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What I will learn in this course?

  • Certification
  • Supporting Material
  • 18-month Free course retake

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InDesign 301: Black Belt Bespoke



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As you are an advanced software user, our Black Belt courses are tailor-made to address your specific needs. So please regard our description and course outline as course framework suggestions. 

Please contact our course advises to discuss your needs.  With them, you will put together a course especially for you in terms of what needs to be covered and when.

This is delivered as a Live Online “Virtual Class” - What is a Virtual Class?

In this course, you will learn about the most advanced techniques in Adobe InDesign. We will teach you how to integrate Photoshop and Illustrator artwork into your InDesign documents, creating interactive PDFs with table of contents. You will also master navigation elements, buttons and video, exporting SWF files with animated features on the spreads, working with Live Captions, GREP, Quick Apply, Story Editor, Text Variables and so much more.


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

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18 Months Free Class Repeat

If you have any gaps in your knowledge or want to refresh your skills, you are more than welcome to come back and retake the live online class free of charge up to 18 months after you have taken the class.

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How You Want To Learn






Course Times:

9:30 – 11:00

11:00 – 11:15

11:15 – 13:00

 13:00 – 14:00

14:00 – 16:30

Where You Want To Learn

London HQ

12-13 Clerkenwell Green


Universal Square
Devonshire Street
M12 6JH



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
  • 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
  • Preflight adjustment
  • Creating Interactive PDFs
  • Creating interactive Acrobat Forms in InDesign

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
  • Using conditions
  • Setting up text variables
  • Creating an index
  • Searching with GREPS

Workflow Optimisation

  • Using the scripts window
  • Importing and styling XML documents
  • Managing assets using Adobe Bridge

Public Scheduled Classes

Come into one of our centrally located training facilities. Small class sizes, industry experienced instructors, and many classes lead towards certification.

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Attend a real-time class without leaving home.

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4 reviews for InDesign 301: Black Belt Bespoke

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    I found the course very help, friendly and easy to understand. It helped me grasp the full capabilities of InDesign software and would recommend anyone who has the opportunity to attend the course to go as it is most worthwhile.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I was extremely impressed with the InDesign 101, 201 and 301 courses that I have recently been on in Waterloo. The centre itself was very easy to find and located next to Waterloo train station. The staff were all very attentive and helpful from pre-booking through to post course information. Adding bonuses were certificates for completing each course, free hot beverages, biscuits and sweets, and luncheon vouchers. For the 101 and 201, I was taught by Mark Gatter, a very interesting and engaging tutor. Mark has published books on InDesign and certainly knew his stuff, and went above and beyond my expectations for what I could achieve within 5 days. Mark had extensive notes and materials on the subjects covered, so I feel confident that what I learnt in the classroom can be transferred easily to my daily job with reference to these. For InDesign 301, I was taught by Nigel French. I can equally sing Nigel’s praises, and similar to Mark he has published books and also tutorials. Very knowledgeable man and he was very patient and attentive when I couldn’t comprehend things. The group was very small too, which is always a bonus! I would definitely go back to Academy Class again!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Having such an experienced lecturer from a print and design background inspired the class and allowed for an interesting and easy to follow course structure. This was also evident in helping me to achieve my ACE certification in InDesign, which was recognised by my current employer. Thank you Academy Class for helping me achieve.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Deborah was very patient and did a great job catering to the very mixed standards and experiences in the class.

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