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InDesign Advanced

InDesign Advanced

Prerequisites: Success in this course depends on students having this knowledge before beginning this class.

This course is intended for those already comfortable using Adobe InDesign on the job. At the minimum you should have already taken the InDesign training class or have equivalent experience.
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In Tracks:

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

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Pariah was very informative and spoke so we would understand for beginners.

— Teresa Maile, Priority Health


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If you want to mas­ter de­sign and pub­lish­ing with InDesign, this is the course you need. It helps you achieve pro­fes­sion­al re­sults in all your print and dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tions by teach­ing you ef­fi­cient pro­duc­tion work­flows and ad­vanced cre­ative tech­niques. You’ll learn how to col­lab­o­rate with­in work­groups; work ef­fi­cient­ly with text, ob­jects, and vari­able text; per­fect your print­ed and dig­i­tal out­put; get the most out of InDesign’s trans­paren­cy and ef­fects tools, and much more, all with a real-world work­flow fo­cus and hands-on in­struc­tion with world-renowned InDesign gu­ru and au­thor Pariah Burke.

What You Will Learn

  • Not just how to use InDesign’s fea­tures but al­so why and when you should use them
  • Setting up press-ready pages and spreads with bleed, slug, and live areas
  • Placing and fit­ting im­ages rapid­ly and accurately
  • Using lay­ers, guides, grids, tem­plates, and li­braries to speed the de­sign process
  • Improving pro­duc­tiv­i­ty through reusable set­tings and assets
  • Working with InCopy to in­cor­po­rate collaboration
  • Customizing InDesign’s tools to meet the de­mands of dai­ly deadlines
  • Exploring all that InDesign can do with text, char­ac­ters, and documents
  • Revolutionizing your work­flow by us­ing pages and sto­ries effectively
  • Mastering es­sen­tial cal­i­bra­tion and col­or man­age­ment steps, even for grayscale jobs
  • Printing well and ac­cu­rate­ly with the right pre­flight­ing procedures
  • Getting more ef­fi­cient and more cre­ative us­ing smart workflows
  • Optimize InDesign to meet your print, pre­press, and dig­i­tal pub­lish­ing needs
  • Find so­phis­ti­cat­ed so­lu­tions to every­day de­sign challenges

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.


  • Panels
  • Bars
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Menus
  • Plug-In Customization
  • Workspaces
  • InDesign in Your Pocket
  • Customizing Application Defaults


  • Working with Text Frames
  • Paragraph Formatting
  • Paragraph Composition
  • Paragraph Rules


  • Formatting Characters
  • Special Characters
  • OpenType
  • Glyphs Panel


  • The Essence of Vector
  • Drawing Paths
  • Shape Tools


  • Placing Assets
  • Managing Placed Assets
  • Live Captions


  • Transparency and Effects
  • Strokes
  • Swatches
  • Anchored Objects
  • Type on a Path
  • Step and Repeat
  • Gridified Tools
  • Gap Tool
  • Transform Again
  • Transform with­out Grouping
  • Live Distribute
  • Smart Guides


  • Creating Pages
  • Managing Pages
  • Page Size, Orientation, and Rotation
  • Master Pages


  • Threading and Unthreading Text Frames
  • Lists, Numbers, and Bullets (Oh, My!)
  • Word Processing
  • Referencing: Footnotes, Endnotes, and Cross-References
  • Fixing, Finding, and Changing Text and More


  • Seeing Your Work
  • Page Transitions
  • Guides and Grids
  • Layers
  • Books
  • Indexing
  • Tables of Contents


  • Managing Color
  • Proofing
  • Preflighting


  • Ink Manager
  • Overprinting and Trapping
  • Print Dialog
  • Print Imposed Pages and Booklets
  • Packaging


  • IDML
  • XML
  • EPS
  • JPEG
  • Flash
  • ePUB
  • PDF (Interactive)
  • PDF (for Print)


  • Working Efficiently with Text
  • Working Efficiently with Tables
  • Working Efficiently with Objects


  • Collaborating with Other Designers
  • Collaborating with Writers and Editors
  • Collaborating with Anyone on Any File
  • Sending Documents for Review
  • Sharing Reusable Settings

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