InDesign Advanced Techniques

0800 156 0777

Reach your potential with our Advanced InDesign course

Our InDesign Advanced Training Course is aimed at those who are comfortable with the basics of using InDesign, and want to look at some of the more advanced functionality available in InDesign. The course is ideally suited to those who have attended the InDesign Getting Started course, or are already comfortable with most of the topics covered within it.

During this course you will learn how to work with more advanced styling such as nested styles, next style and object styles, you will learn to apply automated page numbering, use the liquify and alternate layout functions and lots more. You will work with interactive features and learn how to create pdf forms from within InDesign all ready for output, not to mention add hyperlinks, page transitions and other interactive features. We will teach you how to make use of snippets and libraries to reuse content saving a lot of time, and if you are working with external data from excel or other database sources, we will teach you how to generate a fully formatted indesign document directly from the data file.

£495.00ex vat

Attend Online

Why not attend from the comfort of your own desk. Our Live Online Learning option lets you take the course as if you were right there, without even leaving your desk. It's like being in the classroom, and you can interact with the instructor and other delegates, without the hassle of travelling to the venue.

The InDesign Advanced course covers a wide range of more advanced topics and our instructors work hard to accommodate questions outside the topics listed. The standard topics we cover are listed below.

InDesign Advanced

Using Stylesheets

  • Setting up character and paragraph styles
  • Style override highlighter
  • Adding styles to CC libraries
  • Styling bullets
  • Using next paragraph style
  • Advanced nested styles

Object Styles

  • What are object styles
  • Creating an object style
  • Applying paragraph styles within an object style
  • Setting default object styles
  • Reusing object styles
  • Using quick apply

Styling Tables

  • Table styles
  • Cell styles
  • Paragraph styles in cells
  • Cell styles in tables
  • Creating table styles
  • Applying table styles
  • When table styles can be used

Page Numbering

  • Automated table of contents
  • Formatting the TOC
  • Updating the TOC
  • Styling table of contents
  • Interactive links
  • Dynamic story jumps

Advanced Layout Options

  • Gridify
  • Live distribute
  • Liquid layout
  • Liquid page rules
  • Alternate layout
  • Alignment tips 

Pen tool, Paths and Pathfinder

  • Creating paths
  • Creating custom frames
  • Combining different shapes
  • Type on a path
  • Formatting type on a path
  • Placing text in a custom frame
  • Merging frames
  • Compound frames

Working with Objects

  • Grouping and ungrouping
  • Change object shape
  • Rotating a spread
  • Arranging objects
  • Layers Panel


  • Export to interactive pdf
  • Buttons
  • Hyperlinks
  • Transitions
  • Animation
  • Video
  • Overview of other document formats


  • Overview of pdf forms
  • Text and signature fields
  • List and combo boxes
  • Checkboxes and radio buttons
  • Setting tab order for pdf forms
  • Submit, print and clear actions
  • Outputting a form
  • Testing in Acrobat

Adobe Bridge

  • Bridge Workspaces
  • Image Metadata in Bridge
  • Metadata Templates
  • Live image captions
  • Colour Management via Bridge

Working with images

  • Using PDF files in InDesign
  • Using Illustrator files
  • Embedding images
  • Using alpha channels and clipping paths for text wrap
  • Image layers within InDesign
  • Preflighting and images

Colour and Colour themes

  • Mixed ink colours and groups
  • Separations preview panel
  • The ink manager
  • Adobe colour themes
  • Creating a colour theme
  • Managing colour themes
  • Using .ASE files
  • Setting default colours in InDesign


  • Word and Excel content
  • Import options
  • Importing styles
  • Handling style conflicts
  • Import presets
  • Importing text
  • Handling threading


  • Export interactive PDFs
  • Export as HTML5 with in5
  • Export as ePub 3
  • Using Adobe Publish Online

Working with text

  • Using conditional text
  • Convert text to frames
  • Tracking text changes
  • Custom autocorrect
  • Custom spell check
  • Link content between documents


  • What is GREP
  • Find and replace with GREP
  • Using GREP styles
  • Some sample GREP styles


  • Saving as snippets
  • Previewing snippets in Bridge
  • Reuse snippets on document

CC Libraries

  • The CC libraries panel
  • What can be saved in CC libraries
  • Which Adobe apps use libraries
  • Adding items to a library
  • Sharing CC library items
  • Collaborating on CC library items

Data Merge

  • How to setup a merge source
  • Add merge fields
  • Styling
  • Output

The InDesign Advanced course introduces more advanced skills which are designed to save you time and speed up your workflow.

You will learn to

  • Use a variety of styles to automate formatting of content
  • Automatically generate tables of contents from document
  • Easily create and maintain interactive pdf forms
  • Add interactive features to your digital documents including
    • Video
    • Audio
    • Buttons
    • Links
    • Animation
    • Hotspots and more
  • Generate image captions from image metadata
  • Make use of Photoshop channels and clipping paths in InDesign (no PS experience needed)
  • Export to a variety of formats such as PDF, HTML5, ePub and more.
  • Localise a single InDesign document to handle multiple versions of content eg:
    • A catalogue that has pricing in dollars, pounds and euros.
    • A company that brochure has office in different areas.
  • Reuse content across and within documents
  • Format text based on common "patterns" in the text, eg: format all email addresses
  • Use content from a spreadsheet or database to generate a document, eg: a product catalogue

Our scheduled courses are designed to ensure you have a professional and productive experience.  With 20 years practice we have had plenty of time to get it right, but we are always open to new suggestions as well.

Reasons to choose Highlander for your professional training

  • A proven track record - Highlander has been established for 20 years.
  • High quality instruction - Our instructors are certified by Adobe, Google and CompTIA.
  • We make sure you are happy - Our satisfaction guarantee ensures you leave with a smile.
  • Follow on support - We give you 12 months post course support.

What you get on a Highlander Course

Start and finish times

Our courses start at 9.30am and typically run until 4pm. The finish time is based primarily on how much information people can retain in a day without being overwhelmed, and can vary slightly depending on individual class size and ability.


For our classroom courses, each delegate is provided with use of a computer, setup with the latest version of the software they are learning. Our York centre has a mix of Mac and PC's, so if you have a preference please advise us when booking. If delegates prefer to work in their own environment and would rather bring their own laptop that is equally fine.

For Live Online courses we provide full setup instructions, but you will require a machine running a copy of the software being taught. Additionally a reliable internet connection is a neccessary requirement to complete the course online.


At our centre hot drinks and water is provided throughout the day together with a selection of biscuits and sweets.  

There is a scheduled 15 minute break mid morning and again mid afternoon.


There is a one hour break for lunch to allow delegates some time "off the screen".  For those attending face to face, we are located on the well known Bishy Road in York, with a wide range of popular cafe's just a few metres from the front door. The street regularly features in national newspapers and has been described by Wall Street Journal as "an enclave of gourmet delis and cafes" while The Times described it as "York's answer to Notting Hill".

Course Materials

You get 12 months access to our learning management system which contains a variety of content ranging from video tutorials and refresher exercises through to copies of course slides. Additionally post course instructor support is also available as required.

Certificate of Completion

All delegates receive a certificate of completion to show they have completed an Adobe Authorised Training Course.

Who should attend this course

This InDesign course is suitable for people who have already attended the InDesign Getting Started course or have equivalent experience.

You should be comfortable creating new documents, adding and formatting text, placing images, applying basic paragraph styles and resizing and positioning frames within InDesign.

If you are unsure whether this is the right course just call us and we can arrange for you to have a quick chat with one of our instructors.  You can reach us on 0800 156 0777.

Comments from delegates that attended

"He is a great instructor. He has a clear passion for teaching. He makes the course interesting and easy to understand. I have learned more in this class than any other class I have every taken. The course covered very interesting topics."
Digital Creative Support, The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising

"This is my second course with this instructor and he always has time to answer any questions and manage any challenges that any of the learners have and walks us through the solution. I always leave with some really handy ways of working."
Internal Comms, Caffe Nero

"He was a fantastic teacher, friendly, approachable, knowledgeable and really made sure that I understood everything and went the extra mile. All brilliant, thank you."
Marcom Events Coordinator, Arthrocare

"Very pleasant and helpful - feel like I have learned so much in only one day! Kept providing opportunity to ask questions, even if it was something that hadn't been covered. Found out a lot of useful information which I can now combine into my job role."
Communications Co-ordinator, Tesco

"He was extremely helpful, encouraging and personable, and always made sure that the pace and content of the training were suited to all the class members."
Administrator, NHS

"I found the him very knowledgeable and helpful as an instructor. We covered a lot in a short amount of time but I feel we went through each topic in detail and had the opportunity to make sure we understood before we moved on to the next topic"
Marketing Officer, East Surrey College