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Fast Track to Indesign

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About the course

This 3 day course aims to equip participants with the technical skills required to create full-colour, multi-page digital artwork for print using InDesign CS6. Starting with text frames, formatting, graphics and links, colours and libraries, students then move onto styles, layers, master pages, and templates. Instructors also show students how to generate book files and prepare documents for print and other media.

Who should do this course?

Anyone who needs to use InDesign to create documents such as advertisements, flyers, brochures or newsletters, but has little to no experience doing so, would be an ideal participant in this course.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for attending this course; however participants are expected to have a general understanding of personal computers and the Windows operating system.

Quick Facts

$ 1320 incl GST

Duration: 3 Days

Max. Class Size: 10

Avg. Class Size: 5

Level: Beginner

Times: 9.00am to 5.00pm approx

Course Dates

24-26 May 17Wed - Fri

13-15 Jun 17Tue - Thu

03-05 Jul 17Mon - Wed

24-26 Jul 17Mon - Wed

15-17 Aug 17Tue - Thu

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Level 11,
32 Walker Street,
North Sydney , NSW 2060

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23-25 May 17Tue - Thu

13-15 Jun 17Tue - Thu

04-06 Jul 17Tue - Thu

26-28 Jul 17Wed - Fri

14-16 Aug 17Mon - Wed

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Level 12
379 Collins Street,
Melbourne , VIC 3000

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15-17 May 17Mon - Wed

13-15 Jun 17Tue - Thu

10-12 Jul 17Mon - Wed

07-09 Aug 17Mon - Wed

05-07 Sep 17Tue - Thu

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C/O Support Technology
Level 6, 371 Queen Street,
Brisbane , QLD 4000

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16-18 May 17Tue - Thu

28-30 Jun 17Wed - Fri

02-04 Aug 17Wed - Fri

11-13 Sep 17Mon - Wed

25-27 Oct 17Wed - Fri

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C/O Atlas Business Services
Level 1, 33 Ainslie Place,
Canberra , ACT 2601

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24-26 May 17Wed - Fri

03-05 Jul 17Mon - Wed

16-18 Aug 17Wed - Fri

25-27 Sep 17Mon - Wed

08-10 Nov 17Wed - Fri

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C/O The International Visualisation Centre (IVC)
19 Young Street,
Adelaide , SA 5000

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15-17 May 17Mon - Wed

27-29 Jun 17Tue - Thu

08-10 Aug 17Tue - Thu

18-20 Sep 17Mon - Wed

01-03 Nov 17Wed - Fri

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C/O Saxons Training Facilities
Level 1, 140 St Georges Terrace,
Perth , WA 6000

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Course Units

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Unit 1: Understanding the Interface

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  • InDesign CS6 Basics
  • Start InDesign and Open a Document
  • Change Page Views
  • Scroll Using the Hand Tool
  • Show and Panels
  • View Multiple Documents
  • Workspaces
  • Create and use Custom Workspaces
  • New Documents
  • Create a New Document
  • Change Document Setup
  • Text Frames
  • Create a Text Frame
  • Frame Tools
  • Create Frames
  • Preferences
  • Change the Units and Increments to Inches

Unit 2: All about Text Basics

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  • Text Frames
  • Set the Default Screen Mode
  • Create a Text Frame
  • Typing Text
  • Type Text into a Text Frame
  • Overset Text
  • Work with Overset Text
  • Formatting Text Frames
  • Format a Text Frame
  • Onscreen Editing
  • Make Simple Edits
  • Selecting Text
  • Moving Text
  • Cut, Copy and Paste Text
  • Character Attributes
  • Change Character Attributes

Unit 3: Adding Text and Formatting Paragraphs

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  • Document Presets
  • Create a Document Preset
  • Placing Text
  • Place Text
  • Drag and Drop Text into a Layout
  • Paragraph Alignment
  • Align Paragraphs
  • Paragraph Spacing
  • Create Multiple Columns
  • Set a First Line Indent
  • Add Paragraph Space
  • Set Leading
  • Set Paragraph Rules
  • Bullets and Numbers
  • Add Bullets to Text
  • Set a Hanging Indent
  • Edit the Bullet Position
  • Add Custom Bullets to Lists
  • Create Numbered Lists

Unit 4: Text Frames and Advanced Threading

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  • Placing Longer Text Files
  • Flow Text Onto Multiple Pages
  • Navigating MultiPage Documents
  • Set Pages Panel Options
  • Insert and Delete Pages
  • Master Text Frames
  • Work with a Master Text Frame
  • Modify a Master Text Frame
  • Step and Repeat, and Ruler Guides
  • Use Step and Repeat
  • Add Ruler Guides to the Page
  • Threading Text Frames
  • Use the Selection Tool to Thread Frames
  • Unthreading and Changing a Thread
  • Use the Selection Tool to Unthread Text Frames
  • Thread Text Over Multiple Pages
  • Thread Text Across Multiple Pages
  • Thread Text into Shapes

Unit 5: Perfecting Text with Tab Stops, Strokes and Inset Spacing

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  • Tabs and Tab Stops
  • Set and Move a Tab Stop
  • Add a Tab Stop Leader
  • Set a Decimal Tab Stop
  • Use the “Align to Other” Tab
  • Hanging Indents
  • Create a Hanging Indent
  • Apply Text Formatting Using the Eyedropper Tool
  • Frame Strokes and Inset Spacing
  • - Add a Stroke to a Frame
  • Add Inset Spacing
  • Set Vertical Justification

Unit 6: Inserting Graphics and Clipping Paths

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  • Placing and Altering Images
  • Place an Image
  • Place an Image in an Existing Frame
  • Move and Resize an Image
  • Change the Scale of an Image
  • Rotate and Skew an Image
  • Resize the Frame and Graphic with the Mouse and Keyboard
  • Clipping Paths
  • Create a Clipping Path
  • Clipping Thresholds and Inset Frames
  • - Customize a Clipping Path

Unit 7: Adding and Modifying Objects and Gradients

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  • Step and Repeat
  • Use Step and Repeat
  • Align Objects
  • Grouping and Ungrouping
  • Lock Position
  • Resize a Group
  • Smart Guides
  • Combining Objects
  • Compound Paths
  • Stacking Order
  • Pass through a Stack
  • Shape Editing
  • Change and Edit a Shape
  • Add Arrowheads to a Line
  • Change Frame Content
  • Object Styles
  • Create a Gradient Swatch
  • Create an Object Style

Unit 8: Creating a OnePage Flyer and Preparing Print Ready Copy

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  • MultipleColumn Text Frames
  • Create a Page Border
  • Create a MultipleColumn Text Frame
  • The Find/Change Command
  • Use Find/Change
  • Save a Query
  • Paragraph Styles
  • Create a Paragraph Style for the Body Text
  • Add Ruler Guides
  • Place a Graphic Onto the Page.
  • Text Wrap
  • Create a Text Wrap Around an Object
  • Spell Check
  • Check Spelling Dynamically
  • Spell Check a Document
  • Autocorrect
  • Use Autocorrect
  • Live Package
  • Packaging a Document
  • Create a PDF

Unit 9: CMYK Colours, Libraries and Adobe CS6 Bridge

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  • Working with Picas
  • Change the Units and Increments
  • Delete and Load Document Presets
  • Create and Modify an Object
  • CMYK Colours
  • Add and use Process Colour
  • Type and Format Text
  • Libraries
  • Create and use a Library
  • Adobe Bridge
  • Use Adobe Bridge

Unit 10: Master Pages, Page Numbering and Text Wrapping

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  • Creating Master Pages
  • Create a Master Page
  • Add Objects to a Master Page
  • Add a Spread Guide
  • Automatic Page Numbers
  • Add an Automatic Page Number
  • Duplicate and Rename Master Pages
  • Layout Adjustment
  • Enable Layout Adjustment
  • Assign a Master Page
  • Custom Text Wrap Around Objects
  • Wrap Text Around an Image
  • Edit a Text Wrap

Unit 11: Mastering InDesign CS6 Styles

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  • Creating and Using Styles
  • Create a Body Text Paragraph Style
  • Create a Headline Paragraph Style
  • The Story Editor
  • Use the Story Editor
  • Editing Styles
  • Orphan and Widow Control
  • Set Keep Options
  • Direct Formatting
  • Apply Direct Formatting to a Paragraph
  • Create a New Style Based on a Selection
  • The Baseline Grid
  • Lock Text to a Paragraph Grid
  • Insert Drop Caps
  • Character and Nested Styles
  • Create and Nest a Character Style

Unit 12: Tracking, Kerning and Hyphenation

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  • Tracking
  • Track Text
  • Kerning
  • Kern Letter Pairs
  • Tracking in Layouts
  • Use Tracking as a Layout Tool
  • Hyphenation
  • Adjust Hyphenation
  • User Dictionaries
  • Create User Dictionary Hyphenation Exceptions
  • Work with Discretionary Hyphens
  • Prevent Selected Text From Breaking

Unit 13: Tables with Styles

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  • Creating Tables
  • Draw a Table
  • Add Data, Columns and Rows
  • Combine Cells and Format Text
  • Format a Table
  • Change Text Rotation and Cell Stroke Weight
  • Place Graphics in Table Cells
  • Converting Text to Tables
  • Convert Text to a Table
  • Scale a Table and Its Content
  • Table and Cell Styles
  • Create a Table Style
  • Create a Cell Style
  • Load Styles From an Existing Document

Unit 14: Fonts, Links and Templates

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  • Fonts and InDesign
  • Use Find Font to Replace a Font
  • Links to Graphics
  • Use the Links Panel to Update a Graphic
  • Templates
  • Create and use a Template

Unit 15: Layers, Inline Graphics and Anchored Objects

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  • Working with Layers
  • Create and Modify Layers
  • Move Objects to Layers
  • Hide and Show Layers
  • Reorder Layers
  • Inline Graphics
  • Make an Inline Graphic
  • Set Anchored Object Options
  • Show Object Threads
  • Create an Object Style

Unit 16: Creating Books

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  • Book Files
  • Create a Book File
  • Add Documents to a Book File
  • Reorder and Remove Book Documents
  • Synchronize Book Files
  • Synchronize Selected Documents

Packages

Adobe Graphic Design Package

$ 2970 incl GST

(You save $990)

Duration

9 days

Reviews

(4.00 out of 5) Vanessa S [ 10 April, 2017 ]
I have learnt so much these past 3 days. The trick will be using all I have learnt before I lose it! :)
(4.90 out of 5) Astrid M [ 10 April, 2017 ]
Great 3 day course on the basics of InDesign. A lot to remember but the book we can take home should help.

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(4.90 out of 5) Christina K [ 10 April, 2017 ]
I gained a lot of knowledge from this course and I feel confident using the program. The structure makes sense and there is definitely enough practical element involved which makes the learning process a lot easier and faster. Instructor was very good and very knowledgeable.
(5.00 out of 5) SHARLANE F [ 22 March, 2017 ]
ENJOYED THE COURSE THOROUGHLY, GOT ALOT OUT OF IT THAT I CAN PUT TO PRACTICE. CRESSIDA WAS EXCELLENT IN TERMS OF HER KNOWLEDGE OF INDESIGN AND WAS VERY PATIENT AND HELPFUL, MADE TRAINING VERY ENJOYABLE.

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