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Adobe InDesign CC (Creative Cloud 2017 Release) Course Outline

 (4 days)
Version CC

*** UPDATE: This class is being retired and is being replaced by our new "Core Skills" series of classes. ***
This 4-day class is being retired in April 2018. It is being replaced by a 2-day Core Skills Level 1 class and a 3-day Core Skills Level 2 class. Details on those two classes can be found at:
Adobe InDesign CC Core Skills: Level 1 and
Adobe InDesign CC Core Skills: Level 2

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; AdobeŽ InDesignŽ CC 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.
This course covers the Print & Digital Media Publication Using Adobe InDesign CC objectives to help students prepare for the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam. This course is also designed to cover the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exam objectives.

Course Objectives
In this course, you will use Adobe InDesign CC to create and deliver professional looking printed and interactive documents. You will:
Navigate the InDesign interface.
Create a new document.
Customize a document using color, swatches, gradients, and styles.
Manage page elements.
Add tables.
Prepare documents for deployment.

Target Student
This course is intended for students who want to use the basic tools and features of InDesign for creating professional page layouts and designs.

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 Content

1 Introducing the Workspace
Getting started
Looking at the workspace
Working with panels
Customizing the workspace
Navigating through a document
Using context menus
Using panel menus
Modifying interface preferences
Exploring on your own

2 Getting to Know InDesign
Getting started
Viewing guides
Preflighting as you work
Adding text
Working with styles
Working with graphics
Working with objects
Working with object styles
Viewing the document in Presentation mode
Exploring on your own

3 Setting Up a Document and Working with Pages
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 new document pages
Rearranging and deleting document pages
Changing the size of pages
Adding sections to change page numbering
Overriding master page items and placing text and graphics
Viewing the completed spread
Exploring on your own

4 Working with Objects
Getting started
Working with layers
Creating and modifying text frames
Creating and modifying graphics frames
Adding metadata captions to graphics frames
Placing and linking 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
Creating a QR code
Drawing lines and modifying arrowheads
Finishing up
Exploring on your own

5 Flowing Text
Getting started
Flowing text into an existing frame
Flowing text manually
Creating text frames while flowing text
Creating threaded frames automatically
Flowing text automatically
Applying paragraph styles to text
Adjusting columns
Adding a jump line page number
Exploring on your own

6 Editing Text
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

7 Working with Typography
Getting started
Adjusting vertical spacing
Working with fonts, type styles, and glyphs
Fine-tuning columns
Changing paragraph alignment
Creating a drop cap
Adjusting letter and word spacing
Adjusting line breaks
Setting tabs
Adding a rule above a paragraph
Working with paragraph shading
Exploring on your own

8 Working with Color
Getting started
Managing color
Defining printing requirements
Creating colors
Applying colors
Working with tint swatches
Working with gradients
Working with color groups
Exploring on your own

9 Working with Styles
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

10 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 display quality
Working with clipping paths
Working with alpha channels
Importing native Adobe graphic files
Using an InDesign library to manage objects
Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics
Exploring on your own

11 Creating Tables
Getting started
Creating a table
Converting text to a table
Changing rows and columns
Formatting a table
Adding graphics to table cells
Creating a header row
Creating and applying table and cell styles
Exploring on your own

12 Working with Transparency
Getting started
Importing and colorizing a grayscale image
Applying transparency settings
Adding transparency effects to imported vector and bitmap graphics
Importing and adjusting Illustrator files that use transparency
Applying transparency settings to text
Working with effects
Exploring on your own

13 Printing and Exporting
Getting started
Packaging files
Creating an Adobe PDF proof
Previewing separations
Previewing how transparency effects will be flattened
Previewing the page
Printing a proof and saving a print preset
Using the Ink Manager
Exploring on your own
View outline in Word


Attend hands-on, instructor-led Adobe InDesign CC (Creative Cloud 2017 Release) training classes at ONLC's more than 300 locations. Not near one of our locations? Attend these same live classes from your home/office PC via our Remote Classroom Instruction (RCI) technology.

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