Introduction to Adobe InDesign CS5 Training

In this 3 day Adobe InDesign training course, students will learn to use InDesign CS5 to create documents, import and edit text, create and work with styles, use graphics, work with tables and print documents.


  • Familiarize yourself with the InDesign CS5 workspace.
  • Learn to build documents with master pages.
  • Learn to work with text and type.
  • Learn to work with styles.
  • Learn to work with graphics
  • Learn to create and use tables.
  • Learn to use color in your documents.
  • Learn to use effects.


  1. InDesign CS5 Essential Skills
    1. InDesign tools
    2. The InDesign workspace
    3. The document window
    4. Using guides
    5. Viewing modes
    6. Working with panels
    7. The Tools panel
    8. Managing panels
    9. Working with the Control panel
    10. Saving your workspace
    11. Navigating through an InDesign document
    12. Using the Pages panel
    13. Changing the magnification of your document
    14. Working with type
    15. Entering and formatting type
    16. Placing and formatting type
    17. Flowing type
    18. Using styles
    19. Applying paragraph styles
    20. Applying character styles
    21. Apply styles using Find/Change
    22. Working with graphics
    23. Positioning graphics within a frame
    24. Applying text wrap
    25. Understanding layers
    26. Applying effects
    27. Resources for additional help
    28. In-product help
    29. On-line help
    30. Forums
    31. Conferences, seminars, and training
    32. Self study
  2. Building Documents with Master Pages
    1. Planning your document
    2. Creating custom page sizes
    3. Creating a new custom-sized document
    4. Creating and formatting master pages
    5. Formatting master pages
    6. Adding automatic page numbering
    7. Using text variables
    8. Basing master pages on other master pages
    9. Overriding master page items
    10. Adding layout pages
    11. Placing formatted text
    12. Creating the classified page
    13. Adding images and text to the master frames
    14. Applying master pages to multiple pages
    15. Self study
  3. Working with Text and Type
    1. Adding text to your document
    2. Creating a text frame
    3. Changing character attributes
    4. Changing font and type styles
    5. Adjusting size
    6. Adjusting line spacing
    7. Adjusting character spacing kerning and tracking
    8. Using a baseline shift
    9. Changing paragraph attributes
    10. Horizontally aligning text
    11. Changing the spacing before and after paragraphs
    12. Using tabs
    13. Adding rules above or below paragraphs
    14. Changing text color
    15. Creating drop caps
    16. Checking and correcting spelling
    17. Finding and changing text and text attributes
    18. Checking spelling
    19. Adding words to the dictionary
    20. Checking spelling as you type
    21. Automatically correcting spelling
    22. Editing text using the Story Editor
    23. Drag-and-drop text editing
    24. Special characters and glyphs
    25. Using the Glyphs panel and glyph sets
    26. Text frame options
    27. Adjusting text inset
    28. Vertically aligning text
    29. Importing text
    30. Flowing text manually
    31. Threading text between frames
    32. Using semi-autoflow to link several text frames
    33. Changing the number of columns in a text frame
    34. Baseline grid
    35. Viewing and changing the baseline grid
    36. Adding story jumps
    37. Using styles to format text
    38. Creating a headline and applying a style
    39. Importing styles from other documents
    40. Redefining styles
    41. Type on a path
    42. Importing text from Microsoft Word
    43. Missing fonts
    44. Finding and fixing missing fonts
  4. Working with Styles
    1. Style types
    2. Applying a paragraph style
    3. Character styles
    4. Defining a character style
    5. Applying a character style Using nested styles
    6. Globally updating styles
    7. Loading styles from another document
    8. Quick Apply
    9. Organizing styles into groups
    10. Object styles
    11. Defining an object style
    12. Applying an object style
    13. Changing an object style
    14. Finishing up
  5. Working with Graphics
    1. Understanding how InDesign handles graphics
    2. Locating missing images
    3. Working with the Links panel
    4. Customizing the Links panel
    5. Adding graphics to your layout
    6. Fitting an image within an existing frame
    7. Auto Fitting
    8. Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics
    9. Placing multiple graphics
    10. Using object styles for images
    11. Wrapping text around images
    12. Wrapping text around the bounding box
    13. Using graphics with clipping paths and alpha channels
    14. Removing an image background using InDesign
    15. Using anchored objects
    16. Advanced importing
    17. Importing layered Photoshop files
    18. Importing InDesign layouts as graphics
  6. Creating and Using Tables
    1. Creating a table
    2. Designing a table from scratch
    3. Copying and pasting table information
    4. Converting text to table and table to text
    5. Importing a table
    6. Editing tables and table options
    7. Changing row width
    8. Editing the border
    9. Formatting rows and columns
    10. Using fills
    11. Formatting cells and text
    12. Resetting the cell styles within a table
    13. Text alignment and inset within a cell
    14. Formatting text within a cell and saving paragraph styles
    15. Formatting text in tables by column
    16. Working with tables in Story Editor
    17. Merging cells
    18. Defining a header cell
    19. Setting column and row dimensions
    20. Setting a fixed row height
    21. Setting column width
    22. Using graphics in tables
    23. Placing graphics in cells
    24. Cell styles and table styles
    25. Cell styles
    26. Applying cell styles
    27. Creating table styles
    28. Applying table styles
  7. Using Color in Your Documents
    1. Applying colors to frames and text
    2. Applying color to text
    3. Applying color to frames
    4. Creating and saving a new swatch
    5. Applying strokes to text
    6. Creating a tint reduction
    7. Making a dashed stroke
    8. Creating and saving gradients
    9. Linear gradients
    10. Saving a gradient
    11. Adjusting fill opacity
    12. Radial gradient
    13. Adjusting the direction of a radial gradient
    14. One-click edits
    15. Using the Eyedropper tool to copy frame attributes
    16. Applying colors to multiple objects
    17. Updating and editing colors
    18. Using and saving spot colors
    19. Colorizing a grayscale image
    20. Setting up color management
    21. Color management essentials: about color models CMYK, RGB, and spot
    22. About the device-independent color space
    23. About profiles
    24. About color management engines
    25. Setting up color management
    26. Saving color settings
    27. Changing a source profile
    28. Assigning a new source profile
  8. Using Effects
    1. Creative effects
    2. Applying opacity to objects
    3. Apply effects to stroke or fill only
    4. Drop shadow
    5. Adjusting effects for objects
    6. Bevel and Emboss
    7. Object styles with effects
    8. Basic Feather
    9. The Gradient Feather tool
    10. Converting text to a path
    11. Applying blending modes to objects
    12. The Screen blending mode
    13. The Multiply blending mode
    14. Working with imported files that use transparency
    15. Applying an alpha channel selection
    16. Applying a path selection

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