Many thanks for putting together another well-organized lesson series packed with great information. After the introductory course and this course, I feel well-prepared to dig deeper into inDesign and explore further the tools and techniques you shared.
Course Code: nnc
Spend this first lesson exploring some time-saving InDesign features as we dig into the first project: a master style sheet you'll develop and use throughout the course. Then, define your own workspace in InDesign, tailoring it to how you like to find and access tools and features.
You'll create multiple Master pages you can quickly apply for different projects. You'll also see how to use the multiple page size feature in InDesign CC to build letterhead and an envelope, using the Library and other time-saving features. Then, work with different types of text wraps to control how the text flows on the page—and you don't have to be an illustrator to do it!
In this lesson, you'll dig into some of the ways you can design features to help you work faster and smarter including using facing pages and double-page spreads, creating nested styles, and building and object style. Then, see how to convert text into a table, and how to style the table and its contents using colors you sample from the project's logo.
You'll learn how to coordinate the appearance of the content in all the files by setting one file as the style source and work your way through the files to make sure they conform to the styles. You'll also work with page numbering and headers, and finally create a table of contents. Then, you'll work with a table of merge data and use metadata from images you place in a photo cube to automatically add captions to the project.
Learn to create interactive documents on InDesign. Then, you'll learn how to calibrate your monitor and see how to work with a Color Management System in Adobe Bridge used across all your Adobe products for consistency.
You'll learn about using transparency flattening to make sure your color pages and images print the way you want, and then try some test prints. You'll learn how to evaluate your document using a preflight profile and how to work with color separations and overprint previews. And finally, you’ll explore ways to produce content for different-sized digital devices by using alternate layouts and layout rules as you create both reflowable and fixed layout EPUB publications.
Donna Baker is a freelance graphic designer and author of many books on design software and Web design. She produces custom tutorials, videos, and infographics. She's an Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Community Expert. She edits several books per year as a technical editor for Wiley Publishing. And she loves sharing her knowledge about graphic design and Adobe products with others.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
One of the following Adobe InDesign CC Student or retail versions (Mac or Windows):
Older versions of Adobe InDesign are also applicable, including all versions of Adobe InDesign CS5, CS5.5, and CS4.
Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins
Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8 or Windows 10
Mac OS X v10.6.8, v10.7, v10.8, or v10.9.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.