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Adobe InDesign Advanced

  • Length 2 days
  • Price  NZD 983.48 exc GST
  • Version CC2023
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Why study this course

The powerful and abundant features of Adobe InDesign® are often underutilised or even overlooked. Learning a feature such as Quick Apply for super fast formatting will save users at least 30 minutes a day, a potential annual time saving of 90+ hours! Similarly, understanding the power of GREP could help turn days of mundane and frustrating editing work into a ten-minute operation!

Especially with the latest InDesign versions, you can efficiently design and edit documents for print or screen faster than ever. Use the new Adaptive Design tools to easily repurpose layouts and other recent InDesign productivity improvements such as directly importing PDF comments, Creative Cloud™ Libraries, Content Collector tools, Adobe Fonts, the Colour Theme tool, and more. There is an emphasis on working with long documents to include time-saving techniques, along with advanced styling and page layout options.

City Desktop Public Schedule

With Lumify Group's recent acquisition of City Desktop Training, we're pleased to now offer you an extensive public schedule of Adobe end user training in Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines. As we move to consolidate our offering, you can access the schedule of the most closely aligned courses and book, by clicking on the link below.

What you can expect with City Desktop Training

  • Small classes (average 4 to 6)

  • Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC) with industry experienced, certified instructors

  • Course eBook and sample files

  • Class exercises relevant to industry

  • AATC Adobe endorsed certificate upon course completion

  • After-course support

  • Free course resit (6 months) *

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* Free resit applies to all public courses; does not include custom or private training.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this course, students will have the knowledge to:

  • Improve productivity through best practices, tips, and tricks with emphasis on:

    • Automating repetitive actions

    • Streamlining the ‘beginning to end’ process

    • Advanced options for customising InDesign

    • Must-know shortcuts

  • Use troubleshooting techniques

  • Utilise new features

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City Desktop Training, part of the Lumify Group, is an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC).

Who is the course for?

This course is intended for proficient users of Adobe InDesign who want to learn time-saving techniques and use InDesign's advanced features, new adaptive design tools, and other new productivity improvements.

Course subjects

Defaults and Preferences

  • Application and Document Defaults

  • How to Fix Glitches and Crashes

  • Customising Preferences

  • Restoring Defaults and Preferences for Corrupt Files

Working with Long Documents

  • InDesign Book Files (.indb)

  • Creating a Book File and Adding Documents

  • The Style Source and Synchronising Documents

  • Synchronising Parent Pages

  • Section Markers for Numbering and Sections

  • Text Variables and Presets

  • Creating a Running Head using Variables

  • Parent and Child Parent Pages

  • Keep Options for Headings and Related Paragraphs

  • Tables of Contents

  • Setting up the TOC Style

  • Creating Tab Leaders for TOC Entries

  • Packaging, Preflighting, and Exporting Books

Libraries and Snippets

  • Libraries for Graphics, Text and Pages

  • Snippets for Reuse, Sharing, and Positioning

  • Libraries Versus Snippets

  • Creative Cloud™ Libraries (CC Libraries)

Advanced Text Options

  • Paragraph Rules: Above and Below

  • Spanning and Splitting Columns

  • Paragraph Borders and Shading

  • Conditional Text

  • Indent to Here Character

  • Story Jump Lines

  • Adobe Fonts (formerly Typekit)

  • Avoiding Word Breaks

  • Word Spacing in Justified Text

  • Footnotes

  • Autosize Text Frames

  • Balance Columns

  • The Baseline Grid

  • Using Dynamic Spelling

  • The Check Spelling Command

Data Merge

  • The Database File and InDesign File

  • Steps for Merging Data

  • Adding Image Fields in The Data Source File

  • Multiple Records and Images

Advanced Style Options

  • Loading Styles

  • Grouping Styles

  • Clearing Overrides in Styled Text

  • Style Override Highlighter

  • Next Style

  • Applying the Next Style to Existing Text

  • The Power of Nested Styles

  • Applying Keyboard Shortcuts to Styles

  • Quick Apply

Bullets and Numbering

  • Formatting Bulleted and Numbered Lists

  • Changing and Formatting Bullet Characters

  • Creating Multi-level Lists

  • Restarting or Continuing Numbering for a List

  • Defined Lists

Find/Change and GREP

  • Find and Change: Text, GREP, Glyph and Objects

  • Finding and Changing Words

  • Searching for and Changing Text Formatting

  • Replacing Multiple Spaces, Tabs and Returns

  • GREP: Advanced Pattern-based Search Techniques

  • Construct GREP Expressions to Find Alphanumberic Strings and Patterns

Preflight Profiles and Output Previews

  • Viewing and Resolving Preflight Errors

  • Defining Preflight Profiles

  • Links Panel View Options

  • Previewing Colour Separation Plates

  • Previewing Ink Coverage

  • The Ink Manager

Advanced Page Layout Options

  • Split Window for Comparisons

  • Using Power Zoom

  • Rotate the Spread View

  • Adding Colour Labels to Pages

  • Calculations in Panels and Dialogue Boxes

  • Step and Repeat

  • Calculations and Step and Repeat

  • Gridify: Placing Multiple Images in a Grid

  • Live Distribute

  • Frame Fitting Options

  • Auto-Fit Frame Contents

  • The Gap Tool

  • The Color Theme Tool

  • Controlling Layer Visibility of Images

  • Object Layer Options

  • Multiple Page Sizes and the Page Tool

  • Creating Multiple-page Spreads

  • Importing Comments from PDF Files

  • PDF Comments Panel Overview

  • The Adjust Layout Command

  • Creating Captions from Image Metadata

  • Static and Live Captions

  • Text Wrap Options

  • Ignoring Text Wrap

  • Text Wrap Preferences

  • Clipping paths and Deep Etching Images

  • Edit Original Images from Links Panel

  • Importing Word Formatting and Styles

  • Autoflow Options

Object Styles and Anchored Objects

  • The Object Styles Panel

  • Creating Object Styles

  • Using Object Style Categories

  • Applying Object Styles

  • Clearing Overrides on Object Styles

  • Editing an Object Style

  • Breaking the Link to an Object Style

  • Importing Object Styles

  • Anchored Objects

  • Creating Anchored Objects Method 1

  • Creating Anchored Objects Method 2 (preferred)

  • Inline and Above Line Options

  • Custom Anchored Object Options

  • Viewing Anchored Object Markers

  • Moving or Resizing an Anchored Object Manually

  • Releasing an Anchored Object

  • Anchored Objects and Object Styles

Linked Content, Alternate and Liquid Layouts

  • Linked Content

  • Link Options

  • Updating Linked Content

  • Alternate Layouts

  • Liquid Layouts

  • Liquid Page Rules

Vector Shapes

  • The Stroke Panel

  • Modifying a Stroke

  • Dashed Lines

  • Start and End Shapes

  • Corner Options

  • The Pathfinder Panel

  • Converting Text to Vector Graphics

  • Type On a Path

  • Creating QR Codes

Bonus Material: Tables and Table Styles

  • Create Hyperlinks and URL Hyperlinks

  • Create Page Navigation Buttons

  • Import Video Files

  • Export an Interactive PDF

  • Testing in Acrobat

Bonus Material: Introduction to Interactive PDFs

  • Create Hyperlinks and URL Hyperlinks

  • Create Page Navigation Buttons

  • Import Video Files

  • Export an Interactive PDF

  • Testing in Acrobat


You should have previously completed Adobe InDesign Essentials or be confident with InDesign’s print publishing procedures, such as using master pages, creating and editing paragraph and character styles, and working with images.

If you're unsure of your user level, please contact City Desktop Training at [email protected] for an InDesign assessment.

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The supply of this course by Lumify Work is governed by the booking terms and conditions. Please read the terms and conditions carefully before enrolling in this course, as enrolment in the course is conditional on acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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