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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

This course is currently offered as a Private Training. Please contact us to customize and schedule your individual or group event.

To conform with social distancing guidelines, we are only offering our classes online at this time.

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-(discussion)
  • Using the Ink Manager

Creating Adobe PDF Files with Form Fields

  • Adding Form Fields
  • Exporting an interactive Adobe PDF file

Adding Interactivity / Media & Publish Online

  • Create a new document for mobile delivery
  • Create animations using a motion preset and a motion path
  • Configure the timing of multiple animations
  • Create buttons that trigger various actions
  • Preveiw animations and interactivity within InDesign
  • Add a movie, a sound, a slideshow, and a hyperlink
  • Using the Publish Online Feature


  • Adobe Fonts (formerly Adobe Typekit)
  • Type Menu Filters
  • Working with OpenType options
  • Picking Font Pairings

Adobe Color

  • Exploring Themes
  • Downloading theme sets to your CC Library

Object Creation Options

  • Using Gridify
  • Using LIve Distribution
  • Customizing Strokes
  • Arrowhead
  • Stroke hidden options

Paragraph Options

  • Paragraph Borders and Shading
  • Keep Options
  • “Keep Lines Together”
  • Anchored Objects
  • Conditional Text
  • Using the Next Style Options

Advanced Object Style Options

  • Fixed Position
  • Auto Sizing