Module 1: Working in the Design Industry Part I
- Understand the Adobe Creative Suite and the role of the various applications.
- Determine whether the content is relevant to the purpose, audience, and audience needs.
- Demonstrate knowledge of techniques for communicating about design plans with peers and clients.
- Demonstrate knowledge of project management tasks and responsibilities.
- Determine the type of copyright permissions and licensing required to use specific content.
Module 2: Working in the Design Industry Part II
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key terms related to publication and multi-page layouts.
- Demonstrate knowledge of how color is created in publications.
- Demonstrate knowledge of elements and principles of design and common design techniques.
- Identify and use common typographic adjustments to create contrast, hierarchy, and enhanced readability.
- Define common photographic/cinematic composition terms and principles.
Module 3: Project Setup and Interface Part I
- Create a document with appropriate settings for web, print, and mobile.
- Identify and manipulate elements of the InDesign interface.
- Navigate, organize, and customize the application workspace.
- Navigate a document.
- Use rulers, grids, guides, views, and modes to work efficiently.
Module 4: Project Setup and Interface Part II
- Import assets into a project.
- Manage colors, swatches, and swatch libraries.
- Create and customize gradients.
- Manage paragraph, character, and object styles.
Module 5: Organizing Documents
- Use the Layers panel to modify layers.
- Employ best practices to effectively manage multiple layers and complex projects.
- Modify layer visibility and printability.
- Create pages in a document.
- Edit and customize pages.
Module 6: Creating and Modifying Visual Elements Part I
- Use core tools and features to lay out visual elements.
- Use a variety of type tools to add typography to a design.
- Use appropriate character and paragraph settings in a design.
- Convert text to graphics and manage text flow across multiple text areas.
- Use tools to add special characters or content.
Module 7: Creating and Modifying Visual Elements Part II
- Make selections using a variety of tools.
- Modify and refine selections using various methods.
- Modify frames and frame content.
- Rotate, flip, and transform individual frames or content.
Module 8: Creating and Modifying Visual Elements Part III
- Use various tools and auto-correction methods to repair project content.
- Use the Story Editor to edit the text within a project.
- Use effects to modify images or frames.
- Create, edit, and save object styles.
Module 9: Creating and Modifying Visual Elements Part IV
- Add interactive elements and behaviors.
- Demonstrate knowledge of how to embed rich-media objects.
- Identify and assign triggers for multimedia assets.
- Create a table to display data.
- Edit tables and cells.
Module 10: Publishing Digital Media
- Prepare documents for publishing to the web, print, and other digital devices.
- Save in the native file format for InDesign (.indd).
- Save in appropriate formats for print or screen.
- Print proof copies before publishing.
- Package an InDesign project.
- Understand the structure and test prep necessary for the ACA InDesign Certification Exam.