InDesign CC: Visual QuickStart Guide Paperback – Jul 29 2013
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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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InDesign CC: Visual QuickStart Guide
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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.
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.
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