Typesetting in InDesign – Training for Publishers

Typesetting in InDesign – Training for Publishers

Learn everything you need to know in order to take full advantage of InDesign’s typesetting and formatting features

We will show you the most efficient ways to set up documents in order to save time and ensure consistency throughout. This training session focusses on the principles involved in building long, predominantly text only documents with InDesign.  It is appropriate for typesetting books such as novels, biographies, academic and reference books.

Course Summary

Date: 3rd Feb | Duration: 1 Day |  Start: 09:30 –  End 17:15 | Venue: London | Trainer: Mark Bracey | Price: £395

What will I learn?

  • Setting-Up The Basic Document Setting-Up the document, setting the layout parameters – margins and columns etc. Separating the prelim and body pages into sections, creating a base set of Master Pages.

  • Creating and applying Paragraph & Character Styles – Evaluating the manuscript and identifying what attributes and formatting needs to be retained. The principles of creating & applying Paragraph, Character and Nested Using the break characters and the ‘Keep’ options for Chapter Head styling to generate automatic page breaks.

  • Importing the Manuscript & Preserving essential formatting – Understanding the import options. Dealing with title page information, imprint details and the Foreword etc. and the principles of separating them from the main flow of text as appropriate. Using Find/Change to automate the styling process and preserve those attributes such as italicisation, bold, small caps and superscript etc.  ‘Cleaning-up’ imported text to remove unwanted formatting such as returns, spaces, tabs and false indents.

  • Building the book block – The options for flowing text and building multiple page documents. The use of Primary Text frames in conjunction with Smart Text Reflow.

  • Footnotes – Retaining footnotes from the original manuscript. Creating and/or adding InDesign generated footnotes.  Understanding and applying the footnote styling and positioning options. Endnotes.

  • Images – Importing logos/images and placing in-line images. Placing stand-alone images anchored to the text string and applying a text wrap.

  • Widows, orphans, tracking & hyphenation – Hyphenation settings, understanding the Adobe Paragraph Composer. The various methods for dealing with widows and orphans. Customising the keyboard shortcuts to apply tracking etc.

  • Finishing-up – Using the text variables feature to generate running heads. InDesign’s ToC feature to generate a contents page and updating the ToC. Multiple windows to check ToC entries. Formatting specifics for styling Indexes.

  • Book Feature – Using the Book Feature to collate and manage books that are split by chapter into separate InDesign documents.

  • PDF – Outputting to PDF for proofreading and final print output.

What skills are needed for this course?

Candidates are expected to have InDesign skills to a basic level, being able to create and manipulate text and have an understanding of concepts such as the use of Paragraph and Character styles. No previous typesetting experience is required.

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. Freelancer February 20, 2019 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Feel like we covered a lot of useful content, and met all my learning objectives. Mark was great, we were encouraged to ask questions and were given clear explanations

  2. Yale University Press London February 20, 2019 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    It covered a large range of topics related to Indesign and made me feel much more confident. The trainer was patient and good at explaining the processes. I think the most useful part of the day was learning how to flow text, and the shortcuts you could use.

  3. Troubador February 20, 2019 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Very well presented, lots of useful new information. Brilliant. Very knowledgable and informative.

  4. Troubador February 20, 2019 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    I learned a lot of new skills, and the course definitely exceeded my expectations. I learned a lot of new skills, and the course definitely exceeded my expectations. I feel that I will be able to produce proofs more efficiently and with fewer potential pitfalls.

  5. Troubador February 20, 2019 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    It was extremely informative! The trainer was very clear. He was very nice and helpful.

  6. Troubador February 20, 2019 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Great, I learnt a lot of things that will now make my job a lot easier. Very clear, if anyone was confused or unable to follow a step the trainer came over to see what had gone wrong.

  7. Troubador February 20, 2019 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    We learnt a lot of things that we didn’t even knew existed in InDesign and it will certainly make our lives easier when we come to typeset our next books. Trainer was very clear and enthusiastic – also very helpful when our software wasn’t working in the way it was supposed to.

  8. The Coconut Group Ltd February 20, 2019 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Great course, demonstrated the ins and outs of InDesign and formatting long documents. A great investment. Mark was very patient, appreciated the questions we asked and explained everything in detail.

  9. Battersea Power Station Development Company February 20, 2019 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Very informative, good teacher. Patient and concise

  10. Gill Ireland February 20, 2019 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    The course was comprehensive and thorough. Mark Bracey was an excellent tutor. He conveyed things clearly and concisely and his breadth of knowledge was extensive, which showed when I asked questions beyond the full scope of the course.

  11. OCR May 7, 2019 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Mark was very clear in his explanations and he was always open to questions. Mark definitely knows his subject and was able to explain things to us very clearly.

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