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InDesign CC: Visual QuickStart Guide Paperback – Jul 29 2013

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (July 29 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321929578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321929570
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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About the Author

Sandee Cohen is the graphics curriculum instructor for the New School Computer Instruction Center in New York City, a senior contributing editor to InDesign Magazine, and a popular speaker at many conferences. In addition to authoring the previous versions of the InDesign Visual QuickStart Guide, she has also written and co-written other books on graphics and desktop publishing, including From Design into Print, and Digital Publishing with InDesign CS6.

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An excellent and helpful book, but as soon as I opened it, the spine broke and a page fell out. I'd give it 4 stars subject to successful exchange, but I missed the strict return window by one day. I just don't have time to deal with it now, so I'm stuck with it. Andris Prieditis, Toronto, ON. Purchased on
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HASH(0xa753d15c) out of 5 stars This book is awesome! May 14 2014
By K. Hall - Published on
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I was able to learn Indesign very quickly using this book especially to create newsletters. This book was instrumental in helping me learn the product within 30 days. My organization loved my very first draft of the Newsletter that I created from this book and now I just tailor it more to the organization.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa753fd74) out of 5 stars Love this book Aug. 14 2014
By JDT - Published on
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I have just started into this book, but so far I love it. I started from page 1, because I have never used InDesign before. I have seen it used, but I never used it myself. The book so far is very clearly written and it goes over every detail. What I love are the QR code videos. When you can't quite get what the author/instructor is trying to say, these little videos come in very handy. I also love that there is an electronic version of the book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa753fc54) out of 5 stars Great reference guide for inDesign Feb. 24 2015
By John - Published on
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A great reference book for inDesign that I always keep at my desk.

I got tired of googling how-to's for things in inDesign and purchased this book instead. The problem with googling is that the person who is answering the questions you have no clue if they even know what you are talking about. You could spend 30 minutes searching the internet or just a few minutes reading a section of this book. Clear instructions, clear pictures, all-around great book to own if you do a lot of work in inDesign.
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HASH(0xa753fd44) out of 5 stars Just an okay reference book, but there are no real tutorials, very tedious May 26 2015
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Do you learn best by doing hands-on tutorials? If so, this is NOT the book for you, because there isn't a tutorial to be had from beginning to end.

Or do you like to build a foundation first by learning every possible detail about every single tool, command, function, etc etc etc? If so, this book still has too many issues. I could not, in good conscience, give it more than two stars.I wanted to do one, but the book does have reference information, so there's that.

The QuickStart guides don't have the same structure as the Adobe "Classroom in a Book" series at all, and only you can decide if that's an thing that is at all workable for you or not. It does depend to some extent on your learning style. The CiB series always starts with a tutorial that provides an overall example of something you can achieve by using that particular software. The problem, of course, is that you're thrown in at the deep end. And if you don't really know anything about the software yet, you'll be going through the steps it takes to get to the final product without knowing what you're doing or why you're doing it. QS doesn't do this. There's a reason why there are no lesson files to download. You're not doing tutorials or really even looking at finished examples. You're going through each and every conceivable detail about each area of the software and exactly what it can do. There are separate chapters on setup, text color, fills, strokes, and effects, points and paths, imported graphics, and text effects before it even gets to pages and books, for example. You'll learn each little piece, and there are some anecdotes about when the author worked in print publishing, but there's no real sense of how or why it all fits together. And that's a problem.

On the whole, I tend to be closer to the second type of learner,but any kind of lesson plan has got to have SOME kind of example of hands-on use of the software in order to create a final product. The user NEEDS to be able to see what this program can do and what they need to know in order to get there. I do think that it's important to know at least something about what each tool/command/window/tab group is and what it does before just jumping into tutorials. That having been said, there are also very good reasons to have tutorials and results-based lessons, and I'm not sure I've ever clearly realized this before trying to get this book. Going through every single aspect of every single detail in this program without a sense of how it all fits into a larger picture gets to be a really tedious activity. It's kind of like slogging on through an endless journey with no way to either see or visualize the endpoint.

So is this book worth getting? The Adobe CiB series is better, and it's just as easy to buy. However... several people have been saying that they've run into some difficulties with downloading the lesson files that are supposed to be included with CiB, and that there is no tech support at all to help with solving the issue. So that's something to keep in mind too. There are advantages to not needing lesson files, but not enough of them to put yourself through the incredible tedium of this book. Maybe if you understand you're not going to be getting any actual tutorials or real examples of a final product created with InDesign, and you're willing to go outside the book for those things (there are certainly a lot of tuts out there), then this would be an okay book. But it doesn't really work to deliver every imaginable detail about everything with NO sense of how it all fits together.
HASH(0xa7542c6c) out of 5 stars Cohen"s InDesign CC a bust May 29 2016
By Joseph T. O. Connor - Published on
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This is a poorly organized and referenced book. It is intended as a guide to take the beginner through to competence with InDesign CC, but it lacks the clarity and continuity do much more than infuriate its user. Many functions of the program do not even appear in the index, so reference is left up to chance encounter if there is any reference at all. One example is "Presets." Presets are mentioned several times within the text but are never defined nor explained and there is no index citation for Presets. This occurs repeatedly within the book. A terribly garbled section is that on importing text from other sources. As an author I tend to use Wordperfect as my main text generator. The program is versatile enough to produce output readable editable by Word, Quark,and other programs. But the section on bringing in text doesn't even mention Wordperfect nor does it suggest methods of preserving editing from any source other than Word.It even lacks clarity on what the program is doing when it produces its own de novo formatting. It would be easy but tedious to rant on for several pages about the faults of Cohen's book that I uncovered in transferring a 400 page novel from a WordPerfect/Quark document into an InDesign one. There must be better guides!