Adobe InDesign CS5: Advanced

2 Day Course
Hands On
Official Adobe Curriculum
Code MT214

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


This Adobe authorised advanced course has been designed to enable existing Adobe InDesign users to reach new levels of productivity. The course covers InDesign's enhanced tools and features and allows you to create complex and sophisticated documents that can be output to print or the web.

This two day course will cover advanced text handling techniques, working with tables, advanced methods of working with colour models, using object libraries, InDesign's advanced transparency options, streamlining repetitive tasks and creating interactive pdfs. You will also explore essential InDesign shortcuts, workflow management issues and receive hints and tips from experienced InDesign professionals.

At the end of the course there will be an overview of InDesign CS5’s features for creating interactive, dynamic Flash content for the web. If you would like a more detailed course on InDesign’s web authoring capabilities, please refer to our InDesign CS5 for Web Publishing course instead.

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Advanced text controls (8 topics)

  • Using the Info panel
  • Creating custom glyph sets
  • Inserting special characters
  • Adding copy breaks
  • Advanced Find/Change options
  • Using the Track Changes feature
  • 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 (15 topics)

  • Importing styles from Word
  • Advanced nested styles
  • Understanding First Line styles
  • Controlling how headings align to a baseline grid
  • Creating balanced headline text
  • Adding rules above and below
  • Working with composition
  • Setting composition preferences
  • Fine tuning justified text
  • Using Quick Apply
  • Allowing text to span across columns
  • Splitting text into columns
  • Advanced Next Style options
  • Creating footnotes
  • Automatic bullets or numbering

Combining text and graphics (9 topics)

  • Efficient use of Mini-Bridge
  • Creating object styles
  • Justifying text next to an object
  • Choosing which text frames are affected by text wraps
  • Anchoring objects
  • Advanced text wrap options
  • Layer visibility options
  • Live Caption feature
  • Viewing image links in Bridge

Working with pages and spreads (4 topics)

  • Creating multi-page spreads
  • Different sized pages within one document
  • Controlling spread pagination
  • Automatic layout adjustments

Working with shapes in InDesign (5 topics)

  • Adjusting path segments
  • Working with stroke styles
  • Using Live Corner effects
  • Using Transform Again options
  • Creating compound paths

Advanced colour options (3 topics)

  • Working with colours from EPS or PDF files
  • Using PSD spot colour channels
  • Loading colours from ASE files

Using libraries and snippets (3 topics)

  • Working with object libraries
  • Working with snippets
  • Libraries vs snippets

Advanced transparency options (5 topics)

  • Flattening transparency artwork
  • Understanding pre-defined flattener presets
  • Flattening individual spreads
  • Creating, saving and loading custom flattener presets
  • Guidelines for successful output

Exporting and printing from InDesign (9 topics)

  • Using the Transparency Flattener Preview
  • Understanding Transparency Flattener Presets
  • Setting print presets
  • Using pre-defined PDF presets
  • Creating and editing presets
  • Producing PDF files for a high-resolution composite workflow
  • Exporting interactive PDFs
  • Exporting to Flash Player
  • Exporting to Flash Professional

Cross media authoring (1 topic)

  • An overview of the powerful new Flash authoring features in Adobe InDesign CS5

Additional Learning

The courses below may help you meet the knowledge level required to take this course.

  • Mastering Adobe InDesign

    This two day Adobe introductory course is designed to enable you to make the most of the power of InDesign.

    2 Day Course Hands On Training Official Curriculum Course Code QAIDC
    Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online

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