EPUB Bootcamp

EPUB Bootcamp with Adobe InDesign CS6 and InDesign CC


EPUB Bootcamp

5-Day Training

Students receive a course text, Interactive InDesign CC, which includes a link to class files. These resources provide students with a valuable tool for post-training practice, using familiar files and lessons.

All Mira Images Adobe authorized training is provided by certified instructors at our location or yours. Because we know your time is valuable…

We will never cancel your class.*

The Mira Images Classroom is located just outside of Philadelphia, PA and is convenient to Harrisburg, PA; New York, NY; New Jersey; Baltimore, MD; Wilmington, DE; and Washington DC.

Open Enrollment

Hands-on Training


  • Adobe Certified instructors
  • Hands on classes
  • Personal attention
  • Small class size

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Class Links

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  Photoshop CC 2017

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  InDesign CC 2017

Dreamweaver CC icon

  Dreamweaver CC 2017

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  Animate CC 2017

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  Captivate 9

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  Acrobat DC

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  Muse 2017

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  EPUB with InDesign

Class Description

Ideal for creating anything from interactive brochures to immersive educational texts, EPUB is arguably THE best format for digital publishing in today’s rapidly changing digital landscape—and InDesign is the industry leading EPUB development tool. EPUB is an open specification, so, unlike many competing platforms, there is no inherent fee associated with EPUB development and deployment—no subscription fee and no download fee— and no outside authority to dictate the terms under which your EPUB gets published. EPUB documents can be emailed, downloaded from a website, or, depending on the flavor of EPUB, monetized through the Amazon, iBooks, Kobo or any number of other online stores. EPUB documents can include audio and video; and fixed layout EPUBs can deliver an even richer immersive experience with the addition of animation and interactivity! If you want to stay ahead of the digital publishing curve, EPUB development skills are a must in your designer’s box of tricks.

This course breaks the EPUB black box wide open so you can discover that it’s not so scary inside. Starting with an introduction to the structure of EPUB and its peculiarities, you’ll learn what distinguishes flowable from fixed layout EPUB and how to determine the best option for your digital documents. You’ll learn how to design and style your InDesign documents for the most flexible flow from print to digital publishing. In this 5-day intensive hands-on training, you will gather and work with EPUB tools that are essential to an efficient workflow, learn the intricacies of InDesign EPUB export, and even dig  into the internal EPUB files to see how to tweak the appearance of your finished product. Topics include:

  • Finding your Format: Flowable or Fixed
  • Cracking open an EPUB
  • Gathering the Necessary Tools
  • Managing Images, Objects & the Flow
  • Understanding EPUB Requirements
  • Working with HTML & CSS
  • Creating Buttons and Actions
  • Animating for FXL
  • Long Document Processing with GREP
  • Compiling an InDesign Book
  • Creating a Table of Contents
  • Exporting a Valid EPUB

Course Curriculum

EPUB Anatomy

  • About EPUB
  • Viewing an EPUB in Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)
  • Cracking open an EPUB
  • Understanding the EPUB file structure
  • EPUB validation
  • Adding document metadata

Gathering the Tools

  • Collecting eReaders
  • Downloading essential scripts
  • HTML & CSS editing applications
  • EPUB Validators

Designing for EPUB

  • CMYK vs. RGB
  • Image resolution, compression and file size
  • Understanding EPUB flow
  • Master pages, TOCs and page numbering

Working with Scripts

  • Modifying a Script
  • Running a Script
  • Installing a Script

Images, Objects, & the Flow

  • Flowable EPUB vs. Print: Through the Looking Glass
  • Anticipating document flow
  • Setting content sequence with the Articles Panel
  • Adding,rearranging, and removing article items
  • Customizing Object Export Options
  • Working with Alt text
  • Using anchored objects to control content sequence
  • Inserting anchored objects in the document flow
  • Understanding inline, above-line, and custom anchored objects
  • Translating text wrap to EPUB
  • Understanding EPUB image formats
  • Image optimization and resolution
  • Object export: Fixed vs. relative size
  • Creating an EPUB cover image

Creating a Table of Contents

  • Building a Table of Contents
  • Formatting a Table of Contents
  • Creating an EPUB TOC
  • Creating a Table of Contents style
  • TOC Innovations

Creating an InDesign book

  • Controlling page breaks with multiple documents
  • Creating an InDesign book
  • Adding documents to a book
  • Arranging book documents
  • Replacing missing book documents
  • Setting a style source
  • Setting book synchronization options
  • Interpreting the Book panel indicator icons
  • Adapting a TOC for an InDesign book

Formatting Text with Paragraph and Character Styles

  • Creating character styles
  • Creating paragraph styles
  • Creating nested paragraph styles
  • Creating sequenced paragraph styles
  • Creating drop caps
  • Adding paragraph rules
  • Export tagging

Flowing Text

  • Flowing text into an existing frame
  • Flowing text manually
  • Creating text frames while flowing text
  • Creating threaded frames automatically
  • Flowing text on a path

Working with Object Styles

  • Understanding properties that transfer to EPUB
  • Creating object styles
  • Export tagging

HTML and CSS Fundamentals

  • About HTML
  • HTML page structure
  • HTML Tag Structure
  • HTML terminology: selector, attribute/property, attribute value
  • Understanding block level and inline elements
  • Default formatting of HTML elements
  • About CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
  • CSS selector types
  • Styling with CSS
  • Understanding CSS inheritance
  • Writing HTML and CSS code
  • Exploring the EPUB Style Sheet
  • Export Tagging and CSS Classes
  • Editing InDesign HTML and CSS
  • Font embedding and the @font face rule


  • What is GREP?
  • Understanding GREP metacharacters
  • Creating and testing a GREP expression
  • Creating a character style for GREP testing
  • Using GREP to Capture and style Email addresses
  • Saving and sharing GREP queries
  • Transforming Document Content Using GREP Find/Change
  • Working with Marking and Non-marking Subexpressions
  • GREP Resources

Buttons and Actions

  • Button States
  • Editing Button Appearances Using Effects
  • Image-based Buttons
  • Naming Conventions
  • Triggering Events
  • Using Buttons to Control Visibility
  • Multi-object Buttons
  • Invisible Buttons
  • Multi-button Groups
  • Libraries and Snippets
  • Object Styles


  • Working with Motion Presets
  • Easing and Duration
  • Using the Pen Tool
  • Working with Motion Paths
  • Timing and Triggering Events
  • Custom Motion Paths
  • Moving through 3D Space
  • Motion Path Previews
  • Creating Continuous Scrollers
  • Creating an Animated Header


  • Working with Footnotes
  • Importing footnotes from a Word document
  • Formatting footnotes
  • Adding and deleting footnotes

EPUB Export & Publishing

  • Explore the EPUB Export Options dialog
  • Validating an EPUB
  • EPUB Workflow Checklist
  • Publishing and Distribution options
  • About ISBN’s
  • EPUB Resources
  • Converting your EPUB for Kindle