Computer and Business Skills training

Sign Up
Home / InDesign / Introduction

InDesign 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!

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

Book this course

Detailed course outline

  • Letter Creation

This exercise will introduce you to the basics of creating a document, drawing text boxes, and formatting text.

    • Setting Preferences and Default Measurements
    • Creating the Letter
    • Text Frames
    • Basic Text Attributes
    • Basic Keyboard Shortcuts
    • Saving and Printing
    • Large Type Letter
    • More Text Attributes

  • Text Styling

This lesson will teach you strokes, caps, how to make proper fractions, and other professional typesetting techniques.

    • Position Text with Baseline Shift
    • Small Caps for your Titles
    • Using the Line Tool
    • Making Proper Fractions

  • Magazine Ad

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

    • Setting Up a Document Bleed
    • Adding the Headline
    • Placing Images
    • Combining Text and Images
    • White Type on a Black Background

  • Page Layout and Advanced Formatting

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.

    • Page Setup and Orientation
    • Using the Rectangle Frame Tool
    • Paragraph Spacing
    • Control Leading in Character Options
    • Using Tabs
  • Page Magazine Ad

2-page spreads can be a little tricky to create, but we make it easy for you in this exercise. You will learn how to create facing pages and handle page numbering.

    • Setting up the Document as a 2-Page Spread
    • Facing Pages
    • Placing a Picture
    • Creating a Cover
    • Setting the Tagline
    • Color Swatches
    • Defining Colors
    • Printing as a Spread

  • Multiple Column Ad with Text Wrap

This lesson teaches you the often misunderstood but immensely important baseline grid. Plus we will show you some new text wrap options.

    • Multiple Text Columns
    • Importing the Text
    • Creating the Drop Cap & Other Type Changes
    • Setting the Baseline Grid
    • "Massaging" Text to Fit
    • Text Wrap

  • The Lawyer Joke Book: Setting it Up

In this exercise, you will layout a long, multi-page book the easy way! You will set up a master page, add page numbers, and design a running head.

    • Setting up a Master Page and adding Guides
    • Automatic Page Numbers
    • Automatic Text Flow
    • Adding Running Heads

  • The Lawyer Joke Book: Styling Text

First we will setup some text styles, then setup a baseline grid, and finally we will use some advanced Find/Change techniques to style all the jokes.

    • Creating Style Sheets
    • Paragraph Rules
    • Setting up the Baseline Grid
    • Find/Change with Paragraph Formatting

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.



230 W Monroe St
IL 60606View Map

Guaranteed to Run Limited Seats Left

Class times: 9.00am to 4.30pm

Servicing Arlington Heights, Aurora, Bollingbrook, Chicago Loop,
Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Highland Park, Joliet, Naperville,
Schaumburg, Skokie, South Chicago and surrounding areas.

Other Cities

Request onsite training quote

Los Angeles

915 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles
CA 90017View Map

Guaranteed to Run Limited Seats Left

Class times: 9.00am to 4.30pm

Servicing Anaheim, Burbank, Covina, Downtown, Fullerton,
Irvine, Long Beach, Northridge, Pasadena, San Bernardino,
Santa Monica, Van Nuys, Ventura and surrounding areas.

Related courses

Why train with us? Need Group training quotation?Fresh Starbucks brewed every day graphic design training packageFREE Class Repeat with each course