Adobe InDesign CS4 One-on-One
Publisher: O'Reilly Media / Deke Press
Final Release Date: November 2008
Pages: 560

Master the fundamentals of Adobe InDesign with One-on-One, Deke McClelland's unique and effective learning system. Abode InDesign CS4 One-on-One includes step-by-step tutorials, more than four hours of DVD-video demonstrations, and hands-on projects to help you improve your knowledge and hone your skills. Once you read about a particular technique, you can see how it's done first-hand in the video. The combination is uniquely effective.

Whether you're new to InDesign or a creative professional interested in the groundbreaking features of CS4, Deke's conversational style and carefully structured lessons guide you easily through the program's fundamental and advanced concepts and techniques. More than 900 full-color photos, diagrams, and screen shots illustrate every key step. With this book, you will:

  • Learn at your own speed with 12 self-paced tutorials
  • Create professional-looking documents with InDesign's powerful text and graphic tools
  • Discover how to create, import, and modify artwork
  • Apply a sequence of style sheets to format an entire document in one operation
  • Compose a fully interactive document with bookmarks, hyperlinks, buttons, sounds, and movies
  • Test your knowledge with multiple-choice quizzes in each chapter

And more. Written and produced by a Photoshop expert with well over 20 years of experience, Adobe InDesign CS4 One-on-One simulates a classroom environment that provides one-on-one attention as you proceed from lesson to lesson. You'll learn to use InDesign faster, more creatively, and more efficiently than you thought possible.

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I highly recommend this book.

By Gregory West

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Comments about oreilly Adobe InDesign CS4 One-on-One:

A SCUG Review

Usually, when desktop publishing is mentioned people tense up, and rightly so. The programs are so hard to learn. But all that has now changed.

We have all dreamed of being able to produce an award winning document, from a single page newsletter to that 100 plus page glossy magazine. Now we can using this book and the training DVD. You will be amazed how easy it is to learn this desktop publishing program while you follow along, both with the 12 lessons in this book, and with the DVD that is included, free with the book.

Deke McClelland, a 20 year award-winning veteran in the publishing business, and author of 80 books on computer graphics is the best there is. McClelland is the first InDesign book author and has held this distinction ever since. The book is designed for both PC and Mac. The DVD training video is by " is an award-winning provider of educational materials, including Hands-On Training™ instructional books, the Online Training Library®, CD- and DVD-based video training, and events for creative designers, instructors, students, and hobbyists" (

Many of the "high-end" desktop publishing programs are extremely intensive and hard to master. Deke McClelland and David Futato have produced a full training class, with their "so-easy-to-follow" book. The title is in part: "one-on-one" - they score high points on this concept of training all the way; training sessions that would normally cost you a lot of money.

The book holds the training concept of: read lesson - watch video - do exercises. There are 12 self-paced lessons in this book that follow along with the 4 hour DVD training video that comes free with the book. At the end of each chapter there are quizzes to make sure you are on the right path. The colour graphics in the book are large and easy to see and study. Sidebar notations are everywhere, to keep you on track. If you are slightly familiar with desktop publishing, this book and DVD allows for you to pick topics of your choice to zero in on your specialized training.

I would suggest your very first move, after skimming through the book is to insert the training DVD that comes with the book. The first video sets you up with folders and colour sequencing so that your computer is maximized to allow you to view all your needed files for InDesign. If you have some of the other programs from Adobe Suite such as Photoshop, this will also sync up those programs as well.

Next step is to view the second introductory video wherein author, Deke McClelland, explains how this course is setup and how to maximize the lessons, both in the book and on the DVD. McClelland advises to start in the book and read the introduction to the lesson, then play the DVD to watch the "companion video". All you do here is, as McClelland says, "sit back and relax", as the videos are extremely well done. When you're finished the video section, you then return to the book to "work your way through the step-by-step exercises". You can do the overview to make sure you are getting it with a quiz that follows each lesson.

This book is a must have for any editor who works with a single page newsletter, or a hundred page glossy magazine. I highly recommend this book.

Note: Gregory West is the Edtior for the Sarnia Computer Users' Group and a regular Tech columnist for First Monday Magazine. West also teaches computers to seniors volunteering his spare time each week. He can be reached at


learned lots of new tricks

By deerey

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Comments about oreilly Adobe InDesign CS4 One-on-One:

after going through the photoshop one-on-one, i figured i would learn a lot from this book even though i have used indesign for a long time.

i've made notes in the margin of the table of contents for quick reference to topics that i will need often -- and i'm sure i will have them mastered shortly. i already have 17 items noted and i'm only on chapter 7.

i've learned a lot about new features in cs4 (after upgrading from cs2). i've also learned a lot about features i never used before but will be great timesavers in the future. thanks for the great book. i would love to see something like this for dreamweaver.

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Getting started with InDesign

By Jeff Kew - Vancouver InDesign User Group

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Comments about oreilly Adobe InDesign CS4 One-on-One:

Adobe Indesign CS4 One-On-One by Deke McClelland has been revised for CS4 and is a tremendous resource for the new and experienced InDesign user. Written for the new user, it starts with the basics of the ID CS4 user interface and starting your first document. As you progress thru the project based material you are exposed to invaluable tips and tricks that will make you an ID pro in no time.

"Pearl of Wisdom" are insightful little bits of info found throughout the book, that are like pull out quotes, but are Deke's thoughts about some unique experience that he thinks you should know about to make the project go smoother.

The book comes with nearly 4 hrs of video training that is unique to this book (not extracted from his hundreds of hours of training on It's advised that you watch each video before or after reading the accompanying chapter in the book. The process of Read, Watch, and Do, is one of the most effective ways of learning InDesign. As well, Deke's humorous writing style makes you think he's right next to you.

For experienced users, Deke successfully explains complex subjects such as XML tags. As well, even thru the basics chapters, experienced users can pick up productivity tips and hidden features that only Deke can find. In this revised edition, Deke has also included the new interactive features for CS4 such as buttons.

I recommend this book for all users.

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