Acrobat Fundamentals Training

PDF (Portable Document Format) is today's standard format for document distribution. And the application that makes it possible to create PDF files from almost any program is Adobe Acrobat.

Our Acrobat training will give you the control you need over your PDF documents. We'll show you how to use Acrobat to create PDF files, make changes and mark up a PDF file, even edit text. You'll learn how to safeguard your information with Acrobat's security features, and how to produce high-quality PDFs for print vendors.

Our two-day Acrobat training class will guide you step-by-step from the basics, like creating a simple PDF file, to advanced features, like creating interactive forms.

Creating PDF Documents using Acrobat

There are many ways to create a PDF file, and it can be confusing to find the best method for your needs. Let us sort through the confusion! We'll go over the different options and tools to create PDFs, and we'll clarify the role and effect of the conversion settings. After this module in the Acrobat training, you will understand how and when to:

  • Use an application's Print command to create a PDF file
  • Choose between Acrobat PDFMaker and the Create PDF command to create a PDF file
  • Combine files to create a PDF Portfolio
  • Create PDF documents from Web pages
  • Use LiveCycle Designer ES to create, preview, and test interactive forms

Modifying PDF Documents with Acrobat

This section dives into the nitty-gritty of using Acrobat to edit existing PDF files. For example, you can make changes to improve the readability and portability of your documents. And, without having to open the source documents, you can make last-minute fixes - even edit text, add watermarks, or number pages. We'll show you how to:

  • Enhance your PDF file with headers and footers, watermarks, and backgrounds
  • Make minor text edits with the TouchUp Text tool
  • Align PDF page numbering with embedded page numbers
  • Create more powerful PDFs with added audio, video, or Flash content
  • Improve your document's portability to create streamlined, smaller files
  • Export content from PDF files to other programs
  • Make life easier for your readers with custom, targeted bookmarks and links

PDF Accessibility

You can use Acrobat to create PDF documents that are accessible to people with vision or mobility impairments. These accessibility settings also help make your PDF easier to view on handheld devices like the Blackberry® and the iPhone®. This section of the Acrobat Fundamentals training class looks at techniques for ensuring that your PDF file is optimized for assistive technologies like screen readers and screen magnifiers, as well as handheld devices. You'll learn how to:

  • Ensure that your PDF includes accessibility tags
  • Run time-saving accessibility checks
  • Fix potential accessibility problems, for example, by specifying alternate text for graphics
  • Use the Read Out Loud feature to access PDF content

Adobe Acrobat Document Security

In today's world, portability and convenience have to be balanced with security and privacy concerns. This module will show you how to use all the features Acrobat offers to secure your documents - including passwords, digital IDs, encryption, certification, and more - and at the same time, ensure that content is still accessible to your target audience. Our instructors will show you how to:

  • Set up passwords and permissions to control who can open, print, copy, or modify a PDF file
  • Use digital signatures and certificates to protect documents
  • Prevent further changes to a document by certifying it
  • Encrypt a file so that only readers with appropriate digital IDs can access it
  • Encrypt multiple files with a security envelope
  • Use Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management ES to control document security dynamically
  • Save time with security policies that store the password and certificate settings you use
  • Use the Redaction tool to hide sensitive information

Document Review Techniques with Acrobat

Learn how to use Acrobat to make your review process more efficient and headache-free. Acrobat features make it easy to set up and manage the process of reviewing a document, add edits and comments, and compile comments from multiple reviewers. Let us show you how to:

  • Set up a shared review space for your document with
  • Use the Collaborate Live feature to set up a chat session to review your document
  • Reduce duplicate comments by setting up a Shared Review
  • Manage review comments with the Tracker tool
  • Place comments into a PDF file as sticky notes or as simple markup drawings like ovals or lines
  • Use the Clouds and Dimensioning tools to efficiently mark up technical drawings and blueprints
  • Compile comments into one file and keep track of comment status

Preparing High-Quality PDFs for Printing

Acrobat makes it easy to generate high-quality PDF files that are optimized for professional printing. Make sure you finally understand the secrets of producing print-quality PDFs, including color management, color separations, and the preflight process. You will leave the training with hands-on experience and the know-how to:

  • Choose different prepress methods to create high-quality PDFs for printing
  • Use color management techniques to minimize color shifting
  • Optimize color management settings and workflow for your needs
  • Prepare, preview, and print color separations
  • Set up spot colors and transparency flattening correctly
  • Identify and troubleshoot print production problems with preflight profiles


  • A solid understanding of Microsoft Windows' file management, the concepts of right-clicking and selecting object properties.

Acrobat training is offered at four locations: