Adobe InDesign CS6 Basic/Intermediate

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About this Course

InDesign CS6: Basic/Intermediate, ACE Edition, is part of a three-day course ILT series that will help students prepare for the Adobe Certified Expert exam for InDesign CS6. This 2 day instructor-led course is designed for students who want to create professional documents, print layouts, become more proficient with text editing, document setup, and using color. Students will learn how to create documents, place text and graphics, use objects, work with master pages, create custom colors, print documents and export documents to PDF, import and edit text, add special characters, setup alternate layouts and templates, use object libraries and snippets, create tints, gradient swatches, and vector paths, and create tables.

Audience Profile

This course is intended for graphic designers, creative professionals, print professionals, publishers, pre-press professionals and marketing communications professionals. It will also help students migrating from Publisher, Pagemaker or QuarkXPress.

At Course Completion

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  •   Familiarize yourself with print layout and design using Adobe InDesign.
  •   Work with some of the tools and features of this program to create and deliver eye-catching printed documents.
  •   Learn to prepare those documents for print or web use.


Before taking this course, students should be familiar with the basic functions of their computer’s operating system such as creating folders, launching programs and working with windows. Students should also have basic Windows application skills such as copying and pasting objects, formatting text, and saving files.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introducing the Workspace

  • Getting Started
  • Looking at the Workspace
  • Working with Panels
  • Customizing the Workspace
  • Changing the Magnification of a Document
  • Navigating Through a Document
  • Using Context Menus
  • Exploring on Your Own
  • Finding Resources for Using InDesign

Lesson 2: Getting to Know InDesign

  • Viewing the Lesson Document
  • Preflighting as Your Work
  • Viewing Guides
  • Adding Text
  • Working with Styles
  • Working with Graphics
  • Working with Objects
  • Working with Object Styles

Lesson 3: Setting up a Document and Working with Pages

  • Creating and Saving Custom Document Settings
  • Creating a New Document
  • Switching Between Open InDesign Documents
  • Working with Master Pages
  • Applying Master Pages to Document Pages
  • Adding New Document Pages
  • Changing the Size of Pages
  • Adding Sections to Change Page Numbering
  • Placing Text and Graphics on Document Pages
  • Viewing the Completed Spread

Lesson 4: Working with Objects

  • Working with Layers
  • Creating and Modifying Text Frames
  • Creating and Modifying Graphics Frams
  • Adding metadata Captions to Graphics Frames
  • Placing and Linking Graphics Frames
  • Changing the Shape of a Frame
  • Wrapping Text Around a Graphic
  • Modifying the Shape of Frames
  • Transforming and Aligning Objects
  • Selecting and Modifying Grouped Objects

Lesson 5: Flowing Text

  • Flowing Text into an Existing Frame
  • Flowing Text Manually
  • Creating Text Frames While Flowing Text
  • Flowing Text Automatically
  • Creating Threaded Frames Automatically
  • Resizing Text Frames Automatically
  • Adding a Jump Line Page Number

Lesson 6: Editing Text

  • Finding and Changing a Missing Font
  • Entering and Importing Text
  • Finding and Changing Text and Formatting
  • Checking and Spelling
  • Editing Text by Dragging and Dropping
  • Using the Story Editor
  • Tracking Changes

Lesson 7: Working with Typography

  • Adjusting Vertical Spacing
  • Changing Fonts and Type Styles
  • Fine-tuning Columns
  • Changing Paragraph Alignment
  • Creating a Drop Cap
  • Adjusting Letter and Word Spacing
  • Setting Tabs
  • Adding a Rule Above a Paragraph

Lesson 8: Working with Color

  • Managing Color
  • Synchronizing Color Setting in Adobe Bridge
  •  Specifying Color Settings in InDesign
  • Displaying Images at Full Resolution
  • Proofing Colors Onscreen
  • Defining Printing Requirements
  • Creating and Applying Colors
  • Working with Gradients
  • Creating a Tint
  • Creating a Spot Colo
  •  Applying Colors to Text and Objects
  •  Using Advanced Gradient Techniques

Lesson 9: Working With Styles

  • Creating and Applying Paragraph Styles
  •  Creating and Applying Character Styles
  •  Nesting Character Styles Inside Paragraph Styles
  •  Creating and Applying Object Styles
  • Creating and Applying Table and Cell Styles
  •  Globally Updating Styles
  •  Loading styles from Another Document