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Free Lynda.com Video: Learning InCopy

Sometimes you get to work on a project where the manuscript is final and you can just flow and format it. Other times, there are rounds of back and forth input with authors or editors. If you’re in the latter situation, you should definitely be familiar with InCopy, InDesign’s companion editorial application. And if you need to get up to speed on InCopy quickly, you owe it to yourself to check out Learning InCopy, a Lynda.com series by Chad Chelius.

lynda.com learning incopy

Here’s the official description:

Designers often receive textual content from users created in programs such as Microsoft Word and then place that content into an InDesign layout that only the designer can access. InCopy provides a two-way street where editors and writers can edit content in InCopy while a designer simultaneously works on the design portion of the project in InDesign, and the text formatting is retained in both programs. In this course, learn how to create and import content using InCopy, style text correctly so that it transfers to the InDesign layout, and make content available to writers and editors from within InDesign. Author Chad Chelius also ensures that you get a handle on checking out stories, working with tables, using Track Changes, modifying graphics, as well as creating templates.

Topics include:

  • Customizing the Galley and Story views
  • Navigating a document
  • Saving a workspace
  • Creating a story in Adobe InDesign
  • Creating a story in Adobe InCopy
  • Formatting text and using styles
  • Transitioning content from Microsoft Word into InCopy
  • Moving content from InDesign to InCopy
  • Creating and editing tables
  • Using Track Changes
  • Creating text macros
  • Working with graphics in InCopy
  • Exporting to PDF

In the free video below, Chad reviews the nuts and bolts details of the hardware and software you need to implement an InCopy workflow. Check it out!

Workflow Requirements


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The Different InCopy Views

Customize the Galley and Story Views

Flow Content from Microsoft Word to InCopy

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