Adobe InDesign CC

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Overview

Designers will build a strong foundation of typographic, page layout, and document-construction skills that will enable them to produce a broad range of print and digital publications. Those new to InDesign learn fundamental features and powerful layout skills. Experienced InDesign users elevate their skills and learn about new features from our Adobe Certified Experts.

Who Should Use InDesign?

Creative professionals, graphic artists, educators, instructional designers, and all types of business users who want to create a broad range of print and digital publications. Our goal is to make sure the training meets your objectives.

Available Courses

  • Intro (3 days)
  • Advanced (2 days)
  • Comprehensive (5 days – Intro and Advanced taken consecutively)

Prerequisites

  • A practical working knowledge of Mac OS X or Windows
  • Basic web knowledge

Training Sessions

Class time is 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Breaks are provided throughout the day and lunch is typically scheduled from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Participants provide their own lunch. Refrigerator available.

Course outlines are guides and do not ensure all the topics can be covered in the allotted time. The instructor may, at his/her discretion, adjust the lesson plan to meet individual class member needs.

Occasionally the DBC has to reschedule or cancel a class because it does not meet minimum enrollment requirements. Should that occur, enrollees will be notified as soon as possible and offered alternative course dates.

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Adobe InDesign CC – Intro

Day 1

Lesson 1: Introducing the Workspace

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

Lesson 2: Getting to know InDesign

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

Lesson 3: Setting Up a Document and Working with Pages

  • Creating and saving custom document settings
  • Creating a new document
  • Switching between open InDesign documents
  • Working with master pages
  • Applying master pages to document pages
  • Adding new document pages
  • Rearranging and deleting pages
  • Changing the size of pages
  • Adding sections to change page numbering
  • Overriding master page items and placing text and graphics
  • Viewing the completed spread

Day 2

Lesson 4: Working with Objects

  • Working with layers
  • Creating and modifying text frames
  • Creating and modifying graphics frames
  • Adding metadata captions to graphics frames
  • Placing and linking graphics frames
  • Changing the shape of a frame
  • Wrapping text around a graphic
  • Modifying the shape of frames
  • Transforming and aligning objects
  • Selecting and modifying grouped objects
  • Creating a QR code
  • Drawing lines and modifying arrowheads

Lesson 5: 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

Lesson 6: Editing Text

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

Lesson 7: Working with Typography

  • Adjusting vertical spacing
  • Working with fonts, type styles, and glyphs
  • Fine-tuning columns
  • Changing paragraph alignment
  • Creating a drop cap
  • Adjusting letter and word spacing
  • Setting tabs
  • Adding a rule above a paragraph
  • Working with paragraph shading

Day 3

Lesson 8: Working with Color

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

Lesson 9: 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

Lesson 10: 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 graphic files
  • Using an InDesign library to manage objects
  • Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics

Adobe InDesign CC – Advanced

Day 1

Lesson 11: Creating Tables

  • Creating a table
  • 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

Lesson 12: Working with Transparency

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

Lesson 13: Printing and Exporting

  • Packaging files
  • Creating an Adobe PDF proof
  • Previewing separations
  • Previewing how transparency effects will be flattened
  • Previewing the page
  • Printing a proof and saving a print preset
  • Using the Ink Manager

Day 2

Lesson 14: Creating Adobe PDF Files with Form Fields

  • Adding form fields
  • Adding a description to a form field
  • Setting the tab order of the fields
  • Adding a button to submit the form
  • Exporting an interactive Adobe PDF file
  • Lesson 15: Creating a Fixed-Layout EPUB
  • Creating a new document for fixed-layout export
  • Adding animation
  • Adding multimedia and interactive elements
  • Exporting an EPUB file

Lesson 16: Creating a Reflowable EPUB

  • Completing the booklet before export
  • Choosing the content of an ebook
  • Adding metadata
  • Exporting an EPUB file

Adobe InDesign CC – Comprehensive

Day 1

Lesson 1: Introducing the Workspace

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

Lesson 2: Getting to know InDesign

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

Lesson 3: Setting Up a Document and Working with Pages

  • Creating and saving custom document settings
  • Creating a new document
  • Switching between open InDesign documents
  • Working with master pages
  • Applying master pages to document pages
  • Adding new document pages
  • Rearranging and deleting pages
  • Changing the size of pages
  • Adding sections to change page numbering
  • Overriding master page items and placing text and graphics
  • Viewing the completed spread

Day 2

Lesson 4: Working with Objects

  • Working with layers
  • Creating and modifying text frames
  • Creating and modifying graphics frames
  • Adding metadata captions to graphics frames
  • Placing and linking graphics frames
  • Changing the shape of a frame
  • Wrapping text around a graphic
  • Modifying the shape of frames
  • Transforming and aligning objects
  • Selecting and modifying grouped objects
  • Creating a QR code
  • Drawing lines and modifying arrowheads

Lesson 5: 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

Lesson 6: Editing Text

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

Lesson 7: Working with Typography

  • Adjusting vertical spacing
  • Working with fonts, type styles, and glyphs
  • Fine-tuning columns
  • Changing paragraph alignment
  • Creating a drop cap
  • Adjusting letter and word spacing
  • Setting tabs
  • Adding a rule above a paragraph
  • Working with paragraph shading

Day 3

Lesson 8: Working with Color

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

Lesson 9: 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

Lesson 10: 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 graphic files
  • Using an InDesign library to manage objects
  • Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics

Day 4

Lesson 11: Creating Tables

  • Creating a table
  • 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

Lesson 12: Working with Transparency

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

Lesson 13: Printing and Exporting

  • Packaging files
  • Creating an Adobe PDF proof
  • Previewing separations
  • Previewing how transparency effects will be flattened
  • Previewing the page
  • Printing a proof and saving a print preset
  • Using the Ink Manager

Day 5

Lesson 14: Creating Adobe PDF Files with Form Fields

  • Adding form fields
  • Adding a description to a form field
  • Setting the tab order of the fields
  • Adding a button to submit the form
  • Exporting an interactive Adobe PDF file
  • Lesson 15: Creating a Fixed-Layout EPUB
  • Creating a new document for fixed-layout export
  • Adding animation
  • Adding multimedia and interactive elements
  • Exporting an EPUB file

Lesson 16: Creating a Reflowable EPUB

  • Completing the booklet before export
  • Choosing the content of an ebook
  • Adding metadata
  • Exporting an EPUB file