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InDesign (2020) Quick Start

Course Description

This 1-day beginner class is designed to get you up and running quickly in InDesign. You will learn to layout pages with text and graphics. In no time at all you will be able to control typography, add photos, create/use colors, and more!
The training consists of 5 unique Real World projects.

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.

This 6-hour class is meant to get you started fast. If you want to learn InDesign in greater depth, check out our 18-hour InDesign Fundamentals class or view our full range of Adobe InDesign training courses.

1 Day | $495.00

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Detailed course outline

  • Getting Started

This exercise will introduce you the InDesign Interface before creating a Presidential Letter.

    • Welcome to InDesign 2019
    • New Document Settings
    • Understanding Units
    • Creating a document
    • Layout and Navigation
    • Understanding Workspaces
    • Accessing Panels
    • Creating a Text Frame
    • Frame vs Content
    • Anatomy of a Frame
    • Adding placeholder text
    • Where to turn on Grids and Guides
    • The Properties Panel
    • The Character Panel (basic overview)
    • The Paragraph Panel (basic overview)
    • Basic Text Spacing & Alignment
    • All about Adobe Fonts
  • Top Secret! Letter Creation

This exercise will introduce you to the basics of creating a document, by having you re-create a de-classified UFO letter.

    • Creating a Print Document
    • Understanding the Parts of a Letter
    • Working with and Re-sizing Text Frames
    • Importing and Managing Graphics
    • Working with Bullets
    • Saving an InDesign Project
    • Multi-Frame Document
    • More Text Attributes
    • Position Text with Baseline Shift
    • Paragraph Spacing
    • Control Leading in Character Options
    • Using Tabs
    • Hanging Bullets and Check Marks
    • Adding Hyphenation/Discretionary
  • Simple Magazine Ad

In this exercise, you will create an entire magazine ad, pulling in a photo, graphic logo and laying out text.

    • Creating Document for Print
    • Setting the Bleed
    • The Rectangle Frame Tool
    • Working with Headlines
    • Placing Images
    • Combining Text and Images
    • Auto Drop Caps vs Manual Drop Caps
    • Layout Adjustments

  • Pyramid Pets Article

In this lesson, you will learn the basics of page layouts along with more text manipulation. You will master paragraph spacing, leading, and use tabs to complete the layout.

    • Creating a 1-Page article for web
    • Simple Layout Sketching
    • Creating a Document based on Sketch
    • Working with a Multi-Column Document
    • Rectangle Frame Tool Again!
    • Adding Graphics Elements
    • Placing and formatting images
    • Text Wrapping
    • Working with Loaded Cursors

  • Pure Elegance: 2-Page Simple Magazine Ad

Learn how to create and layout a 2-Page Magazine Ad for Print.

    • Setting up the Document as a 2-Page Spread
    • Working with Facing Pages
    • Understanding & Working with Bleed
    • Working with and formatting Bulleted Lists
    • Working with FX to solve object issues
    • Simple Paragraph Formatting
    • Working with Decorative Fonts
    • Printing as a Spread
    • Simple Web Export
    • Working with the Pages Panel

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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Class times: 9.00am to 4.30pm

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