InDesign Master Class

In InDesign Master Class, the ulti­mate and most advanced InDesign train­ing class avail­able any­where, world-renowned InDesign guru and author Pariah Burke--the InDesign Grandmaster--reveals all the tricks, tips, and tech­niques of the mas­ters, spilling all the InDesign secrets direct­ly into your lap.

Complete this hands-on course and you will be an InDesign super-hero, a pub­lish­ing pow­er­house, a design diva, a blackbelt-wearing, pasteboard-breaking nin­ja Master of InDesign!

And, you’ll have the cer­tifi­cate to prove your sta­tus as InDesign Master, signed and sworn to by the InDesign Grandmaster him­self.

Be advised: not all who begin the jour­ney of this course will com­plete it. Many ring out, unable to han­dle the pres­sure of the course. Some stu­dents have even died as a result of their attempt­ed jour­ney toward mas­tery. (Upon enroll­ment you may be asked to sign a bod­i­ly harm lia­bil­i­ty waiv­er. All stu­dents are encour­aged to have their wills up to date.)

If you have the for­ti­tude and sta­mi­na, if you have the dri­ve and heart, then you, too, should begin this jour­ney. Just know that not all are tough enough, not all have strong enough InDesign Fu to com­plete this course; not all who strive for it will reach the rar­i­fied title of InDesign Master.

You Will Learn Master-Level Tips and Techniques For

  • Type and Text
  • Images
  • Shapes and Frames
  • Pages and Master Pages
  • Import and Export
  • Layers
  • Styles
  • Documents
  • Collaboration
  • Efficiency
  • Productivity
  • Swatches
  • And much, much more!

Lesson Outline

The fol­low­ing are the lessons you will learn on your jour­ney to become an InDesign Master. Of course, as is his style and time per­mit­ting, the InDesign Grandmaster will teach you even more secrets not list­ed below.

Mastering Type

  • Linking to Word Documents for Automatic Updates
  • Changing Typefaces Without Using the Mouse
  • Turning Off Hyphenation by Default
  • Defining Widows and Orphans
  • Addressing Widows, Orphans, and Other Type Fitting Concerns
  • Copyfitting by Changing Page Geometry
  • Preventing Widows with Keep Options
  • Copyfitting by Balancing Columns
  • Copyfitting with Balance Ragged Lines
  • Copyfitting with Manual Line Breaks
  • Replacing Manual Line Breaks with Discretionary Line Breaks
  • Copyfitting by Adjusting Word Spacing
  • Copyfitting by Altering Tracking
  • Copyfitting by Scaling
  • Directing Readers with Jumplines and Callbacks
  • Putting Type on the Top and Bottom of a Circle
  • Selecting Type
  • Drag and Drop Text Editing
  • Dragging and Dropping Text to New Frame
  • Swapping Spelling and Hyphenation Language Mid-Sentence
  • Sorting Lists and Paragraphs Alphanumerically
  • Sorting Comma-Separated Items in a Sentence
  • Defining Custom Bullets
  • Setting Bullet Color and Style Separate from Bulleted Text
  • Creating and Saving Glyph Sets of Your Commonly Used Symbols
  • Changing InDesign’s Default Font
  • Previewing Fonts Live on Your Text
  • Filtering and Searching the Font Family Menu
  • Seeing What Text is Overset
  • Reversing Text Headers
  • Reversing Whole Paragraphs with Paragraph Shading
  • Highlighting Text at the Character Level
  • Autosizing Text Frames
  • Finding Word and Character Counts
  • Inserting Non-Latin Placeholder Text
  • Tabbing to New Table Rows
  • Inserting Tabs into Table Cells
  • Formatting with Nested Styles
  • Formatting Sequential Elements with Multiple Nested Styles
  • Applying Character Styles to Words Inside Paragraphs with a GREP Style
  • Adding Words and Names to InDesign’s Dictionary
  • Teaching InDesign to Hyphenate Words it Doesn’t Know
  • Making Some Words and Proper Names Never Hyphenate
  • Keeping Compound Word Parts Together with Non-Breaking Hyphens
  • Configuring URLs and Phrases to Never Break Across Lines
  • Applying No Break On Demand with a Single-Click
  • Applying No Break Automatically with GREP Style
  • Adding Selective Hyphenation Exceptions with Discretionary Hyphens
  • Stopping a Single Instance of a Word from Hyphenating
  • Changing Hyphenation Behavior and Frequency
  • Using Italic and Bold Character Styles (Always)
  • Switching the Control Panel Between Character and Paragraph Mode with a Shortcut
  • Forcing InDesign to Recompose All Text to Reflect Changes
  • Mixing or Choosing a Non-Swatch Color Inside the Paragraph Style Options Dialog

Mastering Objects

  • Embedding Images
  • Relinking Embedded Images
  • Extracting or Unembedding Embedded Images
  • Determining Is It Vector Or Is It Raster?
  • Copying the Path of Missing Links
  • Editing Original in Batch
  • Using Tints
  • Creating Tint Swatches
  • Recoloring Tint-Colored Publications
  • Tinting Greyscale Images
  • Convert Clipping Paths To Frames
  • Reversing Paths Instead of Redrawing
  • Corner Options on Arrows and Other Paths
  • Using all the Different Copy, Duplicate, and Paste Commands
  • Speeding Duplication with Step and Repeat
  • Working with Gridify Behaviors
  • Using Gridify on Different Types of Objects
  • Controlling Gridified Elements’ Gap Size
  • Using the Gap Tool
  • Aligning and Distributing Objects and Spacing
  • Aligning to a Key Object
  • Single-Click Selecting All Objects On Layer
  • Creating Two-For-One Guides
  • Placing Guides On Pages Or On Spreads
  • Anchoring Objects to Wrap Lines They’re On
  • Locking Objects
  • Relocating the Rotation and Shear Axis
  • Transforming Again and Again Individually
  • Transforming Again With Multiple Transformations
  • Suppressing Printing of Placeholder Items
  • Designing Custom Stroke Styles
  • Coloring Stroke Gaps
  • Drawing Triangles
  • Drawing Starbursts and Seals
  • Putting an Image Inside Text
  • Realistic Drop Shadows: Drop Shadow Settings
  • Realistic Drop Shadows: Shadow Color
  • Realistic Drop Shadows: Add Noise
  • Realistic Drop Shadows: Position
  • Understanding and Changing Global Light
  • Knowing When Not To Use Global Light
  • Copying Effects to Other Objects

Mastering Documents

  • Starting A Document On A Left-Hand Page
  • Creating Spreads With More Than Two Pages
  • Making Multiple Page Sizes in One Document
  • Changing Margins On Only Some Pages
  • Rotating Spreads for Calendars and Other Vertical Spreads
  • Copying and Moving Pages Between Documents
  • Turning the Pages Panel into a Proofing Tool
  • Color Coding Pages Panel Pages for Organization and Workflow
  • Opening Multiple Views of the Same Document for Design and Proofing
  • Making the Pages Panel a Horizontal Tool
  • Printing from the Pages Panel
  • Overriding All Master Page Items on the Spread
  • Overriding Doesn’t Mean Completely Detaching
  • Applying and Reapplying Master Pages to Many Pages At Once
  • Basing Master Pages on Other Master Pages
  • Converting Document Pages to Master Pages
  • Strategies for Naming Master Pages
  • Keeping Master Page Page Numbers Atop Document Pages
  • Isolating Layer Visibility with One Click
  • Locking and Unlocking All Other Layers with One Click
  • Replacing One Color with Another Throughout An Entire Document
  • Replacing One Color With Another Throughout An Entire Document Delete Spot Swatch
  • Picking Colors from Images and Apply to Other Objects
  • Generating Color Themes from Images with Color Theme Tool
  • Changing Document Color Space and Whether You Should
  • Over-the-Shoulder Proofing with Presentation Mode
  • Changing Preview Mode’s Background Color
  • Fixing Corrupt InDesign Documents
  • Automatically Creating IDML and PDF Document Versions in One Operation

Mastering Productivity

  • Hiding and Restoring the Welcome Screen
  • Preloading New Documents with Your Company or Client Colors
  • Creating and Synching Color Swatches Across CC Desktop and Mobile Apps
  • Importing Styles From One Document Into Another
  • Preloading New Documents with Frequently Used Styles
  • Assigning and Changing Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Reusing the Same Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Customizing Menus
  • Sorting Menus Alphabetically for Faster Command Access
  • Creating Ruler Guides with Double-Click
  • Snapping Guide Placement to Ruler Tick Marks
  • Converting Ruler Guides Between Horizontal and Vertical as You Drag
  • Duplicating Ruler Guides
  • Stepping and Repeating Ruler Guides to Quickly Create Grids
  • Selecting All Guides on a Page or Spread
  • Deleting Ruler Guides One at a Time or All at Once
  • Using Multi-Color Guides
  • Making Shapes and Frames Easier to Select
  • Doing Math in Measurement Fields
  • Resizing, Moving, and Transforming by Percentage
  • Resizing, Moving, and Transforming in Any Measurement System
  • Permanently Changing Measurements from Those P Things
  • Swapping Measurement Systems with a Keyboard Shortcut
  • Switching the Rulers’ Measurement System on the Fly
  • Building an Autocorrect Shorthand System
  • Using Text Variables for Convenience, Adaptability, and Reliability
  • Automatically Time-Stamping Modification and Print Dates Text Variables
  • Installing Older Versions of Adobe Applications
  • Upgrading CC Applications with­out Losing Previous Versions
  • Inserting Icons (or Other Content) Within Headers Using GREP
  • Creating Relative Type Sizes with Percentages of Other Type Sizes
  • Auto-Adapting Relative Type Sizes with Percentages of Other Type Sizes
  • Running InDesign and Applying Styles Entirely from the Keyboard
  • Limiting, Expanding, and Filtering Quick Apply
  • Organizing Styles into Style Groups
  • Basing Objects Styles on One Another
  • Giving Yourself More Room with Larger Pasteboards
  • When Pressing the Spacebar Doesn’t Activate the Hand Tool
  • Duplicating Objects with the Mouse and Super Step and Repeat
  • Zooming to Fit Selected Object in the Window
  • Viewing the Complete History of an InDesign Document
  • Automatically Adding Pages as Need with Smart Text Reflow
  • Automatically Deleting Empty Pages
  • Doing Things with a Loaded Cursor
  • Changing the Size of Previews in the Font Family Menu
  • Turning Off Font Previews in the Font Menu
  • Toggling Between Frame and Text Colors with a Keyboard Shortcut
  • Creating a Collage Effect with a Single Image
  • Customizing the Eyedropper Tool to Sample Only Certain Formatting Options
  • Unmuddying InDesign Gradients
  • Unmudding Gradient Swatches with Mixed Ink
  • Importing Illustrator Gradient Swatches in InDesign
  • Understanding the Placed Pages Workflow
  • Using the Placed Pages Workflow
  • Collaborating at the Object-Level with the Placed Pages Workflow

Schedule your Master Class Adobe InDesign train­ing class now and take your place among the hal­lowed leg­ends of the InDesign Masters!

Pariah Burke

Author, consultant, trainer, guru: Digital Publishing, ePub, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark. Empowering, Informing, Connecting Creative Professionals™