CGA2025 PAGE LAYOUT SOFTWARE
3 Credit Hours
This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman or the sophomore year.
CGA2025 - Page Layout Software (3 hrs.)
Page Layout Software is a key component of a desktop publishing system. This course will deal in the arrangement and style of page content along with proper file preparation. Students will combine text and graphics to create layouts for a variety of publications. (Adobe InDesign Required.)
CGA2013 Introduction to Computer Graphics
This course is designed to build on your fundamental InDesign skills learned in Introduction to Computer Graphics. Emphasis is on frames, importing and editing text, typography, color, styles, importing and linking graphics, creating tables, transparencies, long documents, output, and XML.
The student will:
- Have the ability to locate and efficiently use all tools in InDesign
- Understand and use the tools in an appropriate manner and for the best results in production
- Import and edit text in InDesign
- Be able to work with Typography and special characters
- Understand color management and the important steps of incorporating color management into page layout
- Be able to appropriately create and apply all forms of styles in InDesign
- Import and link graphics in InDesign
- Create tables in InDesign
- Be able to work with transparencies in InDesign
- Have the ability to create and manage all lengths of documents including long documents such as books
- Be able to prepare an InDesign file for production
- Be able to work with XML in InDesign
Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:
The following defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other content as time allows.
UNIT 1: Introduction and Overview
Outcomes: Upon completion of the unit, the students will have the ability to locate and efficiently use all tools in InDesign and import and edit text.
- Work with tools, documents windows, the pasteboard, and panels.
- Create, edit, and apply multiple master pages.
- Modify frames.
- Work with groups.
- Import and edit text.
- Create and insert special characters.
- Change type spacing and appearance.
UNIT 2: Color/Styles/Graphics
Outcomes: Upon completion of the unit, the students will understand color management and the important steps of incorporating color management into page layout.
- Add colors to the Swatches panel.
- Create, apply, and adjust gradients.
- Create a tint.
- Create a spot color.
- Work with color management engines and ICC profiles.
- Create and apply object, character, paragraph and table styles.
- Globally update object, character and paragraph styles.
- Create styles groups.
- Import and link graphics.
- Import clipping paths with graphics, and create clipping paths.
- Manage placed files using the Links panel.
- Use and create libraries for objects.
UNIT 3: Tables/Transparencies
Outcomes: Upon completion of the unit, the students will be able to work with transparencies in InDesign and format tables.
- Import formatted tables from other applications.
- Create and format tables.
- Colorize an imported black-and-white graphic.
- Change the opacity of objects drawn in InDesign.
- Apply and adjust transparency settings for imported graphics and text.
- Apply blending modes to overlapping objects.
- Apply and edit multiple effects to an object.
UNIT 4: Long Documents
Outcomes: Upon completion of the unit, the students will have the ability to create and manage all lengths of documents including long documents such as books.
- Join multiple InDesign documents into a book.
- Control page numbering across separate documents.
- Create a table of contents for a book.
- Assign a source document for defining styles.
- Update book files after modifying documents.
- Create index references.
- Generate an index file and sort entries.
- Edit index references.
UNIT 5: Output and PDF Exporting
Outcomes: Upon completion of the unit, the students will be able to prepare an InDesign file for production.
- Confirm that an InDesign file and all of its elements are ready for printing
- Generate an Adobe PDF file for proofing.
- Assemble all necessary files for printing or delivery to a service provider or printer.
- Print documents containing spot colors.
- Select appropriate print settings for fonts and graphics.
- Create a Print preset to automate the printing process.
UNIT 6: XML
Outcomes: Upon completion of the unit, the students will be able to work with XML in InDesign and import or export XML.
- Import and apply XML tags.
- Map styles and tags.
- Use the Structure pane.
- Import and export XML.
Course Final Project
Contact Bookstore for current textbook.
Access to production lab and appropriate software
Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy
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Refer to the following policies:
402.00 Academic Code of Conduct
263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades
403.00 Student Code of Conduct
Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability, which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.