Introduction to InDesign

Adobe InDesign enables you to create a diverse range of print design and marketing materials with the only limitations being your knowledge! To fast-track and reinforce your InDesign training, we have developed our own courseware (step-by-step printed workbooks) that you can take with you after the class.

Besides demonstrating best workflows and practices relating to InDesign, we include graphic design related topics such as colour, image resolution, design layout, typography basics, printing and PDF concepts, so you will be able to produce professional projects straight away.

As an Adobe Authorised Training Partner, upon course completion, participants receive an Adobe endorsed Certificate.

  • Training Modules (Overview)

    • The InDesign Interface
    • Workspaces & Workflows
    • Layout & Design
    • Frames & Objects
    • Working with Text
    • Paragraph & Character Styles
    • Master Pages
    • Working with Colour
    • Working with Images
    • Creating & Formatting Tables
    • Exporting & PDF Settings
    • Preparing for Print
    • Basic Typography & Design Tips
    • Customising Preferences
  • What You Get

    • Free Course Resit
    • Adobe Authorised Certificate
    • 12 Months Access to Help Desk
    • No Risk! Money Back Guarantee
    • Choice of Mac or PC*
    • 160+ Page Printed Course Book
    • Adobe Certified Instructors
    • Professional Training Environment
    • Small Classes (average 4 to 8)
    • High Frequency of Courses

Completing InDesign Essentials will contribute 13 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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$630+GST
2 Days | 9am - 4:30pm

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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

Working with Images

  • Placing Images
  • Image file formats
  • Understanding resolution
  • Info panel
  • RGB & CMYK
  • Modifying placed images
  • Fitting images using menus and control panel buttons
  • Resizing images proportionally
  • Positioning images inside frames
  • Managing links
  • The links panel
  • Display performance

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
  • Self Guided Exercise: A Flyer

Paragraph and Character Styles Preview

  • Paragraph Styles
  • Applying Paragraph Styles
  • Editing Paragraph Styles

Using Graphics and Links

  • Graphic Formats
  • Resolution
  • Managing Links (linked assets)

Publishing

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

Master Pages

  • About Master Pages
  • Master Pages and the Pages Panel
  • Renaming the Master Page
  • Editing the A-Master Page
  • Using Automatic Page Numbering
  • Applying Master Pages to Document Pages
  • Applying the None Master
  • Inserting Pages and Applying a Master Page
  • Editing a Master page
  • Customising Master Objects
  • Restoring Master Objects
  • Creating a Master Page from a Document Page

Colours and Gradients

  • Colour Modes
  • Applying Colour to Objects
  • Saved and Unsaved Colours
  • The Swatches Panel
  • Editing Swatches
  • Gradients
  • Loading Colours from Other InDesign Documents
  • Adjusting the Stroke of an Object

Advanced Formatting and Styles

  • Paragraph and Character Styles
  • Creating Styles
  • Rules
  • Bulleted Lists
  • Numbered Lists
  • Splitting Text Across Columns
  • Spanning Text Across Columns
  • Dropped Capitals
  • Inserting Break Characters
  • Applying Styles
  • Style overrides
  • Editing Styles
  • Importing styles
  • Setting Tabs

Layers

  • About Layers
  • The Layers Panel
  • Lock/Unlock, Hide/Show Layers
  • Re-order Layers
  • Expanding and Collapsing Layers
  • Selecting Objects on your Page using the Layers Panel
  • Naming Layers
  • Creating Layers
  • Deleting Layers
  • Deleting Unused Layers
  • Putting Objects onto Specific Layers
  • Moving Objects from One Layer to Another

Text Wrap

  • Text Wrap
  • Applying Text Wrap
  • Wrap To Options
  • Making Text Ignore Text Wrap

Tables

  • Insert Data Files
  • Formatting a Table
  • Cell Options

Effects

  • The Effects Panel
  • Applying Transparency Effects
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