InDesign Digital Publishing Course

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Learn to create interactive digital magazines

Our InDesign Digital Publishing course is a 1 day hands on course, designed to give you an overview of the most common options when it comes to creating Digital Publications from within InDesign. The course covers areas such as Interactive PDFs, ePub's and Rich Digital Publications as well as specific sections on how to create publications for the iPad, Kindle and more. By the end of the day you will have a good handle on the different options available, be able to identify the most suitable format for your organisation, and be ready to start producing Digital Publications with InDesign.

£325.00ex 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 Digital Publications course covers a wide range of topics to enable you to output your documents in a digital format complete with a range of interactive features.

InDesign Digital Publications

Overview of Digital Publishing

  • What are the options
  • What is an ePub
  • What is a rich digital publication
  • What is an Interactive PDF
  • Outputting for iPad, Kindle, etc..
  • Which is my best option

Recapping text styles

  • Creating paragraph styles
  • Creating character styles
  • Redefining styles
  • Clearing overrides
  • Style override highlighter

Table of Contents and Navigation

  • Creating a table of contents
  • Styling the table of contents
  • Updating the table of contents
  • Adding a navigation bar
  • Next, previous and contents buttons
  • Styling the rollover buttons

Interactive PDF's

  • What can and can't they do
  • Working with hyperlinks
  • Using bookmarks
  • Buttons and forms panel
  • Applying page transitions
  • Including video and audio
  • Creating animation effects
  • Show / Hide content with buttons

Working with Overlays

  • Creating an image sequence
  • Scrollable text frames
  • Including movies
  • Pan and zoom features
  • Multi state objects
  • Embeddable web content
  • Links and buttons
  • Slideshows

Exporting with IN5 Extension

  • Page range & format
  • Render quality
  • Output types
  • Analytics & tracking
  • Social media links

Moving From Print to Digital

  • Using liquid layout
  • Liquid layout rules
  • Object based rules
  • Creating alternate layouts
  • Maintaining alternate layouts


  • Custom profiles
  • Preflight profile options
  • Missing fonts and files
  • Other export options
  • ePub export options
  • Interactive v Print PDF


  • Conditional text
  • Creating chapter breaks
  • Creating story jumps

Hands on Lab

  • In the hands on lab you will build a document using many of the features above and output it to Interactive PDF or as an HTML5 Magazine.


The InDesign Digital Publications course introduces more specific skills for publishing digitally from InDesign.

You will learn to

  • Understand the limitations of different digital formats
  • Include multimedia features within InDesign documents
  • Create interactive PDF forms
  • Work with links and navigational elements
  • Apply features such as hotspots buttons, scrollable text frames, panable images
  • Lots more.

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.


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. Older versions of software can usually be catered for on request.

If delegates prefer to work in their own environment and would rather bring their own laptop that is equally fine.


Hot drinks and bottled 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".  Our centre is 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

Course manuals / books are provided for all our standard scheduled courses and 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.

Internet Access

All the machines have full internet access and free wifi is available to use within our centres.

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 course is aimed at existing InDesign users who have been producing content for print and now want to start producing more advanced content for digital mediums. You should be comfortable with the basics of InDesign and have complete the InDesign Getting Started course or have equivalent experience.

The course is made up of 1 day of instructor led InDesign training which can be completed either at our London or York facilities or your own location. This is then added to, through 12 months access to our learning management system containing video tutorials, samples, exercise files and support forums.

Comments from delegates that attended

"Excellent instructor. You really felt like there was no such thing as a stupid question. I really enjoyed the course and for me I don't think there are any improvements. Just keep doing what you do. I would recommend anyone to come along have try the courses."
Media Service Assistant, MOD

"Great instructor and very knowledgeable on the subject matter. I liked that he answered questions and showed examples that are not directly related to the course but help our day-to-day job work. Showing best practice and time saving techniques."
Designer, Yorkshire Housing Ltd

"The instructor was friendly and extremely helpful. I felt I could ask questions of anything I was unsure of and picked up some valuable tips as well. I liked that the course gave an in depth overview into choosing the right digital publishing format. It was good to see that there were different ways of achieving the same outcome."
Mac Artworker, Infotech 24 7

"Excellent learning environment with all software and hardware needed for the course content. Very engaging instructor. Making it an easy environment to learn in."
Graphic Designer, Defence School of Transport

"He was the perfect instructor. Knowledgeable, friendly and was always on hand to answer any questions. It has given me the confidence and know-how to carry on working with digital publications."
Senior Graphic Designer, Column Communications