Adobe InDesign CC Advanced Techniques - Online Classroom

£405 per delegate. This may be less for special offers on specific course dates and in-company training courses

Duration: 2 days

Trainer: G083IH

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Indesign CC Advanced Techniques

Our InDesign CS6 Advanced Training Course is aimed at those who are comfortable with the basics of using InDesign, and want to look at some of the more advanced functionality available in InDesign. The course is ideally suited to those who have attended the InDesign CS6 Getting Started course, or are already comfortable with most of the topics covered within it.

During this course you will learn how to work with more advanced styling such as nested styles, next style and object styles, you will learn to apply automated page numbering, use the liquify and alternate layout functions and lots more. You will work with interactive features and learn how to create pdf forms from within InDesign all ready for output, not to mention add hyperlinks, page transitions and other interactive features. We will teach you how to make use of snippets and libraries to reuse content saving a lot of time, and if you are working with external data from excel or other database sources, we will teach you how to generate a fully formatted indesign document directly from the data file.


If you have no idea how to place text or images on an InDesign page, or have never heard of character and paragraph styles, you should take a look at the InDesign CS6 Getting Started course. If however you are comfortable with this kind of thing and are looking to move on to the next level, this is the right course. We don't expect you to be an InDesign expert, and this course is ideal for those who are at an intermediate level and want to move beyond the basics of InDesign.

This course is a hands on class and our class size is capped at a maximum of 8 delegates in London and 5 in York, ensuring plenty of one to one attention. The course can also be taken as a closed course at your own location. 

This course is offered as a two day course

Course Prerequisites

You will have already either attended the InDesign CS6 Getting Started course or have equivalent experience, and will be reasonably comfortable creating a new document, placing frames and content on the page, applying basic formatting, and moving and positioning content.

Course Content

Using Stylesheets 

- Setting up paragraph and character styles
- Styling bullets
- Using next paragraph style
- Advanced nested styles

Object Styles

- What are object styles
- Creating an object style
- Applying paragraph styles within an object
- Using quick apply Setting a default object style

Styling Tables
- Table styles
- Cell styles
- Paragraph styles in cells
- Cell styles in tables
- Creating table styles
- Applying table styles

Page Numbering

- Automated Table of Contents
- Formatting the TOC
- Updating TOC
- Styling Table of Contents
- Dynamic story jumps

Advanced Layout Options

- Gridify
- Live Distribute
- Liquid layout
- Liquid Page Rules
- Alternate Layout
- Alignment tips

Pen Tool, Paths & Pathfinder

- Creating paths
- Creating custom frames
- Combining different shapes
- Type on a path
- Formatting type on a path
- Placing text in a custom frame
- Merging frames
- Compound frames


- Export to interactive pdf
- Buttons
- Hyperlinks
- Transitions
- Animation
- Video
- Interactive page curls


- Overview of pdf forms
- Text and signature fields
- List and combo boxes
- Checkboxes and radio buttons
- Setting tab order for pdf forms
- Submit, print and clear actions
- Outputting a form
- Testing in Acrobat

Adobe Bridge

- Bridge Workspaces
- Working with Mini Bridge
- Image Metadata in Bridge
- Metadata Templates
- Live image captions

Working with Images

- Using PSD files in InDesign
- Using Illustrator files
- Embedding images
- Preflighting and Images
- Images and transparency

Color and Kuler

- Mixed ink colours and groups
- Seperations preview panel
- The ink manager
- What is Kuler
- Creating a Kuler theme
- Managing Kuler themes
- Using .ASE files


- Word and Excel content
- Import options
- Importing styles
- Handling style conflicts
- Import Presets
- Importing text


- Export Interactive PDF
- Export as HTML5
- Export for Kindle
- Export as SWF
- Export as ePub etc....

Working with Text

- Using conditional text
- Convert text to frames
- Tracking text changes
- Custom autocorrect
- Custom spell check
- Link content between documents


- What is Grep
- Find and replace with GREP
- Using GREP Styles


- Saving as snippets
- Showing snippets in mini bridge
- Reuse snippets on document from bridge


- Libraries v Snippets
- Creating a library
- The library panel
- Adding items to a library

Data Merge

- How to setup a merge source
- Add merge fields
- Styling
- Output
The course either has new dates in data loading, or is only run as a dedicated or In Company course.
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