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InDesign Lite Course

Need to learn the foundations of Adobe InDesign but don't need to learn the whole program? This course (either online or face-to-face) is ideal for those who will be creating and editing smaller documents only (one or two pages). Learn best practices for setting up your documents, working with images, formatting text and preparing your files for print or exporting to PDF. Exercises include creating stationery, flyers and ads. If you need to produce multi-page documents such as newsletters, catalogues, magazine layouts, brochures, fact sheets etc, then the two day InDesign Essentials course, which is more in-depth, covers those features necessary to accomplish those processes.

Our instructors are Adobe Certified, industry experienced and passionate about training! Our training highlights the features and updates in the latest version of the software - InDesign CC (Creative Cloud).

At City Desktop Training – an Adobe Authorised Training Centre – upon course completion participants receive a Certificate endorsed by Adobe.

  • Training Modules (Overview only)

    • InDesign’s Interface
    • The Toolbar
    • Working with Documents
    • Selections
    • Frames and Objects
    • Working with Images
    • Working with Text
    • Introduction to Colour
    • Exporting and Printing
    • Automation
  • What You Get

    • Printed workbooks mailed to you
    • Class Exercises Relevant to Industry
    • AATC Adobe Authorised Certificate
    • Choice of Mac or PC
    • After Course Support
    • Free Course Resit (9 months)*
    • Small Classes (average 4 to 6)

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Price: 540 +GST
$445 +GST
2 Days | 9am - 4:30pm

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    MAC or PC

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Course Outline

The InDesign Interface

  • Operating Systems, Versions, Menus and Shortcuts
  • Dialogue Boxes & Panels – Efficiency Tips
  • The Start Workspace
  • File Types
  • The InDesign Interface at a Glance
  • InDesign Preferences
  • InDesign Panels
  • InDesign Workspaces
  • The Tools Panel
  • The Control Panel
  • Using InDesign Help
  • The Pasteboard
  • The Context Menu
  • Zooming and Scrolling
  • Adding and Navigating Pages
  • Display Performance
  • Document Tabs
  • Control Panel Reference Points
  • Selecting Frames and Moving
  • Resizing Frames
  • Selecting Text
  • Hidden Characters
  • Screen Modes
  • Undoing, Redoing and Reverting
  • Saving Files

Creating Documents

  • Best Practice Workflow
  • Colour – RGB versus CMYK
  • New Document Dialogue at a Glance
  • Page Margins and Margin Guides
  • Columns
  • Bleeds
  • Page Sizes
  • Modifying the Document Setup
  • Modifying Margins and Columns
  • Creating a Document Preset
  • Document Rulers
  • Ruler Guides
  • Smart Guides
  • Creating and using Template Files
  • Adding and Deleting Pages

Adding Text and Graphics

  • Working with Text
  • Making the Frame Fit the Text
  • Selecting Text
  • Adding Placeholder Text
  • Placing Text Files
  • Importing Images
  • Resizing Images and Frames
  • Fitting Images
  • Positioning an Image within the Frame
  • Placing Multiple Images
  • Placing Multiple Images in a Grid (Gridify)
  • Creating Shapes
  • Corner Effects
  • Rotating Text, Images or Shapes
  • Grouping Objects
  • Stacking Objects

Working with Text Frames

  • Text Frame Indicators
  • Text Frame Options
  • Threading Text Frames
  • Text Flow
  • Import Options for Placing Text
  • Using Glyphs
  • Inserting Break Characters

Formatting Text

  • Formatting Text
  • Character Formatting
  • Selecting a Type Face and Type Style
  • Setting Type Size
  • Leading/Line Spacing
  • Kerning and Tracking
  • Capitalisation
  • Superscript or Subscript Characters
  • Underline and Strikethrough
  • Baseline Shift
  • Paragraph Formatting
  • Paragraph Alignment
  • Space Before or After
  • Indenting Text
  • Hyphenation
  • Applying Colour to Objects
  • Creating a New Swatch
  • Editing Swatches
  • The Eyedropper Tool

Paragraph and Character Styles Preview

  • Paragraph Styles
  • Applying Paragraph Styles
  • Editing Paragraph Styles

Using Graphics and Links

  • Graphic Formats
  • Resolution
  • Managing Links (Linked Assets)


  • Preflighting Documents
  • Preflight Errors
  • Defining Export Format
  • Producing PDF Files for Approval and Screen Use
  • Exporting to a High-Resolution PDF
  • Packaging a Document InDesign