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About this course

Learn to produce better designs by mastering the pen tool and learning how to use the most powerful tool for Vector design in the graphic arts industry. You’ll be able to create logos, professional type effects, complex airbrush effects and impressive designs that unlock the artistic potential within you.

 

What you’ll learn

LESSON 1 – INTRODUCING THE WORKSPACE

  • Looking at the workspace
  • Working with panels
  • Customizing the workspace
  • Changing the magnification of a document
  • Navigating through a document
  • Using context menus
  • Using panel menus
  • Modifying Interface preferences
  • Exploring on your own

 

LESSON 2 – GETTING TO KNOW INDESIGN

  • Viewing guides
  • Pre-flighting as you work
  • Adding text
  • Working with styles
  • Working with graphics
  • Working with objects
  • Working with object styles
  • Viewing the document in Presentation mode
  • Exploring on your own

 

LESSON 3 – SETTING UP A DOCUMENT AND WORKING WITH PAGES

  • Creating and saving custom document settings
  • Creating a new document
  • Switching between open InDesign documents
  • Working with master pages
  • Applying master pages to document pages
  • Adding new document pages
  • Rearranging and deleting document pages
  • Changing the size of pages
  • Adding sections to change page numbering
  • Overriding master page items on document pages and placing text and graphics
  • Viewing the completed spread
  • Exploring on your own

 

LESSON 4 – WORKING WITH OBJECTS

  • Working with layers
  • Creating and modifying text frames
  • Creating and modifying graphics frames
  • Adding metadata captions to graphics frames
  • Placing and linking graphics frames
  • Changing the shape of a frame
  • Wrapping text around a graphic
  • Modifying the shape of frames
  • Transforming and aligning objects
  • Selecting and modifying grouped objects
  • Creating a QR code
  • Finishing up
  • Exploring on your own

 

LESSON 5 – FLOWING TEXT

  • Flowing text into an existing frame
  • Flowing text manually
  • Creating text frames while flowing text
  • Creating threaded frames automatically
  • Flowing text automatically
  • Applying paragraph styles to text
  • Adjusting columns
  • Adding a jump line page number
  • Exploring on your own

 

LESSON 6 – EDITING TEXT

  • Finding and changing a missing font
  • Entering and importing text
  • Finding and changing text and formatting
  • Checking spelling
  • Editing text by dragging and dropping
  • Using the Story Editor
  • Tracking changes
  • Exploring on your own

 

LESSON 7 – WORKING WITH TYPOGRAPHY

  • Working with fonts, type styles, and glyphs
  • Fine-tuning columns
  • Changing paragraph alignment
  • Creating a drop cap
  • Adjusting letter and word spacing
  • Adjusting line breaks
  • Setting tabs
  • Adding a rule above a paragraph
  • Working with paragraph shading
  • Exploring on your own

 

LESSON 8 – WORKING WITH COLOR

  • Managing color
  • Defining printing requirements
  • Creating colors
  • Applying colors
  • Working with tint swatches
  • Working with gradients
  • Working with color groups
  • Exploring on your own

 

LESSON 9 – WORKING WITH STYLES

  • Creating and applying paragraph styles
  • Creating and applying character styles
  • Nesting character styles inside paragraph styles
  • Creating and applying object styles
  • Creating and applying table and cell styles
  • Globally updating styles
  • Loading styles from another document
  • Exploring on your own

 

LESSON 10 – IMPORTING AND MODIFYING GRAPHICS

  • Adding graphics from other programs
  • Comparing vector and bitmap graphics
  • Managing links to imported files
  • Updating revised graphics
  • Adjusting display quality
  • Working with clipping paths
  • Working with alpha channels
  • Importing native Adobe graphics files
  • Using an InDesign library to manage objects
  • Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics

 

LESSON 11 – CREATING TABLES

  • Creating a table
  • Converting text to a table
  • Changing rows and columns
  • Formatting a table
  • Adding graphics to table cells
  • Creating a header row
  • Creating and applying table and cell styles
  • Exploring on your own

 

LESSON 12 – WORKING WITH TRANSPARENCY

  • Importing and colorizing a grayscale image
  • Applying transparency settings
  • Adding transparency effects to imported vector and bitmap graphics
  • Importing and adjusting Illustrator files that use transparency
  • Applying transparency settings to text
  • Working with effects
  • Exploring on your own

 

LESSON 13 – PRINTING AND EXPORTING

  • Pre-flighting files
  • Packaging files
  • Creating an Adobe PDF proof
  • Previewing separations
  • Previewing how transparency effects will be flattened
  • Previewing the page
  • Printing a laser or inkjet proof
  • Using the Ink Manager
  • Exploring on your own

 

LESSON 14 – CREATING ADOBE PDF FILES WITH FORM FIELDS

  • Adding form fields
  • Exporting an interactive Adobe PDF file
  • Exploring on your own

 

LESSON 15 – CREATING A FIXEDLAYOUT EPUB

  • Creating a new document for fixed-layout export
  • Adding animation
  • Adjusting the timing of animations
  • Adding multimedia and interactive elements
  • Exporting an EPUB file
  • Exploring on your own