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InDesign Bootcamp

InDesign Bootcamp

Adobe InDesign Bootcamp

This comprehensive InDesign bootcamp training teaches foundational skills through intermediate topics over four consecutive days. The InDesign bootcamp covers the same materials as the introductory and intermediate InDesign courses, although it is delivered as an intensive four-day program. Participants learn how to use InDesign to create master pages, work with text and type, create styles, and helps you master the text-handling capabilities of InDesign, as well and more advanced features such as adding interactivity, creating digital documents, and mastering export and printing capabilities. The InDesign bootcamp training starts with entry-level topics then migrates to more advanced skills as the week progresses. If you would prefer to take the introductory and advanced courses separately, you can find dates for them in the InDesign classes section of our site.

All our InDesign classroom sessions include a live instructor in the same classroom with you. The Adobe InDesign bootcamp training is available as a regularly scheduled class at AGI's classroom locations, as a private or custom course at your location, or as an online class with a live instructor. This InDesign class has been updated for Adobe InDesign CC, but training for previous versions of Adobe InDesign is also available.

This InDesign class includes a copy of the InDesign Digital Classroom book, written by our team of expert instructors.

The InDesign bootcamp is also available as a private class for groups, companies and organizations. Contact AGI for more information about this InDesign training class or call to speak with a training representative: 800-851-9237.

This course is available individually or as part of these certificate programs:

InDesign Bootcamp Course Dates

All classes are led by a live instructor. Class times listed are Eastern time.

Course Title Course Dates Course Location Fee Register
InDesign Bootcamp


10:00 am to 5:00 pm
American Graphics Institute American Graphics Institute
Live instructor-led class online
1969-12-31T19:00:00-05:00 $1,390.00
InDesign Bootcamp


10:00 am to 5:00 pm
American Graphics Institute American Graphics Institute
Live instructor-led class online
1969-12-31T19:00:00-05:00 $1,390.00

Adobe InDesign Training Bootcamp: Complete Topics

InDesign Essential Skills

  • InDesign tools
  • The InDesign workspace
  • The document window
  • Using guides
  • Viewing modes
  • Working with panels
  • Managing panels
  • Saving your workspace
  • Working with the Control panel
  • Navigating through a document

Building InDesign Documents with Master Pages

  • Planning your document
  • Creating a custom-sized document
  • Formatting master pages
  • Using text variables
  • Basing master pages on other masters
  • Overriding master page items
  • Adding layout pages
  • Placing formatted text
  • Adding images and text to master pages
  • Applying masters to pages

Working with Text and Type in InDesign

  • Creating a text frame
  • Inputting text
  • Changing character attributes
  • Changing paragraph attributes
  • Finding and changing text
  • Checking and correcting spelling
  • Using the Glyphs panel
  • Creating Glyph sets
  • Flowing text
  • Threading text between frames

Working with InDesign's Styles

  • Style types
  • Defining paragraph styles
  • Applying paragraph styles
  • Defining character styles
  • Applying character styles
  • Updating styles
  • Loading styles from another document
  • Organizing styles into groups
  • Creating object styles
  • Applying object styles

Working with Graphics in InDesign

  • How InDesign handles graphics
  • Locating missing images
  • The Links panel and Link badge
  • Creating a graphic frame
  • Adding graphics
  • Repositioning graphics
  • Fitting graphics to frames
  • Placing multiple graphics
  • Wrapping text around graphics
  • Importing layered Photoshop files

Creating and Using InDesign Tables

  • Creating a table
  • Copying and pasting table information
  • Adding text to tables
  • Converting tables and text
  • Importing a table
  • Editing table options
  • Using cells
  • Merging cells
  • Defining columns and rows
  • Using graphics in cells

Using Color in Your InDesign Documents

  • Applying color to text
  • Applying color to frames
  • Creating and saving a new swatch
  • Applying Live Corner Effects
  • Applying strokes to text
  • Creating a tint reduction
  • Working with gradients
  • Using the Eyedropper
  • Updating and editing colors
  • Using and saving spot colors

Preflighting, Printing and PDF creation from InDesign

  • Package inventory
  • Actual vs. effective resolution
  • Preflight checks
  • Packaging your document
  • Package options
  • Creating a PDF
  • Adobe PDF Presets
  • PDF Export Options
  • Separation preview
  • Printing a proof

Adobe InDesign New Features

  • About the new features
  • Content Collector
  • Linked content
  • Liquid Layouts
  • Alternate layouts
  • PDF forms
  • Primary text frame
  • ePub enhancements

Review of Essential InDesign Skills

  • Using the InDesign Pages panel
  • Changing magnification
  • Placing and formatting type
  • Applying paragraph and character styles
  • Using Find/Change
  • Applying object styles
  • Placing and positioning graphics
  • Applying text wrap
  • Understanding layers
  • Applying effects

Controlling Text and Type with InDesign

  • Editing text using the Story Editor
  • Using Track Changes
  • Drag-and-drop text editing
  • Adjusting text inset
  • Vertically aligning text
  • Viewing and changing the baseline grid
  • Adding story jumps
  • Placing text on a path
  • Importing text from Microsoft Word
  • Finding and fixing missing fonts

Advanced InDesign Styles

  • Using nested styles
  • Redefining styles
  • Breaking links to styles
  • Additional style options
  • Creating a new style group
  • Using Quick Apply
  • Selecting all unused styles
  • Editing export tags
  • Sorting styles
  • GREP styles

Additional InDesign Graphics Features

  • Auto fitting
  • Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics
  • Placing multiple graphics using Mini Bridge
  • Applying object styles to images
  • Using clipping paths and alpha channels
  • Removing an image background
  • Using anchored objects
  • Advanced importing
  • Importing layered Photoshop files
  • Importing InDesign layouts as graphics

Advanced Tables in InDesign

  • Formatting cells and text
  • Text alignment and inset within a cell
  • Formatting text in tables by column
  • Working with tables in Story Editor
  • Defining a header cell
  • Setting column and row dimensions
  • Setting a fixed row height
  • Setting column width
  • Creating and applying cell styles
  • Creating and applying table styles

Using InDesign's Effects

  • Applying opacity to objects
  • Applying effects to strokes or fills
  • Adjusting effects
  • Object styles with effects
  • Using Find/Change to apply object styles
  • Converting text to a path
  • Applying blending modes to objects
  • Working with imported transparent files
  • Applying an alpha channel selection
  • Applying a path selection

Advanced InDesign Document Features

  • Adding text variables
  • Creating a book from multiple files
  • Defining pagination and document order
  • Synchronizing book attributes
  • Creating captions
  • Creating a Table of Contents
  • Building an index
  • Adding topics
  • Adding cross-references
  • Exporting from the Book panel

Creating Digital Documents using InDesign

  • Interactive design considerations
  • Adding a hyperlink
  • Adding buttons
  • Creating page transitions
  • Creating animations
  • Liquid Layout
  • Linked Content
  • Exporting an interactive PDF
  • Creating a SWF file
  • Adding PDF form fields


Adobe InDesign Training Bootcamp Prerequisites

We recommend that you have the Adobe InDesign software before starting the class so that you can practice following the training. You can purchase the software, subscribe to the Creative Cloud, or obtain a trial version of it at from the Adobe website.

Adobe InDesign Training Bootcamp: Course Materials

The Adobe InDesign Training Bootcamp includes a copy of the InDesign Digital Classroom book, which is one of the more than 10 InDesign books created by AGI's InDesign instructors and published by Wiley.

A certificate is issued upon course completion, and this course is also available as part of the comprehensive series of InDesign certification training courses offered at American Graphics Institute. 

Locations for InDesign bootcamp

Attend the InDesign bootcamp in-person or online. You can find details regarding all the InDesign classes near you that are available. 


Related Certificate Programs: 
Graphic Design Certificate
Graphic Design Bootcamp

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