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InDesign Fundamentals Training Course

Course Description

On this 3-day beginners class you will complete 12 project-based lessons. Our instructors will lead you step-by-step through each project, teaching the correct work-flow, how to master each tool and show you useful shortcuts to speed up your production.

Trainees will develop a strong foundation in typographic, page layout, and document-construction. This is a proven method for those looking to learn InDesign.

Live face-to-face instructor. No minimum class size - all classes guaranteed to run!

No prior experience of InDesign is needed. Training available on Mac and PC.

View our full range of Adobe InDesign training courses, or see below for the detailed outline for InDesign Fundamentals.

3 Days | $1195.00

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Detailed course outline

  • Introducing the Workspace
    • Looking at the workspace
    • Working with panels
    • Customizing the workspace
    • Navigating through a document
    • Using context menus
    • Using panel menus
    • Modifying interface preferences
    • Exploring on your own
  • Getting to Know InDesign
    • Viewing guides
    • Preflighting as you work
    • Adding text
    • Working with styles
    • Working with graphics
    • Working with objects
    • Working with object styles
    • Viewing the document in Presentation mode
  • Setting Up a Document and Working with Pages
    • Creating and saving custom document settings
    • Creating a new document
    • Switching between open InDesign documents
    • Working with master pages
    • Applying master pages to document pages
    • Adding new document pages
    • Rearranging and deleting document pages
    • Changing the size of pages
    • Adding sections to change page numbering
    • Overriding master page items and placing text
      and graphics
    • Viewing the completed spread
  • Working with Objects
    • Working with layers
    • Creating and modifying text frames
    • Creating and modifying graphics frames
    • Adding metadata captions to graphics frames
    • Placing and linking graphics frames
    • Changing the shape of a frame
    • Wrapping text around a graphic
    • Modifying the shape of frames
    • Transforming and aligning objects
    • Selecting and modifying grouped objects
    • Creating a QR code
    • Drawing lines and modifying arrowheads
    • Finishing up
  • Flowing Text
    • Finding and changing a missing font
    • Entering and importing text
    • Finding and changing text and formatting
    • Checking spelling
    • Editing text by dragging and dropping
    • Using the Story Editor
    • Tracking changes
  • Working with Typography
    • Adjusting vertical spacing
    • Working with fonts, type styles, and glyphs
    • Fine-tuning columns
    • Changing paragraph alignment
    • Creating a drop cap
    • Adjusting letter and word spacing
    • Adjusting line breaks
    • Setting tabs
    • Adding a rule above a paragraph
    • Working with paragraph shading
  • Working with Color
    • Managing color
    • Defining printing requirements
    • Creating colors
    • Applying colors
    • Working with tint swatches
    • Working with gradients
    • Working with color groups
  • Working with Styles
    • Creating and applying paragraph styles
    • Creating and applying character styles
    • Nesting character styles inside paragraph styles
    • Creating and applying object styles
    • Creating and applying table and cell styles
    • Globally updating styles
    • Loading styles from another document
  • Importing and Modifying Graphics
    • Adding graphics from other programs
    • Comparing vector and bitmap graphics
    • Managing links to imported files
    • Updating revised graphics
    • Adjusting display quality
    • Working with clipping paths
    • Working with alpha channels
    • Importing native Adobe graphic files
    • Using an InDesign library to manage objects
    • Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics
  • Creating Tables
    • Creating a table
    • Converting text to a table
    • Changing rows and columns
    • Formatting a table
    • Adding graphics to table cells
    • Creating a header row
    • Creating and applying table and cell styles
    • Exploring on your own
  • Working with Transparency
    • Importing and colorizing a grayscale image
    • Applying transparency settings
    • Adding transparency effects to imported vector and bitmap graphics
    • Importing and adjusting Illustrator files that use transparency
    • Applying transparency settings to text
    • Working with effects
  • Printing and Exporting
    • Packaging files
    • Creating an Adobe PDF proof
    • Previewing separations
    • Previewing how transparency effects will be flattened
    • Previewing the page
    • Printing a proof and saving a print preset
    • Using the Ink Manager

Our outlines are a guide to the content covered on a typical class. We may change or alter the course topics to meet the objectives of a particular class.



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