InDesign for Production

InDesign Training for Book Production

 InDesign for Book Production

This course covers familiar problems including managing fonts, checking image resolution, document size and trims, correct use of layers for text and special finishes, checking colours and transparent elements. Build a good understanding of the way InDesign files are constructed and what can got awry.  Learn easy ways to check files and to correct errors.

Course Summary

Date: 24th Jan | Duration: 1 Day |  Start: 09:30 –  End 17:15 | Venue: London | Trainer: Mark Bracey | Price: £395

What will I learn?

  • Checking Document Specifications – Checking and correcting trim page size. Making modifications, adding bleed. Slug – when and how to use it or remove it

  • Fonts – Discussion of font formats and their uses: Postscripts and True Type vs Open Type. The theory of font management at system level

  • Checking Image Files – Updating and re-linking missing images. Using the Info Palette to check for colour space, profiles, file formats, image resolution

  • Colours – Checking and managing colours via the Colour and Swatches Palettes. Identifying CMYK, RGB, Spot and Process. Controlling Spots from the Ink Manager. Checking ink densities and tint values. Automatic naming of colours

  • Layers – Hiding and revealing layers to check for the correct assignment of text and images. Locking image layers and re-assigning objects to the correct layers. How special finishes such as spot varnishes and foil blocking can be created using layers

  • Co-editions – Tinted black text and other co-editionable elements. Checking for knockout and overprint. Overprinting graphics. Settings for reversed-out text. Pitfalls of using 5thcolour (text) black. Using Ink Manager to alias ‘text black’. Using text layers as a simple and effective alternative to ‘text black’

  • Jackets and Covers – Creating them with multiple page sizes. Altering spine widths

  • Grouping and Locking – How to unlock and ungroup objects to carry out checks and access locked Master Page Items

  • Transparency – Identifying where transparency is used. Understanding the effects of transparency on co-edition elements

  • Pre-flight and Package- Pre-flighting and packaging options

  • Exporting to PDF – Basic settings for co-editions, using PDF versions 1.3 and 1.4. Looking at typical problems. Understanding when need to create text black PDFs via Postscript

What skills are needed for this course?

A basic working knowledge of the tools and features of InDesign is assumed

Mark Bracey – Experienced 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.

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  1. Walker Books October 11, 2018 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Mark is a brilliant trainer and the course covered everything I wanted to know and more!

  2. Simon & Schuster December 3, 2018 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Good clear instructions, lots of discussion during the day

  3. Harper Collins December 3, 2018 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Everything was very clear and it was very easy to ask questions for more detail. I ma very likely to recommend this training to others.

  4. Harper Collins February 19, 2019 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    It was very helpful and informative. A very positive experience

  5. Harper Collins February 19, 2019 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Mark was very friendly and helpful, content wasn’t too technical and easy to digest. Overall very positive and a great learning experience

  6. Simon & Schuster February 19, 2019 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Excellent, good kit, well paced. Good clear instruction, lot’s of discussion during the day

  7. Harper Collins February 19, 2019 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    It was good. Trainer was friendly, clear, and helpful. I am very likely are you to recommend the training to others

  8. Harper Collins February 20, 2019 at 7:52 am - Reply

    Really liked Mark!

  9. Harper Collins February 20, 2019 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Engaging and informative course. Very useful for the job I do. Really good trainer. Very likely to recommend the training to others

  10. Harper Collins February 20, 2019 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Mark was an excellent trainer. He covered enough and explained everything so it made sense

  11. Yale University Press June 24, 2019 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    It was a useful and good experience.

  12. Oxford University Press June 24, 2019 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    I thought the course was very insightful, I appreciated that it was very hands-on and very well-paced. Mark is a very good trainer, his explanations were clear and there was opportunity to ask questions throughout the entire course

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