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Name: Make Your Proposals Pop with Adobe InDesign
Category: Adobe Creative Suite
Length (Days): 2
Course Price (CAD): 695
Description:
The objective is to help individuals use Adobe InDesign to effectively create proposal templates. After this workshop, the students should be able to convert current proposal templates from a word processor program and format to Adobe InDesign, including wrapping text effectively, creating reusable content, and knowing how to efficiently collaborate on the same proposal template.

*Please Note: This is not a bidding course and should not be used to learn technical content and/or strategies.

Target Audience
In your role, you develop and implement proposal ideas, including coordination and management. You coordinate and develop content and material for a variety of audiences and purposes. You are responsible for key steps including proofreading and formatting final documents, editing reports and developing marketing materials.

Possible Role Names
Copyrighter/Technical Writer
Proposal Writer/Coordinator
Communications Coordinator
Marketing/Sales Support

Benefits of using InDesign to build proposals VS word processing programs:
• Easier to create multiple columns and TOC
• Ability to add graphics and position them with ease
• Ability using text wrap on graphics and charts
• Flexibility in using pantone colours
• Allows you to create reusable content and templates
• Allows the proposal to be build in sections for easy team collaboration
• Attain more control in PDFing and document editing permissions
Prerequisites:
Previous knowledge of Adobe InDesign is not required. Participants should have basic Windows operating skills (Computers 101 class or equivalent). This includes understanding the basic operation of a mouse and keyboard, being able to navigate the Windows hierarchy, as well as being able to open and close files in an application.
Outline:
Introduction
• Workspace
• The Document window
• Navigating your document
• Rulers and measurements
• The Tools
• The Tool panel
• Keyboard shortcuts
• Contextual menus
Creating a Document
• New documents
• Margin and column guides
• Layout adjustment
• Ruler guides
• Libraries
Managing Pages
• Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
• Sections, page numbers, and chapter numbers
• Creating and applying master pages
• Overriding master page items
Text
• Text frames
• Importing text
• Threading text frames
• The Story Editor
• Spelling, Auto Correct
• Finding and changing text
• Importing excel documents
• Formatting Tables
• Creating tabbed text
Graphics
• Importing graphics
Frame fitting options
• The Links panel
• Embedding links
• Formatting Objects
• Selecting objects
• Basic strokes and fills
• Object Effects and the Eyedropper tool


Managing Objects
• Stacking objects
• Nesting objects
• Editing frame and path shapes
• Grouping and locking objects
• Aligning and distributing
• Text wrap
Character Formatting
• Basic character styling
• Finding and changing text formatting
• The Find Font command
• Paragraph formatting
• Drop caps, Hyphenation, Justification, Tabs
• The Align to Baseline Grid button
• The Keep Options command
• Paragraph rules
• Automatic bullets and Numbering paragraphs
Styles
• Character styles
• Paragraph styles
• Object styles
• Load styles
Color
• Creating color swatches
Exporting
• Save as a reusable template
• Exporting a PDF and SWF for presentations
• Printing
• Preflight
• Packaging for output
• The Print dialog box
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