Length: 2 Days

Cost: $975

Time: 9am - 4pm

Free Retakes: 8 Months

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Adobe InDesign Level 2

  • Feb 16 - 17
  • Apr 13 - 14
  • Jul 13 - 14


Unavailable: Adobe InDesign CS5.5 Level 2: Advanced Master Class

Class Description

InDesign CS5 Level 2: Advanced Master Class is for those who want to take their InDesign skills to the next level. In addition, we will cover the new features of InDesign CS5. Please contact us regarding pricing and availability. Prerequisite: Computer skills on a Mac or a PC

Class Prerequisites

Adobe InDesign Level 1 or equivalent experience.

Adobe Bridge CS5.5 and InDesign

  • Viewing, sorting, searching and managing files within Adobe Bridge CS5.5
  • Dragging & dropping from the NEW Mini Bridge to import instead of File/Place
  • Creating Favorites and quickly accessing commonly used folders in Bridge

Pages & Document Info

  • Adding and moving pages: using the pages palette
  • Creating and manipulating master pages and spreads
  • Target pages vs. Select pages
  • Creating documents with different page sizes
  • Saving and using templates

Text, Columns & Typography

  • Placing and linking text into a master text frame
  • Advanced Character Typography - No Break, Underline Options, Optical Margin Alignment
  • Shortcuts to character and paragraph typography
  • Advanced Paragraph Typography - Rules, tabs, hanging bullets – custom uses for all
  • Automatic numbering and bullets with advanced numbering
  • Customizing Hyphenation and Justification
  • Using the NEW Span and Split columns
  • Pasting text with unformatted paste command
  • Placing MS Word text files with or without formatting
  • Using the Glyphs palette to create a custom set of characters
  • Adding page and column breaks, white space and special characters
  • Find and Change – Find & replace text, custom text strings, object formats and more

Advanced Graphics

  • Placing graphics from Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Using object layer options to control visible layers of Photoshop and Illustrator files
  • Libraries, create, add items, name and find library items easily
  • Using the NEW Gap tool to modify graphic and text layouts quickly
  • Using the NEW Auto Fit button to easily resize graphics
  • Using the NEW Target Selection to move around graphics within a frame
  • Anchored objects - Inline, custom and floating anchored graphics
  • Applying a clipping path to an object with and without having a path in Photoshop
  • Applying text wrap around graphics and placed logos
  • Placing multiple graphics or text files at one time, then cycling thru loaded files before placing
  • Setting the default graphic frame to size a graphic automatically when placed


  • Using the effects panel to apply effects to text, fills and strokes separately
  • Working with Drop shadow, feather, corner effects, outer glow, inner glow etc
  • Using the new rounded corners button

Object Styles

  • Saving formatting for an entire text or object frame
  • Including paragraph styles in an object style

Long Documents & Master Pages

  • Creating Book Files
  • Adding documents, synchronizing styles between files, repaginating documents
  • Creating a Table of Contents
  • Creating, modifying, applying, and using "based on" Masters
  • Releasing objects and removing overrides from the master
  • Setting section markers and learning advanced page numbering tips
  • Using Text Variables to automate repetitive text


  • Creating and applying paragraph and character styles. Shortcuts!
  • Using Quick Apply for all styles and menu commands
  • Reapplying paragraph and character styles to replace local changes and/or character styles
  • Redefining a style from selected text which has been locally changed
  • Creating nested character styles within a paragraph style, repeat styles
  • Advanced uses of Character styles and Paragraph styles
  • Using Find and Change to apply character styles
  • Using Next style to apply formatting to multiple paragraphs instantly
  • Placing MS Word text files and linking directly to InDesign Styles
  • Creating Style Groups


  • Creating, reordering and deleting InDesign layers
  • Moving objects from one layer to another
  • Showing, hiding and locking layers
  • Advanced layer usage and rules for using layers with objects on masters
  • New layer considerations in CS5.5


  • Understanding the difference between tabs and tables
  • Placing text and convert it to a table
  • Modifying line weights and colors
  • Merging cells, splitting cells, and shortcuts for working with cells and tables
  • Creating a header and footer row to repeat on a multiple page table
  • Alternating fills and strokes automatically
  • Placing graphics within a table
  • Creating Table and Cell styles to make repetitive table formatting easy

Printing and Workflow

  • Separations - how it affects transparency
  • Using the links palette to link and embed graphics
  • Understanding the Preflight options
  • Saving an InDesign file as a .pdf
  • Exporting to InDesign Markup format (.idml) and .jpg
  • Using the Separations and Overprint preview palettes to check your printing settings
  • Using the Ink Manager