Course Description

Take Adobe InDesign to the next level. Learn to create professional quality, advanced design documents and prepare them for print vendors or other mediums; export as interactive PDFs including video and buttons; or migrate files to EPUB.


The book is not required, but we recommend that you purchase it as a reference during and after the course. This book and its exercise files are made specifically for the CC2022 software used in our computer labs and may not be compatible with older versions of the software. The instructor can provide backwards-compatible files upon request.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Working with Color

  • Managing, creating, and applying colors
  • Working with tint swatches
  • Working with gradients
  • Working with color groups

Lesson 2: Working with Styles

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

Lesson 3: Importing and Modifying Graphics

  • Adding graphics from other programs
  • Comparing vector and bitmap graphics
  • Managing links to imported files
  • Updating revised graphics
  • Working with clipping paths
  • Working with alpha channels
  • Using an InDesign library to manage objects

Lesson 4: Creating Tables

  • Creating a table
  • Converting text to a table
  • Formatting a table
  • Adding graphics to table cells
  • Creating and applying table and cell styles

Lesson 5: Working with Transparency

  • Applying transparency settings
  • Importing and adjusting Illustrator files that use transparency
  • Applying transparency settings to text

Lesson 6: Printing and Exporting

  • Preflighting files
  • Packaging files
  • Creating an Adobe PDF proof
  • Previewing separations

Lesson 7: Creating Adobe PDF Files with Form Fields

  • Adding form fields
  • Setting the tab order of the fields
  • Exporting an interactive Adobe PDF file

Lesson 8: Creating a Fixed-Layout EPUB

  • Creating a new document for fixed-layout export
  • Adding animation, multimedia, and interactive elements
  • Exporting an EPUB file

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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