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InDesign Class - Advanced

InDesign Class - Advanced

Advanced InDesign Class Length: 2 days

This Adobe InDesign class is for you if you understand the basics of InDesign and want to master the application, improve your skills, and increase your productivity. This is the highest-level of our InDesign classes, and helps you master the text-handling capabilities of InDesign, the advanced features, document layout and template building, long document features, and the essentials of InDesign’s XML capabilities. You will also discover how to create interactive documents for online distribution. This class covers content that applies for InDesign CC, but can be adapted for earlier versions of InDesign.

All our regularly schedule InDesign training sessions in our classrooms include a live instructor in the same classroom with you. We also offer live online training if you can't make it to our classrooms with a live instructor teaching the course online.

This advanced InDesign class is also available as a private course for groups, companies and organizations. For more information about private InDesign training sessions you can contact AGI.

InDesign Class - Advanced Course Dates

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


Please call 800-851-9237 or 781-376-6044 to schedule a course.

Contact AGI to request course dates.

Advanced InDesign Class: Complete Topics Covered

    Building InDesign Templates

    • Advantages of template use
    • Creating a template layer
    • Loading swatches
    • Loading styles
    • Creating master pages
    • Basing masters
    • Overriding and detaching master objects
    • Creating styles
    • Basing styles
    • Clearing style overrides

    Using Color and Transparency in InDesign

    • Adjusting gradients
    • Using the Eyedropper with colors
    • Copying swatches between documents
    • Previewing color separations
    • Connecting effects and transparency
    • Feathering graphic margins
    • Blending mode options
    • Solving printing issues
    • Transparency flattener options
    • Understanding stitching

    Working with Long Documents using InDesign

    • Combining files into books
    • Setting the page order
    • Creating a table of contents
    • Specifying a style source
    • Synchronizing long documents
    • Creating an index
    • Adding topics and cross-references
    • Generating an index
    • Exporting a book file
    • Print Booklet

    Harnessing InDesign's XML capabilities

    • Viewing XML
    • Importing XML tags
    • Applying tags to text
    • Applying tags to graphic
    • Using the Structure pane
    • Exporting a document to XML
    • Importing XML data
    • Mapping tags to styles and styles to tags
    • Understanding DTD files
    • Validating XML structure

    Using InDesign Data Merge

    • Merging steps
    • Choosing a data source
    • Inserting a text data field
    • Adding image fields
    • Previewing records
    • Updating data fields
    • Removing data fields
    • Replacing data fields
    • Merging records
    • Using data fields on master pages

    Creating Interactive Documents using InDesign

    • Adding TOC bookmarks
    • Arranging, grouping and sorting bookmarks
    • Creating a hyperlink
    • Creating a button
    • Action types
    • Changing button appearance
    • Adding a movies or sound
    • Choosing a poster frame
    • Changing movie options
    • Selecting an Acrobat format

    Creating Interactive Documents using InDesign

    • Adding TOC bookmarks
    • Arranging, grouping and sorting bookmarks
    • Creating hyperlinks
      • URLs
      • Emails
      • Page destinations
    • TOC markers
    • Index markers
    • Cross references in InDesign
    • Creating buttons with InDesign
    • Understanding action types
    • Changing button appearance
    • Adding a movies or sound to InDesign documents
    • Choosing a poster frame
    • Changing movie options

    Advanced interactive options with InDesign

    • Creating motion paths
    • Using existing objects as a motion path
    • Working with motion presets
    • Using Timing to change animation sequences
    • Using Layers for interactive elements
    • Building and organizing animations
    • Creating animation effects: type, slideshows, color transitions, and scrolling text.
    • Importing animations

    Sharing InDesign documents using Adobe Publish Online

    • Understanding InDesign's Publish Online capabilities and limitations
    • Design considerations for Adobe publish online
    • Using Spreads in Digital Documents
    • Creating multi-page documents
    • Designing InDesign pages with different sizes
    • Understanding InDesign's Publishing settings
    • Sharing options: social media, email
    • Setting default view
    • PDF download option
    • Setting Image quality
    • Creating document thumbnail image
    • Updating previously published documents
    • Viewing analytics for published documents
    • Viewing published documents online: navigating the interface
    • Embedding Adobe Publish Online documents within a website

    InDesign Productivity Enhancers

    • Customizing keyboard shortcuts
    • Using Smart Guides
    • Importing and pasting text
    • Using the Eyedropper on text
    • Applying styles efficiently
    • Nested and next styles
    • Updating styled text
    • Using libraries and snippets
    • Enabling Layout Adjustment
    • Proportionally placing graphics

    Helpful Preferences

    • Applying leading to entire paragraphs
    • Enabling Smart Text Reflow
    • Controlling text wrap
    • Setting up a baseline grid
    • Changing units and increments
    • Choosing the appearance of black
    • Viewing and changing the baseline grid
    • Restoring preferences and defaults
    • Resetting warning boxes
    • Clipboard Handling

    Advanced InDesign Class: Prerequisites

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

    If you are looking to use InDesign as part of the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, see our Adobe DPS training class details.

    Advanced InDesign Class: Course Materials

    You will receive a comprehensive InDesign course manual for this class developed by the Adobe Certified Instructors at AGI. AGI instructors that have created many of the official InDesign training guides and books for Adobe Systems, including more than 10 books on Adobe InDesign. This includes the InDesign Digital Classroom for versions CC, CS6, and CS5. You can view our InDesign tutorials as examples of the training materials created by our instructors.

    Locations for Advanced InDesign courses 

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

    Available Delivery Methods For This Class