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Advanced InDesign

£449.00 + VAT

About Advanced InDesign

This course covers some of the details that, out of necessity, beginners tend not to worry about. The course gives an advanced overview of new publishing methods and the pivotal role that InDesign plays in these technologies.

Upcoming Course Dates

8th-9th September
31st October-1st November
5th-6th December


£449.00 + VAT

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  • Advanced InDesign

    Course Overview
    This is an advanced course intended for people who have used Adobe InDesign before. This course will give a practical and realistic guide to using InDesign in a commercial setting. The course looks at methods of streamlining workflow, using RGB documents in CMYK setting, the effective use of Adobe Photoshop documents and many other issues. Advanced InDesign shows the benefits that arise from using long document features - even in relatively short documents. The course provides a rigorous overview of file construction, starting with multiple masters and then using style sheets embedded in each other to achieve an efficient and consistent environment for producing high quality documents.

    Upon completing this course, delegates should have a proficiency in a range of skills pertaining to publication design, including the usage of typography, colour, layout, tables, pictures, graphics, styles and producing a print-ready PDF.

    Who Should Attend
    This course is intended as a follow up to the introductory course. It is ideal for those wishing to develop their Illustrator skills further or improve the results of current projects. Also of great benefit to those who have used Illustrator without any structured training.

    What You’ll Learn
    Revising InDesign
    Setting up a document
    Using colour
    Working with transparency
    Importing and managing graphics
    Working with styles. Applying styles automatically with nested and line styles
    Tables
    Long Documents
    Working with parent and child master pages
    Adding alternate layouts
    Exporting and importing page snippets
    Choosing other languages
    Aligning to a baseline grid
    Embedding links
    Turning image layers on and off
    Using the Pathfinder and compound paths
    Printing and exporting

    Prerequisites
    Delegates should have a good understanding of the Mac OS. Whilst not essential, an ability to draw is a definite advantage!
    Completion of the following course preferable: Introduction to Illustrator.

    How Do I Book?
    To book a training course, please call our Training Coordinator on 0117 922 5661 or alternatively send an email to trainingenquiries@western.co.uk 

  • Course Duration: 2 Days

    Course Outline
    Revising InDesign These notes are for guidance only and are an outline and are subject to change without notice, and should not be construed as a commitment. Actual course contents delivered on the day will vary according to the requests, needs and assessment of the delegates.

    Revising InDesign
    This session provides an overview and revision of InDesign. By the end of the session, delegates should be able to navigate the overall interface of InDesign. Delegates are also shown and talked through the preferences and colour settings menus.
    This session is an overview of the key features, starting with opening files to adding text and graphics. Experience has shown that this a valuable session for many delegates and as such this session can take some time.

    Setting Up A Document
    This session explains how to create new documents. It shows how to create a new document with non-standard paper sizes, save those settings as a preset, make a master page complete with automatic page number and then use that in the document.
    Create numbered sections, add and delete pages, and use different sized pages in the document. Explanation is also given of multiple master pages, using different page sizes within the document and formatting for digital publishing.
    Parent/child master pages
    Starting a document on a left page
    Adding alternate layouts
    Saving objects in libraries
    Exporting and importing page snippets
    Setting up a document
    Using colour
    Working with transparency
    Importing and managing graphics
    Working with styles.
    Applying styles automatically with nested and line styles
    Tables Long Documents
    Working with parent and child master pages
    Adding alternate layouts
    Exporting and importing page snippets
    Choosing other languages
    Aligning to a baseline grid
    Embedding links
    Turning image layers on and off
    Using the Pathfinder and compound paths
    Printing and exporting

    Text and Typography
    Filling with place holder text
    Tracking text changes
    Choosing other languages
    Adjusting text hyphenation and justification
    Adding hanging punctuation with Optical Margin Alignment
    Controlling orphans and widows with Keep Options
    Aligning to a baseline grid
    Setting vertical justification and first baseline position

    Styles
    Paragraph and Character Styles
    Applying styles automatically with nested and line styles
    The basics of GREP styles
    Using Break Link to Style
    Exploring style groups

    Long-Document Text Techniques
    Including footnotes
    Working with cross-references
    Indexing a document
    Exploring conditional text

    Using Colour
    Delegates take a detailed look at the methods for creating, saving, and applying colours, gradients, and tints. The difference between a spot and a process colour is explained. Once these are understood, then InDesign’s on screen proofing tools are explained. This session also looks at strokes, including custom strokes, and fills.
    Particular attention is given to colour management issues, both in InDesign and the entire Adobe Creative Suite. It’s important for delegates to understand that colours do not look precisely the same on different devices (such as computer monitors and tablets) and different viewing conditions (such as in the dark or in sunlight).
    Building tint swatches
    Mixed ink colours
    Taking advantage of ink aliasing
    Checking colour with Separations Preview

    Working With Transparency
    InDesign supports transparency. Delegates are instructed in how to import Photoshop and Illustrator graphics that include transparency and how to add transparency effects to InDesign objects. This session shows some of the ways in which you can modify InDesign objects using the transparency features available in InDesign.
    Delegates are shown the difference between tinting an object and using transparency to gain the same visual effect.  

    Importing And Managing Graphics
    This session show how to manage imported graphics using the Links panel, working with clipping paths and alpha channels, using the ability to select individual layers in a file to separate out graphic elements. A demonstration on deleting backgrounds in Photoshop is given and placing the resultant file into a document.
    The Ink Manager is demonstrated as a way of correcting spot colour issues in .ai and .eps files. Colourising monochrome images is also covered.

    Working With Styles
    Style sheets are useful feature for any document that uses repeated styling. Delegates will gain a firm grasp of the concepts and features for character, paragraph, object, table, and cell styles.
    Paragraphs that always start with a certain formatting pattern can combine styles together to build a nested style.

    Tables
    Tables are created within text frames, and can be easily controlled through the Tables panel and the Table menu. Delegates are shown how to import tables from Excel and Microsoft Word, copy and paste a table into a layout, or convert existing text to a table.
    Tables are also used as the foundation for other types of graphic devices - such as forms and delegates are shown how to use this powerful feature.
    Table styles
    Adjusting rows and columns
    Adding and deleting rows and columns
    Formatting a table
    Formatting cells
    Applying table styles
    Moving rows and columns (CC 2014)

    Long Documents
    The long document features in InDesign help manage publications that are made up of multiple documents, including updating page numbers and generating a table of contents and index for the entire publication. In addition, InDesign can help you insert and format cross-references, footnotes, and cross-references. Synchronizing formats and master pages makes it easy to make global style changes across a book.
    Delegates are shown how to use and the pitfalls of these procedures.
    Delegates will be shown how formatted table of contents is generated from text that has been formatted itself with specific paragraph styles, the accuracy of the table of contents depending on the proper application of styles.
    TOC
    Book feature, synchronising documents
    Building a multi-document book
    Creating a “Continued on...” jump line
    Constructing a table of contents (TOC)

    Printing And Exporting
    The destination for many InDesign projects is a printed publication. This session covers the InDesign tools for a successful job. The session will cover preflight, reprise on-screen proofing, look at the ink manager and the out put panels. It will end up with a comprehensive look at pdf workflows and production.
    The Preflight panel lets you perform preflight throughout the production rather than waiting until the end. Preflighting as you work allows you identify problems when they occur.
    Check separations
    On-screen proofing

    Interactive Documents
    Adding hyperlinks
    Adding bookmarks
    Creating an interactive PDF
    Making form fields in PDF files
    Exporting an EPUB