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Training in Versions?CS6, CS5.5, CS5
Class Length?2–3 Days
Delivery?This class may only be delivered on-site. Remote training is not available for this course.
Price ? $1,295-2,495 per Day*

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Prerequisites?This course is intended for those already comfortable using Adobe InDesign on the job. At the minimum you should have already taken the InDesign class or have equivalent experience.

If you want to thor­oughly mas­ter InDesign this is the course you need. It helps you achieve pro­fes­sional results through 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.

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 Workflow Creative teaches 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


  • Text Frame Basics
  • 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