • InDesign Help, which you can view by choosing Help > InDesign Help. For more information, see Lesson 1, “Getting to Know the Work Area.”

  • Training and support resources on the Adobe web site at Adobe.com, which you can view by choosing Help > Online Support if you have a connection to the Internet.

Adobe Certification

The Adobe Training and Certification Programs are designed to help Adobe customers improve and promote their product-proficiency skills. The Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) program is designed to recognize the high-level skills of expert users. Adobe Certified Training Providers (ACTP) use only Adobe Certified Experts to teach Adobe software classes. Available in either ACTP classrooms or on site, these programs are the best way to master Adobe products. For Adobe Certified Training Programs information, visit the Partnering with Adobe web site at Partners.Adobe.com.

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