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Introduction to Adobe InDesign (3 days)

Course Information

  • Price : £395 + VAT
  • Level : Introduction
  • Version : CS & Creative Cloud
  • Venue : Jubilee Campus, Nottingham
  • Duration : 3 days
  • Times : 9:30am - 4:30pm

This course is for designers and marketers who want to understand how Adobe InDesign can be used to create stunning looking print and digital media productions. This is a 3 day introduction level training course.

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This course includes

Adobe Indesign Training
  • 3 days trainer led in small groups (typical maximum 6)
  • Your own printed course manual
  • Course files & exercises to take away
  • Professional environment with high spec computers
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Lunch provided
  • Printed course certificate
  • Post course support via email
  • Access to our FREE workshop days

InDesign Overview

Adobe InDesign is an industry standard design and layout programme used by designers, publishers, artists and writers to produce professional-quality brochures, magazines, books, posters and many other Portable Document Format (PDF) or print based marketing materials. With its powerful interface you can quickly create layouts, manage graphics, import and format tables and formatted text content.

InDesign's ability to create templates and manage large amounts of styled content makes your workflow efficient, consistent and simple to produce and edit entire documents. InDesign also has the potential to produce outputs for high-resolution print press and even create documents for export as Adobe Flash files with buttons and hyperlinks for the Web.

As part of the Adobe Creative Suite (CS), InDesign is seamlessly integrated with other CS software, including Adobe Bridge, Photoshop and Illustrator, allowing the user to easily import, manipulate and replace graphics, creating a smart, efficient and time-saving workflow.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this training course students will understand how InDesign can be used to create stunning looking print and digital media productions including :

  • professional quality brochures
  • books and magazine layouts
  • eye catching posters
  • simple digital presentations
  • optimised print production workflows

Course Requirements

To attend the InDesign training course you should have experience using either the Windows or Mac operating systems, be capable of basic file management and know how to use standard menus and commands. No previous design software skills or experience is required, but a basic knowledge of any desktop publishing, graphic design or Adobe software is a useful starting point.

Course Description

The InDesign training course will easily guide you through the workspace, toolbox and an array of panels, which allow you to customize your workspace. Some hands-on practice lessons will teach you how to define paragraph, character and nested styles for layouts, place and thread text in a document, create master pages, work with a grid, understand basic typography and begin to equip you with the tools you need for precise and consistent publications.

Managing large amounts of content with high levels of formatted text is a common occurrence when producing some InDesign documents, so we will focus on the skills you will need to manage, update and globally edit any part of these large documents. Further practice with working documents that already include styles, text, structure and graphics will broaden your understanding and give you control of the properties, multiple editing tools and open the possibilities available to you in using this powerful software.

We will also work with elements that contribute to an efficient and great looking layout from placing graphics, working with shapes and managing colour swatches to generating tables, creating books, even exporting a PDF and creating interactive documents for use on-line.

Throughout the course, we will look at various aspects of print production; colour management and working with imagery that incorporate widely used file formats such as PSD, AI, EPS, JPEG and more.

We will also pay close attention to InDesign's capabilities with illustrations, vector shapes, bitmap graphics and photographic images, including a very brief introduction to Adobe Photoshop.

Finally we will look at the output functions within InDesign for producing proofs for final press and learn how the pre-flight process allows you to check your entire document for any potential printing problems, as well as learning how the packaging facility ensures each component of the job file is stored together for your final publication.

Course Highlights

The course covers the following areas :

  • The Basics
    • The Workspace
    • The Toolbox
    • The Control Panel
    • Working with Panels
    • Document Navigation
    • Application Menus
  • Overview
    • The Preflight Panel
    • Placing and Flowing Text
    • Using Styles
    • Placing Graphics
  • Documents
    • Customising New Documents
    • Master Pages
    • Arranging Pages
    • Building a Basic Spread
  • Layouts
    • Baseline Grids
    • Working with Text Frames
    • Working with Graphics Frames
    • Working with Shapes
    • Aligning and Transforming Objects
  • Text
    • Text Placement Options
    • Working with Styles
    • Finding and Changing Text
    • Spell Check Settings
    • Story Editor Settings
  • Typography
    • Working with a Grid
    • Working with Glyphs
    • Leading, Tracking and Kerning
    • Working with Tabs
  • Colour
    • Colour Documents for Print
    • Creating Colour Swatches
    • Creating Gradient Swatches
    • Creating Tint Swatches
    • Importing Colours/Swatches
    • Colour Management
  • Styles
    • Paragraph Styles
    • Character Styles
    • Nested Styles
    • Object Styles
    • Table Styles
    • Managing Styles
    • Importing Styles
  • Graphics
    • Importing Graphics
    • Vector and Bitmap Graphics
    • The Links Panel
    • Graphics from Adobe Photoshop
    • Using Libraries
  • Tables
    • Importing Tables
    • Formatting a Table
    • Multi-page Tables
    • The Cell Styles Panel
  • Applying Effects
    • Colourising Grayscale Images
    • Opacity Settings
    • The Effects Panel
    • Editing Effects
  • Final Output
    • Preflight
    • Soft Proofing
    • Previewing Options
    • Packaging Documents
  • Non-Standard Outputs
    • Online Documents
    • Interactive Components
    • Exporting to Adobe PDF
    • Converting Print Documents for Web

Course Feedback

"I found it a useful tool to go from using one package to this package, the speed and tone of the course was just right. " - Donna @ NCHA
"The course equipped me, a novice, with some very good basic skills to take away and develop. I feel I can now do what I need to do for my job ... " - Karen @ University of Nottingham
"Excellently delivered, Tilky had a thorough knowledge of the software. Good value and having 3 days was great." - Sophie @ Norsaca

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Course Trainer

Bjorn is an Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Certified Expert and Certified Associate in Photoshop and inDesign, the industry recognised certification for Adobe products.

He has been involved in working with and training Adobe products for over 15 years. He has a wealth of experience using Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro and Lightroom for editing digital media for use in print, web and video campaigns.

Course Software

The trainers of our Adobe training courses are familiar with most previous versions of Adobe's Creative Suite and therefore will be able to guide your learning no matter which version of the software you have. We try to provide course content that is generic to versions CS3 to CS6, but your trainer will also showcase the features of the latest version. Currently we now demonstrate the functionality of the Adobe CS6 and Creative Cloud suite.

Course Location

This InDesign training course is run from our rooms on Jubilee Campus in Nottingham, which is part of the University of Nottingham's Innovation Park. These are serviced by a state-of-the-art tram system allowing easy access to the city centre as well as direct hourly rail services from London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Derby and Leicester.