Adobe InDesign CS3: Introduction

2 Day Course
Hands On
Official Adobe Curriculum
Code MT067

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

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THE INDESIGN INTERFACE (6 topics)

  • Using palettes, tools and menus
  • Creating custom workspaces
  • Using the Control palette
  • Using the Navigator palette
  • Zooming and scrolling
  • Using context menus

INDESIGN ESSENTIALS (4 topics)

  • Creating a new document
  • Creating and using frames
  • Selecting frames and contents
  • Introducing layers

WORKING WITH TEXT (5 topics)

  • Placing text
  • Selecting and editing text
  • Handling missing fonts
  • Working with glyphs
  • Drag and drop text

FORMATTING CHARACTERS (5 topics)

  • Character-level formatting
  • Introducing OpenType fonts
  • Using optical kerning
  • Assigning languages
  • Common keyboard shortcuts

FORMATTING PARAGRAPHS (5 topics)

  • Paragraph-level formatting
  • Choosing a composer
  • Basic H&J options
  • Using the Eyedropper tool
  • Creating drop caps

WORKING WITH STYLES (6 topics)

  • Character and paragraph styles
  • Creating styles
  • Editing and applying styles
  • Introducing nested styles
  • Removing style formatting
  • Organising styles using Style Groups

IMPORTING GRAPHICS (6 topics)

  • Different file formats
  • Placing graphics
  • Placing Multiple graphics
  • Manipulating graphics
  • Understanding fitting options
  • PSD and PDF layer options

COMBINING TEXT AND GRAPHICS (2 topics)

  • Wrapping text around graphics
  • Introducing snippets

UNDERSTANDING COLOUR (6 topics)

  • Spot and process colours
  • Loading swatches
  • Working with swatches
  • Using stroke and fill options
  • Creating tints
  • Sampling colours from images

LAYING OUT PAGES ACCURATELY (4 topics)

  • Using rulers, grids and guides
  • Using the Info palette
  • Creating grids
  • Working with layers

CREATING MULTI-PAGE DOCUMENTS (3 topics)

  • Working with pages and spreads
  • Using the Pages palette
  • Targeting pages and spreads

EDITING COPY (3 topics)

  • Using the Story Editor
  • Using Find/Change
  • Using the Spell Checker

INTRODUCING TRANSPARENCY (3 topics)

  • Creating drop shadows
  • Feathering edges
  • The Flattener Preview palette

FINESSING TEXT CONTENT (9 topics)

  • Threading/unthreading frames
  • Flowing text through frames
  • Multi-column text frames
  • Setting text frame options
  • Document baseline grids
  • Redefining styles
  • Hanging punctuation
  • Using special characters
  • Viewing composition options

WORKING WITH MASTER PAGES (7 topics)

  • Master page guidelines
  • Creating and editing masters
  • Applying master pages
  • Auto-numbering pages
  • Basing one master on another
  • Overriding master objects
  • Reapplying master objects

COMBINING TEXT AND GRAPHICS (6 topics)

  • Image import options
  • Images with clipping paths
  • Creating a new clipping path
  • Removing image backgrounds
  • Editing clipping paths
  • Tolerance and threshold options

TRANSFORMING OBJECTS (3 topics)

  • Scaling objects vs. contents
  • Transforming objects
  • Grouping and ungrouping

EXPORTING AND PRINTING (3 topics)

  • Exporting as a PDF
  • Performing a pre-flight check
  • Packaging files for handoff

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