Advanced Adobe InDesign

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 265

       Course Name: Advanced Adobe InDesign

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

CAB 165 with a minimum grade of C.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course is project oriented using advanced InDesign techniques. Content includes design decisions, graphics creation, scaling and cropping, and typeface options and manipulations, as well as the creation of various types of publications. Focus is on coordination of all the components within the publishing  process. Student will design, write and produce a major project, such as an annual report.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Identify and apply strategies for planning and developing memorable presentations.
  2. Collect sample files and apply techniques of adapting a sample for use in a new publication.
  3. Develop connective elements to be used in repeated publications for a company.
  4. Identify local and national desktop publishing resources.
  5. Customize templates to save development time.
  6. Formulate and apply techniques of cropping photographs for special effects.
  7. Choose effective printing, paper, and ink combinations.
  8. Design publications for specific audiences.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Strategies for developing projects from idea stage to completion
    1. Adapting sample files
    2. Locating resources for design graphics and typography
      1. Local and national user groups
      2. Service bureaus/Professional printers
    3. Customizing templates
    4. Using the time-saving features and capabilities of Adobe InDesign
  2. Design decisions
    1. Analyzing ads for page makeover
    2. Creating, scaling and cropping graphics
    3. Developing and manipulating fonts
  3. Producing the publications
    1. Linking with imported text
    2. Copyediting including leading and kerning techniques
    3. Creating and using style sheets
  4. Printing the publication
    1. Paper, ink and binding options
    2. Time and cost considerations
    3. Reproduction quality
    4. Preparation of mechanicals
    5. Platemaking
    6. Color separations
    7. Laser and other printers
    8. Offset printing

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Class and individualized instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Attend seminars as scheduled.
  2. Complete required assignments and tests.
  3. Attend lab as required.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Textbooks, online resources, and such other materials deemed appropriate for the topic and assigned by the program and instructor.

USB Flash Drive

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Applications, exercises and tests

XI.   Other Course Information

Software Users!  Copying software is in violation of Federal law and College policies.  Suspected
    violations will be vigorously investigated and if warranted, appropriate penalties applied. 

    Specifically, you do not have the right to:
    1.    make copies of software for yourself or others.
    2.    receive and use unauthorized copies of software.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.