InDesign Fundamentals

Who should attend

This is an entry level InDesign course recommended for all levels.

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InDesign Fundamentals

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Two, 2-hour Modules (9am - 11:30am PT)

In this course, you will use Adobe InDesign CC to create and deliver professional-looking printed and interactive documents.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Navigate and customize the InDesign interface.
  • Create a new document, poster project and long document.
  • Expertly work with images, frames, text wrapping and object effects.
  • Learn how to format using Paragraph and Character Styles.
  • Learn how to use Master Pages.
  • Export, Publish and Package documents for deployment and delivery.
Course ID
L0035
Available times
June 17 & June 18, 2021
9:00am-11:30am
June 17 & June 18, 2021
9:00am-11:30am
June 17 & June 18, 2021
9:00am-11:30am
June 17 & June 18, 2021
9:00am-11:30am
June 17, 2021
9:00am-11:30am
June 17, 2021
9:00am-11:30am
June 17, 2021
9:00am-11:30am
June 17, 2021
9:00am-11:30am
June 17, 2021
9:00am-11:30am

Course Outline

Lesson 1 - InDesign Interface & Setup

  • What is InDesign used for?
  • Example of what you can create
  • InDesign Interface & Workspace overview
  • Panel Overview and Customization
  • Basic Keyboard Shortcuts

Lesson 2 - Creating a New Document

  • Units of Measure
  • Understanding Margins, Bleeds, Slugs and Page settings
  • Saving Presets
  • Overview of InDesign Templates

Lesson 3 - Working with Shapes

  • Drawing basic shapes
  • Understanding Fill and Stroke 
  • Stroke color, width and style settings
  • Color overview (CMYK, RGB, HSB, Hexadecimal)
  • Creating Swatches
  • Corner options
  • Resizing, rotating and moving shapes
  • Using the Properties Panel for Shapes

Lesson 4 - Creating a Basic Poster 

  • Document Setup
  • Ruler and Guides
  • Drawing and coloring Shapes
  • Creating basic Text Frames
  • Placing Graphics
  • Using the Selection Tool
  • Shapes Transparency settings
  • Intro to Layers
  • Saving InDesign files

Lesson 5 - Working with Larger Documents

  • Overview of Pages panel
  • Customizing Pages panel
  • Inserting new pages
  • Moving pages
  • Intro to Master Pages
  • Understanding Layers

Lesson 6 - Working with Images

  • Placing images
  • Image placement options
  • Image Frames
  • Fitting options for images
  • Using the Properties Panel for Images
  • Autofit options for image resizing
  • Stroke color, width and style settings
  • Text wrapping
  • Cloning images
  • Cropping
  • Object Effects including Drop Shadow, Glow, Feathering
  • Object Transparency
  • Intro to Object Styles

Lesson 7 - Object Styles

  • Why create Object Styles?
  • Overview of Object Styles panel
  • Overview of object settings 
  • Drop Shadow, Corner Options, Stroke, Columns, Text Wrapping
  • Creating an Object Style
  • Applying an Object Style
  • Overriding and updating Object Styles

Lesson 8 – Working with Type 

  • Using the Control Panel
  • Using the Properties Panel
  • Basic Formatting 
  • Overview of basic typographic settings (Kerning, Tracking, Leading)
  • Paragraph properties settings
  • Placing text from Word Document 
  • Bullets and Numbering
  • Paragraph Margins
  • Paragraph Rules
  • Paragraph and Cell Style introduction

Lesson 9 - Intro to Paragraph Styles

  • Why do we use Paragraph Styles?
  • Examples of Paragraph Styles
  • Intro to Paragraph Style Panel
  • Creating a Paragraph Style
  • Applying a Paragraph Style
  • Nesting a Paragraph Style inside a Text Object Style

Lesson 10 - Intro to Character Styles

  • Why do we use Character Styles?
  • Examples of Character Styles
  • Intro to Character Style Panel
  • Creating a Character Style
  • Applying a Character Style
  • Using Find and Replace and Character Styles
  • Nesting a Character Style inside a Paragraph Style

Lesson 11 - Master Pages

  • The value of Master Pages
  • Creating a Master Page
  • Adding a running footer/heading
  • Adding Page Numbers
  • Adding Section Markers
  • Creating Master placeholder pages

Lesson 12 – Exporting Files for Print and Digital Deployment

  • Managing Links
  • Preflighting Documents for Printing
  • Creating a Custom Preflight Profile
  • Converting RGB & Spot Colors to Process Colors
  • Packaging the InDesign File
  • Embedding & Sharing a Custom Preflight Profile
  • Sharing Files & Packages with Earlier InDesign Versions
  • Previewing Color Separations
  • Previewing Transparency
  • Exporting PDF Files for Printing & Proofs

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