Advanced InDesign Training for Book Publishers

Advanced InDesign for Designers & Editors

Build on your basic knowledge of InDesign and learn how to easily create, modify and check layouts, covers and associated marketing materials.

Learn how to use InDesign guides and smart guides, how to use Master Page items, how automatic variable running heads can be created, and many more tips and ways to free up your time. Also learn the best ways of setting up text for co-edition books and creating covers and jackets.  You will get to grips with importing and placing multiple images, combining shapes and aligning objects and controlling Photoshop layers from InDesign.

This course can be focussed exclusively for Designers or Editors.

Course Summary

Date: You decide – get in touch! | Duration: 1 | Day Start: 09:30 –  End 17:15 | Venue: London | Trainer: Mark Bracey | Price: £395

What will I learn?

  • Workspaces

    • De-clutter and create your own workspace.
    • Setting Tool Preferences
  • Working with Layouts

    • Bleed and Slug, understanding InDesign guides including Smart Guides.
    • How InDesign Master Page items behave.
    • Automatic page numbering.
    • Automatic Variable Running Heads.
    • Setting-up and using the document Baseline Grid. Additional text box independent grids.
    • Building a book block.
  • Text & Editorial Control

    • The fundamentals of Paragraph & Character Styles.
    • Dealing with the Paragraph Composer in an editorial workflow, hyphenation settings.
    • Importing a manuscript and/or retaining essential formatting from text, i.e. italics, removing unwanted formatting (incorrect tabs, indents, styling etc).
    • Find & Change: a powerful editorial tool.
    • Creating an InDesign generated Table of Contents.
    • Dealing with Footnotes and Endnotes.
    • The power of Quick Apply.
  • Design & Editorial settings for co-editionable books

    • Working with layers instead of a spot black.
    • Reversed-out and faux coloured text.
    • Overprinting.
  • Images

    • Importing and placing multiple images. Pre-fitting picture boxes.
    • Converting Photoshop paths to frames.
    • Pathfinder and Align: Combining shapes and aligning objects.
    • Controlling PhotoShop and Illustrator layers from the InDesign layout.
  • Covers, Jackets and Gatefolds

    • Using different page sizes in the same InDesign document to streamline cover creation.
  • Output

    • Live preflight and using preflight profiles.
    • Exporting to PDF and creating PDF export pre-sets.
    • Separation and Overprint previews.
    • The limitations of using transparency effects in co-editionable workflows.
  • ePub Aware

    What to consider when converting a print document or setting-up files for export to ePub.

  • Miscellaneous

    • Using the Eyedropper Tool to sample and apply colours, attributes and text styles.
    • Object Styles.
    • Combining text and images within tables.
    • The fundamentals of Bezier curves.
    • Type on a curve and outlined text.

Whats skills do I need to do this course?

The ability to navigate your way around the InDesign software and use the basic features.

Mark Bracey – Book Publishing Designer

Mark has worked in book publishing as a designer and trainer for nearly twenty five years. After studying graphic design he worked for various design studios before taking on a training role at Dorling Kindersley.

While at DK he advised on best practices for book creation and ran a team of in-house DTP staff. Following DK’s merger with Penguin, Mark worked as a key member of the management team responsible for the group’s migration to InDesign.

Mark is currently working as a freelance book designer and typesetter and provides self-publishing services to individual authors and institutions through his own imprint

A great teacher, with bags of current and relevant experience – you will not be disappointed.


Interested in this course?

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