Adobe InDesign Boot Camp

5-Day Public Session  |  5-Day Live Online Session

Adobe InDesign Course Outline

I. Introducing the Workspace

  • Working with panels
  • Learning the Tools Panel
  • Customizing your Workspace
  • Changing the Magnification
  • Navigating the Document
  • Using Context Menus
  • Finding resources for using InDesign

II. Getting to know InDesign

  • Viewing the lesson document
  • Preflighing as you work
  • Viewing guides
  • Adding Text
  • Working with styles
  • Working with graphics
  • Working with objects
  • Placing Graphics and Text
  • Working with object syles

III. Setting Up a Document and Working with Pages

  • Creating and saving custom page settings
  • Creating a new document
  • Switching between open InDesign Documents
  • Working with Master Pages
  • Applying master pages to document pages
  • Adding sections to change page numbers
  • Adding new pages
  • Arranging and deleting pages
  • Placing text and graphics on the document pages
  • Overriding master page items on document pages
  • Changing the size of the pages
  • Viewing the completed spread

IV. Working with Objects

  • Working with Layers
  • Creating and Editing Text Frames
  • Creating and Editing Graphics Frames
  • Adding metadata captions to graphics frames
  • Changing the shape of a frame
  • Wrapping text around a graphic
  • Modifying the shape of frames
  • Transforming and Aligning Objects
  • Selecting and Modifying Grouped Objects
  • Finishing up

V. Flowing Text

  • Flowing text into an existing frame
  • Flowing text manually
  • Creating text frames while flowing text
  • Flowing text automatically
  • Creating threaded frames automatically
  • Adding a jump line page number

VI. Editing Text

  • Finding and changing a missing font
  • Entering and importing text
  • Finding and changing text and formatting
  • Check spelling
  • Editing text by dragging and dropping
  • Using Story Editor
  • Tracking changes

VII. Working with Typography

  • Adjusting Vertical Spacing
  • Changing Fonts and Type Style
  • Fine-tuning columns
  • Changing paragraph alignment
  • Creating a drop cap
  • Adjusting letter and word spacing
  • Setting tabs
  • Adding rule above a paragraph

VII. Working with Color

  • Defining printing requirements
  • Creating and applying colors
  • Working with Gradients
  • Creating a tint
  • Creating a spot color
  • Applying colors to text and objects
  • Using advanced gradients techniques

IX. Working with Styles

  • Creating and applying paragraph styles
  • Creating and applying character styles
  • Nesting character styles inside paragraph styles
  • Creating and applying object styles
  • Globally updating styles
  • Loading styles from another document

X. Importing and Modifying Graphics

  • Adding graphics from other programs
  • Comparing vector and bitmap graphics
  • Managing Links to Imported Files
  • Updating revised graphics
  • Adjusting display quality
  • Working with clipping paths
  • Working with alpha channels
  • Importing native Adobe graphics files
  • Using a library to manage objects
  • Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics

XI. Creating Tables

  • Creating text to a table
  • Formatting a table
  • Creating a header row
  • Adding graphics to table cells
  • Creating and applying table and cell styles

XII. Working with Transparency

  • Importing and colorizing grayscale images
  • Applying transparency settings
  • Adjusting transparency to settings for EPS images
  • Adding transparency effects
  • Importing and adjusting Illustrator files
  • Applying transparency settings to text
  • Working with Effects

XIII. Printing and Exporting

  • Preflighting files
  • Packaging files
  • Creating an Adobe PDF proof
  • Previewing separations
  • Previewing How transparency will be flattened
  • Previewing the Page
  • Printing a laser or inkjet proof
  • Using the Ink Manager

XIV. Creating Adobe PDF Files

  • Adding form fields
  • Exporting an interactive Adobe PDF file

XV. Creating and exporting an ebook

  • Completing the booklet
  • Choosing the content of an ebook
  • Adding metadata
  • Exporting an EPUB file

XVI. Working with long Documents

  • Starting a book
  • Creating a running footer
  • Adding a footnote
  • Adding a cross-reference
  • Synchronizing a book
  • Generating a table of contents
  • Indexing a book

XVII. Managing Your Workspace

  • Organizing Your Palettes
  • Advanced Zooming and Navigation
  • Advanced View Options
  • Dragging Items Between Documents
  • Third-Party plug-ins

XVIII. Page Layout

  • Master Page Tips and Tricks
  • Using Facing Pages
  • Using Libraries
  • File Formats

XIX. Advanced Style Sheet Tips

  • Managing Long Documents
  • Indexing
  • Table of Contents
  • Text Gradients
  • Hyphenation and Justification
  • Tracking and Kerning

XX. Drawing

  • Mastering the Pen Tool
  • Pen Tool Shortcuts
  • Compound Paths

XXI. Where Text Meets Graphics

  • Inline Graphics
  • Creating Type Outlines
  • Text Wrap Options
  • Using Transparency

XXII. Importing and Exporting

  • Adding Excel or Word Tables
  • Import Text Options
  • Import Graphic Options
  • PDF Styles
  • Export Options

XXIII. Long Documents

  • Adding Indexes
  • Using Table of Contents
  • Numbering & Section Options

XXIV. The XML Factor

  • What is XML?
  • Adding Structure with XML
  • Exporting to XML
  • Mapping Styles to Tags
  • Tips for Working with XML
  • Libraries for Efficient XML Production

XXV. Color

  • Using the Eyedropper to Create New Swatches
  • Spot or Process?

XXVI. Printing

  • Using Printer Styles
  • Color Separations
  • Understanding the Print Menu
  • The Transparency Flattener
  • Preflight and Package

XXVII. Scripting

  • Using the Script palette
  • Editing the Scripting Label

XXVIII. Introduction to Creating eBooks with InDesign

  • What Is an EPUB?
  • Other Applications Used in the Course
  • Creating a New InDesign Document with EPUB in Mind

XXIX. Working with Text

  • Understanding Style Mapping
  • Importing Text and Applying Character Styles
  • Adding Paragraph Styles
  • Working with Footnotes
  • Working with Tables

XXX. Creating Hyperlinks and Cross-References

  • Adding Hyperlinks
  • Adding Cross-References

I. Working with Graphics

  • Adding Graphics
  • Converting Graphics Created in InDesign to External Linked Files

XXXI. Defining the Reading Order of the EPUB

  • Using an InDesign Story to Define the Reading Order
  • Using the Articles Panel to Define the Reading Order

XXXII. Creating the Table of Contents

  • Adding Metadata

XXXIII. Exporting to EPUB

  • General Export Options
  • Image Export Options
  • Content Export Options

XXXIV. Customizing an EPUB

  • What's Inside an EPUB Archive?
  • Working with the CSS File
  • CSS Tags in the EPUB
  • Working with the XHTML Code
  • Previewing the eBook