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Adobe InDesign Essentials:

Adobe InDesign is the leading design layout programme used by graphic design professionals worldwide. With it you can create newsletters, brochures, mailers, advertisements or any other kind of document. It works seamlessly with Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat providing an integrated design environment. It can also open files previously created in QuarkXPress.

In this course you will use InDesign to place text and images and combine text and graphics as you create simple to complex layouts for the types of document you need.

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.

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

Create Layouts on the Go

  • Transfer to Indesign and Complete Layout

Course Overview & Discussion Session

Additional entry requirements

Aimed at 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

Training for employers

This course has been specifically designed for companies training their employees.

Course info
MAY 2019
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
JUNE 2019
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat


Tonbridge, TN11 8NE


9:30am - 4:30pm


2 days


Full time


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From: £540

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