InDesign CS4:

Basic, ACE Edition

Topic-Level Outline

                         Days:  1

         Prerequisites:  Windows XP: Basic or Windows Vista: Basic

                         Unit 1 :  Getting started

                               Topic A: 0  The Adobe InDesign environment

                               A-1:                               Starting InDesign and customizing the workspace

                               A-2:                               Navigating a document

                               A-3:                               Examining basic panels

                               Topic B: 0  Preferences and defaults

                               B-1:                               Setting preferences

                               Topic C: 0  InDesign Help

                         C-1:                         Using Help

                         Unit 2 :  Basic documents

                               Topic A: 0  New documents

                               A-1:                               Creating a new document

                               Topic B: 0  Text frames

                               B-1:                               Creating text in a document

                               B-2:                               Placing text

                               Topic C: 0  Graphics frames

                               C-1:                               Placing graphics

                               C-2:                               Placing InDesign pages

                               Topic D: 0  Custom colors

                         D-1:                         Creating custom color swatches

                         D-2:                         Loading and saving swatches

                         Unit 3 :  Guides and master pages

                               Topic A: 0  Item position

                               A-1:                               Aligning elements to guides

                               A-2:                               Precisely positioning elements by using the Control panel and smart guides

                               Topic B: 0  Master pages

                         B-1:                         Editing the default master page

                         B-2:                         Inserting page numbers

                         B-3:                         Creating new master pages

                         B-4:                         Applying master pages

                         B-5:                         Overriding a master item on a document page

                         Unit 4 :  Typesetting

                               Topic A: 0  Text frame threading

                               A-1:                               Threading text

                               A-2:                               Adding columns to a text frame

                               A-3:                               Adding jump-line page numbers

                               Topic B: 0  Paragraph formatting

                               B-1:                               Setting tabs

                               B-2:                               Creating indents

                               B-3:                               Setting keep options

                               B-4:                               Creating bulleted and numbered lists

                               B-5:                               Creating drop caps

                               B-6:                               Adjusting space between paragraphs

                               B-7:                               Creating paragraph rules

                               B-8:                               Changing formatting by using Find/Change

                               Topic C: 0  Styles

                         C-1:                         Creating a paragraph style

                         C-2:                         Creating a style based on an existing style

                         C-3:                         Editing a style

                         C-4:                         Creating a character style

                         C-5:                         Creating a style group

                         Unit 5 :  Modifying items

                               Topic A: 0  Text frame options

                               A-1:                               Positioning text within a text frame

                               A-2:                               Formatting a frame edge

                               Topic B: 0  Graphics

                               B-1:                               Adding Photoshop files

                               B-2:                               Adjusting text wrap

                               B-3:                               Modifying graphics

                               B-4:                               Nesting frames

                               Topic C: 0  Grouped items

                               C-1:                               Grouping items

                               C-2:                               Manipulating items within groups

                               Topic D: 0  Layers

                         D-1:                         Creating a new layer

                         D-2:                         Changing layer stacking order

                         D-3:                         Assigning items to layers

                         Unit 6 :  Finalizing documents

                               Topic A: 0  Outputting documents

                               A-1:                               Printing a proof

                               A-2:                               Exporting a PDF

                               Topic B: 0  Commercial printing preparation

               B-1:               Checking spelling

               B-2:               Checking picture usage

               B-3:               Checking font usage

               B-4:               Preflighting a document

               B-5:               Packaging a publication

               Appendix A :  ACE exam objectives map

                               Topic A: 0  Comprehensive exam objectives