Adobe InDesign Essentials

Adobe InDesign Essentials

Adobe InDesign is the leading prefessional design layout programme used by graphic design professionals worldwide. It works seamlessly with Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat providing an integrated design environment. It can also open files previously created in QuarkXPress*

On day one you will learn how to build a document layout, place text and images and use colour to create a document layout. Day two will explore more advanced layout and typographical controls, clipping paths, using libraries, creating multipage documents for production and printing. This course will give you an excellent grounding in Adobe InDesign.

 Throughout the two days the emphasis is on practical, hands-on learning with a series of exercises designed to consolidate new skills and build confidence.

  • You Will Learn

    The Tools and Panels
    How to Create Layouts
    How to Import Text and Graphics
    How to Use Typography Creatively
    Specify Colours to International Standards
    Create Complete Document Artwork
    Create Print or Web PDFs for Distribution

  • Course Outline

    The Indesign Environment

    Introduction to InDesign
    InDesign Workspace
    Tools and Panels
    Grids, Guides, Rulers
    Viewing Options
    InDesign Preferences

    Working with Documents

    Document Setup
    Facing Pages
    Setting Margins and Columns
    What is and Why Use Bleed
    Saving Presets

    Working With Text

    Typography Basics
    Creating Text Frames
    Selecting and Editing Text
    Using the Character and Paragraph Panel
    Glyphs / Inserting Special Characters
    Bullets & Numbering
    Text Spacing & Tracking and Kerning
    Find & Change
    Spelling Check & Autocorrect
    Changing & Updating Fonts
    Using Fonts from Typekit (CC only)

    Colours and Swatches

    Colour Models and Using Colour
    Colour Panels
    Colours, Swatches, and Gradients
    Setting Up Colours
    Using Pantone Colours
    Applying Fills and Strokes Colour
    Using Colour Tints
    Creating and Applying Gradients

    Graphics & Images

    Graphic Frames
    Drawing Shapes, Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygons
    Placing Photos and Graphics
    Links Panel
    Updating, Relinking or Changing Images
    Text Wrapping
    Photo & Graphic File Formats

    Preparing for Print

    Proofing and Printing from Desktop
    Commercial Printing Requirements
    Pre-Printing Checklist
    Exporting as High-Resolution PDF
    Package Files

    Other Useful Panels

    Using Bridge & Mini Bridge

    CC Libraries

    Placing Assets from Library
    Saving Assests to Library

    Text Manipulation & Flow Control

    Resizing Text and Graphics
    Placing (importing) Text and Text Threading
    In-line Graphics
    Composition, Hyphenation, and Justification
    Character & Paragraph Formatting with Styles
    Page Elements and Graphics
    Layers and Stacking Order
    Item Duplication

    Effects & FX

    What is Transparency
    Applying Transparency
    Transparency Effects and Blending Modes
    Using FX
    Printing with Transparency

    Tabs and Tables

    Tables vs. Tabs
    Using Tabs
    Creating Tables
    Formatting Tables

    Master Pages

    What are Master Pages
    Creating & Applying Masters

    Third-Party Plug-Ins

    What is a Plug-in & How to obtain plug-ins

    Adobe Comp*

    Create Layouts on the Go
    Transfer to Indesign and Complete Layout

    Course Overview & Discussion Session

    *Requires Adobe Touch Apps from CC2015. plus an Apple IPad or Tablet.
  • Who Should Attend?

    Anyone who wants to create professional looking documents for printing and uploading to the web. A separate course is available for those wanting to create ebooks and Digital publications.

    • Marketing Personnel
    • Business Owners & SME's
    • Anyone Wanting to Produce Professional Artwork for Print
    • Printers and Publishers and Designers
  • Takeaways

    On this course you will learn how to work efficiently and productively learning the tools and skills you will need to impress in the workplace and advance your career.

  • Testimonials

    Perfect choice! Classroom great! Fantastic people and facilities! They were very welcoming everyday, so I looked forward to the course very much!
    Thanks again for a great course - working on the Abu Dhabi document now so may be in touch again later!
    The course was very helpful and gave me a better understanding of InDesign. I have already started to use what you have taught me!
    Nisha Ram
    A very thorough introduction to InDesign, as a novice I now feel I have more than adequate knowledge to use the program successfully in my work.
    Claire Wright
    You really progress, the teachers are brilliant! Friendly, very homely.
    Thank you for the excellent training and hospitality.
    Danny - Clarkson Wright & Jakes Ltd, Solicitors
    Thoroughly enjoyable and found the course both useful and informative. Very nice setting to learn in.
    HELEN BLANCHE – MEDWAY COUNCIL - GREEN SPACE - Indesign and Illustrator Tailored

For those seeking to produce interactive InDesign documents for online delivery, this can be covered in our Intermediate and Advanced Courses.

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