InDesign CS6


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InDesign CS6 Course InDesign CS6 Course is an ideal course for those who want to learn more about using Adobe InDesign. In preparation for the Adobe Certified Expert InDesign 9A0-306 examination, this course guides you in detail through the desktop publishing software used by graphic designers and production artists for the creation of publications, posters, and print media. The course has been designed as a self-study course and you can take as long as you need to complete it. Tutor support is available via email should you need assistance. APPLE MAC USERS: We recommend you complete this course on a PC with the Windows Operating System. While the course can be run on an Apple Macs using software such as Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop 7, VMware fusion or CrossOver Mac, we cannot support any issues that may occur with PC-Based software running on a Mac.  




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Course programme


Adobe InDesign CS6 Basics Course Book:

Unit 1: Getting started

  • Start Adobe InDesign and explore elements of the environment
  • Set preferences and defaults
  • Navigate and view documents

Unit 2: Basic documents

  • Create a document preset and create a document
  • Create and position text in a frame
  • Place graphics, and place pages from other InDesign documents

Unit 3: Using objects

  • Position elements precisely by using guides and the Control panel
  • Modify and transform objects
  • Ensure consistency of objects’ formatting throughout a publication

Unit 4: Multi-page documents

  • Create master pages and apply them to a document
  • Insert, move and delete pages
  • Create layers and assign objects to them

Unit 5: Working with text

  • Format text with tabs, indents, tracking, kerning, drop caps and paragraph spacing

Use styles to format text and create bulleted and numbered lists

  • Thread text between frames, add jump lines, set hyphenation and justification, add text wrap, vertical spacing, and keep options, and change the number of columns in a text frame

Unit 6: Working with graphics and colours

  • Adjust graphic formatting
  • Create, apply, load and save colour swatches

Unit 7: Preflighting and preparing documents for final output

  • Prepare documents for commercial printing
  • Print documents and booklets
  • Export documents to PDF

Adobe InDesign CS6 Intermediate Course Book:

Unit 1: Text editing

  • Import, edit and review text
  • Insert special characters to enhance typography
  • Create column, frame, and page breaks to manage text flow

Unit 2: Linked files

  • Fix missing links, update modified links, and open original image files for editing by using the Links panel
  • Place and link content using the Content Collector tool

Unit 3: Flexible document setup

  • Create liquid and alternate layouts for multiple page sizes and orientations
  • Create text and graphics placeholder objects, and save a document as a template
  • Create a library, place library items, and use snippets
  • Use the Data Merge panel to merge data from a text file into an InDesign document to create customised versions of the document

Unit 4: Working with colour and transparency

  • Create new colours and tint swatches in the Swatches panel
  • Create gradient swatches in the Gradient panel
  • Colourise a grayscale image
  • Create lighting effects and adjust transparency in the Effects panel

Unit 5: Vector paths

  • Create and edit vector paths with the Pen tool
  • Create and edit clipping paths by using the Clipping Path dialogue box
  • Wrap type on a path by using the Type on a Path tool

Unit 6: Tables

  • Convert text to a table and create a table from an imported Microsoft Excel file
  • Modify a table’s structure by inserting and adjusting headers and footers and by merging table cells
  • Format a table by changing the colour of table cells, changing stroke and border attributes, adding editorial notes, and making precise adjustments

Adobe InDesign CS6 Advanced Course Book:

Unit 1: Long documents

  • Create sections in a document by using the Pages panel, and create a dynamically changing runnung head
  • Automatically generate a table of contents for a document
  • Automatically generate an index for a document, and insert cross-references
  • Insert and format footnotes by using the Insert Footnote command and the Footnote Options dialogue box
  • Use the Book panel to combine several documents into a book for printing

Unit 2: Working with colour

  • Discuss monitor calibration, and adjust InDesign’s colour management preferences
  • Adjust colour settings for individual images by using the Image Colour Settings dialogue box
  • Discuss differences between desktop and commercial printing, discuss what a spot colour is and when you might use one, and discuss how printers use halftones to produce colour
  • Use swatches panel to create process and spot colours, add a Pantone colour, and delete and replace swatches

Unit 3: Print preparation

  • Address printing problems using the Separations Preview Panel
  • Flattening transparent objects
  • Print challenges that preflight won’t address

Unit 4: Electronic distributions

  • Add interactivity to an InDesign document by creating hyperlinks, bookmarks, buttons, movies and sound
  • Add page transitions and animation to an InDesign document
  • Create a PDF file with form fields

Unit 5: Exporting interactive documents

  • Export documents as Interactive PDF, HTML, or SWF files
  • Export documents as EPUB files

Unit 6: XML

  • Tag items in a document and export them as XML content by using the Structure pane and the Tags panel
  • Import an XML file by using the Import XML dialogue box, add XML content to document placeholders, and validate a document against an imported DTD


To earn the Adobe InDesign CS6 certification you must sit a separate Adobe Certified Expert Examination (Adobe InDesign CS6 9A0-306). The exam is in a multiple choice/multiple answer format. There are 55 questions in total and the exam lasts approximately 70 minutes. The minimum passing score to gain the InDesign CS6 ACE certification is 65%.

Adobe examinations must be sat at a registered Pearson VUE testing centre and cost £115+VAT each. You can locate testing centres and schedule exam appointments on the Pearson VUE website.

The InDesign ACE Examination has recently been retired so it is no longer available to sit this exam. Students completing this course can still gain the DLC Certificate of Completion after they have completed their studies.

Adobe Re-certification Policy:

You must be certified on the previous version of the product and pass the current version's exam in order to get recertified. For example, to recertify for ACE InDesign CS6 you must already be certified for Adobe InDesign CS5 and pass your Adobe InDesign CS6 examination.

Study Hours

This is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 79.99 hrs.

InDesign CS6

£ 199 + VAT