Acrobat Fundamentals: An Introduction to Acrobat DC

3 days

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Course Description

In this three-day course, you’ll get an excellent overview of how to convert your work into Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) using Adobe Acrobat. You will learn to use Acrobat’s cross-platform capabilities to distribute your documents efficiently without sacrificing the original design. You will learn how to incorporate text, notes, graphics, movies, and links to the Internet. You will gain an excellent understanding of the menu and tools in Acrobat and be able to use Acrobat at a high level of efficiency.

Who Should Attend

Professionals who need to produce superb PDF documents


  • Practical working knowledge of Mac OS X or Windows skills.

Course Outline:

Note: The curricula below comprise activities typically covered in a class at this skill level. The instructor may, at his/her discretion, adjust the lesson plan to meet the needs of the class.

Lesson 1: Introducing Adobe Acrobat DC

  • About the PDF file format
  • About Adobe Acrobat
  • About Adobe Reader
  • About the Acrobat DC mobile app
  • Using PDF on the web
  • Opening a PDF file
  • Working with toolbars
  • Working with tools
  • Viewing PDF presentations in Full Screen mode
  • Viewing PDF files in Read mode
  • Customizing the Acrobat toolbar

Lesson 2: Creating Adobe PDF Files

  • About creating Adobe PDF files
  • Using the Create PDF tool
  • Dragging and dropping files
  • Converting different types of files
  • Inserting a blank page
  • Using PDFMaker (Windows only)
  • Using the Print command to create
  • Adobe PDF files
  • Adobe PDF presets
  • Reducing file size
  • Optimizing PDF files
  • Scanning a paper document
  • Making scanned text editable and searchable
  • Converting web pages to Adobe PDF

Lesson 3: Reading and Working with PDF Files

  • About the on screen display
  • Reading PDF documents
  • Searching PDF documents
  • Printing PDF documents
  • Filling out PDF forms
  • About flexibility, accessibility, and structure
  • Working with accessible documents
  • Making files flexible and accessible
  • Using Acrobat accessibility features)
  • Sharing PDF files

Lesson 4: Enhancing PDF Documents

  • Examining the work file
  • Moving pages with page thumbnails
  • Manipulating pages
  • Splitting Cropping & Rotating Pages
  • Renumbering pages
  • Applying Bates numbering
  • Managing links
  • Working with bookmarks
  • Setting document properties and metadata

Lesson 5: Editing Content in PDF Files

  • Editing text
  • Placing & Working with images in a PDF file
  • Text Redaction
  • Comparing Documents
  • Copying text and images from a PDF file
  • Exporting PDF content to a PowerPoint presentation
  • Saving PDF files as Word documents
  • Extracting PDF tables as Excel spreadsheets

Lesson 6: Using Acrobat with Microsoft Office Files (Windows only)

  • Acrobat PDFMaker
  • Converting Microsoft Word files to Adobe PDF
  • Converting Excel documents
  • Converting PowerPoint presentations

Lesson 7: Combining Files

  • About combining files
  • Selecting files to combine
  • Arranging pages
  • Setting Conversion Options
  • Merging the files
  • Creating a PDF Portfolio

Lesson 8: Adding Signatures and Security

  • Getting started with Security
  • Viewing documents in Protected Mode in Reader (Windows only)
  • About security in Acrobat
  • Viewing security settings
  • Adding security to PDF files
  • Using Digital signatures
  • Sending a document for others to sign
  • Creating digital signatures
  • Signing a document digitally with certificates and digital IDs
  • Modifying signed documents
  • Certifying PDF files
  • Signing certified documents

Lesson 9: Using Acrobat in a Review Cycle

  • About the review process
  • Adding comments to a PDF document
  • Working with comments
  • Initiating an email-based review

Lesson 10: Working with Forms in Acrobat

  • Converting PDF files to interactive PDF forms
  • Adding form fields
  • Types of form fields
  • Distributing forms
  • Collecting form data
  • Working with form data
  • Calculating and validating numeric fields

Lesson 11: Using Actions

  • About actions
  • Using predefined actions
  • Creating an action
  • Sharing actions

Lesson 12: Using Acrobat in Professional Printing

  • Creating PDF files for print and prepress
  • Guidelines for creating print-ready PDF files
  • Preflighting files
  • Working with transparency
  • PDF standards
  • About flattening options in the - - Flattener Preview dialog box
  • Setting up color management
  • Previewing your print job
  • Advanced printing controls