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Creative Design Bundle Course Synopsis

The Creative Design Bundle includes the following individual courses at a discounted rate, Photoshop Intro, Photoshop Advanced, Acrobat, Illustrator Intro, Illustrator Advanced, Indesign Intro, Indesign Advanced, and Indesign Tablet Publishing.

Creative Design Bundle Value

  • Photoshop Intro $895 (2 days)
  • Photoshop Advanced $895 (2 days)
  • Acrobat - $895 (2 days)
  • Indesign Intro - $895 (2 days)
  • Indesign Advanced - $895 (2 days)
  • Indesign Tablet Publishing $$695 (1 day)
  • Illustrator Intro $895 (2 days)
  • Illustrator Advanced $895 (2 days)

This course is priced at $5495 which is a savings of $1465 off of regular prices.

Creative Design Bundle Training Course Length and Time

This package consist of 15 non-consecutive dates - please contact your Client Care Rep for available date options, 877.819.2665. Breaks are scheduled throughout the day and lunch is typically scheduled 12-1. Students provide their own lunch.

Enrollment in Creative Design Bundle Training Course

Please see our Enrollment Page ( for our enrollment form. Be sure to contact your client care specialist at 1.877.819.2665 for available date options, as dates are needed prior to registration.

Creative Design Bundle Training Course Locations

We have training centers in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, San Diego, Houston, Washington DC, and Online.

Goals for Creative Design Bundle Training Course

Sterling Ledet and Associates realizes the importance of education and we take pride in being able to offer you classes that are more custom fit to your needs. Call us at (877) 819-2665 if you have any special questions or e-mail us at

Creative Design Bundle Terms and Conditions

  • Package includes classes available at our Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Houston, San Diego, Online, and Washington DC Training Centers.
  • Class status based on sufficient enrollment
  • Training packages are non-refundable or exchangeable; they are exclusively for the use of the individual purchased.
  • Full payment of your bundle choice is due upon registration.
  • All courses dates must be completed within 1 year of registration receipt.
  • Class dates are  required at time of registration.
  • This offer is not valid with other discount programs.
  • Bundle Packages are not valid for on-site, custom scheduled, or training at remote/branch locations.
  • Applies to new registrations only. Previous purchases can not be applied to the Bundle Package
  • All classes must be registered through our standard registration form. Any scheduling changes or cancellations that occur following original registration are subject to
  • standard additional fees on a per class basis.
  • Class retakes or reschedules are available for the standard $100 retake/reschedule administration fee per class. EX: -Photoshop Bootcamp Retake Fee - $200(Photoshop
  • intro, Photoshop Advanced)
  • This plan applies to regularly scheduled, open-enrollment classes offered by Ledet Graphics. Special classes offered by guest instructor’s such as Dan Margulis’ Applied
  • Color Theory in Photoshop and Applied Color Theory in Photoshop-Advanced can not be added to any custom bundles.

Photoshop Intro

Lesson 1 - Getting to Know the Work Area

  • Starting to work in Adobe Photoshop
  • Using the tools
  • Sampling a color
  • Working with tools and tool properties
  • Undoing actions in Photoshop
  • More about panels and panel locations
  • Finding resources for using Photoshop

Lesson 2 - Basic Photo Corrections

  • Strategy for retouching
  • Resolution and image size
  • Opening a file with Adobe Bridge
  • Straightening and cropping the image in Photoshop
  • Adjusting the color and tone
  • Using the Spot Healing Brush tool
  • Applying a content-aware patch
  • Repairing areas with the Clone Stamp tool
  • Sharpening the image
  • Review questions and answers

Lesson 3 - Working with Selections

  • About selecting and selection tools
  • Using the Quick Selection tool
  • Moving a selected area
  • Manipulating selections
  • Using the Magic Wand tool
  • Selecting with the lasso tools
  • Rotating a selection
  • Selecting with the Magnetic Lasso tool
  • Selecting from a center point
  • Resizing and copying a selection
  • Cropping an image

Lesson 4 - Layer Basics

  • About layers
  • Using the Layers panel
  • Rearranging layers
  • Applying a gradient to a layer
  • Applying a layer style
  • Adding an adjustment layer
  • Updating layer effects
  • Adding a border
  • Flattening and saving files

Lesson 5 - Quick Fixes

  • Improving a snapshot
  • Blurring a background
  • Creating a panorama
  • Correcting image distortion
  • Adding depth of field
  • Moving objects with the Content-Aware Move tool
  • Adjusting perspective in an image
  • Review questions and answers

Lesson 6 - Masks and Channels

  • Working with masks and channels
  • Creating a mask
  • Refining a mask
  • Creating a quick mask
  • Manipulating an image with Puppet Warp
  • Working with channels

Lesson 7 - Typographic Design

  • About type
  • Creating a clipping mask from type
  • Creating type on a path
  • Warping point type
  • Designing paragraphs of type
  • Working with type styles
  • Adding a rounded rectangle
  • Adding vertical text

Lesson 8 - Vector Drawing Techniques

  • About bitmap images and vector graphics
  • About paths and the Pen tool
  • Drawing with the Pen tool
  • Working with defined custom shapes
  • Importing a Smart Object
  • Adding color and depth to a shape using layer styles
  • Review questions and answers

Lesson 9 - Advanced Compositing

  • Arranging layers
  • Using Smart Filters
  • Painting a layer
  • Adding a background
  • Using the History Panel to undo tasks
  • Upscaling a low-resolution image
  • Review questions and answers

Lesson 10 - Painting With The Mixer Brush

  • About the Mixer Brush
  • Selecting brush settings
  • Mixing colors
  • Creating a custom brush preset
  • Mixing colors with a photograph
  • Review questions and answers

Lesson 11 - Editing Video

  • About the Timeline panel
  • Creating a new video project
  • Animating text with keyframes
  • Creating effects
  • Adding transitions
  • Adding audio
  • Muting unwanted audio
  • Rendering video
  • Review questions and answers

Lesson 12 - Working with Camera Raw

  • About camera raw files
  • Processing files in Camera Raw
  • Applying advanced color correction
  • Review questions and answers

Lesson 13 - Preparing Files for the Web

  • Using layer groups to create button graphics
  • Automating a multistep task
  • Saving assets with Adobe Generator
  • Review questions and answers

Lesson 14 - Producing and Printing Consistent Color

  • Preparing files for printing
  • Performing a “zoom test”
  • Identifying out-of-gamut colors
  • Adjusting an image
  • Converting an image to CMYK
  • About color management
  • Specifying color-management settings
  • Proofing an image
  • Saving the image as a CMYK EPS file
  • Printing a CMYK image from Photoshop
  • Review questions and answers

Lesson 15 - Printing 3D Files

  • Understanding the 3D environment
  • Positioning 3D elements
  • Printing a 3D file
  • Review questions and answers

Photoshop Advanced

Lesson 1 - Layer Basic

  • Using Multiple Layers
  • Everything Else About Layers

Lesson 2 - The Three Blend Modes You Need Most

  • A Closer Look at Blend Modes
  • Layer Blend Modes for Photographers

Lesson 3 - Adjustment to Layer Basics

  • Making Selective Adjustments
  • Super Flexible Adjustments
  • Some More Adjustment Layer Ideas
  • Fix One Photo-Fix ‘Em All
  • The Adjustment Layer Blend Mode Trick

Lesson 4 - Layer Mask Basics

  • The Only Layer Mask “Gotcha”
  • A Deeper Look into Layer Masks
  • Using Layer Masks Automatically
  • Combining Multiple Images
  • Making One Layer Fit into Another

Lesson 5 - Creating Type Layers

  • All about Shape Layers

Lesson 6 - Combining Multiple Exposures

  • Painting with Light
  • Dodging and Burning Done Right
  • Psuedo-HDR Effect
  • Replacing the Sky
  • Auto-Aligning Layers for Group Photos
  • Enhancing Depth of Field
  • Selective Sharpening
  • Boosting Specific Colors
  • Creating Soft Focus

Lesson 7 - The Layered Trick to Removing Wrinkles and Blemishes

  • Smoothing and Enhancing Skin
  • Making Eyes and Teeth Whiter
  • Removing Distractions
  • Content-Aware Fill: It’s Cloning and Healing Combined!

Lesson 8 - Layer Style Basic

  • Creating a Watermark
  • Creating Reusable Photo Effects
  • Some more Layer Style Ideas

Lesson 9 - Five Reasons Why Smart Objects Rock!

  • Designing Templates with Smart Objects
  • Double Processing Your Photos

Lesson 10 - Replacing a Person’s Background

  • Advanced Layer Blending
  • Wrapping Graphics on Uneven Surfaces
  • Using Layers for Lighting and Shadows
  • Creating the Main Cover Image

Illustrator Intro

Lesson 1 - Getting to Know the Work Area

  • Understanding the workspace
  • Adjusting the user interface brightness
  • Working with the Tools panel
  • Exploring the Control panel
  • Working with panels
  • Editing panel groups
  • Resetting and saving your workspace
  • Using panel menus
  • Changing the view of artwork
  • Using the view commands
  • Using the Zoom tool
  • Scrolling through a document
  • Viewing artwork
  • Navigating multiple artboards
  • Using the Navigator panel
  • Arranging multiple documents
  • Finding resources for using Illustrator

Lesson 2 - Selecting and Aligning

  • Selecting objects
  • Using the Selection tool
  • Using the Direct Selection tool
  • Creating selections with a marquee
  • Creating selections with the Magic Wand tool
  • Selecting similar objects
  • Selecting in Outline mode
  • Aligning objects
  • Aligning objects to each other
  • Aligning to a key object
  • Aligning anchor points
  • Distributing objects
  • Aligning to the artboard
  • Working with groups
  • Grouping items
  • Working in Isolation mode
  • Creating a nested group
  • Exploring object arrangement
  • Arranging objects
  • Selecting objects behind
  • Hiding and locking objects

Lesson 3 - Creating and Editing Shapes

  • Creating a new document
  • Working with basic shapes
  • Understanding drawing modes
  • Creating rectangles
  • Creating rounded rectangles
  • Creating ellipses
  • Creating polygons
  • Working with Draw Behind mode
  • Creating stars
  • Changing stroke width and alignment
  • Working with line segments
  • Joining paths
  • Using the Width tool
  • Outlining strokes
  • Combining and editing shapes
  • Working with the Shape Builder tool
  • Working with Pathfinder effects in the Pathfinder panel
  • Working with shape modes in the Pathfinder panel
  • Using the Draw Inside mode
  • Editing content drawn inside
  • Using the Eraser tool
  • Using Image Trace to create shapes
  • Cleaning up traced artwork

Lesson 4 - Transforming Objects

  • Working with artboards
  • Adding artboards to the document
  • Resizing artboards
  • Editing document setup options
  • Renaming artboards
  • Reordering artboards
  • Transforming content
  • Working with rulers and guides
  • Scaling objects
  • Reflecting objects
  • Rotating objects
  • Distorting objects with effects
  • Shearing objects
  • Positioning objects precisely
  • Positioning with Smart Guides
  • Transforming with the Free Transform tool
  • Applying multiple transformations

Lesson 5 - Drawing with the Pen Tool

  • Exploring the Pen tool
  • Selecting paths
  • Constraining lines
  • Introducing curved paths
  • Drawing a curve with the Pen tool
  • Drawing a series of curves with the Pen tool
  • Converting smooth points to corner points
  • Combining curves and straight lines
  • Creating the ice cream illustration
  • Drawing the ice cream
  • Drawing half of the ice cream dish
  • Finishing the ice cream dish
  • Editing curves
  • Deleting and adding anchor points
  • Converting between smooth points and corner points
  • Cutting with the Scissors tool
  • Creating a dashed line
  • Cutting with the Knife tool
  • Adding arrowheads
  • Drawing with the Pencil tool
  • Editing with the Pencil tool

Lesson 6 - Color and painting

  • Understanding color
  • Exploring color modes
  • Understanding the main color controls
  • Working with color
  • Applying an existing color
  • Creating and saving a custom color as a swatch
  • Creating a copy of a swatch
  • Editing a swatch
  • Creating and editing a global swatch
  • Using the Color Picker to create color
  • Using Illustrator swatch libraries
  • Creating a spot color
  • Creating and saving a tint of a color
  • Adjusting colors
  • Copying appearance attributes
  • Creating a color group
  • Working with color in the Color Guide panel
  • Editing a color group in the Edit Colors dialog box
  • Editing colors in artwork
  • Assigning colors to your artwork
  • Painting with patterns
  • Applying existing patterns
  • Creating your own pattern
  • Applying your pattern
  • Editing your pattern
  • Working with Live Paint
  • Creating a Live Paint group
  • Painting with the Live Paint Bucket tool
  • Adding to and modifying a Live Paint group

Lesson 7 - Working with Type

  • Working with type
  • Creating point type
  • Creating area type
  • Converting between area and point type
  • Importing a plain text file
  • Working with overflow text and text reflow
  • Threading text
  • Creating columns of text
  • Formatting type
  • Changing font family and font style
  • Changing font size
  • Changing font color
  • Changing additional text attributes
  • Modifying text with the Touch Type tool
  • Changing paragraph attributes
  • Working with glyphs
  • Resizing and reshaping type objects
  • Creating and applying text styles
  • Creating and applying a paragraph style
  • Editing a paragraph style
  • Creating and applying a character style
  • Editing a character style
  • Sampling text formatting
  • Warping text
  • Reshaping text with a preset envelope warp
  • Editing the envelope warp
  • Working with type on a path
  • Creating type on a path
  • Creating type on a closed path
  • Editing type on a path options
  • Wrapping text around an object
  • Creating text outlines

Lesson 8 - Working with Layers

  • Understanding layers
  • Creating layers
  • Selecting and moving objects and layers
  • Duplicating layer content
  • Moving layers
  • Locking layers
  • Viewing layers
  • Pasting layers
  • Creating a clipping mask
  • Merging layers
  • Locating layers
  • Applying appearance attributes to layers
  • Isolating layer

Lesson 9 - Working with Perspective Drawing

  • Understanding the perspective grid
  • Working with the perspective grid
  • Using a preset grid
  • Adjusting the perspective grid
  • Drawing objects in perspective
  • Selecting and transforming objects in perspective
  • Duplicating content in perspective
  • Moving objects in a perpendicular direction
  • Moving planes and objects together
  • Bringing content into perspective
  • Drawing with no active grid
  • Adding and editing text in perspective
  • Moving a plane to match an object
  • Adding symbols to the perspective grid
  • Editing symbols in perspective
  • Grouping content in perspective
  • Releasing content from perspective

Lesson 10 - Blending Colors and Shapes

  • Working with gradients
  • Creating and applying a linear gradient to a fill
  • Adjusting the direction and angle of a gradient fill
  • Applying a gradient to a stroke
  • Editing a gradient on a stroke
  • Creating and applying a radial gradient
  • Editing the radial gradient colors
  • Adjusting the radial gradient
  • Applying gradients to multiple objects
  • Exploring other methods for editing gradient colors
  • Adding transparency to gradients
  • Working with blended objects
  • Creating a blend with specified steps
  • Modifying a blend
  • Creating and editing smooth color blends

Lesson 11 - Working with Brushes

  • Working with brushes
  • Using Calligraphic brushes
  • Applying a Calligraphic brush to artwork
  • Drawing with the Paintbrush tool
  • Editing paths with the Paintbrush tool
  • Editing a brush
  • Removing a brush stroke
  • Using Art brushes
  • Applying an existing Art brush
  • Creating an Art brush using a raster image
  • Editing an Art brush
  • Using Bristle brushes
  • Changing Bristle brush options
  • Painting with a Bristle brush
  • Using Pattern brushes
  • Creating a Pattern brush
  • Applying a Pattern brush
  • Editing the Pattern Brush
  • Working with the Blob Brush tool
  • Drawing with the Blob Brush tool
  • Merging paths with the Blob Brush tool
  • Editing with the Eraser tool

Lesson 12 -Applying Effects

  • Using live effects
  • Applying an effect
  • Editing and deleting effects
  • Styling text with effects
  • Editing shapes with a Pathfinder effect
  • Applying an effect to convert a shape
  • Applying a Stylize effect
  • Applying the Offset Path effect
  • Applying Distort & Transform
  • Applying Photoshop effects
  • Working with 3D effects
  • Applying an Extrude & Bevel effect
  • Applying a Revolve effect
  • Applying the same effect to multiple objects

Lesson 13 - Applying Appearance Attributes and Graphic Styles

  • Using the Appearance pane
  • Editing appearance attributes
  • Adding another stroke
  • Adding another fill
  • Reordering appearance attributes
  • Applying an appearance attribute to a layer
  • Using graphic styles
  • Applying an existing graphic style
  • Creating and applying a graphic style
  • Updating a graphic style
  • Applying a graphic style to a layer
  • Editing the layer’s graphic style formatting
  • Applying multiple graphic styles
  • Scaling strokes and effects
  • Applying a graphic style to text
  • Saving content for the web
  • Aligning content to the pixel grid
  • Slicing content
  • Selecting and editing slices
  • Using the Save For Web command
  • Creating CSS code
  • Setting up your design for generating CSS
  • Working with character styles and CSS code
  • Working with graphic styles and CSS code
  • Copying CSS
  • Exporting CSS

Lesson 14 - Working with symbols

  • Working with symbols
  • Using existing Illustrator symbol libraries
  • Creating symbols
  • Editing a symbol
  • Replacing symbols
  • Breaking a link to a symbol
  • Editing symbol options
  • Working with the Symbolism tools
  • Spraying symbol instances
  • Editing symbols with the Symbolism tools
  • Copying and editing symbol sets
  • Storing and retrieving artwork in the Symbols panel
  • Mapping a symbol to 3D artwork
  • Working with symbols and Adobe Flash® integration

Lesson 15 - Combing Illustrator Graphics with other Adobe Applications

  • Working with Adobe Bridge CC
  • Combining artwork
  • Understanding vector versus bitmap graphics
  • Placing image files
  • Placing an image
  • Transforming a placed image
  • Placing a Photoshop image with Show Import Options
  • Placing multiple images
  • Applying color edits to images
  • Masking an image
  • Applying a simple clipping mask to an image
  • Editing a mask
  • Masking an object with a shape
  • Masking an object with multiple shapes
  • Creating an opacity mask
  • Editing an opacity mask
  • Sampling colors in placed images
  • Working with image links
  • Finding link information
  • Embedding and unembedding images
  • Replacing a linked image
  • Packaging a file
  • Exploring Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Muse, Adobe Fireworks, and Adobe Flash

Illustrator Advanced

Lesson 1 - Your Creative Workspace

  • Organizing Your Workspace
  • Mastering Object Management
  • Managing Multiple Artboards
  • Digitizing a Logo: Learning to Use a Template Layer
  • Basic to Complex: Starting Simple for Creative Composition
  • Guides for Arcs: Designing with Guides, Arc, and Pen Tools
  • Nested Layers: Organizing with Layers and Sublayers
  • Basic Appearances: Making and Applying Appearances
  • Auto-Scaling Art: Apply Effects and Graphic Styles to Resize

Lesson 2 - Designing Type & Layout

  • Types of Type
  • Working with Threaded Text
  • Wrapping Area Type Around Objects
  • Formatting Text
  • Converting Type to Outlines
  • Using the Eyedropper with Type
  • Using the Appearance Panel with Type
  • The Glyphs Panel
  • Working with Legacy Text
  • Advanced Features of Multiple Artboards
  • Create an Identity: Working Efficiently with Multiple Elements
  • For Client Review: Creating Presentations for Artboards
  • Book Cover Design: Illustrator as a Stand-Alone Layout Tool
  • Curvaceous Type: Fitting Type to Curved Paths
  • Moving Your Type Setting: Setting Type on a Curve and Warping Type
  • Arcing Type: Transforming Type with Warps & Envelopes
  • Brush Your Type: Applying Brushes to Letterforms

Lesson 3 - Rethinking Construction

  • The Eraser tools & the Blob Brush
  • Shape Builder tool
  • Working with Live Paint
  • Using Live Trace
  • Aligning, Joining, and averaging
  • Draw Behind and Draw Inside
  • Compound Shapes & Compound Paths
  • Combining Paths: Basic Path Construction with Pathfinders
  • Coloring Line Art: Using Live Paint for Fluid Productivity
  • Blob to Live Paint: From Sketch to Blob Brush and Live Paint
  • Rapid Reshaping: Using Shape Builder to Construct Objects
  • Interlock Objects: Using the Pathfinder Panel & Live Paint
  • Drawing Inside: Building with Multiple Construction Modes

Lesson 4 - Expressive Strokes

  • Width Tool
  • The Expanded Stroke Panel
  • Brushes
  • Symbols
  • Brushes & Washes: Drawing with Naturalistic Pen, Ink & Wash
  • Pattern Brushes: Creating Details with the Pattern Brush
  • Symbolism Basics: Creating and Working with Symbols
  • Painterly Portraits: Painting in Layers with Bristle Brushes

Lesson 5 - Color Transitions

  • Gradients
  • Gradient Mesh
  • Live Color
  • Custom Coloring: Creating Custom Colors & Color Groups
  • Color Guidance: Inspiration from the Color Guide Panel
  • Scripting Colors: Tools for Adding and Editing Colors
  • Kuler Colors: Using Kuler, Live Trace, & Live Color
  • Unified Gradients: Controlling Fills with the Gradient Annotator
  • Folding Gradients: Simulating Paper Folds with Gradients
  • Contouring Mesh: Converting Gradients to Mesh and Editing
  • Recolor Black: Using Live Color to Replace Blacks
  • Reducing Color: Going Monochromatic with Live Color
  • Transparent Mesh: Molding Transparent Mesh Layers Going

Lesson 6 - Reshaping Dimensions

  • Wraps and Envelopes
  • 3D Effect
  • The Perspective Grid
  • Wrap & Distort: Bending Forms to Create Organic Variations
  • 3D with a 2D Twist: Using 3D Effects to Achieve 2D Results
  • One Perspective: Simulating a One-Point Perspective View
  • Amplified Angels: Creating Details with Two-Point Perspective
  • Modifying a Photo: Inserting Photographs in Perspective
  • Establishing Perspective: Aligning Grids & Planes to an Architectural Sketch

Lesson 7 - Mastering Complexity

  • Transparency
  • Opacity Masks
  • Blends
  • Clipping Masks
  • Roping in Paths: Using Masks and Pathfinders for Shapes
  • Floating Type: Type Objects with Transparency & Effects/li>
  • Adding Highlights: Using Transparency to Create Highlights
  • Opacity Masks 101: Transparency Masks for Blending Objects
  • Simple Masking: Applying the Basics of Clipping Masks
  • Blending Elements: Using Transparency to Blend and Unify
  • Warping Blends: Creating and Warping 3D Blends
  • Moonlighting: Using Transparency for Glows & Highlights
  • Creating Depth: Gradients Add Dimension in Space

Lesson 8 - Creatively Combining Apps

  • Linking vs. Embedding in Illustrator
  • Moving Illustrator files to other Programs
  • Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop
  • Illustrator and InDesign
  • Illustrator, PDF, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Illustrator & 3D Programs/li>
  • Web Graphics
  • Creating Animation with Layers

Indesign Intro

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
  • Preflighting 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
  • Exploring on your own

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

  • Preflighting 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 Fixed-Layout 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

Indesign Advanced

Lesson 1 - Managing Your Workspace

  • Organizing Your Palettes
  • Advanced Zooming and Navigation
  • Advanced View Options
  • Dragging Items Between Documents
  • Third-Party plug-ins

Lesson 2 - Page Layout

  • Master Page Tips and Tricks
  • Using Facing Pages
  • Using Libraries
  • File Formats

Lesson 3 - Advanced Style Sheet Tips

  • Managing Long Documents
  • Indexing
  • Table of Contents
  • Text Gradients
  • Hyphenation and Justification
  • Tracking and Kerning

Lesson 4 - Drawing

  • Mastering the Pen Tool
  • Pen Tool Shortcuts
  • Compound Paths

Lesson 5 - Where Text Meets Graphics

  • Inline Graphics
  • Creating Type Outlines
  • Text Wrap Options
  • Using Transparency

Lesson 6 - Importing and Exporting

  • Adding Excel or Word Tables
  • Import Text Options
  • Import Graphic Options
  • PDF Styles
  • Export Options

Lesson 7 - Long Documents

  • Adding Indexes
  • Using Table of Contents
  • Numbering & Section Options

Lesson 8 - The XML Factor

  • What is XML?
  • Adding Structure with XML
  • Exporting to XML
  • Mapping Styles to Tags
  • Tips for Working with XML
  • Libraries for Efficient XML Production

Lesson 9 - Color

  • Using the Eyedropper to Create New Swatches
  • Spot or Process?

Lesson 10 - Printing

  • Using Printer Styles
  • Color Separations
  • Understanding the Print Menu
  • The Transparency Flattener
  • Preflight and Package

Lesson 11 - Scripting

  • Using the Script palette
  • Editing the Scripting Label

Indesign Tablet Publishing

Lesson 1 - Introduction to Creating eBooks with InDesign

  • What Is an EPUB?
  • Other Applications Used in the Course
  • Creating a New InDesign Document with EPUB in Mind

Lesson 2 - Working with Text

  • Understanding Style Mapping
  • Importing Text and Applying Character Styles
  • Adding Paragraph Styles
  • Working with Footnotes
  • Working with Tables

Lesson 3 - Creating Hyperlinks and Cross-References

  • Adding Hyperlinks
  • Adding Cross-References

Lesson 4 - Working with Graphics

  • Adding Graphics
  • Converting Graphics Created in InDesign to External Linked Files

Lesson 5 - Defining the Reading Order of the EPUB

  • Using an InDesign Story to Define the Reading Order
  • Using the Articles Panel to Define the Reading Order

Lesson 6 - Creating the Table of Contents

  • Adding Metadata

Lesson 7 - Exporting to EPUB

  • General Export Options
  • Image Export Options
  • Content Export Options

Lesson 8 - Customizing an EPUB

  • What's Inside an EPUB Archive?
  • Working with the CSS File
  • CSS Tags in the EPUB
  • Working with the XHTML Code
  • Previewing the eBook


Lesson 1 - Introducing Adobe Acrobat

  • About PDF
  • About Adobe Acrobat
  • About Adobe Reader
  • Using PDF on the web
  • Opening a PDF file
  • Working with the toolbars
  • Working with task panes
  • Using keyboard shortcuts to select tools
  • Navigating PDF documents
  • Viewing PDF presentations in Full Screen mode
  • Viewing PDF files in Read mode
  • Designing documents for online viewing
  • Customizing the Quick Tools toolbar
  • Creating a custom tool set

Lesson 2 - Exploring the Work Area

  • Opening a PDF file
  • Working with the toolbars
  • Working with task panes
  • Customizing the Quick Tools toolbar
  • Using keyboard shortcuts to select tools
  • Navigating PDF documents

Lesson 3 - Creating Adobe PDF Files

  • About creating Adobe PDF files
  • Using the Create command
  • Dragging and dropping files
  • Converting and combining different types of files
  • Using PDFMaker
  • Using the Print command to create Adobe PDF files
  • Reducing file size
  • About compression and resampling
  • Scanning a paper document
  • Making scanned text editable and searchable
  • Converting email messages to PDF (Windows)
  • Converting web pages to Adobe PDF

Lesson 4 - Reading and Working with PDF Files

  • Changing the opening view
  • About the onscreen display
  • Reading PDF documents
  • Searching PDF documents
  • Printing PDF documents
  • Filling out PDF forms
  • About flexibility, accessibility, and structure
  • Working with accessible documents
  • Making files flexible and accessible
  • Using the Acrobat accessibility features
  • Sharing PDF files

Lesson 5 - Using Acrobat with Microsoft Office Files (Windows)

  • About Acrobat PDFMaker
  • Converting Microsoft Word files to Adobe PDF
  • Converting Excel documents and starting a review
  • Converting PowerPoint presentations
  • Converting web pages from Internet Explorer
  • Saving PDF files as Word documents
  • Extracting PDF tables as Excel spreadsheets

Lesson 6 - Enhancing and Editing PDF Documents

  • Examining the work file
  • Moving pages with page thumbnails
  • Editing Adobe PDF pages
  • Renumbering pages
  • Editing links
  • Working with bookmarks
  • Adding multimedia files
  • Editing text
  • Copying text and images from a PDF file
  • Setting document properties and metadata

Lesson 7 - Combining Files in PDF Portfolios

  • About PDF Portfolios
  • Creating a PDF Portfolio
  • Customizing your PDF Portfolio
  • Sharing your PDF Portfolio
  • Searching a PDF Portfolio

Lesson 8 - Adding Signatures and Security

  • Viewing documents in Protected Mode (Windows only)
  • About security
  • Viewing security settings
  • Adding security to PDF files
  • About digital signatures
  • Creating digital signatures
  • Signing a document digitally
  • Modifying signed documents
  • Certifying PDF files
  • Signing certified documents
  • Exploring on your own: Using security envelopes

Lesson 9 - Using Acrobat in a Review Cycle

  • About the review process
  • Adding comments to a PDF document
  • Working with comments
  • Initiating a shared review
  • Exploring on your own: Initiating live collaboration

Lesson 10 - Working with Forms in Acrobat

  • Converting PDF files to interactive PDF forms
  • Adding form fields
  • Distributing forms
  • Collecting form data
  • Working with form data
  • Exploring on your own: Calculating and validating numeric fields

Lesson 11 - Using Actions

  • About Actions
  • Using Predefined Actions
  • Creating an Action
  • Sharing Actions

Lesson 12 - Using the Legal Features

  • Legal Features in Adobe Acrobat
  • About Bates Numbering and Redaction
  • Apply Bates Numbering
  • Defining Bates Numbering
  • Applying Redaction
  • Changing the Appearance of Redaction
  • Searching Text for Redaction
  • Assembling PDF Documents
  • Marking Redaction across Multiple Pages

Lesson 13 - Using Acrobat in Professional Printing

  • Creating PDF Files for Print and Prepress
  • Preflighting Files (Acrobat Pro)
  • Working with Transparency (Acrobat Pro)
  • Setting Up Color Managment
  • Previewing your Print Job (Acrobat Pro)
  • Advanced Printing Controls


Our goal is to make sure your class meets your objectives, not ours. Therefore, all of our outlines are treated as guides to help steer the workshop. This outline does not guarantee that all the topics listed will be covered in the time allowed. The amount of material covered is based on the skill level of the student audience. We may change or alter course topics to best suit the classroom situation.

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