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This course is part of the following workflow-oriented and product- or technology-oriented learning tracks: eBook Design & Production, ePublishing & Digital Publishing, General Business, Graphic Design, InDesign, Tablet Publishing, Writing & Editorial

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After working with Pariah for several years it must be said that there simply is no one better in the field. His knowledge is broad yet focused, helpful while being instructive, creative while staying on message.

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Adobe InDesign is the world­wide gold stan­dard tool for pro­duc­ing print and dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tions, and Adobe InDesign Training with world-renowned InDesign gu­ru and au­thor Pariah Burke is an es­sen­tial part of mak­ing suc­cess­ful, pro­fes­sion­al lay­outs in InDesign.

Adobe InDesign is the world’s stan­dard page lay­out ap­pli­ca­tion. InDesign dri­ves the world of print and elec­tron­ic pub­lish­ing by pow­er­ing every­thing from dai­ly news­pa­pers to oc­ca­sion­al up­dates to the neigh­bor­hood deli’s menu, from print and ebook pro­duc­tion for the largest pub­lish­ing hous­es and most fa­mous au­thors to the first-time self pub­lish­er to the hob­by­ist who wants to make a one-off pic­ture book. In an in­tu­itive, stream­lined in­ter­face InDesign pro­vides pro­fes­sion­al and am­a­teur pub­lish­ers un­par­al­lelled lay­out abil­i­ties, ty­po­graph­ic con­trol, im­age place­ment fea­tures, and out­put chan­nels. With InDesign you can send your projects to print, PDF, EPUB ebook, and to iPad and oth­er tablets.

In this class you will be in­tro­duced to InDesign, learn­ing your way around it be­fore cre­at­ing dif­fer­ent types of doc­u­ments, adding text and im­ages, for­mat­ting text and im­ages, and then out­putting to print, PDF, EPUB ebook, and on­line.

What You Will Learn

  • Creating doc­u­ments for dif­fer­ent types of pub­li­ca­tions
  • Creating and Formatting Text
  • Importing Text from Microsoft Word and Other Programs
  • Importing Images
  • Creating and Editing Tables
  • Working with Layers
  • Working with Color
  • Working with Master Pages
  • Formatting with Styles
  • Output and PDF Exporting
  • Working with Long Documents
  • Converting Quark Documents
  • Preflighting and Packaging

Lesson Outline

The fol­low­ing is a list of pos­si­ble top­ics for you to use as a guide. Your course will be ful­ly cus­tomized to your unique goals, work­flow, and learn­ing pace. Because every course we teach is ful­ly cus­tomized to each group, the fol­low­ing list of top­ics to be learned should be con­sid­ered a guide­line, one that will be ex­pand­ed or al­tered as re­quired to fit your needs.

Introducing the Workspace

  • Working with pan­els
  • Learning the Tools Panel
  • Customizing your Workspace
  • Changing the Magnification
  • Navigating the Document
  • Using Context Menus
  • Finding re­sources for us­ing InDesign

Getting to know InDesign

  • Viewing the lesson doc­u­ment
  • Preflighing as you work
  • Viewing guides
  • Adding Text
  • Working with styles
  • Working with graph­ics
  • Working with ob­jects
  • Placing Graphics and Text
  • Working with ob­ject syles

Setting Up a Document and Working with Pages

  • Creating and sav­ing cus­tom page set­tings
  • Creating a new doc­u­ment
  • Switching be­tween open InDesign Documents
  • Working with Master Pages
  • Applying mas­ter pages to doc­u­ment pages
  • Adding sec­tions to change page num­bers
  • Adding new pages
  • Arranging and delet­ing pages
  • Placing text and graph­ics on the doc­u­ment pages
  • Overriding mas­ter page items on doc­u­ment pages
  • Changing the size of the pages
  • Viewing the com­plet­ed spread

Working with Objects

  • Working with Layers
  • Creating and Editing Text Frames
  • Creating and Editing Graphics Frames
  • Adding meta­data cap­tions to graph­ics frames
  • Changing the shape of a frame
  • Wrapping text around a graph­ic
  • Modifying the shape of frames
  • Transforming and Aligning Objects
  • Selecting and Modifying Grouped Objects
  • Finishing up

Flowing Text

  • Flowing text in­to an ex­ist­ing frame
  • Flowing text man­u­al­ly
  • Creating text frames while flow­ing text
  • Flowing text au­to­mat­i­cal­ly
  • Creating thread­ed frames au­to­mat­i­cal­ly
  • Adding a jump line page num­ber

Editing Text

  • Finding and chang­ing a miss­ing font
  • Entering and im­port­ing text
  • Finding and chang­ing text and for­mat­ting
  • Check spelling
  • Editing text by drag­ging and drop­ping
  • Using Story Editor
  • Tracking changes

Working with Typography

  • Adjusting Vertical Spacing
  • Changing Fonts and Type Style
  • Fine-tuning columns
  • Changing para­graph align­ment
  • Creating a drop cap
  • Adjusting let­ter and word spac­ing
  • Setting tabs
  • Adding rule above a para­graph

Working with Color

  • Defining print­ing re­quire­ments
  • Creating and ap­ply­ing col­ors
  • Working with Gradients
  • Creating a tint
  • Creating a spot col­or
  • Applying col­ors to text and ob­jects
  • Using ad­vanced gra­di­ents tech­niques

Working with Styles

  • Creating and ap­ply­ing para­graph styles
  • Creating and ap­ply­ing char­ac­ter styles
  • Nesting char­ac­ter styles in­side para­graph styles
  • Creating and ap­ply­ing ob­ject styles
  • Globally up­dat­ing styles
  • Loading styles from an­oth­er doc­u­ment

Importing and Modifying Graphics

  • Adding graph­ics from oth­er pro­grams
  • Comparing vec­tor and bitmap graph­ics
  • Managing Links to Imported Files
  • Updating re­vised graph­ics
  • Adjusting dis­play qual­i­ty
  • Working with clip­ping paths
  • Working with al­pha chan­nels
  • Importing na­tive Adobe graph­ics files
  • Using a li­brary to man­age ob­jects
  • Using Adobe Bridge to im­port graph­ics

Creating Tables

  • Creating text to a ta­ble
  • Formatting a ta­ble
  • Creating a head­er row
  • Adding graph­ics to ta­ble cells
  • Creating and ap­ply­ing ta­ble and cell styles

Working with Transparency

  • Importing and col­oriz­ing grayscale im­ages
  • Applying trans­paren­cy set­tings
  • Adjusting trans­paren­cy to set­tings for EPS im­ages
  • Adding trans­paren­cy ef­fects
  • Importing and ad­just­ing Illustrator files
  • Applying trans­paren­cy set­tings to text
  • Working with Effects

Printing and Exporting

  • Preflighting files
  • Packaging files
  • Creating an Adobe PDF proof
  • Previewing sep­a­ra­tions
  • Previewing How trans­paren­cy will be flat­tened
  • Previewing the Page
  • Printing a laser or inkjet proof
  • Using the Ink Manager

Creating Adobe PDF Files

  • Adding form fields
  • Exporting an in­ter­ac­tive Adobe PDF file

Creating and exporting an ebook

  • Completing the book­let
  • Choosing the con­tent of an ebook
  • Adding meta­data
  • Exporting an EPUB file

Working with long Documents

  • Starting a book
  • Creating a run­ning footer
  • Adding a foot­note
  • Adding a cross-reference
  • Synchronizing a book
  • Generating a ta­ble of con­tents
  • Indexing a book

Schedule your Adobe InDesign train­ing class now!