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InDesign ACA Training & Certification Pack

SS Course: 3000489

Course Overview


InDesign is a powerful design and production application that offers precision, control, and seamless integration with other Adobe professional graphics software like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. It has long been the industry standard for books, magazines, and brochures, and has now become the industry standard for creating ePubs, interactive PDFs, and interactive magazines that are viewed on tablets. 


Scheduled Classes


What You'll Learn


In this four-day, hands-on InDesign ACA training class, you will learn the basics of InDesign, best practices, and additional features.


Viewing outline for:

1. Introducing the Workspace

Using tools

Working with panels

Customizing the workspace

Navigating through a document

Using menus, panel menus, and context menus

Modifying interface preferences


2. Getting to Know InDesign

Using Screen modes and View Options

Preflighting as you work

Adding text with the Type tool

Importing text from Microsoft Word

Formatting text with styles

Importing and scaling a graphic

Formatting a drawn object


3. Setting up a Document and Working with Pages

Creating a new document

Switching between open InDesign documents

Setting up master pages with footers

Applying master pages to document pages

Adding new document pages

Rearranging and deleting document pages

Changing the size of pages

Adding sections to change page numbering formatting

Placing text and graphics onto a spread

Using the bleed guides


4. Working with Objects

Working with layers

Creating and modifying text frames

Creating and modifying graphics frames

Adding metadata captions to graphics frames

Changing the shape of a frame

Wrapping text around a graphic

Rotating, scaling, and aligning objects

Selecting and modifying objects in a group

Drawing lines and adding arrowheads

Creating a QR code


5. Flowing Text

Flowing text into an existing frame

Flowing text manually, automatically, and semi-automatically

Creating threaded frames automatically

Applying paragraph styles to text

Adjusting columns

Adding a jump line page number


6. Editing Text

Finding and changing a missing font

Entering text directly and importing text from Word

Using Finding / Change to replace text and formatting

Checking spelling

Using the Story Editor

Tracking changes


7. Working with Color

Creating and applying color swatches

Creating Pantone color swatches

Using the Eyedropper and Color Theme tools

Working with tint swatches

Working with gradients

Working with color groups


8. Working with Typography

Adjusting vertical spacing

Working with fonts, type styles, and glyphs

Fine-tuning columns

Changing paragraph alignment

Creating a drop cap

Adjusting letter and word spacing

Adjusting line breaks

Setting tabs

Adding a rule above a paragraph

Working with paragraph shading


9. Working with Styles

Creating and applying paragraph styles

Creating and applying character styles

Nesting character styles inside paragraph styles

Creating and applying object styles

Creating and applying table and cell styles

Globally updating styles

Loading styles from another document


10. Importing and Modifying Graphics

Comparing vector and bitmap graphics

Importing graphics and managing links 

Updating revised graphics

Adjusting display quality

Working with clipping paths to drop a background

Working with saved selections and path from Photoshop to drop a background

Importing native Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator files

Using an InDesign library to manage objects

Importing graphics from Adobe Bridge


11. Creating Tables

Creating a table

Converting text with tabs to a table

Inserting, deleting, resizing rows and columns

Formatting a table

Adding graphics to table cells

Creating a header row to repeat on pages

Creating and applying table and cell styles


12. Working with Transparency

Importing and colorizing a grayscale image

Using the Effects panel to apply blending modes and opacity to objects

Importing and adjusting Illustrator files that use transparency

Applying transparency settings to text

Working with feathering

Applying and editing a drop shadow


13. Printing and Exporting

Preflighting files and fixing broken links

Previewing separations

Using the Ink Manager

Previewing the effects of transparency

Exporting a Press-Ready PDF and saving a PDF preset

Printing a proof and saving a print preset

Packaging your InDesign document with fonts and links



Students must have a good working knowledge of computers, operating systems, using a mouse, keyboard, standard menus and commands. Students must be able to open, save, and close applications and files, as well as navigate to other folders. 

    Who Should Attend

    • Graphic Designers
    • Print Editors
    • Writers
    • Artists

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