Adobe InDesign CS6 Foundation

2 days

Course Overview

Giving your documents a well-designed, professional look will put you a step ahead in the marketplace cluttered with all kinds of communications. Paragraph and character styles that allow you to format pages of text uniformly, layout features that help you to build alternate size configurations of your document, and various panels that enable you to easily customize both text and graphics. Adobe ® InDesign ® CS6 has all the tools you need to elevate the look of your document and get it out to the people who need to see it, whether it be in print or on the web. Now you need to create much lengthier interactive documents that need to be accessed across a range of devices. You will learn advanced InDesign techniques to enhance the look and functionality of your documents.

Using Adobe InDesign, you can create interactive documents and export them for viewing in a web browser with various features such as buttons, page transitions, movies and audio files, hyperlinks and animation. You have the ability to assign color profiles and establish print presets. In creating longer documents, you’ll be able to include such features as a table of contents, footnotes, cross-references and an index.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to use Adobe® InDesign® CS6 to create and deliver professional-looking printed and digital documents.

You will:

Identify the elements of the InDesign interface.
Create a new document.
Customize a document by using graphics, colors, and styles.
Manage page elements.
Build a table.
Prepare a document for delivery.

This course is also expands your knowledge using advanced features and collaboration tools.

Prerequisites

To ensure your success in this course, you should be familiar with the functions of your computer’s operating system such as creating folders, launching programs, copying and pasting objects, formatting text, retrieving files, and saving files.

Course Outline

Getting Started with InDesign

  • Identify Components of the InDesign Interface
  • Customize the InDesign Interface
  • Use the Navigation Controls
  • Set Preferences

Designing a Document

  • Create a New Document
  • Add Text to a Document
  • Add Graphics to a Document

Customizing a Document

  • Format Characters and Paragraphs
  • Apply Colors, Swatches, and Gradients
  • Create and Apply Styles

Working with Page Elements

  • Arrange and Align Objects
  • Use Layers
  • Transform and Manipulate Objects
  • Thread Text Frames
  • Edit Text

Building Tables

  • Create a New Table
  • Modify a Table Structure
  • Format a Table

Preparing a Document for Delivery

  • Resolve Errors in a Document
  • Print a Document
  • Package a Document
  • Export Files for Printing
  • Export Files for the Web

Creating Documents for Multiple Formats

  • Build Layout Variations
  • Link Content

Managing Advanced Page Elements

  • Create Repeating Content
  • Work with Text Layouts
  • Create Transparency
  • Use Anchored Objects
  • Manage a Library

Managing Styles

  • Import Styles from Microsoft® Word Documents
  • Create Nested and GREP Styles
  • Apply Styles in a Sequence and Manage Overrides
  • Redefine Styles and Break Style Links

Building Complex Paths

  • Create Bézier Paths
  • Create Clipping Paths
  • Create Compound Paths

Managing External Files

  • Import Layered Files
  • Merge Data

Creating Dynamic Documents

  • Create Document Sections
  • Insert Text Variables
  • Create Interactive Documents

Managing Long Documents

  • Create a Book
  • Build a Table of Contents
  • Create Hyperlinks and Cross-References
  • Generate an Index
  • Insert Footnotes

Publishing InDesign Files for Other Formats

  • Export PDF files for Print
  • Export Interactive PDF Files
  • Export Files for Animation
  • Export Files for the Web

Customizing Print Settings

  • Manage Colors
  • Preview the Print Output
  • Create Print Presets

Appendices

  • New Features in Adobe InDesign CS6
  • Productivity Enhancements
  • InDesign Language Support
  • Extension Manager CS6