Purpose The Against The Clock series has been developed specifically for those involved in the field of computer arts and now--animation, video, and multimedia production. Many of our readers are already involved in the industry in advertising and printing, television production, multimedia, and in the world of Web design. Others are just now preparing themselves for a career within these professions. This series of courses will provide you with the skills necessary to work in these fast-paced, exciting, and rapidly expanding fields. While many people feel that they can simply purchase a computer and the appropriate software and begin designing and producing high-quality presentations, the real world of high-quality printed and Web communications requires a far more serious commitment. The Series The applications presented in the Against The Clock series stand out as the programs of choice in professional computer arts environments. We've used a modular design for the Against The Clock series, allowing you to mix and match the drawing, imaging, multimedia and page-layout applications that exactly suit your specific needs. Titles available in the Against The Clock series include: Macintosh Operating System Windows: Basic Operations Adobe Illustrator: Introduction and Advanced Digital Illustration Macromedia FreeHand: Digital Illustration Adobe InDesign: Introduction and Advanced Electronic Mechanicals Adobe PageMaker: Introduction and Advanced Electronic Mechanicals QuarkXPress: Introduction and Advanced Electronic Mechanicals Microsoft Publisher: Creating Electronic Mechanicals Microsoft PowerPoint: Presentation Graphics with Impact Microsoft FrontPage: Designing for the Web MetaCreations Painter: A Digital Approach to Natural Art Media Adobe Photoshop: Introduction and Advanced Digital Images Adobe Premiere: Digital Video Editing Macromedia Director: Creating Powerful Multimedia Macromedia Flash: Animating for the Web Macromedia Dreamweaver: Creating Web Pages HTML/XHTML: Creating Web Pages File Preparation: The Responsible Electronic Page Preflight: File Analysis and Repair Icons and Visuals Sidebars Throughout this book you will encounter a number of icons shown in the sidebars. They are designed to identify four different categories of sidebars: teacher comments, pitfalls and potential problems, keyboard shortcuts, and hands-on activities. Pay close attention to the sidebar notes--ou will find valuable comments that will help you throughout this course and in your everyday use of your computer. The standard icons are: ThePencilicon indicates a comment from an experienced operator or instructor. Whenever you see the pencil icon, you'll find corresponding sidebar text that augments or builds upon the subject being discussed at the time. TheBomborPitfallsicon indicates a potential problem or difficulty. For instance, a certain technique might lead to pages that prove difficult to output. In other cases, there might be something that a program cannot easily accomplish, so we might present a workaround. ThePointing Fingericon indicates a hands-on activity--whether a short exercise or a complete project. Note that sometimes this icon will direct you to the back of the book to complete a project. TheKeyicon is used to point out that there is a keyboard equivalent to a menu or dialog-box option. Key commands are often faster than using the mouse to select a menu option. Experienced operators often mix the use of keyboard equivalents and menu/ dialog box selections to arrive at their optimum speed. Support Materials For the Reader On the CD-ROM, you will find a complete set of Against The Clock (ATC) fonts, as well as a collection of data files used to construct the variAgainst the Clock, Inc. Staff is the author of 'Microsoft Publisher 2002 Creating Electronic Mechanicals' with ISBN 9780130973573 and ISBN 0130973572.