Introduction to InDesign CS6 Training

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Overview

Adobe InDesign is a robust layout and typography program that allows integration of text, graphics, and interactive elements in a rich design layout that can be published by commercial printers as well as in digital venues. This introductory training class is designed to familiarize the student with the many tools and utilities available in InDesign, as well as workflow principles that you will need to make the most of the software.

Our instructor-led online classes are conducted in the Creative Cloud (CC) 2014 version of the software. Your instructor will point out the minor differences between versions where they exist. For our custom instructor-led online and onsite classes, we use the version of the software you use in your office.

Goals
  1. Understand the InDesign workspace.
  2. Create basic page elements.
  3. Place images and text.
  4. Learn about typography and formatting text.
  5. Learn to manage fonts.
  6. Understand and work with InDesign templates.
  7. Learn about styles, and how they impact productivity.
  8. Use Master Pages to create design consistency.
  9. Learn how to work with tables.
  10. Learn about color management.
  11. Learn to define bulleted and numbered lists.
  12. Learn to control hyphenation.
  13. Learn to preflight files before output.
  14. Understand PDF options.
  15. Learn to package an InDesign file for hand-off.
Outline
  1. The InDesign User Interface
    1. Understanding the Application Frame
    2. Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus
    3. Explore the Arrangement of InDesign Panels
    4. Identifying and Accessing Tools in InDesign
    5. Create a Saved Workspace
    6. Explore the InDesign Document Views
    7. Controlling Display Performance
    8. Summing up the InDesign View Options
    9. Explore the Arrangement of Multiple Documents
    10. Synchronizing Settings
  2. Letterhead Design
    1. Stage 1 Setting up the Workspace
      1. Define a New Layout File
      2. Understanding Document Presets
      3. Create Ruler Guides
    2. Stage 2 Creating Basic Page Elements
      1. Create Basic Frames
      2. The Control Panel in Depth
      3. Create a Rounded Rectangle
      4. Editing Object Corners
      5. Clone, Align, and Distribute Multiple Objects
      6. Aligning and Distributing Objects
      7. Create a Compound Path
    3. Stage 3 Placing External Images
      1. Placing an Adobe Illustrator file
      2. Content Fitting Options
      3. Place Images into existing frames
    4. Stage 4 Creating and Formatting Basic Text
      1. Create a Simple Text Frame
      2. Selecting Text
      3. More About Working with Fonts
      4. Place an External Text File
      5. Tips and Tricks for Working with Layout Elements
    5. Stage 5 Printing InDesign Files
    6. Print a Sample Proof
  3. Festival Poster
    1. Stage 1 Building Graphic Interest
      1. Set up the Workspace
      2. Define Color Swatches
      3. Working with Color Groups
      4. Create the Poster Background
      5. Define and Apply a Gradient
      6. Modify Gradient Attributes
      7. Using the Gradient Tools
      8. Create an Irregular Graphics Frame
      9. Clipping Path Options
      10. Create Visual Impact with Transparency
      11. Understanding Blending Modes
      12. More about InDesign Effects
      13. Create a QR Code
    2. Stage 2 Importing and Formatting Text
      1. Control Text Threading
      2. Define Manual Frame Breaks
      3. Designing with Placeholder Text
      4. Apply Character Formatting
      5. Apply Paragraph Formatting
      6. Copying Type Attributes with the Eyedropper Tool.
    3. Stage 3 Graphics as Text and Text as Graphics
      1. Place Inline Graphics
      2. Applying Optical Margin Alignment
      3. Understanding the Baseline Grid
      4. Working with Anchored Objects
      5. Create Type on a Path
      6. Type on a Path Options
    4. Stage 4 Outputting the File
      1. Export a PDF File for Print
      2. Resolution Options for PDF
  4. Aerospace Newsletter
    1. Stage 1 Working with Templates
      1. Verify your Adobe ID in InDesign
      2. Manage Missing Fonts
      3. Install Fonts from Adobe Typekit
      4. Replace Missing and Modified Graphics
      5. The Links Panel in Depth
      6. Edit Margin and Column Guides
      7. Understanding Master Pages
      8. Create a New File Based on the Template
      9. Implement the Newsletter Template
      10. Place a PDF File
      11. Place an InDesign File
    2. Stage 2 Working with Styles
      1. Apply Template Styles
      2. Working with Microsoft Word Files
      3. Edit a Paragraph to Span Columns
      4. Control Automatic Text Frame Size
      5. Edit Text Inset and Wrap Settings
      6. Text Wrap Options
      7. Format Numbered and Bulleted Lists
    3. Stage 3 Working with Tables
      1. Place a Microsoft Excel Table
      2. Format Cell Attributes
      3. Manage a Table as an Anchored Character
      4. Define Table Fills and Strokes
      5. More about Working with Tables
    4. Stage 4 Preflighting and Packaging the Job
      1. Check Document Spelling
      2. Define a Preflight Profile
      3. Using Dynamic Spelling
      4. What's in a Preflight Profile?
      5. Evaluate the Layout
      6. Create the Job Package
  5. Realtor Collateral Booklet
    1. Stage 1 Working with Master Pages
      1. Create the Booklet File
      2. Understanding Master Page Icons
      3. Create Master Pages from Layout Pages
      4. Import Master Pages
      5. Understanding Relative Object Positioning
      6. Edit the Default Master Page
      7. Understanding the Gap Tool
      8. Add Common Elements to a Master Page Layout
      9. Special Characters and White Space
      10. Place Automatic Page Number Markers
      11. Keyboard Shortcuts for Special Characters
    2. Stage 2 Controlling the Flow of Text
      1. Import and Auto-Flow Client Text
      2. Understanding the Primary Text Frame
      3. Review and Replace Imported Styles
      4. Edit a Style Definition
      5. What's in a Paragraph Style?
      6. Define Parent-Child Style Relationships
      7. Define Bullets and Numbering Options
      8. The Glyphs Panel in Depth
      9. Using OpenType Attributes
      10. Control Page and Frame Breaks
      11. Paragraph Composition Options
      12. Control Automatic Hyphenation
      13. Overriding Automatic Hyphenation
      14. Redefine Styles Based on Local Formatting Overrides
      15. Place Images into Master Frames
      16. Unify Spreads with Color
      17. Understanding Imposition
    3. Stage 3 Outputting Variations of Files
      1. Create a Folding Dummy
      2. Print a Booklet Proof
  6. Ireland Travel Brochure
    1. Stage I Building a Folding Template
      1. Create the Outside Master Pages
      2. Add Slug Information and Fold Marks
      3. Place Text Variables
      4. Define a Custom Text Variable
      5. Custom Text Variable Options
      6. Custom Text Variable Options (continued)
      7. Create the Inside Master Pages
      8. Save a Template
      9. Understanding Pages Panel Options
    2. Stage 2 Advanced Frame Options
      1. Convert Text to Outlines
      2. Control Object Stacking Order
      3. Work with an lnDesign Library
      4. Managing Libraries
      5. Edit the Basic Graphics Frame Style
      6. Create a New Object Style
      7. What's in an Object Style?
      8. Import an Object Style
    3. Stage 3 Advanced Text Formatting
      1. Import and Flow Client-Supplied Text
      2. Import InDesign Styles
      3. Create a Custom Text Wrap
      4. Create a Style for Pull Quotes
      5. Nested Style Character Options
      6. Understanding Nested Styles
      7. Control Tab Formatting
      8. Define Paragraph Rules
      9. Create Dynamic Captions
      10. Clean and Finish the File
      11. Export Variations as PDF Files
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