Adobe InDesign – Level 2

Duration: 7 hours (1 day)

Target audience: Anyone that needs to create print documents such as graphic designers, technical writers, desktop publishing professionals, administrative assistants, communications professionals.

Prerequisites: Adobe InDesign – Level 1 or equivalent knowledge

Related courses: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat – Pre-press

Software version: In addition to the current software version, Documedia teaches previous versions and we can provide customized training that focuses on new features. Please contact us for details.

Course description

In this course, participants will learn about InDesign’s more advanced features such as working with layers, book features, publishing to XML and PDF, and packaging for press. Also, participants will learn how to use InDesign to make interactive online PDF documents with features like bookmarks, links, buttons, audio and video clips.

About Adobe InDesign

According to Adobe, Adobe InDesign is page layout software that is “built for demanding workflows, InDesign integrates smoothly with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, InCopy, and Dreamweaver software; offers powerful features for creating richer, more complex documents; and reliably outputs pages to multiple media. With its sophisticated design features and enhanced productivity tools for streamlining repetitive tasks, InDesign lets you work faster and better than ever.”

Course objectives

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Use advanced InDesign features for improved productivity
  • Use InDesign’s publishing features for various outputs such press, PDF and XML

Unit 1 – Managing content with layers

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Create and use layers for managing page content
  • Move objects between layers
  • Lock, show or hide layers

Unit 2 – Stocking content using libraries

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Create a library to store objects
  • Add and retrieve objects from a library

Unit 3 – Printing

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Configure the print setting for documents
  • Create a print preset for consistent output

Unit 4 – Exporting to PDF

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Describe a PDF and its intended uses
  • Create PDFs for different purposes such as for commercial printing and the web
  • Edit and create PDF presets
  • Verify a PDF once it has been created

Unit 5 – Creating online interactive PDFs

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Setup an InDesign document so that bookmarks are created when exporting to PDF
  • Create hyperlinks and buttons for navigation
  • Add audio and video clips

Unit 6 – Creating books and tables of contents

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Create a multi-file book
  • Manage files and formats within a book
  • Create a PDF or print a book
  • Create a table of contents for a single file or a book

Unit 7 – Pre-flighting documents and packaging for press

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Use the pre-flight command and troubleshoot pre-flight results
  • Use the package command for sending documents to a commercial printer

Unit 8 – Publishing with XML

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Import an XML file into an InDesign document
  • Map XML elements to styles and frames for automated formatting and positioning
  • Validate a structured InDesign document to a DTD (document type definition)
  • Export XML

Teaching method

The concepts will be presented by your instructor and procedures will be demonstrated step-by-step. This will be followed up by practical exercises where you will be able to apply your newly acquired skills with the guidance of your instructor.