Who is this course for

This class is for advanced users of InDesign with firm understanding of all the general concepts of using the application. On this course, we learn the most advanced techniques. This course is quite intense, so for those with doubts in their knowledge we recommend the InDesign Yellow Belt and Green Belt courses first or to consult our sales team and the instructors.

Assumed Knowledge

You should have a robust understanding of working with images and typography, using styles, master pages and layers. Since the inDesign 301: Black Belt course is very intense it is advised to have finished the Indesign 101 Yellow Belt and 201 Green Belt courses first.

What you will learn

• Use InDesigns advanced formatting features to style complex documents
• Optimise documents for professional printing using preflight
• Colour manage documents for a consistent workflow
• Create TOC, index and dynamic image caption
• Applying advanced table formatting


Advanced Page Layout & Document Features

  • Working with snippet files
  • Creating and managing book files and content
  • Utilising quick apply and story editor
  • Customising user dictionaries
  • Creating and working with long documents
  • Using gridify and gap tool
  • Data merge

Image Techniques

  • Inserting live captions
  • Integrating InDesign with Photoshop and Illustrator


  • Generating a table of contents for interactive documents
  • Alternate layouts and liquid layouts options
  • InDesign’s ePub export features
  • Exporting from InDesign
  • Preflight adjustment
  • Creating Interactive PDFs
  • Creating interactive Acrobat Forms in InDesign
  • managing prepress and printing

Colour Management

  • Assigning colour profiles
  • Soft proofing
  • Rich black vs CMYK black
  • Attributes panel
  • Ink manager
  • Separation panel
  • Adding a spot varnish

Advanced Text Formatting Techniques

  • Creating hanging indent styles
  • Spanning and splitting columns
  • Setting up variable column controls
  • Using conditions
  • Setting up text variables
  • Creating an index
  • Searching with GREPS

Table Formatting

  • Saving table and cell styles
  • Re-linking edited table data

Workflow Optimisation

  • Using the scripts window
  • Importing and styling XML documents
  • Managing assets using Adobe Bridge
  • Assigning meta data to images

Course details

Evening class duration Weekend class duration Weekday class duration Course level
Advanced - Black Belt - 301

How to book

Simply select your start date from below and pay online to book your course.

If you are joining us during a weekday class then the lessons begin at 09:30 and finish at 16:30. This class will run for weeks.
If you are joining us during an evening class then the lessons begin at 18:00 and finish at 21:00 each week. This class will run for weeks.
If you are joining us during a weekend class then the class starts at 10:00 and will finish at 17:00 each week. This class will run for weeks.