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You will learn how to create dynamic documents that can be exported as Adobe Flash files with buttons, hyperlinks, and page transitions, or as Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files.


 
Course Outline


Adobe® InDesign® CS5 software provides precise control over typography and built-in creative tools for designing, preflighting, and publishing documents for print, online, or to mobile devices. Include interactivity, animation, video, and sound in page layouts to fully engage readers. You will learn how to create dynamic documents that can be exported as Adobe Flash files with buttons, hyperlinks, and page transitions, or as Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files with bookmarks, hyperlinks, button, movies, and sound clips, and you can convert your documents for use on the Internet by exporting layouts to XHTML or XML.


Course Outline Chapter 1: Introducing the Workspace
  •  Lesson overview
  •  Getting started
  •  Looking at the workspace
  •  Working with panels
  •  Customizing the workspace
  •  Changing the magnification of a document
  •  Navigating through a document
  •  Using context menus
  •  Finding resources for using InDesign
Chapter 2: Getting to Know InDesign
  •  Lesson overview
  •  Getting started
  •  Viewing the lesson document
  •  Preflighting as you work
  •  Viewing guides
  •  Adding text
  •  Working with styles
  •  Working with graphics
  •  Working with objects
  •  Working with object styles
  •  Exploring on your own
  •  Review questions and answers

Chapter 3: Setting Up a Document and Working with Pages
  •  Lesson overview
  •  Getting started
  •  Creating and saving custom document 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 numbering
  •  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 pages
  •  Viewing the completed spread
  •  Exploring on your own
  •  Review questions and answers

Chapter 4: Working with Objects
  •  Lesson overview
  •  Getting started
  •  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
  •  Exploring on your own
  •  Review questions and answers

Chapter 5: Flowing Text
  •  Lesson overview
  •  Getting started
  •  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
  •  Exploring on your own
  •  Review questions and answers

Chapter 6: Editing Text
  •  Lesson overview
  •  Getting started
  •  Finding and changing a missing font
  •  Entering and importing text
  •  Finding and changing text and formatting
  •  Checking spelling
  •  Editing text by dragging and dropping
  •  Using the Story Editor
  •  Tracking changes
  •  Exploring on your own
  •  Review questions and answers

Chapter 7: Working with Typography
  •  Lesson overview
  •  Getting started
  •  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 a rule above a paragraph
  •  Exploring on your own
  •  Review questions and answers

Chapter 8: Working with Color
  •  Lesson overview
  •  Getting started
  •  Defining printing requirements
  •  Crating and applying colors
  •  Working with gradients
  •  Creating a tint
  •  Creating a spot color
  •  Applying colors to text and objects
  •  Using advanced gradient techniques
  •  Exploring on your own
  •  Review questions and answers

Chapter 9: Working with Styles
  •  Lesson overview
  •  Getting started
  •  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
  •  Exploring on your own
  •  Review questions and answers

Chapter 10: Importing and Modifying Graphics
  •  Lesson overview
  •  Getting started
  •  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
  •  Exploring on your own
  •  Review questions and answers

Chapter 11: Creating Tables
  •  Lesson overview
  •  Getting started
  •  Converting text to a table
  •  Formatting a table
  •  Creating a header row
  •  Adding graphics to table cells
  •  Creating and applying table and cell styles
  •  Exploring on your own
  •  Review questions and answers

Chapter 12: Working With Transparency
  •  Lesson overview
  •  Getting started
  •  Importing and colorizing a grayscale image
  •  Applying transparency settings
  •  Adjusting transparency setting for EPS images
  •  Adding transparency effects
  •  Importing and adjusting Illustrator files that use transparency
  •  Applying transparency settings to text
  •  Working with effects
  •  Exploring on your own
  •  Review questions and answers

Chapter 13: Outputing and Exporting
  •  Lesson overview
  •  Getting started
  •  Preflighting files
  •  Packaging files
  •  Creating an Adobe PDF proof
  •  Previewing separations
  •  Previewing how transparency effects will be flattened
  •  Previewing the page
  •  Printing a laser or inkjet proof
  •  Using the Ink Manager
  •  Exploring on your own
  •  Review questions and answers
Chapter 14: Creating Rich interactive documents
  •  Lesson overview
  •  Getting started
  •  Setting up an online document
  •  Adding buttons, page transitions, and hyperlinks
  •  Exporting as Flash Player (SWF)
  •  Exporting as Adobe PDF (Interactive)
  •  Converting a print document for online use
  •  Adding advanced interactivity, animation, and video
  •  Exploring on your own
  •  Review questions and answers
Appendix: Color Management
  •  The need for color management
  •  Synchronizing color settings in Adobe Bridge
  •  Specifying color settings in InDesign
  •  Displaying images at full resolution
  •  Proofing colors onscreen

Bonus Chapter 15: Working with Long Documents
  •  Getting started
  •  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
  •  Exploring on your own

Prerequisites & Certificates
Pre-Requisites

Because of the amount of material we cover in class, we do require students to be comfortable using a mouse, opening and saving files, and the general operations of computers. While we will make every reasonable effort to help, students with insufficient skills may be required to observe the class lessons or do their best to keep up without slowing down the rest of the class. We highly recommend working with the application tutorial before coming to the course.

Certificates offered

Certificate of completion


Cancellation Policy
Our cancellation/reschedule policy requires notification at least 10 business days before the class start date for a full refund. Please note that you are responsible for notifying NTG of your inability to attend class or you will be invoiced for the full payment.

Should you need to cancel in less than 10 business days before the start of the class, you will be given a 100% credit towards a future class that must be taken within 6 months of the start of the original class. If you are not able to reschedule to a future class, you will be charged 50% of the upfront registration fee.

Classes are subject to cancellation by NTG up to two weeks prior to the class date. It is important to keep this in mind before you purchase a non-refundable airline ticket.


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I liked the pace and the "teach then try" style that was used. It was engaging, we weren't listening to long sets of info then trying to remember it and it made the day fly by. I also retained more as I was instantly engaged with trying the skills myself.
Reviewed by 2016
Todd McCall is a passionate, well-informed and thoughtful instructor. His course exceeded my training needs and his commitment to experiential learning is superb! I will definitely take another class if he is the instructor.
Reviewed by 2014
Andrew was a great instructor!
Reviewed by 2014
Good course, absolutely satisfied
Reviewed by 2013
This was a good course to learn the essentials of Captivate as a software program.
Reviewed by 2012
The instructor was great and followed the curriculum as per Adobe's book but Dreamweaver is a beast of a software with a high learning curve. I found that this course just scratched the surface and taught me the basics and that I would need more practice and learning to create a simple website with ease. This is not a criticism of the course really but I felt I would personally benefit from a slightly slower pace and an extra day. I didn't know that at the time as I seemed to follow the instructor's instructions well and it seemed to make sense in the classroom but once I got home I felt a little stuck!
Reviewed by 2011
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