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Adobe® InDesign® CS4 training breaks down the barriers between online and offline publishing. Create compelling print layouts, immersive content for playback in the Adobe Flash® Player runtime, and interactive PDF documents.

Course Outline
Adobe® InDesign® CS4 training breaks down the barriers between online and offline publishing. Create compelling print layouts, immersive content for playback in the Adobe Flash® Player runtime, and interactive PDF documents. See how the strengths of InDesign CS4 and Adobe Flash CS4 Professional together deliver an engaging SWF file complete with animation, interactivity, video, and sound. Create high-impact, personalized content and long documents tailored for unique audiences using logical, condensed steps and advanced features.

Outline Lesson 1 – Introducing the Workspace
  • Getting started and looking at the work area
  • Working with panels
  • Customizing the workspace
  • Changing the magnification of a document
  • Navigating through a document
  • Using context menus
Lesson 2 – Getting to know InDesign
  • Creating and viewing the lesson document
  • Preflighting as you work
  • Changing the View mode
  • Viewing guides
  • Adding text
  • Threading text in frames
  • Fine-tuning the layout
  • Working with styles
  • Working with graphics
  • Exploring on your own
Lesson 3 – Setting up a Document and working with Pages
  • Getting started
  • Creating and saving custom page settings
  • Creating a new document
  • Switching between open InDesign documents
  • Working with master 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
  • Viewing the completed spread
  • Exploring on your own
Lesson 4 – working with Frames
  • Getting started
  • Working with Layers
  • Creating and editing Text frames
  • Creating and editing Graphics frames
  • Working with Frames
  • Transforming and aligning objects
  • Selecting and modifying grouped objects
  • Finishing up
  • Exploring on your own
Lesson 5 – Importing and Editing Text
  • Getting started
  • Creating and entering text
  • Vertically aligning text
  • Flowing text manually
  • Working with styles
  • Flowing text automatically
  • Adding a jump line page number
  • Using semi-autoflow to place text frames
  • Changing the number of columns in a frame
  • Loading styles from another document
  • Flowing text into an existing frame
  • Adding pages while flowing text
  • Finding and changing text and formatting
  • Checking spelling
  • Editing text by dragging and dropping
  • Using the Story Editor
  • Exploring on your own
Lesson 6 – Working with Typography
  • Getting started
  • Adjusting vertical spacing
  • Changing fonts and type style
  • Changing paragraph alignment
  • Creating a drop cap
  • Adjusting letter and word spacing
  • Setting tabs
  • Adding a rule above a paragraph
  • Exploring on your own
Lesson 7 – Working with Color
  • Defining printing requirements
  • Creating and applying colors
  • Working with gradients
  • Creating a tint
  • Creating a spot color
  • Applying color to text
  • Using advanced gradient techniques
  • Setting up color management in InDesign CS4
  • A look at Adobe Bridge
  • Color-managing imported images in InDesign CS4
  • Exploring on your own
Lesson 8 – Working with Styles
  • Getting started
  • Creating and applying paragraph style
  • Creating and applying character styles
  • Nesting character styles inside paragraph styles
  • Creating and applying object styles
  • Creating and applying table and cells styles
  • Globally updating styles
  • Loading style from another document
  • Exploring on your own
Lesson 9 – Importing and Modifying Graphics
  • Getting started
  • Adding graphics from other programs
  • Comparing vector and bitmap graphics
  • Managing links to imported files
  • Updating revised graphics
  • Adjusting view quality
  • Working with clipping paths
  • Working with alpha channels
  • Placing native files
  • Using a library to manage objects
  • Creating a library
  • Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics
  • Exploring on your own
Lesson 10 – Creating Tables
  • Getting started
  • Importing and formatting a table
  • Using graphics within tables
  • Formatting text within a table
  • Exploring on your own
Lesson 11 – Working with Transparency
  • Getting started
  • Importing and colorizing a grayscale image
  • Applying transparency settings
  • Adjusting transparency settings for EPS images
  • Adjusting transparency to images
  • Importing and adjusting Illustrator files that use transparency
  • Applying transparency setting to text
  • Working with effects
  • Exploring on your own
Lesson 12 – 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
  • Chapter Title paragraph style is applied to the name of the table of contents (Contents)
  • Indexing a book
  • Exploring on your own
Lesson 13 – Output and Exporting
  • Getting started
  • 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
  • Exploring on your own
Lesson 14 – Creating Rich Interactive Documents
  • Getting started
  • Setting up an online document
  • Adding buttons, page transitions and hyperlinks
  • Exporting as Flash
  • Exporting as Adobe PDF
  • Converting a print document for online use
  • Exploring on your own

Prerequisites & Certificates

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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