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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