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Understanding InDesign: Advanced Techniques

7 May @ 10:00 am 5:00 pm BST

10am – 5pm, 7th May 2019 | Digital Greenwich, London

About the course

Get ahead in the workplace with this advanced course in Adobe InDesign. This is intended for InDesign users who want to be sure they are taking advantage of the latest and best features and working in the most efficient and smart way.

The course is led by Ken Jones. Ken sits on the BookMachine Editorial Board. He is a publishing software expert with over ten years’ experience as Technical Production Manager, software trainer and developer at Penguin Group UK. He is the mastermind behind Circular Software, which offers workflow advice, software tools and training to improve how publishers produce their illustrated print and digital books.

Contents include: 

Advanced Text Styling

  • Style Sequences
  • Bullet and Numbered lists
  • Nested Styles
  • Paragraph shading and strokes
  • Achieving style consistency between documents and users
  • Using Find/Change options to apply formatting changes


  • Document grids and baseline grids
  • Application preferences vs document preferences
  • Group layering and selection techniques
  • Hiding, locking and overriding objects
  • Creating or importing live complex shapes
  • Using Find/Change options to apply formatting changes 

Understanding GREP

  • GREP Styles
  • GREP Find/Change
  • Applying GREP styles to streamline your workflow
  • Using GREP styles to avoid runts

Effective use of Object Styles

  • Picture Fitting
  • Using Object Styles to format text
  • Anchored Objects
  • Production settings
  • Applying multiple object styles

Editorial controls in InDesign

  • Working with Notes
  • Track Changes
  • Using the Story Editor and Info panel
  • Pasting and placing text from Word and Excel

Working with Images

  • Overview of Colour Settings
  • Combining text and images for visual effect
  • Working with layer visibilities
  • Round tripping Illustrator and Photoshop images
  • Images in tables

Tips and scripts

  • Finding and loading scripts
  • Recommended InDesign Scripts
  • Setting up a cover: front, back, spine
  • Creating and sharing PDF presets
  • Libraries and Snippets

Production & Exporting

  • Live Preflighting
  • Saving and loading Preflight Profiles
  • Creating and sharing PDF presets
  • Exporting to EPUB


BookMachine Members: £225+VAT (£210+VAT if booked before the end of March)

Non-Members: £295+VAT (£275+VAT if booked before the end of March)

Refreshments included
Lunch provided

What else do you need to know?

BRING: Ahead of the course you will receive a package of exercises to download onto your laptop. These exercises will be used throughout the day, so please bring your own device (PC or Mac).

The training room is at the BookMachine offices next to The O2 on Greenwich Peninsula, just 4 stops from London Bridge on the Jubilee Line (North Greenwich Station). 

There will be a maximum of 8 people taking the course, and lunch will be provided at Greenwich Kitchen – a local modern British Bistro.

Event details

Date: 7th May 2019
Time: 10am – 5pm

The Venue

Digital Greenwich

6 Mitre Passage, Greenwich Peninsula,
London, SE10 0ER United Kingdom
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020 3040 2255