InCopy CC Fundamentals

In this course, pub­lish­ing work­flow expert Pariah Burke intro­duces Adobe’s best kept secret, InDesign’s edi­to­r­i­al coun­ter­part, Adobe InCopy. Built to be to writ­ers and edi­tors what InDesign is to pro­duc­tion and lay­out, InCopy is a pro­fes­sion­al writ­ing and edit­ing envi­ron­ment with­out the non-editorial kitchen sink fea­tures in oth­er word processors.

Pariah will guide you through the InCopy envi­ron­ment and its unique fea­tures, help­ing you tai­lor the pro­gram to your lik­ing. From there, you’ll get right to the heart of the tool by writ­ing and edit­ing sto­ries. For some, the course could end right there. However, if you want more con­trol over the look and style of your copy, you’ll learn every­thing you could pos­si­bly want to know with the detailed instruc­tion in the Formatting Text, Working with Styles, Working with Images, and Working with Tabs and Tables lessons. The lat­ter also includes meth­ods for inte­grat­ing data from Excel.

Efficient writ­ers and editors–which should be all of us–will rel­ish all the pro­duc­tiv­i­ty pow­ers of InCopy cov­ered in the Saving Time les­son. Finally, you’ll wrap up your InCopy edu­ca­tion by learn­ing how to work with, and track changes by, team mem­bers, col­lab­o­ra­tors, and free­lancers, whether they work in InCopy, InDesign, or Microsoft Word.

Course Contents

The InCopy Interface

  • Introduction
  • Exploring Panels and Toolbars
  • Docking and Collapsing Panels
  • Defining Workspaces
  • Changing the Interface Color
  • Zooming In and Out
  • Adjusting Display Performance
  • Changing Document Views
  • Arranging Document Windows
  • Starting a New Document
  • Creating Reusable Custom Page Sizes
  • Saving and Using Document Presets

Writing in InCopy

  • Learning the Terminology of Content
  • Writing in the Three Views
  • Customizing Writing Environment Fonts
  • Revealing and Identifying Hidden Characters
  • Counting Lines, Words, and Characters
  • Writing to the Hole with Copyfit Progress Information
  • Writing in Layout View
  • Dealing with Overset Text
  • Checking Content In and Out
  • Editing Multiple Stories
  • Inserting Breaks
  • Inserting Common Special Characters
  • Inserting Accented Characters
  • Inserting Any Glyph
  • Inserting Varieties of White Space
  • Adding Footnotes
  • Checking Spelling
  • Editing and Sharing the User Dictionary
  • Enabling and Disabling Hyphenation
  • Using Discretionary Hyphens
  • Setting Universal Hyphenation Exceptions
  • Preventing Phrase and Proper Name Breaking
  • Using the Thesaurus


  • A Word about Word
  • Importing Word Documents
  • Resolving Style Conflicts
  • Exporting to Word Processors
  • Setting Your User Name and Color
  • Enabling Change Tracking for Review
  • Approving and Rejecting Changes
  • Adding Notes
  • Collaborating and Communicating with Notes