Adobe InDesign Training Course - beginners and intermediate

This Adobe InDesign training course will teach you the basics of desktop publishing with Adobe InDesign and give you the skills you need to get started in desktop publishing and design and to work accurately and efficiently as you progress on to more advanced document designs.

Two day Beginners & Intermediate Adobe InDesign training course available in Birmingham, Solihull, and Midlands and around the UK.


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Adobe InDesign Training - Beginners and Intermediate - Summary

Adobe InDesign training duration: 2 days.
Level:  Beginners / intermediate
Software version:  Adobe InDesign CC versions, Adobe InDesign CS6, Adobe InDesign CS5
Numbers: One to one or small groups of up to 4 trainees
Trainees in a group should have the same skill level and the same requirements.
On-site at client's site in Birmingham, Midlands and around the UK.

Adobe InDesign training requirements:
You should have good computer skills. Some previous knowledge of design software will be helpful, particularly Adobe Photoshop for image resizing and colour correction.


Adobe InDesign Training - Beginners and Intermediate - 2 day course


Day 1- Introduction to Adobe InDesign and desktop publishing

1) Getting Started and creating a new InDesign Document

Starting a new document, setting documents size and margins, columns and other options
Using guidelines to help control layout
Modifying document properties
Saving a document and organising files

Moving around the document
Zooming in and out
Zoom tool, keyboard shortcuts, menus
Overview of the main tools and palettes in InDesign
Setting Preferences

2) Shapes and Selected Objects

Shape tools & Frame tools
Line Tools
Selection Tools
Setting precise dimensions or position for an object

Duplicating selected objects
Grouping objects
Locking objects
Align & Distribute
Create multiple copies with equal spacing using Step & Repeat

3) Images

Adding an image to a page
(discussion of correct file types, image resolution and image size)
Resizing the image
Changing image position within the frame
Putting a border around an image

4) Colours

Set fill colour and stroke colour
Choosing RGB, CMYK or Pantone Spot colours
Gradient & Tints
Create a new colour and save in the Swatches palette
Editing and deleting swatches

5) Text & Type

Text Tools
Inputting and editing type
Importing a text document
Setting Text Frame Options
Set type colour
Paragraph and Character formatting
Basic typography settings (Leading, Kerning, Tracking, Indents, Hyphenation, etc.)
Checking spelling

6) Pages

Adding new pages, organising pages, deleting pages
Basic overview of how a master page works and adding content to the master page


Create a small document

Create a small simple document such as a single page newsletter, with text and images. This could be a simple document of your own, e.g. a poster, leaflet, postcard, magazine advert, simple newsletter or other small document.



Day 2 - Intermediate Adobe InDesign training

Use the techniques below to create typical documents which you would normally produce.
This is a typical course outline but may be modified to suit your requirements.

1) Pages & Master Pages

Working with multi-page documents
Creating a spread of 2 or more pages

Creating Master Pages
Applying a Master Page to document pages
Editing and duplicating Master Pages

Automatic page numbering

2) Working with Text Frames and Type

Threading type between two or more text frames, viewing and changing text threading
Using the Story Editor to edit text
Using Find & Replace to change repeated text elements in a document
Using the Eyedropper tool to pick up attributes from another block of text
Using Text Wrap to wrap text around a picture or shape
Running type along a path
Converting type into outlines
Inline graphics (using graphics inside a line of type)

3) Typography

More text formatting and typography settings:
Drop caps, paragraph rules, keep options
Controlling line breaks, paragraph breaks and column breaks
Bullets and Numbering options
Glyphs and special characters e.g. • © ™  etc.
Showing hidden characters (paragraphs, tabs, spaces, etc.) within the text

4) Style Sheets

Using Character Styles and Paragraph Styles to format type
Applying and editing Style Sheets
Importing styles from other documents

5) Images

Using a clipping path or mask (from Photoshop)
Using Library items

6) Objects, Images and Effects

Shape Modifying (transform, rotate, scale)
Adding a drop shadow to an image or other object
Transparency and blending effects
Using Object Styles

7) Layers

Using Layers to organise images, graphics and text
Creating, deleting, and changing stacking order
Visibility and locking of layers
Moving selected objects between layers

8) Tables

Creating tables
Importing data
Formatting cells
Formatting text
Resizing cells, merging cells, adding or removing rows or columns

9) File Management

Checking font and picture usage
Preflight checks
Packaging (collecting together all files and fonts needed for printing)

10) Output

Exporting files to other formats
Creating PDF files


Create a document of your own design

Create a multi-page document of your own design or based on your own examples.



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