Adobe Framemaker training
Introduction to FrameMaker training

2 days
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Key details

Key details

FrameMaker training course for beginners, teaching how to use the powerful page layout and text features available to generate print documentation of a high standard.

Adobe FrameMaker has long been the authoring tool of choice for many technical authors. Its template-based authoring environment offers unparalleled options for publishing long documents reliably and consistently throughout your organisation.

Introduction to FrameMaker provides newcomers with a thorough grounding in standard FrameMaker (unstructured mode), teaching how to generate high-quality print documentation. Sessions cover master pages, graphics, tables and FrameMaker’s document revision features.

This course is ideal for newcomers to FrameMaker, and those with limited FrameMaker experience. At the end of the course, will be able to confidently create and modify FrameMaker documents.

Introduction to FrameMaker training is available on-request only, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group. We don’t currently offer scheduled (public) Introduction to FrameMaker courses.

We can host the training at one of our centres, or your venue anywhere in the UK.

The training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the type of documentation you produce.

Accredited FrameMaker training

Armada is an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC), accredited by Adobe to provide FrameMaker training.

Expert trainers

FrameMaker courses are hosted by Adobe Certified Instructors, who are Adobe Certified Experts in the application, with significant technical authoring experience. For further details, see Expert trainers.

How will I learn?

FrameMaker training is hands-on and practical.

Our trainers teach the necessary theory then demonstrate techniques step-by-step. You then practice the techniques taught on a computer running FrameMaker.

There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.

Training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A comprehensive training guide for FrameMaker, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an Adobe‑accredited FrameMaker training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following FrameMaker training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their FrameMaker trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.


No prior FrameMaker knowledge is necessary.

FrameMaker version

Training can be based on any version of FrameMaker to suit you.


General information

General information

Course times

Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.

As we’d be hosting this as a ‘closed course’ for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these times to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.


Payment for FrameMaker training can be made bank transfer or card.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.

If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.

For further details, see training course payment options.


See Accommodation local to our training centres.

Cancellations and postponements

If an on-request Introduction to FrameMaker course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If an on-request Introduction to FrameMaker course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.


Expert trainers

Expert trainers

Introduction to FrameMaker courses are hosted by Philip Odell and Lynne Telfer.

Philip Odell

InDesign trainer Philip Odell

Philip is Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) and an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Adobe FrameMaker. He also has expert knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator (for which he has an ACE credential) and Adobe Acrobat.

Philip was first introduced to FrameMaker when working at Texas Instruments. He joined Adobe in 1995, shortly after they acquired Frame Technologies, in a role that involved supporting and promoting FrameMaker business within Europe and worldwide. Philip still has links with Adobe, and is called on to man their stands and carry out presentations on their behalf from time to time, when they’re exhibiting in the UK.

All in all, Philip has been involved with FrameMaker, as both a user and a trainer, for over 20 years. He has also assisted with the implementation of FrameMaker in numerous companies.

Lynne Telfer

Details to follow shortly.


Course content

Course content

An overview of FrameMaker

  • Overview of FrameMaker and its UI
  • Navigation techniques
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Setting preferences
  • Output to PDF
  • Using find and change
  • Running the spell checker

Working with Frame documents

  • Creating, opening and editing documents
  • Using Save and Save-As

Find/change, spell checker and thesaurus

  • Searching for any item
  • Changing items
  • Managing dictionaries
  • Customising the spell checker and using the thesaurus


  • Creating a document based on a template
  • Understanding the difference between character and paragraph formats
  • Applying paragraph and character formats

Creating and modifying formats

  • Creating and applying predefined paragraph and character formats
  • Using the character and paragraph designers to design new formats
  • Discussing format overrides, indents and alignments
  • Tabs, spacing and hyphenation
  • Pagination
  • Special heading formats
  • Numbered and bulleted lists
  • Multiple autonumbers
  • Renaming and deleting formats
  • Importing and updating formats across files

The graphics editor

  • Creating simple line art
  • The tools palette
  • Drawing and selecting objects
  • Applying and changing properties
  • Grouping and ungrouping objects

Importing graphics and anchored frames

  • Graphic formats and importing techniques
  • Creating/positioning/editing anchored frames


  • Inserting tables
  • Using the table catalogue
  • Filling tables with text and graphics
  • Copying and removing tables
  • Positioning tables
  • Adjusting rows and columns
  • Rotating cells
  • Controlling page breaks
  • Ruling and shading
  • Creating table formats and converting between text and tables

Using footnotes and table footnotes

  • Inserting footnotes and table footnotes
  • Changing footnote formats

Master pages

  • Displaying master pages
  • Creating headers and footers
  • Creating and editing custom master pages
  • Assigning master pages to document body pages

Reference pages

  • Using references pages to attach artwork to paragraphs

Revising Documentation

  • Using Change Bars to indicate modifications made to a document.
  • Setting automatic change bars.
  • Comparing two versions of a document.

Page layout

  • Understanding the important role the Master Pages play in a FrameMaker document.
  • Creating, modifying and applying master pages to control a document’s layout.

Reference Pages:

  • Discover one of the roles the reference pages play by creating referenced art and linking to a Paragraph Format.

Revision – create a custom template

  • Consolidate all the knowledge gained over the two days and build a template from scratch.
“Philip is an expert in FrameMaker and can answer any questions that you may have. He is also very approachable and structures the training in a manner which maximises the learning for each student.”

Susan W

“I thought I'd drop you a line to say Hi, and ask how things are at Armada. Seems a long time ago now that we were snowed in for that Framemaker course ;) Anyway, it helped me get a job, so I'm happy!”

Claire W

“Great introduction to the software with good pacing to allow you to understand new concepts.”

Chris R

“Informative with a 'hands-on' experience.”

John D

“It was really interesting with a good mix of tuition and hands-on work and I believe I am now prepared to be able to use the product.”

Derek G

Remote training is available for our most popular courses. For a limited time, we’re offering discounts off the usual course price. See Remote training.