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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

Student Reviews

This workshop came in just in time for my career.

— Michelle W., Freelance Designer


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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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