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Web, Graphic Design and Multimedia

Adobe® InDesign® CS4

eLearning Hours: 
9
Price: 
$215.00
Audience: 

Graphic artists, desktop publishers, creative writers, media designers and multimedia producers.

Overview: 

Session 1 of this Adobe InDesign CS4 course explores the history and various functions of InDesign and explains how to work cohesively with other Adobe programs like Photoshop and Illustrator. Sessions 2 and 3 explain intermediate and advanced uses of colour, graphics, type and styles and how to produce more professional looking layouts for print, web and interactive digital publishing.

Topics: 

Session 1

Section A: Getting to Know InDesign CS4

  • History of Adobe InDesign
  • Interface
  • Productivity
  • Text and Tables
  • Graphics and Drawing
  • Interactivity
  • Certification

Section B: Roles of CS4 Applications

  • Uses of Photoshop
  • Uses of Illustrator
  • Uses of InDesign

Section C: Workspaces

  • Welcome Screen
  • Tools Panel
  • Control Panel
  • Application Bar
  • Panel Dock
  • Application Frame
  • Customizing the Workspace
  • Customizing Application Menus
  • Menu Color Options
  • Customizing Context and Panel Menus
  • Customizing Panel Location
  • Customizing the Panel Dock
  • Expanded Panel and Button View
  • Save Workspace
  • Open Saved Workspace
  • Multiple Workspaces

Section D: Navigating InDesign

  • Opening a Document
  • Navigating with the Pages Panel
  • Navigating with the Page Box
  • Jump to Page
  • Zooming Shortcuts
  • Zoom Tool
  • Spotlight (for Mac Users)
  • Zoom Views
  • Panning with the Hand Tool
  • Hand Tool Shortcut
  • Power Zoom
  • Tabbed Documents
  • Floating Windows
  • Arranging Windows

Section E: Laying Out a Document

  • New Document Preferences
  • New Document Settings
  • Bleed
  • Slug
  • Save Preset
  • Viewing the New Document
  • Document Guides
  • Adjusting Guides
  • Measure Tool
  • Working with Guides
  • Facing Page Document
  • Baseline Grid
  • Guides and Master Pages

Section F: Transforming and Reusing Objects

  • Object Frames
  • Rectangle Tool
  • Polygon Tool
  • Ellipse Tool
  • Transform Options
  • Rotate and Free Transform Tools
  • Rotate Dialog Box
  • Transform Again
  • Select and Group Objects
  • Arrange Objects
  • Horizontal Transform
  • Preview Mode

Session 2

Section A: Understanding Color

  • Named vs. Unnamed Color
  • Color Panel
  • Color Picker
  • Create New Color Swatch
  • Kuler in InDesign
  • Convert Swatches to CMYK
  • Add Unnamed Swatches
  • Deleting Swatches
  • Find Unused Colors
  • Saving and Loading Swatches
  • Load Swatches from Document
  • Tint Swatch
  • Gradient Swatch
  • Gradient Options

Section B: Working with Spot Color

  • Spot Colors
  • Mixed Inks
  • Mixed Ink Group
  • Separations Preview

Section C: Type Basics

  • Adding Text
  • Formatting Text
  • Text Panel Options
  • Resize Text Frame
  • Text on a Path
  • Text on Path Options
  • Text on a Path using Shapes
  • Character Formatting
  • Kerning
  • Type on a Path Effects

Section D: Working with Type

  • Add Footer to Master Page
  • Formatting Footers
  • Create Column Master Page
  • Linking Master Text Frames
  • Import Text
  • Story Editor
  • Flowing Text
  • Check Spelling
  • Add to Dictionary

Section E: Styles

  • Clearing Imported Formatting
  • Creating Paragraph Styles
  • Applying Styles
  • Formatting within Applied Styles
  • Redefining Styles
  • Editing Styles Based on Other Styles
  • Quick Apply
  • Automating Styles
  • Creating Captions
  • Creating Character Styles
  • Nested Styles
  • GREP and Find/Change
  • Using GREP and Character Styles
  • Creating GREP Styles

Section F: Working with Graphics

  • Placing Graphics in Existing Frames
  • Scaling Graphics
  • Placing Graphics without Frames
  • Placing Images with Adobe Bridge
  • Fitting Icons
  • Links Panel
  • XMP Metadata
  • Info Panel
  • Placing Graphics from Illustrator
  • Placing Graphics from Photoshop
  • Updating Missing Images
  • Updating Modified Images
  • Edit Original

Session 3

Section A: Libraries and Snippets

  • Create Library
  • Reuse Library Objects
  • Create Snippet

Section B: Layers

  • Organizing Documents into Layers
  • Working with Layers
  • Create New Layer and Layer Options
  • Stacking Order

Section C: Effects

  • Text Frame Options and Text Effects
  • Effects Panel
  • Object Styles
  • Transparency
  • Flattener Preview
  • Dealing with Transparency

Section D: Working with Tables

  • Creating a Table
  • Place Excel Spreadsheet
  • Basic Formatting
  • Formatting with Styles
  • Adding Strokes
  • Creating a Cell Style
  • Creating a Table Style
  • Updating Tables with External Data

Section E: Advanced Type

  • Create Text Variables
  • Insert Text Variable
  • Map Word Styles to InDesign
  • Keep Options
  • Hyphenation
  • Text Wrap
  • Frame-Based Grids
  • Insert Special Character
  • Linked Word Files
  • Bulleted List
  • Numbered List
  • Conditional Text
  • Create New Condition
  • Create Additional Condition

Section F: Automation

  • Set Up Data Merge
  • Insert Placeholders
  • Create Merged Document
  • Create XML Tags
  • Apply XML Tags
  • Export XML File
  • Import XML File
  • Map Tags to Style

Section G: Export Formats

  • Preparing for Interactive Export
  • Adding Buttons
  • Exporting to SWF
  • Exporting to XFL
  • Exporting to PDF
  • Exporting to XHTML
  • View XHTML
  • XHTML with CSS

Section H: Long Documents

  • Using the Book Panel
  • Synchronizing Documents
  • Table of Contents Basics
  • Place Text in Table of Contents
  • Creating Footnotes
  • Footnote Options
  • Creating Cross-References
  • Editing Cross-References

Section I: Preparing for Print

  • Live Preflight
  • Customizing Preflight Profiles
  • Correct Errors
  • Embed Preflight Profile
  • Print Options
  • PDF Presets
  • Packaging for Print
Instruction Methodology: 

Web-based, self-paced eLearning.