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Adobe InDesign Course

Textbook Adobe InDesign CS6 Revealed ISBN: 978-1-133-81521-1

Download the InDesign CS6 student Data Files at http://www.cengagebrain.com

Online students make sure you have QuickTime 7.6.6 software installed on your computer

Online students will need to purchase the Adobe CC software or download only InDesign CC software, CS6 software is not available for download

Watch this video on lynda.com before starting this subject: InDesign CS6 Video Tutorials

Submit all Assignments as low resolution PDF files (unless specified otherwise below)

▸ How to Create Submission PDF (Instructions Enclosed)

Criteria: High Quality, 150 ppi, all marks, and bleed if used

Example from Adobe InDesign CS6, Mac OS X:

  • Always save your .indd file first (keep it for your project archives)
  • File > Adobe PDF Presets > High Quality Print (Dialog box opens)
    • Choose Destination (where to save file)
    • Save (Dialog box opens)
  • Adobe PDF Preset > High Quality Print (Confirm)
    • General > Pages
      • Indicate All or Range of pages (if necessary)
      • Indicate Pages or Spreads (if necessary)
    • General > Options
      • Select: All options
      • Export Layers: Visible & Printable
    • General > Include
      • Deselect: All options
      • Interactive Elements: Do Not Include
    • Compression
      • Set first, and third, text entry fields to: 150 ppi
    • Marks and Bleeds
      • Marks > Select: All Printer’s Marks
      • Bleed and Slug > Select: Use Document Bleed Settings
    • Export PDF (file should self-open for final proofing)
  • Close .indd file and Don’t Save (changes)


Adobe InDesign is a powerful Desktop Publishing tool that empowers you to create complex publications like brochures, magazines, flyers, and even books!

Perform Business Website & Class Server Hygiene:

  1. Remove all Photoshop textbook assignment links from your assignments web page
  2. Do NOT remove the Photoshop final projects from your assignments web page
  3. Remove all of the Photoshop textbook assignments/data files from the class web server

Assignments

Take the InDesign Pre-Test in Blackboard

Chapter 1  Getting to Know InDesign

  1. Read and work through  the step-by-step tutorial in this chapter of the book
  2. Take the Chapter 1 test in Blackboard

Chapter 2  Working with Text

  1. Read and work through  the step-by-step tutorial in this chapter of the book
  2. Take the Chapter 2 test in Blackboard
  3. Do the following assignments
  4. How to use FTP   How to Submit an Assignment in Blackboard
  5. Project Builder 1 (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)
  6. Project Builder 2  (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)
  7. Design Project  (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)

 

Chapter 3  Setting up a Document

  1. Read and work through  the step-by-step tutorial in this chapter of the book
  2. Take the Chapter 3 test in Blackboard
  3. Do the following assignments
  4. Project Builder 1 (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)
  5. Project Builder 2  (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)
  6. Design Project  (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)

 

Chapter 4  Working with Text

  1. Read and work through  the step-by-step tutorial in this chapter of the book
  2. Take the Chapter 4 test in Blackboard
  3. Do the following assignments
  4. Project Builder 1 (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)
  5. Project Builder 2  (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)
  6. Design Project  (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)

 

Chapter 5  Working with Color

  1. Read and work through  the step-by-step tutorial in this chapter of the book
  2. Take the Chapter 5 test in Blackboard
  3. Do the following assignments
  4. Project Builder 1, submit a screen shot of the swatches panel (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)
  5. Project Builder 2, submit a screen shot of the swatches panel (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)
  6. Design Project  (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)

 

Chapter 6  Working with Placed Images

  1. Read and work through  the step-by-step tutorial in this chapter of the book
  2. Take the Chapter 6 test in Blackboard
  3. Do the following assignments
  4. Project Builder 1 (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)
  5. Project Builder 2: After Step 7 is complete, take a small screen shot of only your entire Swatches panel (it should resemble Fig. 58).

    Screen Shot Basics [Mac]

    • Cmd+Shift+4 (to prompt cursor) > Left-Click-Drag a rectangular marquee around the specific target area and release (a pre-named, time-stamped PNG will be saved to desktop)
    • Open and rename the file and save it as a .png

    Screen Shot Basics [PC]

    • Windows Start icon > All Programs > Accessories > Snipping Tool > Left-Click-Drag a rectangular marquee around the specific target area and release (a PNG will appear in a Save As dialog box)
    • Rename the file and save it as a .PNG

    (submit this work [ .png ] using your Business Website in Blackboard)

  6. Design Project  (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)

 

Chapter 7  Creating Graphics

  1. Read and work through  the step-by-step tutorial in this chapter of the book
  2. Take the Chapter 7 test in Blackboard
  3. Do the following assignments
  4. Project Builder 1 (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)
  5. Project Builder 2  (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)
  6. Design Project  (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)

 

Chapter 8  Exploring Effects and Advanced techniques

  1. Read and work through  the step-by-step tutorial in this chapter of the book
  2. Take the Chapter 8 test in Blackboard
  3. Do the following assignments
  4. Project Builder 1 (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)
  5. Project Builder 2  (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)
  6. Design Project  (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)

 

Chapter 9  Working with Color

  1. Read and work through  the step-by-step tutorial in this chapter of the book
  2. Take the Chapter 9 test in Blackboard
  3. Do the following assignments
  4. Project Builder 1 (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)
  5. Project Builder 2  (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)
  6. Design Project  (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)

 

Chapter 10  Making Books, Tables of Contents, and Indexes

  1. Read and work through  the step-by-step tutorial in this chapter of the book
  2. Take the Chapter 10 test in Blackboard
  3. Do the following assignments
  4. Project Builder 1 After step 9 is complete, take a small screen shot of only your Pages (Index) panel (it should resemble Fig. 49) (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)  Rename the file and save it as a .png  Windows users should use the Snipping Tool, Mac users Cmd+Shift+4
  5. Project Builder 2  After step 9 is complete, take a small screen shot of only your Pages (Index) panel (it should resemble Fig. 50). Rename the file and save it as a .png (submit in Blackboard; using steps outlined above) (submit this work [ .png ] using your Business Website in Blackboard)
  6. Design Project  (submit this work [ .png ] using your Business Website in Blackboard)

Chapter 11  Working with Color

  1. Read and work through  the step-by-step tutorial in this chapter of the book
  2. Take the Chapter 11 test in Blackboard
  3. Take the final exam
  4. Do the following assignments
  5. Project Builder 1 (submit this work using your Business Website in Blackboard)
  6. Project Builder 2: After step 6 is complete, take a small screen shot of only your Document and Separations Preview panel (it should resemble Fig. 49). Rename the file and save it as a .png (submit this work [ .png ] using your Business Website in Blackboard)
  7. Design Project: After step 8 is complete, (with Lab Web Cover.eps open) in Photoshop > File (Menu Bar) > Save As… > Format JPEG > Save > JPEG Options > Quality (3) > OK (submit this work [ .jpg ] using your Business Website in Blackboard)

Adobe InDesign Projects

Your grade on the following two project assignments will be based on your first submission.  Your customer would expect you to get it correct the first time.

Project #1 :

Create a two sided 8” x 6” landscape postcard with 150 ppi advertising one of the programs at Pinellas Technical College.
Add the postcard to your Assignment page. Submit a link to your Business Website  through Blackboard.


Project #2 :

Create a tow sided 8.5” x 11” with 150 ppi brochure advertising one of the programs at Pinellas Technical College.
Add the brochure as a PDF Download  to your Assignments page. Submit a link to your Business Website through Blackboard.


Adobe ACA Certification

Pinellas Technical College provides you the opportunity to get the Adobe InDesign ACA Industry Certification at no cost to you. The college is an official Certiport testing center. Most of the Windows PCs in the lab have Practice Test software already installed. Ask one of the instructors for directions on how to use this Certiport testing software. After you have scored (at least) 900 on the Practice Test, you will be qualified take the actual Adobe InDesign ACA Exam (which is provided for you by Pinellas Technical College). After you pass this Certification tell one of the instructors so that they can print out your certificate.