Getting Started with Adobe InDesign

What You'll Learn

Design brochures, newsletters, catalogs, books, and other multi-page documents with this industry standard page layout program.

Adobe InDesign offers much better text formatting and image alignment than your average word processing program, and it integrates beautifully with Photoshop, Illustrator, and other Adobe applications.

This workshop starts with creating a file and getting to know the InDesign workspace, followed by working with text and graphics.

This workshop will cover:

  • Creating and saving files
  • Creating and modifying text
  • Creating and manipulating graphic objects
  • Placing graphics from other sources
  • Using color and swatches
  • Working with smart guides
  • Simple paths

Once you've taken this workshop, you can continue learning with Getting Started with Adobe InDesign, Part 2, which builds on the basics introduced in this offering.

Presented in Adobe Creative Cloud, but most of what is taught will apply to earlier versions of the program.

Who Should Take This

Anyone who wants to create brochures, catalogs, books, and other print media. It's perfect for designers transitioning from PageMaker, Quark, or an entry-level word processing software.

Presented By Edward Popovitz

Edward Popovitz

Edward Popovitz has been a designer and educator for 15 years. He has worked on such diverse projects as editorial spreads for Dallas Magazine to creating 200-page self-study for an accreditation committee. He has served on a board of AIGA Colorado for the last five years and have art directed the production of the student magazine Point. He teaches at the Art Institute of Colorado in the Graphic Design Department. In 1999 he jumped on the InDesign bandwagon and never looked back. Whether producing single page pamphlets or 200 page catalogs InDesign is his program of choice for type and page layout.

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Ed was so informative and entertaining! Terrific teacher!Heather
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Comments For: Getting Started with Adobe InDesign

Edward Popovitz is an amazing and engaging instructor. It was a very informative intro class that makes me excited for the second part! Stephanie on 3/4/2015
Ed was so informative and entertaining! Terrific teacher!Heather on 12/10/2014
Very informative and fun class, especially for only 3 hours!Suzanne on 12/10/2014
A wonderful resource for our tech savvy community. I took the InDesign Workshop and though some of it was a bit more advanced for my level, I look forward to applying the new skills I learned from the team at BDA!Denelle on 9/22/2014
The instructor was - thorough, funny and i'd love to learn more from Edward.Christine on 9/19/2014
Awesome instructor! Was able to keep my attention the entire time.Carol on 6/13/2014
This class was a nice overview and introduction that made InDesign much less intimidating.William on 6/13/2014
Great intro. Moved fast enough to get lots of info without long time on unimportant info.Megan on 10/4/2013
Such a great ID introduction. Erica is a great teacher!Katy on 10/4/2013
Experienced Adobe use, beginner at InDesign - Great intro.Kira on 10/4/2013
She is very knowledgeable.robin on 10/4/2013
This was exactly what I was looking for! Great introduction to InDesign.McKenzie on 5/16/2013
An incredible jump start.Victoria on 5/16/2013
Lot of info in 3 hours!Blaine on 5/16/2013
I learned more in this evening than I have in other classes that I've paid much more for. :)Dawn on 5/16/2013
Clear and concise information.Sharon on 3/1/2013
Erica Gamet knew her stuff and provided clear, articulate instructions.Nick on 3/1/2013
Very informative. Great instructor, light and professional.Ingrid on 2/28/2013
[This workshop] helped me understand a complicated program. It was great!Vanessa on 5/22/2012
Rapid paced yet clearly presented in a logical order.jamie on 2/16/2012
Very helpful, easy to follow, great notes to take with me.Claire on 2/16/2012
Erica is great. Moves quickly - keeps it interesting.Donna on 9/1/2011
Erica is very knowledgeable and quite capable of explaining things clearly and intelligently. Her grasp of the application and of the field of publishing is thorough and her teaching style is organized yet light and humorous. I wouldn’t hesitate to take another course with Erica. I enjoyed her very much and I walked away feeling confident that I could master InDesign.Nicole on 6/23/2009
Good, quick overview of InDesign as preparation for more in-depth class.Michelle on 6/22/2009
Great comprehensive class! A lot of useful tools and tips that are good for InDesign and other Adobe products.Gabriel on 4/23/2009
Great class. I enjoyed it very much and the instructor as well. I look forward to taking the second class in May!Kellie on 4/4/2008
Erica is a very good presenter adept with the tool, concise speaker, focused, and funny. Thanks for the snacks and drinks. Thanks for providing the materials and resources for us media folks, BDA.Jeff on 7/17/2007
Learned a lot in a short time. It was a bargain.Heidi on 2/7/2007
I needed to make the switch from Quark to InDesign - this helps.Heidi on 2/7/2007
I thought the instructor came across as knowledgeable,helpful and personable. Sign me up for part two! Thank you, CandaceCandace on 2/6/2007
Great overview of InDesign - lots of information presented in a very well organized way. Expert tips offered in the course, and in Q&A after the course. Erica really knows InDesign through and through, and moves through the material methodically and authoritatively. Highly recommended!Steve on 2/6/2007

Chapters for Getting Started with Adobe InDesign

Chapter Name Start Time (HH:MM:SS)
Introduction 00:00:00
Creating a New Document 00:01:45
Bleeds 00:09:35
Rules of Page Layout 00:12:47
Switching Between "Workspaces" 00:16:49
Measurements, Units and Rulers 00:20:26
Overview of Tools 00:21:59
Character and Paragraph Tools 00:36:06
Ligatures 00:52:48
More Options when Placing Images 00:59:15
Anchoring Objects for Delivery in Digital Formats (ePub, etc.) 01:02:07
Text Trap 01:05:28
Optical Margin Alignment 01:11:23
Find/Change Feature 01:14:52
Working with Graphics/Photos 01:23:33
Non-Proportional Scaling and Warnings 01:28:53
Working with Color 01:34:32
Guides and Grids 01:43:56
Layers 01:51:00
Drawing in InDesign 01:54:12
Tips on Organizing Your Projects 02:09:51
Sending Files to a Printer (Packaged or PDF) 02:15:30


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