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InDesign CS5

5-day Course Topics

Content Summary: The whole shebang.
Results: Print documents, interactive web brochure, and a very speedy and efficient workflow.

Ideal for: Anyone who needs to move from the starting blocks to office expert, quickly, and isn't afraid of some intensive learning.

Starting a new document

UGRADE FEATURES

Setting document specifications and further options

Saving your document
Organising and managing files

Modifying the page properties
The Quark working area
Tools
Palettes
Preferences

Navigation

Zooming tool plus shortcuts
Using guides to help control layout
Creating shapes and lines
Main properties palette
Menu items, in order of usage

Pages and Master Pages

Multi-page documents
Facing and non-facing documents
Editing and duplicating master pages 

Creating gatefolds and more
Master Pages Advanced Control
Master page changes and application
Page sectioning and section numbering
Sectioning
Indexing
Special characters
Linking
Hyperlinking

Page Layout

Organising Library Items
Grouped-item Manipulation
Step and Repeat
Adjusting Space Between Items
Working with Layer Items
Stacking orders
Grids and baseline structure

Colour

Colours palette, creating new colours

The main colour models: RGB, CMYK and Spot colours

Colouring type, fills and borders

Tints and gradients
Importing colours

Imagery

Quality issues
Image type, editing and importing
Scaling, cropping and rotating images
Borders
Alpha channels for transparency
Clipping paths
When things go wrong on import
Import control
Drop shadows
Opacity
Picture effects

Tables

Simple tables and using tables as ingenious solutions
Formatting cell properties

Adding images to cells
Resizing, merging, adding or removing row or column cells 

Importing table data from spreadsheets
Creating tables from selected text
Cell inset spacing
Adding text & pictures to tables
Choosing separators
Linking table cells
Tabs and rules
Using tables for certain results

Professionally Typesetting Layouts


Finding and changing advanced options
Using tabs in QuarkXPress
Setting paragraph rules
Defining space before and after
Paragraph and character style sheets editing
Hyphenation
Text Tracking & Kerning Type
Ligatures and glyphs
Word counts
Dictionaries
Spell-checks

Creating Bezier Paths

Bezier control
Shapes and paths
Using alpha channels that are embedded
Merge and Split commands
Converting text to an outline
Importing text or pictures into converted text
Inverted runaround
Runaround on imported clipping paths
Editing imported clipping paths
Quark clipping path
Importing PSD

Text & Typography

Text boxes: creating, editing, and properties
Type properties: size, font, style, alignment, hyphenation
Changing leading, tracking and kerning

Paragraph formatting
Importing, Jabber
wocky
Text column control
Text flow
Text runaround on objects
Paragraph and column breaks, widows and orphans
Formatting with drop caps, baseline shift, paragraph rules
Tabbed lists
Keep options
Hanging indentation
Invisible characters
Special characters
Type boxes as imageholders
Anchored drop caps

Shapes and Objects

The Measurements Palette
Modifying shapes
Converting picture boxes to text boxes and vice versa
Spacing and aligning items
Duplicating objects

Step & Repeat

Object Grouping
Locking objects

Style Sheets

Character v Paragraph Style Sheets – when to apply which
Applying and editing Style Sheets
Importing style sheets from other documents
Image styles

Time saving features

Style sheets and master pages
Building and working with multi-page documents

Page Management

Adding new pages
Organising pages
Deleting pages 

Master page basics
Adding content to the master page

Layers

Using layers to control elements

Transparency

Dealing with transparency
Transparency control

QuarkVista

Advanced picture adjustment
Batch converting pictures
Saving & re-using settings

Synchronisation

Understanding Shared Content
Working with boxes
Creating a synchronised picture entry
Creating a synchronised text entry

Composition Zones

Creating a composition zone
Editing a composition zone
Sharing layouts

Applying Colour Management

Set Up
Choosing Printer Device Profiles
Trapping Settings
Changing Image Profiles


Printing from Quark XPress

Picture usage utility
Font usage utility
Collecting for output and limitations
Creating reusable print styles
Setting Quark Preferences
Component status
Profiles
Trapping


Getting Interactive

Layouts for the web
Creating hyperlinks
Rollovers & Forms
Create interactive button controls
Simple Flash animations
PowerPoint-style presentations with full end-user interactivity
Importing movies
Saving under HTML/Web export options
SWF Output

Output

Collecting for output, and pitfalls
Creating PDF files
Default tool properties and how to change them
Predefined colours

Saving and Printing

Separations
Limitations
PPDs
Proofing

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QUARK XPRESS 2015

Quark Xpress v8


New Features Summary:

  • Shapemaker
  • Callouts
  • Conditional Styles
  • Story Editor
  • Cloner
  • Table creation enhancements
  • Enhanced digital publishing
  • Layout automation.

NEWEST UPGRADE: 2015
Released: April 2015

 

QuarkXPress 2015 Release 11.0 (2015) - 64-bit version only, over 5 meters max page size, fixed-layout interactive eBooks (fxl ePub), footers and end notes, text variables, custom paper sizes user-definable shortcut keys (Mac only), table styles.

 

May 2015 Release (11.0.0.1) - bug fixes

July 2015 Release (11.0.1) - faster launch speed

Sep 2015 Release (11.1) - Support for Windows 10

Oct 2015 Release (11.2) - Support for OS X El Capitan

"Not only does Traci know her stuff, she knows how to share that knowledge in a relaxed and cheerful manner so that even a non-techie person like me can grasp it. I like the way she tailor-makes courses to fit your requirements, and encourages questions, however basic."

Wendy Smith
QUARK XPRESS
Intermediate, Crash Course,
1-day


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