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Comprehensive InDesign CS6 Training

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Class Description

Class Overview

In this Adobe InDesign training class, students will learn to use InDesign CS6 to create documents, import and edit text, create and work with styles, use graphics, work with tables and print documents. They will also learn to work with variables and cross references, to create books with a table of contents and index, to output documents in multiple formats, to work with XML and to create interactive PDFs.

This Comprehensive InDesign CS6 Training class is a combination of the following courses:

Class Goals

  • Understand the InDesign workspace.
  • Create basic page elements.
  • Place images and text.
  • Learn about typography and formatting text.
  • Learn to manage fonts.
  • Understand and work with InDesign templates.
  • Learn about styles, and how they impact productivity.
  • Use Master Pages to create design consistency.
  • Learn how to work with tables.
  • Learn about color management.
  • Learn to define bulleted and numbered lists.
  • Learn to control hyphenation.
  • Learn to preflight files before output.
  • Understand PDF options.
  • Learn to package an InDesign file for hand-off.
  • Learn to understand how color management is used to control output.
  • Learn to learn to create multiple versions using layers.
  • Learn to learn to create hyperlinks, multi-state objects and add video.
  • Learn to create and use buttons to control interactive media.
  • Learn to learn to create form fields, radio buttons, and scrollable lists.
  • Learn to understand and use digital publishing platforms, such as EPUB and digital folios.
  • Learn to understand and work with XML to automate your workflow.
  • Learn to build an InDesign book from multiple files, with synchronized styles, table of contents and index.

Class 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
  7. Digital Variation Layouts
    1. Stage 1 Controlling Color for Output
      1. Color Management in Theory and Practice
      2. Define Application Color Settings
      3. Understanding Rendering Intents
      4. Assign Color Settings to an Existing File
      5. Assigning and Converting Color Profiles
      6. Preview Separations
      7. Enable Track Changes
      8. Find and Change Text
      9. The Find/Change Dialog Box in Depth
      10. Find and Change Text Formatting Attributes
      11. Entering Special Characters in Dialog Boxes
      12. Find and Change Object Attributes
      13. Review Tracked Changes
      14. Export a Color-Managed PDF File
      15. Soft Proofing to Custom Profiles
    2. Stage 2 Creating Interactive Elements
      1. Create Versions with Layers
      2. Controlling Text Wrap on Different Layers
      3. Define a Table of Contents
      4. Define Hyperlinks
      5. Create a File for Web Intent
      6. Create a Basic Animation
      7. The Animation Panel in Depth
      8. Define Object States
      9. Create Buttons to Control the Animation
      10. Create and Place an SWF File
      11. Create Text Form Fields
      12. Create a Radio Button Form Field
      13. Create a Combo Box Form Field
      14. Create Check Box Form Fields
      15. Create Form Control Buttons
      16. Export an Interactive PDF
    3. Stage 3 Creating EPUB and HTML Files
      1. Anchoring Graphics to Text
      2. Define Articles
      3. Tag Styles for Exporting
      4. Export HTML
      5. Export EPUB
      6. Understanding Options for Exporting EPUB Files
  8. National Parks Info Pieces
    1. Stage 1 Working with XML
      1. Tag Frames for XML
      2. Review Document Structure
      3. Review XML Structure and Attributes
      4. Identifying Structure Pane Icons
      5. Options for Exporting XML
      6. Place Unstructured XML Content
      7. Import XML Options
      8. Update Linked XML Data
      9. Import Structured XML
    2. Stage 2 Creating Alternate Layouts
      1. Update the InDesign Application Files
      2. Create a File for Digital Publishing
      3. Use the Content Collector
      4. Manage Linked Object Options
      5. Defining Style Mapping Rules
      6. Create an Interactive Overlay
      7. Folio Overlay Options
      8. Define Liquid Page Rules
      9. Understanding Column Options
      10. Understanding Liquid Page Rules
      11. Create an Alternate Layout
      12. Create a Digital Folio
      13. Add Articles to a Folio
      14. Importing Articles into Folios
      15. Preview the Folio
  9. Multi-chapter Booklet
    1. Stage I Combining Documents into Books
      1. Build an InDesign Book
      2. Add Book Chapters
      3. Managing Book Chapters
      4. Control Section and Page Numbering
      5. Understanding Book Page Numbering
      6. Section and Chapter Numbering in Depth
      7. Synchronize Book Files
      8. Smart Matching Style Groups
    2. Stage 2 Building a Table of Contents
      1. Define a Table of Contents Style
      2. Build and Update a Table of Contents
    3. Stage 3 Building an Index
      1. Tag Basic and Reversed Index Topics
      2. Add Multiple Page References
      3. Changing Index Topic Sort Order
      4. Add Page-Range References
      5. Adding Cross-References in an Index
      6. Add Multiple-Level References
      7. Build the Book's Index
      8. Options for Generating an Index
    4. Stage 4 Exporting Book Files
      1. Export PDF Files for Print and Digital Distribution
    5. Stage 5 Merging Data into an InDesign Layout
      1. The Data Source File
      2. Create the Merged Document and Load the Source Data
      3. Cleaning up Data
      4. Working with Long Text Fields
      5. Incorporating Images in a Data Merge
      6. Complete the Merged Document
      7. Managing Empty Data Fields
      8. Merging Multiple Records on a Single Page

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