Advanced Adobe InDesign Training

Master the advanced capabilities of Adobe InDesign with this 2 day, hands-on, Adobe Certified Instructor led class

Students enrolled in this advanced InDesign class will learn to create interactive digital media documents like ePubs, interactive PDFs and form-focused documents. They will master long documents with InDesign’s book, table of contents, cross-reference, text-variables, running headers, complex tables and index features. We’ll examine adding to InDesign’s capabilities with scripting, automation and third-party plugins for data-driven content production.

Each hands-on exercise in class provides three levels of instruction:

  • Students will understand how to take this particular type of project (large catalog, ePub, etc) from initial design to delivery of final product
  • Students will use the correct InDesign features needed to create this project to the highest professional standards
  • Students will learn the design principles relevant to the project

Who should attend this class?

This class is for InDesign users who want to graduate to power users capable of creating interactive complex documents that push the capabilities of InDesign.

C2’s InDesign Foundations class or the equivalent real-world experience. If you have any questions about which class is right for you, contact us by email, phone or use our contact form.
  • 12 hours of hands on training – 9am to 4pm both days
  • 100% custom training content exclusive to C2
  • USB Flash drive with all class files
  • Adobe InDesign Classroom in a book provided as homework (we do not use the Adobe book for any class exercises)
  • 1 year of email tech support
  • 1 year free retake policy
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee
Class Outline by Topic

Long-document Tools

  • Multiple Page Sizes
  • InDesign Books
  • Content Collector/Placer/Linking
  • Creating and Using a Library
  • Snippets
  • Anchored/Inline Objects
  • Conditional Text

Advanced Pages

  • Facing-Page vs. Nonfacing-Page
  • The Pages Panel in-depth
  • Master Pages
  • Working with Master Objects
  • Overriding/Detaching Master Page Items
  • Loading/Sending masters
  • Multiple Masters
  • Basing Masters
  • Advanced page numbering and sectioning

Vector Art

  • Creating Basic Shapes with the Frame Tools
  • The Direct Selection and Pen Tool
  • Corner Options
  • Pathfinder Operations
  • Create Outlines
  • Creating Compound Paths
  • Gap Tool
  • Object Styles


  • Excel and Word Table Import Options
  • Selecting Rows, Columns, and Cells in a Table
  • Editing and Formatting Tables
  • Table/Cell Options
  • Editing Table Strokes and Fills
  • Table/Cell Styles
  • Images and Tables

Liquid and alternate layouts

  • When to make liquid layouts
  • When to use alternate layouts
  • Linking stories across alternate layouts
  • Alternate layout style groups
  • Smart text reflow
  • Setting liquid layout rules


  • Reflowable Vs Fixed-layout
  • Building reflowable epubs
  • Previewing
  • Preparing a cover
  • Creating custom table of contents

interactive pdfs

  • Adding form fields and elements
  • Creating buttons
  • Adding links
  • Bookmarks
  • Adding sound
  • Adding video
  • Cross references
  • Multi-state objects

prepress color

  • Troubleshooting transparency and printing problems
  • Mixed ink swatches and groups
  • Reading and using the ink manager
  • Separations, flattening and trapping
  • Creating die cuts

Automating and scripting indesign

  • Setting your own workspace
  • Setting your own keyboard shortcuts
  • Using Data Merge
  • Using Adobe supplied scripts
  • Editing existing scripts
  • Finding, loading and using third party scripts
  • Third party cataloging plugins
  • Other third party plugins reviewed

XML based Documents

  • What is XML and where does it come from
  • Creating and maintaining your XML Data
  • Getting XML out of spreadsheets and databases
  • Tagging
  • Using the structure pane
  • Mapping styles to tags and tags to styles
  • Tagging tables
  • What is XSL and how to use it to transform your document

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I’m not a graphic designer, so this class really helped me understand important design elements that will help me grow professionally. I recommend taking classes at C2!
Lisa H.

Training Designer

Great program, filled in a lot of gaps of stuff I did not know.
Marcy M.

Senior Graphic Designer

Great class to take after the beginners course! I learned a lot of useful information, great instructor!
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