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InDesign: Creating Long Documents Course

(4.91 out of 5) 35 Student Reviews

About the course

During this 2 day course, participants will learn how to create a long document using InDesign CS6. This is a project based course where the participants will produce a magazine from start to finish and learn to apply the advanced features of InDesign CS6 in the process.

Who should do this course?

This advanced InDesign course is useful for anyone who wants to learn the skills for producing long documents using InDesign CS6. You will learn numerous time-saving features that help streamline the processes and automate the workflows for creating various types of long documents, such as, Magazines, Product Manuals, Courseware, Business Plans or just about any document that requires multiple pages.


This is an Advanced InDesign course. Prior to attending this course participants must have completed our Fast Track to InDesign course or have equivalent skills.

Course Details

Course Dates

  • Sydney Class Dates

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

    03 - 04 Mar 20 Tue - Wed
    30 Apr - 01 May 20 Thu - Fri
    23 - 24 Jun 20 Tue - Wed
    17 - 18 Aug 20 Mon - Tue
    12 - 13 Oct 20 Mon - Tue
    10 - 11 Dec 20 Thu - Fri
  • Melbourne Class Dates

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    Level 12, 379 Collins Street, Melbourne , VIC 3000

    17 - 18 Feb 20 Mon - Tue
    27 - 28 Apr 20 Mon - Tue
    25 - 26 Jun 20 Thu - Fri
    17 - 18 Aug 20 Mon - Tue
    13 - 14 Oct 20 Tue - Wed
    10 - 11 Dec 20 Thu - Fri
  • Brisbane Class Dates

    Level 6, 371 Queen Street, Brisbane , QLD 4000

    Classes scheduled on demand in Brisbane

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  • Canberra Class Dates

    Level 4, 54 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra , ACT 2601

    Classes scheduled on demand in Canberra

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  • Adelaide Class Dates

    19 Young Street, Adelaide , SA 5000

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  • Perth Class Dates

    Level 1, 140 St Georges Terrace, Perth , WA 6000

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Course Units

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Unit 1: Setting a Layout

  • Creating Professional Documents
  • Planning your Document
  • Understanding the Document Layout
  • Creating Ruler Guides
  • Working with Ruler Guides
  • Selecting Ruler Guides
  • Working with Smart Guides

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Unit 2: Advanced Layers

  • Creating layers for a Magazine Layout
  • Adding Objects to Layers
  • Understanding Pages and Spreads
  • Targeting or Selecting a Page or Spread
  • Understand how to Move, Duplicate, and Delete Pages and Spreads
  • Controlling Spread Pagination
  • Redistribute Pages

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Unit 3 : Master Pages

  • Creating Masters
  • Create a Master from an Existing Page or Spread
  • Base One Master on Another
  • Editing the Layout of a Master
  • Applying Master Pages
  • Copying Masters
  • Copy a Master Within a Document
  • Override or Detach Master Items
  • Detach a Master Item
  • Prevent a Master Item from Being Overridden
  • Reapply Master Items
  • Hide Master Items
  • Import a Master from Another Document

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Unit 4 : Numbering Pages

  • Add Page, Section, and Chapter Numbering
  • Define Section Numbering
  • Document Numbering Options

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Unit 5: Text variables

  • Create and Edit Text Variables
  • Understanding Variable Types
  • Chapter Number
  • Creation Date, Modification Date, and Output Date
  • File Name
  • Last Page Number
  • Running Header (Paragraph or Character Style)
  • Custom Text
  • Understanding Footnotes
  • Creating Footnotes
  • Changing Footnote Numbering and Layout
  • Footnote Numbering and Formatting Options
  • Footnote Layout Options
  • Deleting Footnotes
  • Working with Footnote Text

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Unit 6: Styles

  • Understanding Paragraph and Character Styles
  • Advanced use of Character and Paragraph Styles
  • Creating GREP Styles
  • Understanding Object Styles
  • Working with Styles

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Unit 7: Generating Books

  • Creating Book Files
  • Adding Documents to a Book File
  • Managing Book Files

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Unit 8: Table of Contents and Indexes

  • Advanced Tables of Contents
  • Creating Tables of Contents in Books
  • Generate a Table of Contents
  • Create or Import TOC Styles
  • Create an Index
  • About Indexing
  • Import Topics from Another InDesign Document
  • Generate an Index

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Unit 9: Automation

  • Understanding Scripting
  • Scripts Panel and Script Label Panel Overview
  • Enable scripts Attached to Menus
  • Understand how to Install Plug-ins
  • Configure Plug-ins
  • Understanding Data Merge
  • Advanced Data Merge
  • Merging to a PDF file

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Course Reviews

(5.00 out of 5) Hanis A [ 09 January, 2020 ]
The course was extremely helpful and valuable. Definitely picked up some much needed tools to further my skills within InDesign. I'd recommend this course to any beginner looking to advance their knowledge of the program.
(4.80 out of 5) Edward [ 18 July, 2019 ]
Undertaking this course with Andy was revolutionary to my workflow process. It helped me understand the plethora of features available in InDesign. Along with optimizing my time while implementing these features. I would recommend undertaking any course with Andy.
(5.00 out of 5) Jenn B [ 25 March, 2019 ]
Cressida was a great instructor who taught me valuable tips and tricks for InDesign that will make my day to day life much easier. I would highly recommend this course!
(5.00 out of 5) Caity [ 11 October, 2018 ]
The course was wonderful, very helpful - covered topics that we didn't even know we'd need, so will be put to good use. Cress is amazing!

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