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Learning Adobe InDesign

Learning InDesign, or for that matter any Adobe software program, the most important thing is to ignore 99.99999% of what it does. I call this "simplifying the workspace", and you can make it even easier on yourself by doing a few things. Here they are:

• Stay away from experts. People who have been using InDesign for years are only fascinated with the latest tiny detail that they have learned. They want to show you how they use it, what they want. If an expert approaches you, smile, nod, and back away.

• Determine what you are using the software for. InDesign does thousands of things, most of which you will never use. Don't be afraid to stand up for this. Again, if some expert wants to show you an obscure trick or technique, be nice. They mean well. Putting your hands over your ears and humming may be too obvious, but try to think of something else.

• Do real projects right away. Even if they're simple, make it real. Spending time on "make-believe" stuff is a frustration. There is no time for that.

• Go to a training session. If your company can't afford that, get a tutorial such as InDesign CS5 for Macintosh and Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide

The good news is that InDesign is a beautifully-designed software program by Adobe. It was created for artists and has a wonderful visual interface. The bad news is that it is not Microsoft Word. If you want it to be Microsoft Word, you will be frustrated. Everything you knew about word-processing software has nothing to do with InDesign.

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