Adobe InDesign Advanced Training

Adobe InDesign Advanced Course

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Course Focus

Improved productivity through best practices, tips and tricks with emphasis on the following:

  • Automating Repetitive Actions
  • Streamlining the ‘Beginning to End’ Process
  • Advanced Options for Customising InDesign
  • Must Know Shortcuts
  • Troubleshooting Techniques
  • Utilising New Features

What You Get

  • 120+ Page Step-by-Step Course Manual
  • Class Exercises Developed by an Adobe Certified Instructor
  • AATC Adobe Authorised Certificate
  • After Course Support
  • Free Course Resit (6 Months)*
  • Small Classes (average 4 to 6)
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Course Outline

Defaults and Preferences

  • Application and Document Defaults
  • How to Fix Glitches and Crashes
  • Customising Preferences
  • Restoring Defaults and Preferences for Corrupt Files

Working with Long Documents

  • InDesign Book Files (.indb)
  • Creating a Book File and Adding Documents
  • The Style Source and Synchronising Documents
  • Synchronising Parent Pages
  • Section Markers for Numbering and Sections
  • Text Variables and Presets
  • Creating a Running Head using Variables
  • Parent and Child Parent Pages
  • Keep Options for Headings and Related Paragraphs
  • Tables of Contents
  • Setting up the TOC Style
  • Creating Tab Leaders for TOC Entries
  • Packaging, Preflighting and Exporting Books

Libraries and Snippets

  • Libraries for Graphics, Text and Pages
  • Snippets for Reuse, Sharing & Positioning
  • Libraries Versus Snippets
  • CC Libraries (Creative Cloud Libraries)

Advanced Text Options

  • Paragraph Rules: Above and Below
  • Spanning and Splitting Columns
  • Paragraph Borders and Shading
  • Conditional Text
  • Indent to Here Character
  • Story Jump Lines
  • Adobe Fonts (formerly Typekit)
  • Avoiding Word Breaks
  • Word Spacing in Justified Text
  • Footnotes
  • Autosize Text Frames
  • Balance Columns
  • The Baseline Grid
  • Using Dynamic Spelling
  • The Check Spelling Command

Data Merge

  • The Database File and InDesign File
  • Steps for Merging Data
  • Adding Image Fields in The Data Source File
  • Multiple Records and Images

Advanced Style Options

  • Loading Styles
  • Grouping Styles
  • Clearing Overrides in Styled Text
  • Style Override Highlighter
  • Next Style
  • Applying the Next Style to Existing Text
  • The Power of Nested Styles
  • Applying Keyboard Shortcuts to Styles
  • Quick Apply

Bullets and Numbering

  • Formatting Bulleted & Numbered Lists
  • Changing and Formatting Bullet Characters
  • Creating Multi-level Lists
  • Restarting or Continuing Numbering for a List
  • Defined Lists

Find/Change and GREP

  • Find and Change: Text, GREP, Glyph and Objects
  • Finding and Changing Words
  • Searching for and Changing Text Formatting
  • Replacing Multiple Spaces, Tabs and Returns
  • GREP: Advanced Pattern-based Search Techniques
  • Construct GREP Expressions to Find Alphanumberic Strings and Patterns

Preflight Profiles and Output Previews

  • Viewing and Resolving Preflight Errors
  • Defining Preflight Profiles
  • Links Panel View Options
  • Previewing Colour Separation Plates
  • Previewing Ink Coverage
  • The Ink Manager

Advanced Page Layout Options

  • Split Window for Comparisons
  • Using Power Zoom
  • Rotate the Spread View
  • Adding Colour Labels to Pages
  • Calculations in Panels and Dialogue Boxes
  • Step and Repeat
  • Calculations and Step and Repeat
  • Gridify: Placing Multiple Images in a Grid
  • Live Distribute
  • Frame Fitting Options
  • Auto-Fit Frame Contents
  • The Gap Tool
  • The Color Theme Tool
  • Controlling Layer Visibility of Images
  • Object Layer Options
  • Multiple Page Sizes and the Page Tool
  • Creating Multiple-page Spreads
  • Importing Comments from PDF Files
  • PDF Comments Panel Overview
  • The Adjust Layout Command
  • Creating Captions from Image Metadata
  • Static and Live Captions
  • Text Wrap Options
  • Ignoring Text Wrap
  • Text Wrap Preferences
  • Clipping paths and Deep Etching Images
  • Edit Original Images from Links Panel
  • Importing Word Formatting and Styles
  • Autoflow Options

Object Styles and Anchored Objects

  • The Object Styles Panel
  • Creating Object Styles
  • Using Object Style Categories
  • Applying Object Styles
  • Clearing Overrides on Object Styles
  • Editing an Object Style
  • Breaking the Link to an Object Style
  • Importing Object Styles
  • Anchored Objects
  • Creating Anchored Objects Method 1
  • Creating Anchored Objects Method 2 (preferred)
  • Inline and Above Line Options
  • Custom Anchored Object Options
  • Viewing Anchored Object Markers
  • Moving or Resizing an Anchored Object Manually
  • Releasing an Anchored Object
  • Anchored Objects and Object Styles

Linked Content, Alternate and Liquid Layouts

  • Linked Content
  • Link Options
  • Updating Linked Content
  • Alternate Layouts
  • Liquid Layouts
  • Liquid Page Rules

Vector Shapes

  • The Stroke Panel
  • Modifying a Stroke
  • Dashed Lines
  • Start and End Shapes
  • Corner Options
  • The Pathfinder Panel
  • Converting Text to Vector Graphics
  • Type On a Path
  • Creating QR Codes

Bonus Material – Tables and Table Styles

  • Create Hyperlinks and URL Hyperlinks
  • Create Page Navigation Buttons
  • Import Video Files
  • Export an Interactive PDF
  • Testing in Acrobat

Bonus Material – Introduction to Interactive PDFs

  • Create Hyperlinks and URL Hyperlinks
  • Create Page Navigation Buttons
  • Import Video Files
  • Export an Interactive PDF
  • Testing in Acrobat
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