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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 is a great speaker and so much fun to listen to. He has a great way of giving both overviews and specifics.

— Aimee Armour-Avant, The Creative Slant


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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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