InDesign Advanced

2 days

Course Description

Adobe InDesign CC software speaks the language of professional designers, delivering unparalleled creative freedom, productivity, and precision for designing superb pages. It works seamlessly with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, providing a single integrated design environment that doesn't interrupt your creative process.

This 2-day course provides a thorough overview of the interface, the tools, the features, and the production tips for page layout and design using InDesign. The course is an ideal combination of instructor-led demonstration and hands-on practice.

Who Should Attend

Creative professionals seeking the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn InDesign CC.


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: Working with Transparency

  • Working with the Effects Panel
  • Applying transparency settings
  • Applying Effects
  • Feathering Options
  • Importing and colorizing a grayscale image Applying transparency settings
  • Understanding the flattener presets
  • How to deal with Vector graphics that are rasterizing

Lesson 2: Color Management

  • The need for color management
  • Specifying color settings in InDesign
  • Synchronizing color settings in Adobe Bridge
  • Isolate Blending vs. Knockout Group
  • Creating a Mixed Ink Swatch or Group
  • Specifying color settings in original source file
  • Defining printing requirements
  • Image Color Settings Assigning vs. Converting a profile
  • Proofing colors on screen / High Quality Display Options

Lesson 3: Printing and Exporting

  • Packaging files
  • Creating an Adobe PDF proof
  • Understanding PDF joboptions files
  • Creating PDF Presets
  • Direct Printing
  • Previewing separations
  • Previewing how transparency effects will be flattened
  • Using the Ink Manager

Lesson 4: Creating Adobe PDF Files from Fields

  • Adding form fields / Gridify & Step and Repeat
  • Setting the tab order of the fields
  • Creating submit and Reset form buttons
  • Adding descriptions to form fields
  • Exporting an interactive Adobe PDF file

Lesson 5: Creating Templates

  • Creating a Design Grid
  • Creating Styles
  • Using InDesign Libraries
  • Master Page Options
  • Font Usage
  • Creating Placeholders for structure
  • Using the Adjust Layout command
  • Saving & Converting to Templates

Lesson 6: Working with Long Documents

  • Creating a Book file
  • Working with Book files
  • Synchronizing a Book file
  • Creating Running Headers & Footers
  • Generating and Updating Table of Contents
  • Adding Footnotes
  • Adding Cross-references
  • Indexing Book Files

Lesson 7: Interactivity

  • Using the Hyperlink Panel
  • Linking URLS
  • Linking email
  • Creating Bookmarks & Cross-references

Lesson 8: Multi-state Objects

  • Creating & Editing Multi-State objects
  • Creating buttons to navigate state views
  • Showing/Hiding object states

Lesson 9: Animation

  • Understanding Animations
  • Working with motion paths
  • Showing and hiding animations
  • Reordering animations in the timing panel

Lesson 10: Video & Audio

  • Supported Video & Audio types
  • Using the Adobe Media Encoder to prepare media
  • Using the Media panel
  • Creating Poster Frames
  • Adding Navigation Points
  • Supported Export Options

Lesson 11: Creating a Fixed-Layout Epub

  • Creating a new document for fixed-layout export
  • Converting a document for fixed layout export
  • Using the Object Export Options command
  • Creating Document Structure
  • Using the Articles panel
  • Adding multimedia and interactive elements
  • EPUB Export Options

Lesson 12: Publish Online

  • Using Publish Online
  • Using interactivity with Publish Online
  • Using the Publish Online dashboard