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Willow
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« on: October 28, 2008, 12:44:45 PM »

If you've read Awesome Adventures, you may have noticed that it's not the most beautifully laid out book.  That's because I laid it out myself, using Open Office.

So, I'm looking forward to my next game, Escape from Tentacle City, and I think it would be good for me to practice with layout a bit.  I have a copy of InDesign, but I can't make heads or tails of it.

Can anyone recommend a good tutorial for InDesign, or a free, easier to use alternative?
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iago
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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2008, 01:04:38 PM »

Look for the book Real World InDesign (for your version, though many concepts translate from version to version), authors Kvern and Blatner. It's a brick, but the version of the book I have it for (CS2) was astonishingly well-written.
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lev_lafayette
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2008, 05:07:29 PM »

Try Scribus. Free, open source, good tutorials available.

c.f,. http://www.scribus.net/
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jerry
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2008, 12:01:15 PM »

Answering your subject line, I've found two books very useful for getting up to speed on layout basics.

The Non-Designers Design Book (Robin Williams)
Looking Good in Print (Roger C. Parker)

In that order.
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2008, 01:17:22 PM »

I learned InDesign "orally," mostly over chat with Joshua Newman and (sometimes) John Harper.

I'm happy to do the same with you.
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Gregor Hutton
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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2008, 04:27:10 AM »

About.Com has excellent tutorials in my experience for all the Adobe software: <a href="http://desktoppub.about.com/od/indesigntutorials/Adobe_InDesign_Tutorials.htm" target="_blank">About.Com's InDesign Tutorials[/url], and they are graded at varying levels. And most of all: Free.
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