InDesign training

2 days. In this fundamentals class, you will learn to use Adobe InDesign 2021 to create graphics and text-intensive publications that can be output to any publishing medium, including print and web screen devices.

We focus on setting up and organizing both InDesign and the document, and placing both text and graphics on its pages. This course introduces you to the main principles and ideas of page layout software and covers key procedures including:

  • Getting to know and organize the tools, panels, and workspaces
  • Learning how to navigate around and zoom (magnify) an InDesign document
  • Setting up InDesign preferences to help workflow efficiency with global defaults
  • Working with content in layers for efficiency and organization
  • Setting up master pages in a document for things that repeat
  • Building automatic page numbering and page numbering sections
  • Placing text and graphics on document pages
  • Creating text and graphics placeholder frames
  • Understanding and editing power features of text and graphics frames
  • Grouping and transforming (moving, rotating, skewing) frames
  • Formatting text using paragraph and character styles
  • Why paragraph styles and character styles benefit your workflow
  • Design principles that make good-looking layout and typesetting
  • Defining margins and columns and grids and guides on a page
  • Flowing, threading, and spell-checking text in text frames
  • Adding color using swatches, gradients and tints
  • Re-using styles and colors and content among ID documents
  • The CMYK printing process explained
  • The RGB screen/device publishing process explained
  • How to export your design for print or screen devices
  • When to use InDesign versus Illustrator vs Photoshop
  • Typesetting and printing terms and history are explained
  • How to setup the spell-checker and why we do so
  • Frequently-used shortcuts and techniques
  • Additional resources that will grow your learning and experience
  • What's new in InDesign 2021 versus past versions?
  • Your questions are always welcome

Prerequisites:

Suggested Follow Ups:Adobe InDesign Expert Badge

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Take a look at our classroom training materials and handouts! Click for our InDesign 2021 useful resources.

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InDesign trainingAdobe InDesign CC level II (managing document content)

2 days. Take the next step in learning Adobe InDesign 2021 page layout software. We take a deeper look at its powerful typesetting capabilities. Then we go deeper into the proper workflow of Photoshop and Illustrator graphics placed into the InDesign document, including how files should be created in those programs. Also, we will get to know how to work with placed spreadsheet tables. You will learn to work effectively with InDesign 2021 by studying these advanced topics:

  • Working with typography, including tracking and kerning
  • Creating drop caps, rules, tabs, dot leaders and hanging indents
  • How to setup the spelling checker and the auto-corrector and why we do so
  • Developing paragraph, character and object styles
  • Nesting character styles within paragraph styles
  • Loading styles from one document to another
  • Placing, managing and editing linked graphics
  • Setting up color management for your PS to ID publishing workflow
  • Working with alpha channel masks, newer, versus clipping paths, older
  • Workflow tips for placing graphics into InDesign from Adobe Bridge
  • Using the Library panel for placing frequently-used content
  • Using the CC Library panel for sharing content with other ID team users
  • Using Adobe Bridge for organizing and placing graphics
  • Creating tables from spreadsheets; formatting cells and text
  • Placing graphics within the cells of a table
  • Working with live Preflight panel to edit out mistakes
  • Exporting documents to PDF for commercial printing
  • Additional resources that will accelerate your learning and experience
  • What's new in InDesign 2021 versus past versions?
  • Your questions are always welcome

Prerequisites:

Suggested Follow Ups:Adobe InDesign Expert Badge

Reserve today! Click for our Onsite Custom Training Request form.

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InDesign trainingAdobe InDesign CC level III (tools for interactivity)

2 days. This advanced InDesign 2021 class focuses on preparing your publication for final output, both commercial printing and for web/device/screen use. Color management ensures the color stays accurate throughout the workflow. Interactive multimedia features of PDFs and EPUB files will be demonstrated for content designed for online publishing. Tips concerning use of transparency will be examined. Troubleshooting and preparing your files for commercial printing is critical to meeting both deadline and budget.

  • Setting up color management for your publishing workflow
  • What color model should you work in?
  • Transparency features including feathering, opacity, drop shadows, etc.
  • Working with the transparency flattener and preview panel
  • Applying transparency settings to text
  • Converting and designing a document for web/device/screen use
  • Building JavaScript action buttons for interactive PDFs and EPUBs
  • Adding bookmarks, hyperlinks, and page transitions
  • Creating animations and controlling their timing
  • Creating multistate objects and buttons to activate them
  • Placing videos into InDesign
  • Exporting to EPUB3 and interactive PDF
  • Using advanced frame nesting techniques
  • Drawing with the Bézier Pen tool and additional practice examples
  • How to preflight, package, and PDF for the commercial printer
  • Your questions are always welcome

Prerequisites:

Suggested Follow Ups:Adobe InDesign Expert Badge

Reserve today! Click for our Onsite Custom Training Request form.

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InDesign trainingAdobe InDesign CC level IV (automation and GREP)

2 days. Deep-Dive Master series. Learn to speed up productivity in your workflow by getting to know over 25 presets opportunities within InDesign 2021. Experiment with GREP for finding and changing text. Try out JavaScripts for driving InDesign to do more work in less time. Setup a Data Merge project for joining your design with personalized data from an external spreadsheet file.

  • Automating repetitive tasks with 25 presets
  • Preserving your presets from loss when defaults are reset
  • Using GREP queries in the Find/Change dialog box
  • Conditional GREP styles and Line Styles within a paragraph style
  • Working with Colors, Glyphs and Objects in the Find/Change dialog box
  • Introduction to JavaScripts that automate tasks in InDesign
  • How to find, download, install, organize, and use JavaScripts
  • Setting up a Data Merge for joining database info from a spreadsheet file
  • Shortcuts and productivity thinking
  • Additional resources that accelerate your learning and experience
  • Your questions are always welcome

Prerequisites:

Suggested Follow Ups:Adobe InDesign Expert Badge

Reserve today! Click for our Onsite Custom Training Request form.

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