The Adobe InDesign CS6 Course is designed to give students a suitable working knowledge of using the industry standard Adobe InDesign desktop publishing software, which is used by graphic designers and production artists for the creation of publications, posters, and print media.

This course covers the Print & Digital Media Publication Using Adobe InDesign exam objectives to help students prepare for the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam and can also be used as a learning resource for the Adobe Certified Expert exam.

The course consists of Adobe InDesign Courses books, student exercise files which are emailed to the student and online iPassExam Test Prep Software (3 Month License).

The course consists of the following items:

Adobe InDesign CS6 Basics Course Book:

  • Unit 1: Getting started

Learn how to: Start Adobe InDesign and explore elements of the environment. Set preferences and defaults. Navigate and view documents.

  • Unit 2: Basic documents

Learn how to: Create a document preset and create a document. Create and position text in a frame. Place graphics, and place pages from other InDesign documents.

  • Unit 3: Using objects

Learn how to: Position elements precisely by using guides and the Control panel. Modify and transform objects. Ensure consistency of objects’ formatting throughout a publication.

  • Unit 4: Multi-page documents

Learn how to: Create master pages and apply them to a document. Insert, move and delete pages. Create layers and assign objects to them.

  • Unit 5: Working with text

Learn how to: Format text with tabs, indents, tracking, kerning, drop caps and paragraph spacing. Use styles to format text and create bulleted and numbered lists. Thread text between frames, add jump lines, set hyphenation and justification, add text wrap, vertical spacing, and keep options, and change the number of columns in a text frame.

  • Unit 6: Working with graphics and colours

Learn how to: Adjust graphic formatting. Create, apply, load and save colour swatches.

  • Unit 7: Preflighting and preparing documents for final output

Learn how to: Prepare documents for commercial printing. Print documents and booklets. Export documents to PDF.

Adobe InDesign CS6 Intermediate Course Book:

  • Unit 1: Text editing

Learn how to: Import, edit and review text. Insert special characters to enhance typography. Create column, frame, and page breaks to manage text flow.

  • Unit 2: Linked files

Learn how to: Fix missing links, update modified links, and open original image files for editing by using the Links panel. Place and link content using the Content Collector tool.

  • Unit 3: Flexible document setup

Learn how to: Create liquid and alternate layouts for multiple page sizes and orientations. Create text and graphics placeholder objects, and save a document as a template. Create a library, place library items, and use snippets. Use the Data Merge panel to merge data from a text file into an InDesign document to create customised versions of the document.

  • Unit 4: Working with colour and transparency

Learn how to: Create new colours and tint swatches in the Swatches panel. Create gradient swatches in the Gradient panel. Colourise a grayscale image. Create lighting effects and adjust transparency in the Effects panel.

  • Unit 5: Vector paths

Learn how to: Create and edit vector paths with the Pen tool. Create and edit clipping paths by using the Clipping Path dialogue box. Wrap type on a path by using the Type on a Path tool.

  • Unit 6: Tables

Learn how to: Convert text to a table and create a table from an imported Microsoft Excel file. Modify a table’s structure by inserting and adjusting headers and footers and by merging table cells. Format a table by changing the colour of table cells, changing stroke and border attributes, adding editorial notes, and making precise adjustments.

Adobe InDesign CS6 Advanced Course Book:

  • Unit 1: Long documents

Learn how to: Create sections in a document by using the Pages panel, and create a dynamically changing runnung head. Automatically generate a table of contents for a document. Automatically generate an index for a document, and insert cross-references. Insert and format footnotes by using the Insert Footnote command and the Footnote Options dialogue box. Use the Book panel to combine several documents into a book for printing.

  • Unit 2: Working with colour

Learn how to: Discuss monitor calibration, and adjust InDesign’s colour management preferences. Adjust colour settings for individual images by using the Image Colour Settings dialogue box. Discuss differences between desktop and commercial printing, discuss what a spot colour is and when you might use one, and discuss how printers use halftones to produce colour. Use swatches panel to create process and spot colours, add a Pantone colour, and delete and replace swatches.

  • Unit 3: Print preparation

Learn how to: Address printing problems using the Separations Preview Panel. Flattening transparent objects. Print challenges that preflight won’t address.

  • Unit 4: Electronic distributions

Learn how to: Add interactivity to an InDesign document by creating hyperlinks, bookmarks, buttons, movies and sound. Add page transitions and animation to an InDesign document. Create a PDF file with form fields.

  • Unit 5: Exporting interactive documents

Learn how to: Export documents as Interactive PDF, HTML, or SWF files. Export documents as EPUB files.

  • Unit 6: XML

Learn how to: Tag items in a document and export them as XML content by using the Structure pane and the Tags panel. Import an XML file by using the Import XML dialogue box, add XML content to document placeholders, and validate a document against an imported DTD.

Student Files:

Once enrolled students will receive a support email giving them access to their student files and to PowerPoint presentations relevant to the content of each unit. These files are also available through a student page and can be sent on disk on request.

Free iPassExam Test Prep Software (3 Month License):

iPassExam has both Question Banks and Sample papers. Both are designed to address specific needs of your learning experience.

Question Banks: The iPassExam question banks contain hundreds of questions categorised to match the Adobe ACE syllabus. When working in Question Bank mode your response gets immediately marked so you can see if you selected the correct option. If your response was incorrect you will be shown the correct option plus you will be presented with an explanation that provides additional detail on the topic addressed in the question. In addition you will be presented with a "peer response" graph that gives you a visual presentation of how your peers chose to answer the question.

Sample Paper: The "Mock Exam" is a simulation of the actual exam. This resource should be completed after completing the question bank to test if your ready for the actual ACE exam. All the questions are new questions (not used in the question bank). The exam is timed and you don’t get to see the correct answer until you complete the exam and all your answers are submitted. On completing the exam you are presented with your grade and are able to review your responses so you can see what questions you had incorrect (unlike the real exam). You can resit the mock exam 25 times, each time the answers and options are randomised, to prevent learning by memorisation.


There are no particular entry requirements as the course is set out for beginners although students will require their own version of Adobe InDesign CS6 to complete the course.

APPLE MAC USERS: We recommend this course is completed on a PC with the Windows Operating System. The course can be run on an Apple Macs using software such as Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop 7, VMware fusion or CrossOver Mac although we cannot support any issues that may occur with PC-Based software running on a Mac.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time. The courses are designed as self-study courses but if you have any problems you can email our support service. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer, and we do not impose a cut-off date for study.


Adobe Certified AssociateOn Completion of this course students can apply for the Print & Digital Media Publication Using Adobe InDesign CS6 ACA Examination. The course can also be used as a learning resource for the Adobe InDesign CS6 ACE 9A0-306 Examination.

ACA Examinations must be sat at a registered Certiport testing centre and are currently £75.00. Exam Centre's will usually charge an additional proctoring fee (Approximately £15.00) for sitting exams.

ACE Examinations must be sat at a registered Pearson VUE testing centre and are currently £115.00 + VAT each.

You can locate testing centres and schedule appointments on their Website:

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Please Note: We advise students to keep checking on the availability of Adobe ACE Exams. Adobe do not usually announce retirement dates for their certification programme tests so we cannot advise when any Adobe tests will be retired.

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