Class Outline

This two-day InDesign will show you around the workspace creation and design interface then cover the many features of InDesign like document setup, objects and flowing text, typography, color, styles and finalizing your document.

The training covers these topics:

Introducing the Workspace

  • Looking at the workspace
  • Working with panels
  • Customizing the workspace
  • Navigating through a document
  • Using context menus
  • Using panel menus
  • Modifying interface preferences

Getting to Know Design

  • Viewing guides
  • Adding text
  • Working with styles
  • Working with graphics
  • Working with objects
  • Working with object styles
  • Preflighting as you work
  • Viewing the document in Presentation mode

Setting up a Document and Working with Pages

  • Creating a new document
  • Creating and saving custom document settings
  • Creating a new document from a preset
  • Working with master pages
  • Applying master pages to document pages
  • Adding new document pages
  • Rearranging and deleting document pages
  • Changing the size of pages within one InDesign document
  • Adding sections to change page numbering
  • Overriding master page items and placing text and graphics
  • Printing to the edge of the paper: using the bleed guides Viewing the completed spread

Working with Objects

  • Introducing layers
  • Working with layers
  • Creating and modifying text frames
  • Creating and modifying graphics frames
  • Adding metadata captions to graphics frames
  • Wrapping text around a graphic
  • Transforming the shape of frames
  • Transforming and aligning objects
  • Selecting and modifying grouped objects
  • Flowing type along a path
  • Drawing lines and modifying arrowheads

Flowing Text

  • Flowing text into an existing frame
  • Flowing text manually
  • Creating text frames while flowing text
  • Creating threaded frames automatically
  • Flowing text automatically
  • Applying paragraph styles to text
  • Adjusting columns
  • Adding a jump line page number

Editing Text

  • Entering and importing text
  • Finding and changing text and formatting
  • Checking spelling
  • Editing text by dragging and dropping
  • Using the Story Editor
  • Tracking changes

Working with Typography

  • Entering and importing text
  • Finding and changing text and formatting
  • Checking spelling
  • Editing text by dragging and dropping
  • Using the Story Editor
  • Tracking changes

Working with Typography

  • Adjusting vertical spacing
  • Working with fonts, type styles, and glyphs
  • Working with columns
  • Changing paragraph alignment
  • Creating a drop cap
  • Adjusting letter and word spacing
  • Adjusting line breaks
  • Setting tabs
  • Working with paragraph shading and rules

Working with Color

  • Managing color
  • Defining printing requirements
  • Creating colors
  • Applying colors
  • Working with tint swatches
  • Working with gradients
  • Working with color groups

Working with Styles

  • Creating and applying paragraph styles
  • Creating and applying character styles
  • Nesting character styles inside paragraph styles
  • Creating and applying object styles
  • Creating and applying table and cell styles
  • Globally updating styles
  • Loading styles from another document

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
  • Importing and sizing graphics
  • Editing placed pictures
  • Working with dropped backgrounds
  • Importing native Adobe graphic files
  • Filling type with a graphic
  • Using an InDesign library to manage objects

Creating Tables

  • Working with tables
  • Converting text to a table
  • Changing rows and columns
  • Formatting a table
  • Adding graphics to table cells
  • Creating a header row
  • Creating and applying table and cell styles
  • Exploring on your own

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
  • Exploring on your own

Printing and Exporting

  • Managing colors
  • Previewing transparency effects
  • Previewing the pages
  • Creating an Adobe PDF proof
  • Creating a press-ready PDF and saving a PDF preset
  • Printing a proof and saving a print preset
  • Packaging files
  • Exporting graphics for the web and other digital destinations

Creating Adobe PDF Files with Form Fields

  • Setting up a workspace for forms
  • Adding form fields
  • Setting the tab order of the fields
  • Adding a button to submit the form
  • Exporting an interactive Adobe PDF file
  • Testing your form in Acrobat Reader

Creating a Fixed-Layout EPUB

  • Creating a new document for fixed-layout export
  • EPUB: Reflowable versus fixed-layout
  • Adding animation
  • Buttons
  • Adding multimedia and interactive elements
  • Exporting an EPUB file InDesign Publish Online