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InDesign: Ultimate Mastery

By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • Confidently use the essential feature of the application
  • Setup multiple page documents
  • Import and format text using paragraph and character styles
  • Place and arrange images
  • Prepare and publish documents for screen or print

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Immerse yourself in Adobe InDesign. Learn InDesign from beginners to an advanced level.

The Adobe InDesign Certification package includes the entire curriculum for total immersion into Adobe InDesign. The Adobe InDesign Certification package is a training program that features a combination of 3 Adobe InDesign courses for a discounted price. The package does not have a schedule of its own. Each class is scheduled separately and can be taken over a year’s period.

Courses include:

  • InDesign: Beginner – 2 Days
  • InDesign: Intermediate – 3 Days
  • InDesign: Advanced– 1 Day

Who is this course for?

This course is intended for graphic designers, small business owners, creative professionals, print professionals, publishers, prepress professionals, and marketing communications professionals. It’s focused on those creating layouts for print.

Assumed Knowledge

Before taking this course, you should have a basic understanding of your computers operating system. For example, you should know how to launch an application, create and save files, and copy files from CD and other media.

What you will learn

You’ll learn everything about InDesign from start to finish. So if you have little or no knowledge of Adobe InDesign right now then we can guarantee by the end of the Creative Licence in InDesign training package that you will have more knowledge than most InDesign users in the industry!

InDesign: Beginner

Imagine being able to create documents of many types, from single page advertisements and flyers, to complex multi-page colour publications after just two days of training! That’s what’s on offer with the InDesign 101: Beginner course. It’s an essential skill for anyone working in the publishing industry, but also for anyone who would like to be able to create marketing documents for their company.

InDesign: Intermediate

Sometimes advancing to the next stage is all about changing your working process and ways of thinking. This is exactly what the InDesign 201: Intermediate course is for. Not only will you learn the advanced tools of the program, but you’ll also learn the ways in which the professionals use the program in order to work quickly and effectively, speeding up tasks, reducing repetitive tasks, and creating documents so that they can be easily updated.

InDesign: Advanced

Whatever your profession, if it involves designing books, leaflets, brochures, or other official documents, you’ll probably already know how to use InDesign. The question is do you really know how to make the most of it? On the InDesign 301: Advanced course, you’ll learn the most advanced features of the program, the workflows used by the most experienced professionals, and all the tips and tricks you can use to make your tasks quicker and easier.

Outline

Setting up InDesign projects

  • Identify project requirements
  • Establish target audience and needs
  • Apply design principles to create a professional layout

User interface

  • Identify user interface elements
  • Create and select Workspaces
  • Navigate and zoom documents
  • Rulers, guides and grids

InDesign documents

  • Setting up an InDesign document
  • Working with master pages
  • Adding automatic page numbers

Working with Text

  • Creating and modifying text frames
  • Threading text frames
  • Managing overset text
  • Formatting text using paragraph and character styles
  • Placing text from a Word document
  • Spell checking
  • Adding special characters
  • Assigning text wrap

Images and graphics

  • Creating basic shapes
  • Assigning fill and stroke to objects
  • Selecting and Grouping objects
  • Transform and modify elements
  • Align and arrange content
  • Placing images
  • Frame fitting options and frame shapes
  • Collecting and placing content using the conveyor tool
  • Working with Layers and Organise artwork using layers

Colours

  • Creating colour swatches
  • Applying and modifying gradients
  • Working with spot colours
  • Adding transparency to elements

Publishing

  • Identifying common file formats
  • Using the packaging feature
  • Create a template
  • Prepare page layouts for print

Edit and Modify Pages

  • Creating foldouts with Page re-shuffle
  • Using page tool techniques to create custom formats

Images and graphics

  • Re-linking edited images
  • Extracting image information
  • Adjusting PSD import options
  • Adding effects

Advanced Type management

  • Inserting anchored objects and Inline graphics
  • Adding type to vector paths
  • Creating a table of contents
  • Applying paragraph rules
  • Modifying paragraph style options
  • Creating bulleted and numbered lists
  • Setting up textflow import options
  • Adding footnotes
  • Creating story jumps

Advanced drawing techniques

  • Working with the Pen tool and shortcuts
  • Creating compound paths
  • Using the Pathfinder window

Tables

  • Creating tables
  • Importing tables from Excel and Word
  • Styling tables and cells
  • Add rows and columns
  • Split and merge

Interactive publications

  • Creating bookmarks and hyperlinks
  • Inserting email links
  • Placing buttons
  • Creating a slideshow
  • Placing movies
  • Creating a basic animation

Publishing

  • Publish and share interactive documents online
  • Manage and gather analytics for online documents
  • Exporting files for different media
  • Editing PDF presets
  • Transparency flattening options
  • Customising Preflight settings

Advanced Page Layout & Document Features

  • Working with snippet files
  • Creating and managing book files and content
  • Utilising quick apply and story editor
  • Customising user dictionaries
  • Using gridify and gap tool
  • Data merge

Image Techniques

  • Inserting live captions
  • Integrating InDesign with Photoshop and Illustrator

Publications

  • Generating a table of contents for interactive documents
  • Alternate layouts and liquid layouts options
  • InDesign’s ePub export features
  • Preflight adjustment
  • Creating Interactive PDFs
  • Creating interactive Acrobat Forms in InDesign

Colour Management

  • Assigning colour profiles
  • Soft proofing
  • Rich black vs CMYK black
  • Attributes panel
  • Ink manager
  • Separation panel
  • Adding a spot varnish

Advanced Text Formatting Techniques

  • Creating hanging indent styles
  • Spanning and splitting columns
  • Using conditions
  • Setting up text variables
  • Creating an index
  • Searching with GREPS

Workflow Optimisation

  • Using the scripts window
  • Importing and styling XML documents
  • Managing assets using Adobe Bridge

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