Adobe InDesign Core Skills: Level 2

Once you gain a foundation and some experience using Core Skills, you are ready for Level 2 training. IMPORTANT: To ensure you have the necessary skills for successful participation in the Level 2 training for InDesign, please carefully review the topics included in the Level 1 course for InDesign. In Level 2 classes, content is covered at a faster pace and additional focus is placed on use of shortcuts and real world 'tips and tricks' to improve your workflow. Each lesson includes unique and challenging project files. The Level 2 class also goes more thoroughly into advanced topics with some of the project files from our Level 1 courses.

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Our Adobe classes are for users of the CC and CS6 versions. These classes are run on the CC version of the software but are relevant for CS6 users as well. In addition, we upgrade our software shortly after new training materials are released from Adobe. Typically new content is available within 2 to 4 months of a software release.

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Students should have experience with InDesign and working knowledge of the skills covered in Core Skills: Level 1. Specifically, you should be familiar with the workspace, be able to create documents and pages, and work with objects, text, typography, and styles.

Course Outline

Working with Objects

  • Creating and modifying graphics frames - Review - Creating multiple frames in one step
  • Adding metadata captions to graphics frames
  • Placing and linking graphics frames
  • Changing the shape of a frame
  • Modifying the shape of frames
  • Creating a QR code

Flowing Text

  • Placing text and threading text (Review the basics)
  • Creating text frames while flowing text
  • Creating threaded frames automatically
  • Flowing text automatically

Editing Text

  • Finding and changing a missing font
  • Editing text by dragging and dropping
  • Using the Story Editor
  • Tracking changes

Working with Typography

  • Setting tabs
  • Adding a rule above a paragraph
  • Working with paragraph shading

Working with Color

  • Working with tint swatches
  • Working with gradients
  • Working with color groups

Working with Styles

  • Nesting character styles inside paragraph styles
  • Creating and applying object styles
  • Creating and applying table and cell styles

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 dropped backgrounds
  • 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

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

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

Printing and Exporting

  • Getting started
  • Managing colors
  • Previewing transparency effects
  • Previewing the page
  • Creating an Adobe PDF proof
  • Creating a Press-Ready PDF and saving a PDF preset
  • Printing a proof and saving a print preset
  • Packaging files
  • Exploring on your own

Creating Adobe PDF Files with Form Fields

  • Getting started
  • Set up a workspace for forms
  • Adding form fields
  • Setting the tab order of the fields
  • Adding a button to submit the form
  • Exporting an interactive Adobe PDF file
  • Testing your form in Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Exploring on your own

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