InDesign Bootcamp

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InDesign Certification Bootcamp is targeted at those who are new to the InDesign package and wanting to learn InDesign inside out. Whether you want to work with paragraph, character and objects styles, create automated tables of contents, or use conditional text we cover it all here.

The course is made up of 4 days of classroom based InDesign training which can be completed at our York centre, remotely online or delivered at your own offices. This is then supported by 12 months online access to our learning management system containing exercises, video tutorials, sample files and instructor support forums.

If you are going to be using InDesign on a regular basis and are starting from scratch then this is a great way to go from nothing to understanding many of the advanced features within InDesign in no time at all.

£895.00ex vat

Attend Online

Why not attend from the comfort of your own desk. Our Attend Online 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.

Stage of the InDesign Bootcamp covers a wide range of topics and we try hard to ensure any specific requirements you might have are met. The standard topics we cover are listed below.

Stage 1 - InDesign Getting Started (2 days)


  • What is Desktop Publishing
  • Why InDesign
  • What you will learn

InDesign Interface

  • Overview of the interface
  • Creating customised Workspaces
  • Organising Panels
  • Customising Menus
  • Changing Default Settings

Document Creation

  • Creating a New Document
  • Bleed, Slug and Margins
  • Facing Pages
  • Columns and Gutter

Frames and Shapes

  • What are frames
  • Creating frames
  • Moving frames
  • Aligning frames
  • Sizing and positioning
  • Rounded corners
  • Anchoring frames
  • Rotating and skewing
  • Creating frames from text

Working with Text

  • Creating text frames
  • Using placeholder text
  • Inserting special characters
  • Glyphs
  • Threading text frames
  • Viewing threads
  • The Story Editor
  • Text frame options, inset spacing etc..
  • Hyphenation
  • Importing from Word

Formatting Text

  • Leading
  • Kerning & tracking
  • Drop caps
  • Baseline shift
  • Justification & Alignment
  • Uppercase, lowercase, sentence case & title case
  • Indents
  • Bullets
  • Formatting Bullets

Working with Objects

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


  • Different file formats
  • Placing images
  • Frame Fitting Options
  • Text wrap options
  • Resizing and positioning images
  • Select v direct select
  • Content Grabber (and how to turn it off)
  • Display performance
  • Clipping paths


  • Creating layouts
  • Guides and smart guides
  • The gap tool
  • Liquid Layout
  • Alternate Layout
  • Using the page tool
  • Live distribute
  • Merging frames
  • Compound shapes

Masters and Pages

  • Working with masters
  • Creating masters
  • Importing masters
  • Applying masters
  • Master options
  • Page numbering
  • Numbering and sections
  • Text threads in masters


  • Understanding Colours: CMYK, RGB, Pantone etc..
  • Creating colours
  • Saving colours as swatches
  • Sampling colours from images
  • Exporting and importing colours
  • Applying colours to strokes and fills
  • Creating gradients
  • Saving gradients as swatches
  • Applying gradients to items

Gradient Feather

  • Applied to what?
  • Linear v radial
  • Angle and location


  • Creating a new table
  • Convert text to table
  • Strokes and fills
  • Alternating row and column strokes
  • Adding rows and columns
  • Deleting rows and columns
  • Merge and unmerge

Other Effects

  • Applied to what?
  • Drop & Inner Shadow
  • Inner & Outer Glow
  • Bevel and Emboss
  • Satin
  • Transparency

Basic Styles

  • Character styles
  • Paragraph styles
  • Style Priority
  • Creating styles
  • Applying and removing styles
  • Overrides
  • Redefining styles
  • Importing Styles
  • Removing unused styles
  • Nested Styles


  • Why preflighting
  • Detecting errors
  • Identify & correct errors
  • Custom profiles


  • Packaging all files
  • PDF Presets (print ready, small size etc.)
  • Including printers marks / bleed
  • Compression
  • Export to interactive PDF
  • Page transitions (eg: fade, blind, etc.)


Stage two of the Bootcamp covers more advanced InDesign topics and our instructors work hard to accommodate questions outside the topics listed. The standard topics we cover are listed below.

Stage 2 - InDesign Advanced (2 days)

Using Stylesheets

  • Setting up character and paragraph styles
  • 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
  • Using quick apply
  • Setting a default object style

Styling Tables

  • Table styles
  • Cell styles
  • Paragraph styles in cells
  • Cell styles in tables
  • Creating table styles
  • Applying table styles

Page Numbering

  • Automated table of contents
  • Formatting the TOC
  • Updating the TOC
  • Styling table of contents
  • 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
  • Interactive page curls


  • 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
  • Working with Mini Bridge
  • Image Metadata in Bridge
  • Metadata Templates
  • Live image captions

Working with images

  • Using PDF files in InDesign
  • Using Illustrator files
  • Embedding images
  • Preflighting and images
  • Images and transparency

Colour and Colour themes

  • Mixed ink colours and groups
  • Separations preview panel
  • The ink manager
  • What is Adobe Color Themes
  • Creating a colour theme
  • Managing colour themes
  • Using .ASE files


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


  • Export interactive PDFs
  • Export as HTML5
  • Export for Kindle
  • Export as SWF
  • Export as ePub
  • ePub 2 v 3

Working with text

  • Using conditional text
  • Convert text to frames
  • Tracking text changes
  • Custom autocorreect
  • 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
  • Showing snippets in Bridge
  • Reuse snippets on document


  • Libraries versus snippets
  • Creating a library
  • The library panel
  • Adding items to a library

Data Merge

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


The InDesign Bootcamp course introduces a wide range of skills aimed at those who are completely new to InDesign, teaching you best practice right from the start, and progressing through to more advanced topics

You will learn to

  • Customise the InDesign interface to be more efficient
  • Setup new documents with the correct settings
  • Layout text, graphics and other content in a document
  • Create different shapes of frame for your content
  • Use character and paragraph styles to speed up formatting
  • Ensure you are using the right images for print, digital etc..
  • Use masters to apply content on multiple pages
  • Create colour swatches in RGB, CMYK or Pantones
  • Understand how images are handled in InDesign
  • Prepare and output a document for print
  • 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 brochure that has offices 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.


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 InDesign course is suitable for those who wants to learn to use InDesign but have no previous experience. If you already have experience using InDesign than you might want to consider our Advanced InDesign Training Course instead.

If you are unsure which InDesign courses are most suitable then why not try our free InDesign Skills Test to help you test your current skills.

Comments from delegates that attended

"I found the instructor to be very clear, methodical and approachable. He didn't mind how many questions I asked - very patient."
Graphic Designer, ARM

"He is an InDesign genius. So helpful. He first explained what a certain button did, gave us an example, and then made us practice it. really productive way of learning."
PA, Chapman Taylor

"Very friendly and patient with all our questions! He knew what he was talking about and explained things in a simple way we could understand. Was very good at linking things together to back up points and expand our knowledge."
Marketing Executive, Kelly Services

"Everything was explained clearly, and he made sure we were all happy before moving on to other stages, anything I was not sure about was shown to me."
Reprographics Manager, New Hall School

"Obviously Andy knows InDesign inside and out! Great course, great tutor - I would highly recommend it to friends and colleagues."
Marketing Executive, Association of Corporate Treasurers

"Friendly and very knowledgable - would recommend"
Associate Editor, Springer

"The instructor knowledge was fantastic and the working examples were very useful."
Comms Exec, Tesco

"Instructor took the course at the right pace and explained further when prompted. Overall a very good instructor, he also was willing to discuss areas outside the course agenda when it was of interest to one of the students. I like how it was varied and covered many useful aspects of the software, including features you may otherwise not come across (tips, tricks etc)."
Marketing Communications, Siemens