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Adobe InDesign CS4 Four Day Masterclass - Bristol

The scheduled InDesign Masterclass training course allows you to learn InDesign CS4 from introduction to advanced level in just 4 days! Learn about the tools and features available in Adobe Indesign CS4 which take desktop publishing and design to a new level combining extraordinary production power and creative freedom with tight integration with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat software. Initially you will learn to create simple documents and prepare them for print or export as a PDF. Topics in this training course include learning the work area, working with text and graphics, creating simple vector based graphics, and the basics of design.

This advanced training section provides the InDesign user the ability to hone their skills and move their knowledge of Adobe InDesign CS4 to an advanced level. Using the skills learned during the first few days delegates will create complex documents and work with a variety of palettes and tools to further understand the capabilities of this high-end design application.

Through this training course, you can join the growing ranks of creative professionals discovering new levels of creative freedom and productivity using Adobe InDesign software. Tightly integrated with the Adobe applications you use most, InDesign delivers faster production workflows and a more fluid creative environment for designing professional layouts with sophisticated graphics and typography.

Upon successful completion of this course, delegates will be able to:

-Manage the InDesign environment
-Design documents and manage text
-Utilise colours, swatches, and gradients
-Manage transparency and utilise tables
-Prepare for handoff to a service provider
-Create Acrobat PDF files
-Administer advanced styles
-Control text
-Handle page elements, graphics, and paths
-Develop Bézier paths
-Manage long documents
-Import and export files
-Adjust print settings
-Work with XML

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A bespoke version of this scheduled
course is also available to suit
your requirements & timeframe.

Adobe InDesign CS4 training at XChangeTraining




4 Days

Course Location:

Central Bristol

Course Dates:

18 Sep - 21 Sep
20 Oct - 23 Oct
18 Nov - 21 Nov
9 Dec - 12 Dec


  A copy of this quality manual is available to all attendees of this course:

Adobe InDesign CS4: Visual Quick Start Guide

  Price listed is per delegate and excludes VAT.

XChange Training limit class size (4-8 delegates max) to ensure an excellent quality of training is provided so courses can fill up quickly. Please book up early to guarantee your place.

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Adobe InDesign CS4 Four Day Masterclass - Bristol Outline

The following is a general outline. The range of topics covered during your training is dependent upon student level, time available and preferences of your course booking.

Getting started in InDesign
-Customise Your Workspace
-Workspace and Window arrangement
-Create a New Document
-Zooming in and out
-Moving around your document
-Using Control panel options
-Previewing your document

Managing and Formatting Text
-Add Text
-Edit Text using Story Editor
-Spell Check Text
-Find/ Change
-Character formatting options
-Paragraph formatting options
-The Glyphs panel
-Showing Hidden Characters
-Threading Text

Handling images
-Adding images
-Cropping images
-Resizing images
-Adding Text Wrap
-Understanding different image file types
-Using the Links panel
-Understanding and checking resolution

Colours, Swatches, and Gradients
-Adding colour to Fill/Stroke
-Adding Swatches
-Understanding the difference between CMYK, RGB, Pantone colours
-Creating tint swatches
-Creating Gradients
-Stroke settings

-Creating different shapes
-Arranging, Aligning and Distributing
-Transforming Objects
-Object Styles
-Applying Effects
-Shape and corner options

Paragraph and Character Styles
-Setting up Paragraph Styles
-Setting up Character Styles
-Changing Paragraph & Character styles

Master Pages
-Setting up Master pages
-Applying a Master page
-Using Master pages with facing pages
-Adding page numbers
-Overriding Master page items

Preparing a document for Printing
-Using Preflight for basic checks
-Print a Document
-Packaging Files
-Exporting to PDF

Managing Your Workspaces
-Organising Your Panels
-Advanced Zooming and Navigation
-Advanced View Options

Advanced Typography
-Typographical preferences
-Advanced Character formatting options
-Advanced Paragraph formatting options

Style Sheets
-Review of setting up Style Sheets
-Advanced Style Sheet Tips
-Nested Styles
-Using ‘Based on’, ‘Next Style’ and Quick Apply

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Pages and Master Pages
-Review of setting up Master Pages
-Parent & Child masters
-Overriding Master Page items
-Using ‘Shuffle’ options
-Best practice with master page
-Numbering and Section options

Organising your Layout
-Advanced Align options
-Using keyboard shortcuts for align and distribute
-Using the Gap tool
-Using Autofit for images
-Review of setting up Object Styles
-Setting up a Baseline Grid

-Review of Swatches – managing colours and gradients
-Creating Mixed Inks
-Using the Ink Manager
-Sharing Swatches between documents and with Photoshop and Illustrator

Managing Documents
-Using Libraries and Snippets
-Creating Templates
-Creating and using Find/Change queries
-Creating a Table of Contents
-Using an InDesign ‘Book’ to collate documents
-Setting up Indexes

-Setting up Tables
-Importing Excel & Word tables
-Creating Table and Cell styles

Creating an interactive PDF
-Adding Hyperlinks, Buttons, Movies and Sounds
-Setting up Page Transitions
-Exporting an Interactive PDF

Setting up an e-book / e-pub
-Understanding what an e-book is
-Overview of preparing a file to become an e-book
-Overivew of Export options

-Understanding InDesign preferences
-Changing document preferences
-Changing application preferences

-Using the Overprint Preview and the Separations Preview panel
-Defining the Transparency Flattener settings
-Using Preflight
-Understanding an RGB workflow
-Creating PDF presets

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Course Target Audience and delegate prerequisites

This course is intended for graphic designers, creative professionals, print professionals, publishers, pre-press professionals, and marketing communications professionals.

Ahead of taking this course the trainee must have basic PC or Mac skills, including a fundamental understanding of a computer's operating system, how to launch an application and create and save files, as well as how to copy files from CDs and other media.

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Location information for this scheduled course

This course will be offered at the XChange Training Bristol training centre at:

33 Canynge Road

The training centre is conveniently located in Clifton the popular and easily accessible area of central Bristol.

Courses are run between 10am and 5pm with an hour break for lunch and both mid morning and mid-afternoon refreshment breaks.


Training Centre address
Central Bristol

Tel: 0845 363 1130
Email: info@xchangetraining.co.uk

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Advantages of learning Adobe InDesign CS4 with XChange Training

-XChange Training is an Adobe Certified Training Centre
-Our InDesign CS4 trainers are certified professionals with excellent knowledge of all aspects of print workflows from creating artwork to guaranteeing successful output.
-XChange training focuses on real tasks that reflect how the software is used in professional situations.
-Free Course manual provided for each trainee as excellent post-course reference material.
-Free email support service for 6 months after course included in the price.
-We get consistently good feedback from our clients.

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Contacting XChange Training

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Email: info@xchangetraining.co.uk

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