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FY15 Institute Fee-Based Course Descriptions

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InDesign 6.0 Basics for Federal Publishers (New!) 

This basic hands on introduction to InDesign teaches you how to create desktop publishing projects from start to finish: making master pages, creating style sheets for formatting text, importing text and graphics, setting up printing ink colors, preflighting, exporting press-quality and web-quality PDFs, and packaging files for the service bureau, along with graphic design concepts and guidelines.

Dec 2-3, 2014
Mar 10-11, July 16-17, 2015
2 days — $775
9:00am – 4:00pm

Intermediate InDesign (Long Documents) for Federal Publishers (New!) 

This course focuses on critical advanced features for long documents, including multi-chapter books, pagination, tables, indexes, tables of contents, and templates. By the end of the class, you will have completed a multi-chapter book with the above features.

Prerequisites: Adobe InDesign Basics or similar course or work experience.

This is an intermediate-level class only for experienced InDesign users who are able to create a basic document — including master pages, paragraph styles, and character styles — from scratch.

Dec 15-16, 2014
Mar 18-19, 2015
2 days — $775
9:00am – 4:00pm
Live Online Training available - click here

Do’s, Don’ts and Tips for Desktop Publishers: Creating and Preflighting Files for Trouble-Free Printing more details

This “best practices” class provides the foundation for desktop publishing and fills in the missing information government publishers need to create trouble-free files for GPO and internal print shops. Not only does it cover the technical do’s and don’ts for files that will be printed, but it also includes hands-on exercises in preflighting the main types of desktop publishing files — page layout files, photos, graphics, and PDFs.

Mar 3-5, 2015, June 24 – 26, 2015
3 days — $875
9:00am – 4:00pm

508 Compliance using Adobe Acrobat with MS Word more details

Learn the federal guidelines for Section 508 compliant documents and fillable forms; how to test fillable PDF forms for accessibility; how to remediate an existing PDF form and make it accessible; and best practices for creating source documents in MS Word and Adobe InDesign.

Dec 9-11, 2014
April 1-3,2015, July 13-15,2015
3 days — $875
9:00am – 4:00pm
Live Online Training available - click here

508 Compliant Fillable Forms more details

This hands-on introductory course will provide concepts to properly create and edit Adobe PDF documents for access by users with disabilities. Students will learn:

  • How to test PDFs for accessibility
  • How to construct MS Word documents that are 508-accessible
  • How to export 508-accessible PDFs from MS Word
  • How to identify and correct accessibility flaws in PDFs
  • How to add user-friendly features to PDFs
  • How to create accessible, fillable PDF forms in Acrobat Professional

Nov 11 – 12, 2014
April 13-14, 2015, July 22-23, 2015
2 days — $775
9:00am – 4:00pm
Live Online Training available - click here

Creating 508 Compliant PDF’s using InDesign for Federal Publishers (New!)  more details

This course offers shortcuts, tips, strategies, techniques, and best practices for Federal publishers who must create not only press-quality files, but also accessible Section 508-compliant PDFs from their InDesign layout files. Plus, these accessibility techniques also prepare InDesign files for XML publishing, web publishing, and content management systems (CMS), and also improve search engine optimization (SEO). (This course is recommended for experienced publishers seeking to master 508 compliance regulations, specifically

  • Government VISs
  • Graphic designers and desktop publishers
  • Proposal designers and writers
  • Recipients of government funds and grants

Nov 18-20, 2014
April 22-24, 2015, July 28 – 30, 2015
3 days — $875
9:00am – 4:00pm
Live Online Training available - click here

Creating ePubs using InDesign 6.0 (New!) more details

This new full-day, hands-on, how-to lab course is ideal for those looking to become proficient in creating ePubs. Students must possess intermediate level skills in InDesign 4.0. Specific areas covered in this class include:

  • Understanding Document flow
  • Overcoming document flow issues
  • Producing design content
  • Adding text styles
  • Images
  • Preflight check
  • Creating a Table of Contents
  • Creating a book
  • Export to ePub
  • Options for fine tuning
  • Validation and Clean-up
  • Remediation of issues found during validation

Dec 8, 2014
1 day — $475 (Space is limited!)
8:30am – 3:30pm

Creating Appealing ePub Pages (New!) more details

This class is designed to help you take your ePub files to the next level. The class content focuses on building an understanding of how InDesign layouts translate into ePub format and how to avoid the most common pitfalls. Topics include typography, text alignment, formatting tables, adding metadata, and much more.

InDesign basics and some knowledge of HTML and CSS. An understanding of the basic ePUB workflow.

1 day — $475
9:00am – 4:00pm

Superior Customer Service more details

This fast-paced two-day course for government printing specialists will deal with customer service as it specifically applies to providing government publication and printing services. Through lecture, video, role playing, and class interaction, attendees will gain insight and knowledge into providing effective, proactive customer service.

Mar 24-25, 2015
2 days — $775
9:00am – 4:00pm

Proofs and Press Sheet Inspections 

This course, taught by staff from the GPO Quality Control for Procured Printing section, includes a discussion of proofs and proofing systems and the relationship between proofs and press sheet inspections (PSIs). It covers what a PSI is and is NOT, scheduling of PSIs, PSI procedures, current proofs standards and examples, and advice for agency representatives.

1 day — $400
9:00am – 4:00pm

Color Correction in Photoshop for Federal Publishers (New!) 

In this two-day concentrated Photoshop course, you'll learn many ways to correct, and improve photos. This is an intermediate-level class that focuses ONLY on color correction and editing techniques. This class is right on target for Federal web developers, print designers, and photographers.

Prerequisites: Must be familiar with the Photoshop basic tools (selections, mask, layers and channels).

April 7 – 8, 2015
2 days — $775
9:00am – 4:00pm

Printing Workflow: Process, Terminology, and Ordering Printing in the Federal Sector more details

This course covers basic printing processes and terminology; digital and traditional prepress and printing processes; ink on paper and other substrates; paper, envelopes and the Government paper system; post-press finishing operations, binding and GPO print procurement.

Dec 2 – 5, 2014
Mar 10-13,2015, July 6 – 9, 2015
4 days — $875
9:00am – 4:00pm

Photoshop Web Graphics for Federal Publishers (New!) more details 

Photoshop's sophisticated tools can make quick work of many web site projects. This class shows you how to prepare photographs and drawn images for the web and to draw web page elements such as buttons, menu bars, typographic headlines, and tiled backgrounds. You will learn the pros and cons of the various graphics formats and compression methods. Achieve the best quality web images without sacrificing efficiency.

1 day — $475
9:00am – 4:00pm

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