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Exploring Adobe InDesign CS4, 1st Edition

  • Terry Rydberg Waukesha County Technical College
  • ISBN-10: 1435442008  |  ISBN-13: 9781435442009
  • 368 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2006, 2005
  • © 2009 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $71.25
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In the world of design, projects don't come with directions. The "recipe book" approach used by most software books does little to prepare designers for the demands of a highly competitive industry. Exploring InDesign CS4 takes a different approach. With an emphasis on typography and critical thinking, Exploring InDesign CS4 transforms the novice into a professional who is able to use the software while applying industry-standard design principles. In addition to using the new features of Adobe InDesign CS4, users learn to identify each project's challenges and to strategize the best production sequence. Chapters and projects are carefully organized to move learners from basic operations to creating complex documents. Each chapter builds upon the skills presented in the previous chapter. As in industry, the emphasis throughout is on technical accuracy and productivity.

Features and Benefits

  • Effectively meets the need for a visually oriented introduction to basic design principles and the functions and tools of Adobe InDesign CS4.
  • Project-based instruction teaches users the production techniques needed to build correct, editable, printable documents.
  • Increases skill retention by revisiting core techniques again and again in projects throughout the book.
  • Teaches typography in conjunction with the software as a cross-disciplinary approach that enhances learning.
  • Supplemental projects at the end of each chapter provide opportunities for learners to apply new skills with minimal direction.
  • The accompanying CD contains directions and all the necessary components for completing additional projects that correspond to each chapter's learning goals.
  • Written by an author with extensive industry typesetting experience and more than 16 years of experience teaching digital page layout in a classroom setting.


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Instructor Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1435442016 | ISBN-13: 9781435442016)

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Terry Rydberg

Terry Rydberg, chapter rep for Adobe's Milwaukee InDesign User Group, is a full-time design instructor at the Harry V. Quadracci Printing and Graphics Center at Waukesha County Technical College. With more than two decades of experience as a page layout professional and corporate trainer, she has seen the graphics industry evolve from phototypesetting and paste-up to digital production methods. In addition to her activities as a designer and educator, Rydberg is the author of numerous textbooks on page layout and graphic design. Her educational background includes undergraduate degrees in graphic design, printing and publishing, and adult education, as well as a master's degree in education.