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Adobe InDesign Advanced

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24 August 2022 - 25 August 2022
09:30 – 16:30
Live online, facilitated by Gary Bradley.
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Really enjoyed the course, very insightful and the tutor was very helpful.

Attendee review, 21 October 2020

Adobe InDesign provides precise control over typography and has built-in creative tools for designing, preflighting and publishing documents for print, online and mobile platforms. InDesign’s ability to dovetail with the rest of the Creative Suite product range offers users unrivalled editing and publishing power.

Master the advanced features of InDesign, improving your productivity and enhancing the quality of your creative output. Exploit the rich features of InDesign, using its streamlined interface, logical methodologies and advanced professional functionality to their best effect for your creative projects.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Engage your clients using interactivity, animation, video and sound in page layouts.
  • Publish feature-rich documents for print, online and mobile devices.
  • Save valuable time by learning little-known productivity tips and techniques.

Suitable for

This two-day workshop is ideal for InDesign users who wish to upgrade their skills and expertise and master advanced features of InDesign.


You will be an InDesign user, with skills equivalent to the level of the Adobe InDesign Introduction course.

We expect delegates to be familiar with operating systems; able to navigate for files, and proficient using a keyboard and mouse.

You will also require the following IT set-up:

  • A good internet connection – minimum speed of 1.6mb
  • Google Chrome or Firefox as the internet browser
  • The latest version of Adobe InDesign installed on your machine – please check InDesign System Requirements before downloading
  • A dual monitor set-up for the best online experience – a laptop/TV could be used as a 2nd monitor
  • A USB headset with microphone



(The price is inclusive and as an education provider we do not charge VAT.)

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Additional dates

To keep you posted we will post upcoming additional dates for this course here. If you would like to enquire about future dates, please feel free to contact us.


We can design our courses to meet your specific business objectives, developing a tailored plan to deliver the results you're looking for.

Course Outline


Plus Icon Managing your InDesign project eco-system
Creating and managing large amounts of data requires a well-defined project file. Keep tabs on your image assets and free yourself from repetitive tasks by creating a document structure that automates common project tasks.

  • Folder structure for large projects.
  • An RGB, PSD and Ai workflow.
  • File naming tips and tricks.
Plus Icon Long documents
Learn techniques for effectively managing multiple InDesign documents within a book. Synchronise styles, master pages and numbering at the click of a button, and build a table of contents that can be easily updated and turned into PDF hyperlinks.

  • Create a table of contents style.
  • Edit a table of contents.
  • Create hyperlinks from a table of contents.
  • Book panel.
  • Sync documents.
Plus Icon Managing text structure
From importing text from Word that appears with all of your InDesign typographic formatting, to non-breaking words and scripts that clean-up text.

  • Clean up copy with scripts.
  • Static and live captions.
  • Import (Word) style mapping.
  • Conditional text.
  • Type variables.
  • Special characters.
  • Text frame auto-sizing.
  • Add text around a path.
  • Add text into custom object frames.
  • Place and link text and frames.
  • Paragraph start, breaks and end options.
Plus Icon Typographic styles

Take control of type settings and features at a 'granular' level of control. Learn how to define advanced paragraph and character settings such as nested styles, drop caps, cross referencing and inline graphics.

  • Style setup strategy.
  • Grep styles.
  • Nested styles.
  • Next style.
  • Assigning shortcuts to styles.
  • TOC styles.
  • Quick apply.
  • Drop caps.
  • Hanging punctuation.
  • Paragraph shading and borders
Plus Icon Live and dynamic numbering systems
Learn how to create chapter, page and book numbering. Create cross-references to image figures and captions, creating and applying character styles to them, and define the page and text the reference will capture.

  • Numbered lists.
  • Page and chapter numbering.
  • Cross references.
  • Footnotes and end notes.
Plus Icon Grep
Grep is a concise and flexible method for matching strings of text, such as particular characters, words, or patterns of characters to apply formatting. Search for specific text content and tell InDesign to apply a desired set of edits at the click of a button.

  • Apply Grep styles.
  • Grep search.
Plus Icon Introduction to interactivity and PDF forms
Create and export a submission form that includes fillable text fields, radio button menus, multiple choice lists, as well as print and submit buttons. Add page navigation buttons and rollovers.

  • Overview of PDF forms.
  • Text and signature fields.
  • List and combo boxes.
  • Check boxes and radio buttons.
  • Set tab order for PDF forms.
  • Submit, print and clear actions.
  • Hyperlinks.
  • Add video and audio.
  • Create buttons and rollovers.
  • Animate page items.
Plus Icon Scripting
A script can be as simple as an automated common task or as complex as an entire new feature. You can create your own scripts or run scripts that other people have created, but crucially you don't have to know anything about scripting to work with them and reap the benefits, and many of them don’t cost a penny!

  • Installing scripts.
  • Running scripts.
Plus Icon Images and image data
Learn how to 'anchor' images into a specific passage of text so that both text and image stay in context with one another. Automate the process of adding captions to your images, with live and static captions.

  • Add metadata.
  • Inline and anchored objects.
  • Re-link to folders/ file name.
  • Show and hide layered artwork.
  • Work with Bridge.
  • Advanced links panel setup.
Plus Icon Tables
Import tabular data from Word or Excel, and create tables within InDesign from scratch. You can then apply cell and table formatting to make your tables look more aesthetically pleasing.

  • Import Excel spreadsheets.
  • Create a table.
  • Modify a table.
  • Navigate a table.
  • Format a table.
  • Table and cell styles.
  • Style tips and tricks.
Plus Icon Creative Cloud integration

Take a look at the most significant additions and enhancements in the Creative Cloud desktop and mobile apps and get up to speed with the latest time-saving features.

  • Adobe Capture.
  • CC libraries.
  • Sharing library assets.

What will I learn?

You will learn how to:

  • Use intuitive and efficient workflows for creating and managing long documents.
  • Use best practice for managing content imported into InDesign.
  • Create live and dynamic cross-references, page and chapter numbering systems.
  • Create advanced typesetting options and effects.
  • Work with scripts.
  • Publish content to the web or email via PDF.
  • Create interactive forms.

Attending the course

We are online from 09:15 using the video conferencing software eyeson.

Training facilities

We’re based in the centre of Leeds at Broadcasting Place, and we have cutting-edge facilities including the Development Studio for desktop, web and mobile platforms. The studio draws on academics with extensive high-level industrial experience in advanced programming techniques and world-class creative digital content essential to success in the creative digital industries.

Trainer & Reviews

Gary Bradley

Gary Bradley is an Adobe Certified Instructor and an award-winning graphic designer with over 17 years' commercial experience working as a designer and Creative Director in digital print, animation, CGI and illustration.

Gary has led global projects in creative multimedia technology, art direction and management for prestigious brands such as Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Nike, and Sainsbury's. His courses are designed to nurture and enhance your talent. He will take the knowledge that you have got and help you become more adept, more effective and more productive. He will share with you proven best practice techniques and little-known short cuts that can and will save you hours - all delivered in a style and language that you can relate to. 

Course Reviews

Gary is an amazing tutor, so glad I booked onto this course. I'd recommend booking to anyone with an interest in Indesign or even if you use the software on a daily basis like me. I definitely picked up some great new skills and can't wait to start applying them into my work. Thank you Gary and the team at NTI

Attendee review, 21 October 2020

Excellent course, full of useful and relevant information. No question was a bother and it has been both useful and enjoyable.

Attendee review, 19 September 2019

It's all been very good. Wish I'd done it years ago instead of muddling through!

Attendee review, 19 September 2019

All NTI staff i spoke to over the two days including the tutor and 'front of house' were very friendly and made me feel comfortable and welcome. Gary is an InDesign wizard! 

Attendee review, 19 September 2019

Very good course for improving design skills, covers all bases. Gary is a very good trainer, will be coming back for the Illustrator course. 

Attendee review, 19 September 2019

Great course in a nice modern building. Facilities provided were of a high standard. Lunch was great on both days.

Attendee review, 19 September 2019

Gary was great - very helpful, patient and obviously knows his stuff. Thank you!

Attendee review, 27 February 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed and the training will be incredibly valuable - thank you! 

Attendee review, 13 September 2018

Attended various courses now and found Gary to be extremely informative and helpful every time. 

Attendee review, 12 April 2018

Gary is an excellent teacher, two solid thumbs  up, will definitely recommend. 

Attendee review, 12 April 2018

All very good and professional!

Attendee review, 12 April 2018

Thanks for a fabulous couple of days.

Attendee review, 30 September 2016

The tutor Gary was excellent 

Attendee review, 12 June 2015

This is the third course I've attended - all excellent.

Attendee review, 12 June 2015

All of the staff and the instructor are really friendly and helpful. Excellent facilities and great courses.

Attendee review, 12 June 2015

I thought the course last Friday was great, I definitely went away feeling like I’d learnt lots of new skills!

Katie Liversidge, 12 June 2015

I really did enjoy the training and I’ve passed on positive feedback directly to Gary – actually enquiring with him about participating in another course! Thanks for the fabulous hospitality and look forward to training with you again soon. 

Rachel Percy, 12 June 2015

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