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Adobe InDesign - Advanced 2 Days

Course Overview

Course Objectives This course is designed for experienced InDesign users who wish to work as quickly and efficiently in InDesign. In the course we examine the time saving features and shortcuts.



A Basic working knowledge of Windows or Macintosh operating systems together with a good working knowledge of Adobe InDesign or attendance on our Fundamentals of InDesign course.

Course Contents


Detailed look at key options in Preferences

Changing Application/Document defaults

The tools hints panel


New Window options

Shortcuts for quick navigation


Control panel hidden options

The Command Bar

Spread rotation - including non-horizontal elements in your designs by temporarily rotating the spread view

Normal, preview and presentation mode


Combining/converting objects

Quick tips for transforming objects

Pasting objects within objects

Creating Bezier paths

Pathfinder Panel options

Using Scripts to modify objects

Compound paths

Hiding objects

Object Styles

Advanced Object Styles

Picture fitting controls

Activating paragraph styles in object styles


Creating custom strokes

Pen/Pencil/Smooth/Erase tools


Text Import options

MS Word to InDesign style sheets workflow

Creating and using custom dictionaries

Using the story editor

Tracking text changes in Story Editor

Options for turning text to outlines

Find/Change options

Basic GREP searches

Using the Eyedropper Tool on text

Mapping Styles to Tags on Export


Using the Notes features

Advanced Typography

Single Line/Paragraph Composers

Working with OpenType

Justification/Hyphenation controls

Creating Custom Glyph sets

Word space kerning

Controls for Drop Caps


Paragraph rule options

Optical Margin alignment

Bullets and numbering

Text variables

Using Slugs/Running Heads

Using Text Variables in a workflow

Conditional Text

Delivering multiple versions of a document for different users

Hiding text at paragraph, word, and character level without relying on layers

Style Sheets Advanced

Creating/using Nested style sheets

Creating/updating Based On styles

Creating/applying Next Style options

Overriding style sheets


Working with native Photoshop files

Options for image cut-outs

Placing Illustrator files or passing Illustrator objects

Object Layer options

Re-linking based on file extension

Live image captions


Named and Unnamed Colours

Multi-ink colours and groups

Using the Separations preview panel

Aliasing spot colours in the ink manager


Document Presets

Advanced Master Page options

Working with Sections

Specifying a start page number

Tips for Working with Layers

Document/object Baseline Grids

Working with Libraries (advanced)

Creating and placing Snippets

Creating cross-references that dynamically update as content is changed or moved within a document


Creating Cell and table styles

Linking to Spreadsheets/updating information

Working with Transparency

Using the Gradient Feather tool

Advanced transparency effects

Applying and overriding effects

Blending modes

Groups and transparency

Isolating blending

Using the Flattener Preview Panel/layers to avoid flattening problems when printing

Working with Interactivity

Creating buttons and hyperlinks for interactivity

The media panel

Exporting with interactive elements to PDF and SWF

Adding motion, sound and video for export directly to SWF

Using the Articles panel

Working with CS Review

Creating a shared review

Understanding CS Live online services