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Desktop Publishing: InDesign

Desktop Publishing: InDesign Course Description This course is a comprehensive survey of desktop publishing using Adobe InDesign CS4, the leading …


    Desktop Publishing: InDesign

    Course Description
    This course is a comprehensive survey of desktop publishing using Adobe InDesign CS4, the leading page layout application, to create sophisticated original layouts for a variety of uses, including brochures, newsletters, books, business cards, signs, and many others, for print and digital output and distribution.

    Course Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course–

    The student will understand and appreciate the following desktop publishing issues:

    • Principles of digital layout
    • Typography
    • Color
    • Print and electronic output

    The student will be able to perform the following tasks:

    • Create, design, and edit new documents
    • Create and import text and images
    • Specify and apply color to text and images
    • Prepare files for final output

    The student will have a working knowledge of InDesign, successfully using tools to create original layouts, set type, place graphics, and create new graphic elements for use in print and electronic documents, including brochures, magazines and newsletters.

    Session 1: Exploring the InDesign Environment

    • Explore the InDesign Environment
    • Customize the Interface
    • Explore Navigation Controls
    • Set General and Interface Preferences

    Session 2: Designing Documents and Enhancing Documents

    • Create a New Document
    • Add Text
    • Add Graphic
    • Convert Other Application Files to
    • Format Characters and Paragraphs
    • Apply Color, Swatches, and Gradients
    • Apply Fills and Strokes
    • Create and Apply Styles

    Session 3: Working with Page Elements, Managing Objects

    • Arrange Objects
    • Align Objects
    • Manage Page Elements with Layers
    • Set Up Pages
    • Transform Objects
    • Edit Objects
    • Thread Text Frames
    • Search and Replace Objects
    • Edit Text

    Session 4: Working with Tables

    • Create a Table
    • Modify a Table Structure
    • Format a Table
    • Create Table and Cell Styles

    Session 5: Handling Page Elements, Managing Styles

    • Create Duplicate Items
    • Handle Text Layout
    • Create Transparency
    • Create Anchored Objects
    • Manage a Library
    • Import Styles from Microsoft Word Documents
    • Create Nested Styles
    • Create Related Styles
    • Apply Styles in a Sequence
    • Manage Style Overrides
    • Redefine Styles
    • Break the Link between Styles

    Session 6: Developing Complex Paths

    • Create Bézier Paths
    • Create Clipping Paths
    • Create Compound Paths
    • Create Type Outlines

    Session 7: Administering External Files and XML

    • Import Layered Files
    • Merge Data
    • Integrate XML into a Document
    • Import XML Content
    • Create a Snippet

    Session 8: Managing Long Documents

    • Insert Footnotes
    • Insert Text Variables
    • Create Text Conditions
    • Create Document Sections
    • Create a Book
    • Create the Table of Contents
    • Create Hyperlinks
    • Create Cross-References
    • Generate an Index

    Session 9: Finalizing Documents

    • Check Documents for Errors
    • Print a Document
    • Package Files
    • Export PDF Files for Commercial
    • Printing
    • Prepare PDF Files for Web
    • Distribution

    Session 10: Exporting InDesign Files in Other Formats

    • Export PDF Files
    • Export Files for the Web
    • Export Files for Animation

    Session 11: Adjusting Print Settings

    • Manage Colors
    • Preview the Print Output
    • Create Print Presets

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