InDesign CS6: Essentials

InDesign CS6: Essentials


Total Run Time: 11.5 hrs

Total Training for Adobe InDesign CS6 Essentials offers a comprehensive foundation for working with this versatile desktop publishing application. This course will teach you how to efficiently design page layouts for print or screen, starting with the basics of the program and interface, then moving into more advanced topics.


  1. Using Guides to Help Align Page Design Elements Perfectly, and Use Align/Distribute Functions to Cheat those Alignments by Design
  2. Quality-Checking, Fixing and Packaging InDesign Documents
  3. Using Paragraph and Character Styles, Templates and Importing Functions to Speed Production and Apply Consistent Designs to Recurring Documents
  4. How to Quickly and Efficiently Apply the Rules of Standard Document Design, as well as How to Creatively Break them Occasionally for Design Effect
  5. The Basics of Creating Interactive Digital Forms with Adobe InDesign CS6


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In this InDesign CS6: Essentials series, Adobe Certified Expert, Randy Hagen shows you how to set up custom InDesign workspaces, the basics of layouts, how to build, quality check and package your InDesign projects, and how to use InDesign’s formatting tools to quickly and efficiently produce quality, consistent documents.

You’ll also learn to work with InDesign’s long document production functions, how to create and work with templates, and how to design interactive digital forms and PDFs.

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Course outline


  1. Getting Started with InDesign CS6
  2. Creating a New Document
  3. Selecting & Placing Content
  4. Working with the Type & Shape Tools
  5. Using the Control Panel
  6. Formatting Text
  7. Viewing & Arranging Panels
  8. Creating & Saving a Custom Workspace & Performing a Text Wrap

  1. Creating InDesign CS6 Document Presets
  2. Working with Master Pages
  3. Margins, Column & Ruler Guides & Zooming
  4. Placing, Scaling & Arranging Graphic Elements
  5. Placing & Formatting Text, Part 1
  6. Placing & Formatting Text, Part 2
  7. Copying Elements between Documents
  8. Printing Documents

  1. The Capabilities & Limitations of Spellchecking
  2. Live Preflighting & Creating Custom Preflight Profiles
  3. Correcting Preflighting Problems
  4. Packaging InDesign Documents for Remote Printing

  1. Setting General & Interface Preferences
  2. Setting Type & Composition Preferences
  3. Customizing Measurement, Grid & Guide Preferences
  4. Setting Dictionary, Spelling & Auto-Correction Preferences
  5. Setting Notes, Track Changes & Story Editor Display Preferences
  6. Adjusting Display Performance & Appearance of Black
  7. File & Clipboard Handling Preferences

  1. Setting Up a Trifold Brochure Layout
  2. Manipulating Page Size & Orientation with the Page Tool
  3. Creating Paragraph Styles, Part 1
  4. Creating Paragraph Styles, Part 2
  5. Creating Character Styles
  6. Adding Custom Color Swatches
  7. Understanding Differences between Templates & Documents

  1. Placing a Picture & Adjusting Display Performance Settings
  2. Placing, Formatting & Modifying Text with Paragraph Styles
  3. Creating Bulleted Lists & Formatting Graphics
  4. Replicating & Placing Repeated Elements
  5. Placing & Scaling Graphic Elements
  6. Formatting Type & Splitting Type within Text Frames
  7. Quality Checking, Packaging & Saving in InDesign CS6

  1. Creating Long Document Templates, Part 1
  2. Creating Long Document Templates, Part 2
  3. Auto-Flowing & Formatting Type for Long Documents
  4. Refine Long Document Layouts by Extending Type Style Attributes
  5. Building a Table of Contents
  6. Making Index Entries
  7. Combining Multiple InDesign CS6 Documents into a Book
  8. Generating Master Indexes for InDesign CS6 Books
  9. Printing Review Proofs

  1. Using the Tab Ruler
  2. Aligning with the Tab Ruler
  3. Using Spot Color, Inline Graphics & Fixed Space Alignment
  4. Studying Table Creation & Formatting
  5. Working with Table Styles

  1. Building Text Fields in PDF Documents
  2. Creating Check Boxes for Interactive Forms
  3. Setting up Radio Button Groups
  4. List Boxes & Combo Boxes for Interactive Forms
  5. Placing & Formatting Buttons
  6. Preparing for Digital Signatures & Saving Interactive PDFs
  7. Resetting Tab Order for Interactive Forms
  8. Credits

Presenter Info

Randy HaganRandy has 30 years of real world experience helping business and commercial publishers improve their print production operations, with more than 20 years of that experience in helping publishers, printers and design professionals use computerized design and production tools. Over that time he has learned a lot about what does – and doesn’t – work in a successful print production environment.

Like many publishing professionals, Randy has expanded his skills to include tools and skills to leverage traditional content into new areas, including web, video and multimedia production. As tools and techniques have been refined, Randy has developed more sophisticated and efficient solutions for making the most from legacy content and enhancing its presentation in new media.

Through his experiences as a trainer, industry consultant and publishing professional, Randy has acquired expert knowledge and experience in many print production programs, including Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat; QuarkXPress and specialized publication editorial and production applications. He also has expert knowledge and experience in Adobe Acrobat with regards to prepress, presentation and coordination/review issues. Through his training experience, Randy also has advanced knowledge in using Acrobat as a multimedia platform and as a forms creation tool.