The books for Indesign CS 3 that I have are:
Adobe Indesign CS3 Bible by Galen Gruman. I use this one as a reference book.
Adobe Indesign CS3 Classroom in a Book
I found Indesign to be a fun program to work in. It has some much more to it than I use.
There are many tools and you have to familiarize yourself with them so you can use the ones you will need for your project.
The tools I used most are:
Direct Selection Tool - to grab and size pages and images
Selection Tool - moving and re-sizing images
Type Tool - the Type Tool makes the frames needed to place your text in. To edit and format with the
Type Tool. It works much like word processing software. Indesign has auto-fill which you use
by load the Type Tool and it flows through the text frames. However, I manually add my text
due to the amount of images, the small amount of text on some pages and how I design my
In Indesign, you make images and frames. For text frames you place your text either using 'auto fill' or cut and pasting then place a image and the two frames click together. Then you do it again for the next page, and on and on.
If your images are your pages, and you plan to add text into them you selected the Type Tool and place the text where you want it in the image.
Before we get started, let me remain you to SAVE often while you are working in Indesign.
You start by creating a document.
Start Indesign. Choose FILE: then, NEW: then, DOCUMENT
|Here I am opening the document. FILE: NEW: DOCUMENT|
|The file opens and this is what it looks like.|
I don't worry about the SLUG area.
You can save your PRESET for later use for another book.
|Here you see that I have a PRESET for chapter books.|
Here the DOCUMENT is open. This is a title page/first page of the document.
I did just what I had in the example above, and COPIED and PASTED the text from my word processor and added it to the area I had painted for that purpose.
|Here I am designing a page. As you can see I PLACED a second image inside this page |
and added text into text frames right on the page.
Throughout this process you are designing your book!
Now you will show how I send my BOOK DOCUMENT to my printer.
To return to Part I: http://jdswritersblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-i-make-my-picture-books-part-i_8924.html
To go to Part III: http://jdswritersblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-i-make-my-picture-books-part-iii.html