InDesign Production Cookbook
Easy-to-Follow Recipes for Desktop Publishers and Graphic Designers
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: November 2005
Pages: 224

Whether you're an experienced designer using InDesign at a fairly advanced level or a desktop publishing beginner new to InDesign-or making the transition from QuarkXPress-you'll find InDesign Production Cookbook chock-full of practical information, with quick solutions to real-world layout challenges. The book covers the very latest features in Adobe InDesign CS2 for Windows and Macintosh, including tips on using the program with Bridge within Adobe Creative Suite 2.

Unlike the traditional "bible" approach to learning new software, InDesign Production Cookbook's unique combination of concise explanations, expert tips, and practical recipes will bring new users up to speed quickly, while providing more seasoned professionals with the information they need to complete specific tasks on the run.

The book covers:

  • handling typography, including customization and special effects
  • working with photographs and illustrations
  • using InDesign's art tools to create illustrations
  • formatting tables
  • applying color and transparency effects
  • building multi-page documents
  • creating indexes and tables of contents
  • making interactive multimedia eBooks
  • InDesign style tagging

There's even a chapter specifically for QuarkXPress users making the switch to Adobe InDesign, showing where you will find familiar tools and commands in the new program.

Packed with step-by-step instructions, hundreds of full-color examples, and authoritative information and advice, InDesign Cookbook is the ultimate, no-nonsense production guide for every InDesign user.

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    4.0

    Great Reference Book!

    By Document Geek

    from Raleigh, NC

    About Me Designer, Educator

    Pros

    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Intermediate
      • Novice
      • Student

      Comments about oreilly InDesign Production Cookbook:

      I love this book because it is task-based, rather than project based. This is important because oftentimes, InDesign users will know the type of task they want to accomplish, but not necessarily know the correct terminology used by the program. So with this book, readers can simply go to the correct chapter, and quickly the pictures that correspond to the task they want to accomplish. This type of organization makes it an excellent reference book.

      The different types of InDesign tasks are categorized according to the following chapters: Text, Pictures, Drawing, Color, Transparency, Pages and documents, Interactivity, Output, InDesign for QuarkXPress users

      The book is full color, and the many hundreds of screenshots are clearly labeled and explained. The book has a detailed index.

      Though this book was published in 2005 (for InDesign CS2), it is still completely valid. With new version of InDesign, new features are added and improved upon, but never removed. The production techniques discussed in this book are still excellent practices that every good designer should follow. The page design is a little dated, but that's understandable, considering this book was published in 2005. This is a technical book, rather than a coffee table book.

      I would highly recommend this book to any InDesign user who wants to have a better understanding of InDesign production. This would also be a great addition to the reference library of any print shop.

      O'Reilly gave me two copies of this book, which were used a raffle prizes at an InDesign User Group meeting.

       
      3.0

      InDesign Production Cookbook (CS2)

      By Gregory West

      from sarnia, ontario, canada

      About Me Educator, Sys Admin

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      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples

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        • Intermediate
        • Novice
        • Student

        Comments about oreilly InDesign Production Cookbook:

        This book is full of full color graphics, loaded with ideas and step-by-step easy instructions. The cookbook comes loaded with 169 "recipes for graphic designers and desktop publishers" and others who are looking for new ideas or concepts.

        The book is laid out beginning with text, pictures, drawings, color, and transparency. The Pages and Documents section explains the inner workings, taking you on a journey to complete a book, magazine, newsletter, or any document you need to prepare and complete. I particularly like the document setup section that guides one through the entire process.

        Throughout the book are "Tips" relating to given information that enhances your learning in ways you may not find out otherwise. The graphics are easy to view and the text is just the right size for easy viewing. Each section is color coded for easy access to a topic. Once you get used to the colors you will not need the very well established TOC.

        This book is what it claims: "Production Cookbook" whereby you find yourself coming back quite often for that little tip or process that gets you back on track with your project.

        Not only is this book a must have as a reference and "follow-along" book, I love to refer back to it from time to time simply to get new ideas for any project I am working on.

         
        3.0

        WOW - Easy to follow along.

        By gregorywest

        from sarnia, ontario, canada

        About Me Educator, Sys Admin

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        • Easy to understand
        • Excellent graphics

        Cons

        • CS2 version still useful

        Best Uses

        • Intermediate
        • Novice
        • Student

        Comments about oreilly InDesign Production Cookbook:

        This book is full of full color graphics, loaded with ideas and step-by-step easy instructions. The cookbook comes loaded with 169 "recipes for graphic designers and desktop publishers" and others who are looking for new ideas or concepts.

        The book is laid out beginning with text, pictures, drawings, color, and transparency. The Pages and Documents section explains the inner workings, taking you on a journey to complete a book, magazine, newsletter, or any document you need to prepare and complete. I particularly like the document setup section that guides one through the entire process.

        Throughout the book are "Tips" relating to given information that enhances your learning in ways you may not find out otherwise. The graphics are easy to view and the text is just the right size for easy viewing. Each section is color coded for easy access to a topic. Once you get used to the colors you will not need the very well established TOC.

        This book is what it claims: "Production Cookbook" whereby you find yourself coming back quite often for that little tip or process that gets you back on track with your project.

        Not only is this book a must have as a reference and "follow-along" book, I love to refer back to it from time to time simply to get new ideas for any project I am working on.

         
        4.0

        Good for learning the technical stuff, but no design inspiration.

        By Tom

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        Comments about oreilly InDesign Production Cookbook:

        I really like this book because I'm a beginner at InDesign and it covers many of the technical capabilities of the Application. This book is also well organized for quick refrence. This book does have a large shortcoming though, it does not get into the creative side of page layout. In fact the examples are just that, examples. They don't provide any design inspiration. You would not see any of the examples in a magazine or other publication.

        If you are solid on design and just need the technical information on how to create what you are envisioning, then this is the book for you.

         
        5.0

        Superlative training

        By ulo

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about oreilly InDesign Production Cookbook:

        Soon after getting CS2 and working through basic lessons in the manual, I came across this book in the store. A year later, I still refer to it for aspects of this fantastic design application that I need to brush up on or haven't needed to work with before.

        However, I found this book to be superlative in quickly teaching me how to use InD's wide range of tools and capabilities to achieve the kinds of graphics effects we all see in magazines. It is jam-packed with well organized, thoughtfully presented, and beautifully ilustrated information, and includes step-by-step instruction in using some of the capabilites that you won't find adequately presented in Adobe's help files.

        Best of all, the files used by the authors are available for download from O'reilly, so that you can see all the specs from the examples and understand how they were made even more specifically that from the book's descriptions.

         
        4.0

        Easy as 1-2-3.

        By Anonymous

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        Comments about oreilly InDesign Production Cookbook:

        This is a great book for visual learners. Clearly see the difference between what each option does without having to press every button. By the time you finish reading this book, you will be able to begin designing something and feel confident in what you are doing. Easy as 1-2-3.

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