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Adobe InDesign Bootcamp Training Course

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InDesign Bootcamp Course Synopsis

This class provides you with the concepts and skills to use Adobe InDesign effectively. You get hands-on practice working with basic through advanced techniques including publishing to tablets and ebooks. You will learn type controls, graphics file management, layers and document setup. Whether you are a designer, pre-press professional or just a beginner, you will find InDesign to be a powerful but intuitive page layout application.

Prerequisites for this InDesign Bootcamp

Knowledge of your operating system and basic computer navigation is required for all classes . We also recommend that you have the Adobe InDesign software before starting the class. You can purchase the software or obtain a trial version of it from the Adobe website.

What You Will Learn in This InDesign Bootcamp Training Course

  • Navigating within InDesign
  • Creating and Formatting Text
  • Working with Layers
  • Adding Graphics
  • Working with Color
  • Working with Master Pages
  • Formatting with Styles
  • Creating and Editing Tables
  • Output and PDF Exporting
  • Advanced Style Sheet Tips
  • XML and InDesign
  • Scripting in InDesign

InDesign Bootcamp Training Course Length and Time

This class is 5 days long. Class time is 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Breaks are scheduled throughout the day and lunch is typically scheduled 12-1. Students provide their own lunch.

Locations for this InDesign Bootcamp Training Course

We have training centers in Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Denver, San Diego and Washington DC. We also offer classes at a network of rental facilities. We offer private onsite training and instructor-led, live online training. If coming to a rental facility, please double-check the location of your class with our office to make sure you get to the right location.

Goals for this InDesign Bootcamp 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

InDesign Bootcamp - Enrollment

Please see our Enrollment Page ( for our enrollment form.

Multi-class Packages

This bundle/workshop provides a significant discount off of our regular pricing. Our standard policy for all bundled workshops is that once one of the classes in the bundle, package or workshop is attended, no refunds are available for unused portions of the bundle. Student rescheduling is available under our regular policies.

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

Lesson 16 - Managing Your Workspace

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

Lesson 17 - Page Layout

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

Lesson 18 - Advanced Style Sheet Tips

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

Lesson 19 - Drawing

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

Lesson 20 - Where Text Meets Graphics

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

Lesson 21 - Importing and Exporting

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

Lesson 22 - Long Documents

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

Lesson 23 - 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 24 - Color

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

Lesson 25 - Printing

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

Lesson 26 - Scripting

  • Using the Script palette
  • Editing the Scripting Label

Lesson 27 - 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 28 - Working with Text

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

Lesson 29 - Creating Hyperlinks and Cross-References

  • Adding Hyperlinks
  • Adding Cross-References

Lesson 30 - Working with Graphics

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

Lesson 31 - 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 32 - Creating the Table of Contents

  • Adding Metadata
  • Lesson 33 - Exporting to EPUB

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

    Lesson 34 - 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


    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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    Comments from Students

    The class was very hands on and interactive. Stephanie was not only knowledgeable but entertaining as well. She made the 2 day class fun and was very responsive to our questions.

    - Anonymous, Jun 13, 2017

    Stephanie was great, she really knows the program and the best part about it is that she really engaged everyone of us in the class and made all the material exciting! I liked all the tips and tricks, and the fact that she was so patient and proactive about answering our questions. Great job and great online experience!

    - Anonymous, Jun 13, 2017

    Very user friendly and interactive! I was pleasantly surprised!

    - Anonymous, Jun 13, 2017