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InDesign Advanced Techniques

InDesign Advanced is a two-day course that will take your design and layout skills to the next level. You'll leave this course with improved workflow in InDesign by customizing palettes, creating tables, correcting and avoiding color problems, updating documents with data merge, creating PDF forms, and so much more.

Upcoming Classes

Saint Paul, MN

  • May 16 - May 178:30am - 4:30pm$995Register
  • Jul 08 - Jul 098:30am - 4:30pm$995Register

Course Outline

Importing and Modifying Graphics

  • Adding graphics from other programs
  • Comparing vector and bitmap graphics
  • Managing links to imported files
  • Updating revised graphics
  • Adjusting display quality
  • Working with clipping paths
  • Working with alpha channels
  • Importing native Adobe graphics files
  • Using a library to manage objects
  • Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics

Creating Tables

  • Converting text to a table
  • Changing rows and columns
  • Formatting a table
  • Creating a header row
  • Adding graphics to table cells
  • Creating and applying table and cell styles

Working with Transparency

  • Importing and colorizing a grayscale image
  • Applying transparency settings
  • Adding transparency effects to imported vector and bitmap graphics
  • Importing and adjusting Illustrator files that use transparency
  • Applying transparency settings to text
  • Working with effects

Printing and Exporting

  • Preflighting files
  • Packaging files
  • Creating an Adobe PDF proof
  • Previewing separations
  • Previewing how transparency effects will be flattened
  • Previewing the page
  • Printing a laser or inkjet proof
  • Using the Ink Manager

Creating Adobe PDF Files with Form Fields

  • Adding Form Fields
  • Exporting an interactive Adobe PDF file

Creating and Exporting an eBook

  • Completing the booklet
  • Choosing the content of an eBook
  • Adding metadata
  • Exporting an EPUB file

Working with Long Documents

  • Starting a book
  • Creating a running footer
  • Adding a footnote
  • Adding a cross-reference
  • Synchronizing a book
  • Generating a table of contents
  • Indexing a book

Drawing in InDesign

  • Pen Points
  • Drawing Lines and Curves
  • Changing Curves and Corner Points
  • Modifying Paths and Points
  • Using the Pencil Tool and Smooth Tool

Tweaking Your Text & Text Effects

  • Type Tool Super Shortcuts
  • Options for Typing on a Path
  • Inline and Anchored Objects
  • Conditional Text
  • Bullets and Numbering
  • Keeping Lines and Words Together
  • Using the Eyedropper on Text
  • Setting Your Type Defaults and Preferences
  • Creating Outlines from Text
  • Applying Special Open Type Font Features

Object Manipulation in InDesign

  • Moving, Replicating and Resizing Objects
  • Using the Transform Tools
  • Using the Transform Panel
  • Using the Transform Commands
  • Smart Dimensions; Smart Spacing
  • Grouping and Pasting Into Objects
  • Using the Control Panel for Objects
  • Letting InDesign do the Math
  • Using the Measure Tool
  • Using the Info Panel with Objects
  • Locking Objects

Extra Advanced Topics (time permitting)

  • Data Merge
  • Create custom pre-flight profiles and reports
  • Utilizing Pre-written Scripts