Adobe InDesign CS3: Advanced

2 Day Course
Hands On
Official Adobe Curriculum
Code MT066

This course has been retired in favour of the CS4 and CS5 versions.


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Advanced text controls (9 topics)

  • Using the Info panel
  • Creating custom glyph sets
  • Inserting special characters
  • Adding copy breaks
  • Advanced Find/Change options
  • Finding and changing fonts
  • Using type on a path
  • Frame based baseline grid
  • Advanced text wrap options

Working with tables (6 topics)

  • Creating tables
  • Adding text and graphics
  • Importing from Word and Excel
  • Editing tables
  • Running headers and footers
  • Creating table and cells styles

Advanced type formatting options (16 topics)

  • Importing styles from Word
  • MS Word import presets
  • Creating looping nested styles
  • Controlling how headings align to a baseline grid
  • Creating balanced headline text
  • Adding rules above and below
  • Creating balanced headlines
  • Controlling paragraph breaks
  • Working with composition
  • Setting composition preferences
  • Advanced hyphenation controls
  • Advanced justification controls
  • Preventing word breaks
  • Advanced Next Style options
  • Creating footnotes
  • Automatic bullets or numbering

Combining text and graphics (8 topics)

  • Creating object styles
  • Justifying text next to an object
  • Choosing which text frames are affected by text wraps
  • Anchoring objects
  • Advanced text wrap options
  • Sharing colour swatches across applications
  • Importing multi-page PDFs
  • Layer visibility options

Pages and spreads (4 topics)

  • Creating multi-page spreads
  • Copying pages between documents
  • Controlling spread pagination
  • Automatic layout adjustments

Working with shapes in InDesign (7 topics)

  • Adjusting path segments
  • Using the Scissors tool
  • Working with stroke styles
  • Applying corner effects
  • Creating and editing compound paths
  • Shape-to-shape conversations
  • Using Transform Again options

Advanced colour options (4 topics)

  • Editing mixed ink swatches
  • Converting mixed inks
  • Working with colours from EPS or PDF files
  • Using PSD spot colour channels

Using libraries and snippets (4 topics)

  • Working with object libraries
  • Updating library objects
  • Cataloguing and finding objects
  • Libraries vs snippets

Advanced transparency options (9 topics)

  • Applying transparency to groups
  • Creating transparency knockouts
  • Using blending modes
  • Flattening transparency artwork
  • Understanding pre-defined flattener presets
  • Flattening individual spreads
  • Creating, saving and loading custom flattener presets
  • Understanding flattener preview options
  • Guidelines for successful output

Creating Adobe PDF files (6 topics)

  • Global PDF export options
  • Producing PDF files for a high-resolution composite workflow
  • Using pre-defined PDF presets
  • Customising PDF options
  • Creating and editing presets
  • Understanding PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3 export options

Printing from InDesign (6 topics)

  • Setting output options
  • Specifying printers marks
  • Printing the bleed and slug areas
  • Printing oversized documents
  • Saving print settings
  • XHTML support - an overview

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Delegates should have attended Indesign CS3: Introduction or have similar skills and experience.

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