Los Angeles InDesign User Group

Regular Meeting


Awesome InDesign Tables

(and Layouts with Tables That Don't Look Like It)


Thursday, January  16, 2020

7-10 p.m.


The Ventana

Club Room

6565 Crescent Park West, Playa Vista, California 90094




Jason Hoppe will show you how to build and edit tables from the simple to the complex. Newbies will be able get their feet wet in tables, while the more experienced can learn tips and tricks to make working with tables easier and faster.


Tables are one of Jason's favorite features in InDesign. He thinks of tables as boxes in which he can put any content, and emphasize the “any” content portion. Understanding how to format tables quickly and effectively is key to Jason's presentation. Knowing and working with all the attributes can help you create incredibly complex tables. The unexpected bonus of knowing tables is that those same attributes can solve layout dilemmas that, at first glance, might not be so obvious. Tables often offer solutions beyond what people think of tables.


Takeaways from this presentation:

  • Think of tables as a grid, like a spreadsheet.
  • Add, duplicate, move and remove rows and columns.
  • Resize rows and columns individually or proportionately.
  • Flow long tables over multiple pages.
  • Control headers and footers.
  • Split and merge cells in numerous combinations.
  • Turn on and off table row and column strokes in endless combinations, including the new features of adding paragraph shading and borders.
  • Discover how table cells can have a variable height that changes with the content.
  • Find out how to insert images into table cells.
  • Learn to think of table cells as packages in which you can put any content for easy alignment of items.


And most importantly:

  • These features can be used for layouts that you don’t want to look like a table and can be used as a simple way of inputting and aligning content.


Bonus: All attendees get a copy of Jason Hoppe's Table Shortcut Sheet.



About the Presenter


Jason Hoppe is an Adobe Certified Expert InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat and an Adobe Authorized Instructor, and was recently named an Adobe MAX master. He was the founding instructor of CreativeLive and has created more than 250 videos in graphic design and production. He writes an Illustrator blog on all things Illustrator at www.jasonhoppe.com and is the author of Illustrator Course and Compendium due out in December 2019 by Rocky Nook publishers. He teaches at the School of Visual Concepts, LuminousWorks and Seattle Central College.


His love of creation and discovery comes from customizing lawn mowers at an early age and his profound love of cars from the age of three. Being raised with no television, he channeled his curiosity and energy fixing, restoring and collecting cars since he was 14, and is a self proclaimed car whisperer. He lives in Seattle with his partner and two wonderful hairless cats.



Location and Free Parking


The Ventana is a residental complex on the west end of the Playa Vista community. The Club Room is located on the first floor directly off the lobby. (You can see it from outside before you enter the building.) There is ample free parking on both sides of the street that borders the park in front of the complex.



Farthest Attendee


The bona fide LAIDUG member who travels the farthest specifically to attend the meeting will receive her or his choice of any one deal at MightyDeals up to $50.00. MightyDeals offers fonts, templates, apps, e-books, etc. You  need to prove to us that you traveled farthest to attend this meeting. Having recently moved to the area from somewhere else won't cut it. Be prepared to show us indication of your current residence—perhaps a driver's license or a utility bill. Decision of the administrators of the Los Angeles InDesign User Group is final.





LAIDUG is supported by raffles of donated prizes. No one is required to participate in the raffles. Raffle tickets are: 1 for $3, 2 for $5, 5 for $10, 11 for $20, 24 for $40, 32 for $50 and 65 for $100. All major credit cards are accepted.



Special Raffle Prize


In addition to our ongoing sponsor raffle prizes, we have added a special raffle prize appropriate to the meeting's topic: a table. One lucky person will win a Lifetime (brand) 24"x48" commercial folding table with almond top and bronze legs. After you learn about tables, take one home!



Raffle Prizes


GoProof from Oppolis Software. 3 month subscription for 2 users. Value $300.00

Proofing add-on for Adobe Creative Cloud. Version history tracks what has been changed and by whom.


Markzware. Any single product. 12 month subscription. Value $199.00

Choose one from the list below:

Q2ID (Quark to InDesign), Convert and open QuarkXPress files in InDesign.

PDF2DTP (PDF to InDesign), Convert PDF files to InDesign.

FC (FlightCheck), Check native and PDF files for printing quality.

IDMarkz, Open, preview, export and convert InDesign files.


Suitcase Fusion 8 from Extensis. 12 month subscription. Value $119.95.

Font management program that allows you to organize your fonts from one plane—including system fonts, purchased fonts, fonts synced from Adobe Typekit, Google fonts, etc.


Font Agent Pro from Insider Software. Value $99.95

Font management that allows you to organize, distribute and control your fonts.


InMotion Hosting. Web hosting and free domain. Value $90.00

Web hosting company.


DTP Tools Cloud for InDesign. 6 month subscription. Value $77.40

Suite of 14 different InDesign productivity tools.


Adobe Stock. 15 image licenses. Value $44.00

Royalty-free, high-quality photos, videos, and illustrations.


InDesign Magazine. 6 month subscription. Value $30.00

Monthly PDF publication devoted to InDesign how-tos, in-depth features, and quick tips.



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