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Introduction to InDesign

£449.00 + VAT

About Introduction to InDesign

This is an introductory course intended for those who have never used Adobe InDesign before. On completion of the course, delegates should be able to produce in-house publications, advertisements, and other artwork.

Upcoming Course Dates

5th-6th September
27th-28th October
1st-2nd  December


£449.00 + VAT

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  • Introduction to InDesign

    Course Overview
    This is an introductory course intended for people who have never used Adobe InDesign before. On completion of the course, delegates should be able to build well-crafted print publications, interactive documents, digital magazines, and ebooks all in one application Working knowledge of InDesign is often a requirement now for designers seeking work. This course will give a practical and realistic guide to using InDesign in a commercial setting.

    Who Should Attend
    This course is aimed at people who need to learn InDesign to use in a professional environment, such as as studio or a workshop. Ideal for those new to making up artwork; those in charge of in-house publications; or those requiring a concise overview of electronic publishing.

    What You’ll Learn
    Getting to know InDesign
    Setting up documents
    Getting started in 30 minutes
    Formatting objects
    Creating colour and gradient swatches
    Organising projects with layers
    Transforming objects
    Incorporating drop caps, bullets, and numbering
    Using objects, frames and guides.
    Flowing and editing text
    Working with images
    Using colour
    Printing and exporting

    Upon completing this course, delegates should have a proficiency in a range of skills pertaining to publication design, including the usage of typography, colour, layout, pictures, graphics, styles and producing a print-ready PDF.

    Course Requirements
    No previous experience is required, although some drawing skills are desirable. The course is run on Macintosh computers, however it is suitable for those using PCs as the software and the training can be cross-platform. Further Learning Once comfortable, graduating to our Advanced class will enhance your knowledge of this application. Or, if there are specific areas that are of interest, why not book a one-on-one bespoke course with our experts?

    How Do I Book?
    To book a training course, please call our Training Coordinator on 0117 922 5661 or alternatively send an email to

  • Course Duration: 2 Days

    Course Outline
    The following outline is a summary of the subjects that will be covered on the course. All of our courses are responsive to the requests and learning needs of learners and as such content may be changed, adjusted or otherwise altered on the day and as thus should betaken as indicative only.

    Delegates should note that content on the day may change due to circumstances outside of our control, such as changes by the manufacturer.

    InDesign Workspace
    This session provides an overview of the work area. By the end of the session,
    delegates should be able to navigate the overall interface of InDesign, select tools,manage panels, navigate, and change a document’s magnification. Delegates are also shown and talked through the preferences and colour settings menus.
    Adjusting the interface: Dark and light
    Understanding the Application window
    Correctly setting up the colour spaces for the Creative Suite.
    Getting around on pages and in the document.
    Zooming and magnifying
    Using the right units on rulers, understanding smart guides.
    Customising the position of panels and saving customised workspaces.
    Understanding and using view quality settings.
    Rotating pages and spreads
    Using the Tool panel
    Using contextual menus

    Getting To Know InDesign
    This session is an overview of the key features, starting with opening files to adding text and graphics. The session shows how keeping output in mind can prevent eventual problems and using styles can streamline production. It is explained that layout aids such as guides and hidden characters are crucial to fine-tuning a layout.
    Preflighting is introduced to show that delegates should get in the habit of keeping an eye on tit to prevent common errors. Delegates use the Type tool for creating frames, inputting and for editing text.

    Creating a Document
    This session explains how to create new documents. It shows how to create a new document with non-standard paper sizes, save those settings as a preset, make a master page complete with automatic page number and then use that in the document.
    Create numbered sections, add and delete pages, and use different sized pages in the document.
    Setting margin and column guides
    Putting ruler guides on your page
    Bleeding colours or images off the side of the page
    Using multiple Undo and Revert
    Setting margin and column guides

    Managing Pages
    Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
    Creating and applying master pages, overriding master page items Adding page numbering, changing page numbering with sections Using guides to maintain accuracy.
    Controlling and manipulating pagination.
    Inserting, deleting, and moving pages

    Using Objects, Frames And Guides.
    Delegates learn in this session about using containers, frames, to place text and images in. They will learn how to import, crop, re-size and centre images in a frame.
    Time is also given to the correct use of the selection tools. Learners will also learn the use of the gap tool to resize multiple objects. They will also experiment with text wrap.
    They will also learn about using layers to control and expedite complex content. This session also stresses the use of guides in a publication, both static and smart guides.
    Importing and adjusting pictures is covered.
    Finally they will look at the use of shapes with pathfinder tools to modify outlines, learn to outline
    Text and understand fill and stroke.
    Setting text and type.
    Using images and graphics.

    When using InDesign, text is often brought in from another application. In this session we look at flowing text into shapes and across pages. We also look at the effects of pagination, flowing text using Smart text reflow.
    This session also takes a close look at fonts and font issues. Issues with missing fonts are addressed. Session five also includes short sessions on spell checking, finding and changing text.
    Selecting and editing text
    Inserting special characters
    Setting text frame columns
    Setting text inset and vertical justification
    Putting text on a path
    Checking spelling
    Using Find/Change

    Working With Type
    In this session the delegate is reminded that the Mac is not a typewriter and
    introduces many of InDesign’s more refined typography including kerning, tracking, column adjustment features, OpenType fonts, drop caps, hanging punctuation, and the various composers.
    Filling with place holder text
    Inserting special characters
    Tracking text changes

    Importing graphics
    Using the Links panel
    Fitting graphics to the frame
    Taking advantage of transparency and clipping paths
    Colouring images
    Turning image layers on and off

    Formatting Objects
    Selecting objects and applying basic strokes and fills
    Using advanced strokes
    Special effects
    Copying formatting with the Eyedropper tool
    Finding and changing object formatting
    Making polygons and starbursts

    Delegates take a detailed look at the methods for creating, saving, and applying colours, gradients, and tints. The difference between a spot and a process colour is explained. Once these are understood, then InDesign’s on screen proofing tools are explained. This session also looks at strokes, including custom strokes, and fills.
    Creating colour swatches
    Building tint swatches
    Creating gradient swatches
    Applying gradients

    Managing objects in the Layers panel

    Nesting objects
    Editing frame and path shapes
    Adding rounded corners and other corner options
    Grouping and locking objects
    Aligning and distributing
    Transforming Objects
    Duplicating objects
    Rotating objects
    Scaling objects
    Skewing objects and mirroring objects
    Creating text outlines
    Understanding text wrap
    Duplicating objects
    Rotating objects
    Scaling objects
    Mirroring objects

    Paragraph Formatting
    Applying formatting to a paragraph
    Spanning a paragraph across multiple columns
    Splitting a paragraph into multiple columns
    Using drop caps
    Setting tabs
    Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph
    Adding automatic bullets or numbering paragraphs

    Using OpenType features, exploring Unicode fonts and understanding glyphs.
    Character and Glyph Formatting
    Styling characters
    Finding glyphs and other hard to locate special characters
    Changing case, either temporarily or permanently.
    Using find font.

    Creating and applying paragraph styles
    Using character styles
    Editing and redefining styles
    Using object styles
    Applying styles with Quick Apply Packaging, Printing, and Exporting
    The destination for many InDesign projects is a printed publication. This session covers the InDesign tools for a successful job. The session will cover preflight, reprise on-screen proofing, look at the ink manager and the out put panels. It will end up with a comprehensive look at PDF workflows and production.
    Checking your document with the Preflight panel
    Using the Print dialogue
    Printing a small booklet
    Exporting a PDF