Adobe InDesign Hands-On

What You'll Learn

Learn the skills and knowledge to produce page layouts like a pro in this two-session Hands-On class!

If you are an editor or designer who spends a large amount of time creating documents - from simple one-page flyers to multi-page documents and books, interactive PDFs, and even iPad apps - Adobe InDesign is the professional software to know.

In this class, you'll work through a project from start to finish. You will be introduced to InDesign and you will gain the knowledge to begin working on your own projects effectively and efficiently. You'll practice with and learn how and why to use several time-saving features that will keep you on task while still maintaining a creative workflow. By the end of class, you'll have the basics down and the flexibility to make changes to your document fast!

Class focus will be on design for print as well as on-screen PDFs.

This class will cover:

  • Setting up InDesign (Preferences and Workspaces)
  • Creating a New Document
  • Introduction to InDesign Tools
  • Working with Layers and Guides
  • Working with Images: Placing Images, Clipping Paths, and Understanding the Links Panel
  • Working with Text: Formatting Text, Paragraph and Character Styles, Threading Text
  • Working with Color
  • Combining Text and Images: Text Wrap and Anchored Objects
  • Using Special Effects such as Drop Shadows
  • Saving Files for Earlier Versions of InDesign
  • Exporting PDFs for Print and Web/Screen Use

Computer Requirement

This is a hands-on class where you'll "learn by doing" - therefore you'll need a computer (Mac or PC). If you need any particular software installed, that will be detailed below. Not all programs require special software so if there isn't any detailed listed below you will only need a computer with an up-to-date web browser.

In addition, it's important that you have a mouse (or drawing tablet). Trackpads or Touchpads can be difficult to use for selecting multiple objects, drawing and editing in InDesign. We also recommend using a large-screen desktop computer, or two medium screens during the class. You'll need to have Zoom and InDesign open at the same time, and it's easier if you can fit on the large screen or two medium screens so you can see everything simultaneously.

Adobe Creative Cloud

This class will be presented from the latest version of the Adobe Creative Cloud. If you are using your own computer for the class, it is important that you have the latest version installed! Adobe offers a free 7-day trial of the Creative Cloud.

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 a hands-on experience to learn the basics of InDesign and who are ready to move up to a higher level of text editing. If you have no prior experience using Adobe InDesign, that’s ok!

We also have other introductory InDesign courses available in a 3-hour lecture format, Getting Started with Adobe InDesign, Part 1 and Adobe inDesign Next Steps, Part 2.

Presented By Karen Schuster

Karen Schuster
Karen A Schuster loves teaching. She believes sharing knowledge in a fun way is the best gift we can give each other. She enjoys helping people unlock their creative potential and try new things. Karen is a Professional Graphic Designer and an early adopter of Adobe InDesign. She has been sharing her passion for teaching InDesign for over ten years. Karen also teaches skiing to people with physical or mental challenges at Ignite Adaptive Sports.
BDA Members


BDA Members: $179.00

Non-Members: $199.00

Available Dates

November 2 - 4, 2021

Remote Class (Using Zoom)

Complete Schedule:
11/2/2021 | 1pm to 5pm
11/4/2021 | 1pm to 5pm

All times are shown in Mountain Time.

If you see a register button above there is currently still space available.

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I learned a lot and I can immediately use at work!Jeremiah
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Comments For: Adobe InDesign Hands-On

I loved this class! Karen was very accommodating and made sure the class was going at a good pace for our learning styles, and that we had practiced and understood a skill before moving on to the next. She was eager to answer any and all questions and provided helpful, clear answers. I feel like I learned a lot in a very short period of time, but wasn't overwhelmed by the amount of information. I'm excited to take what I learned and apply it to my work!Emily on 10/7/2019
Every thing was great. It was a small class and the instructor had a project to use to learn the skills. The students were at an equal skill level.Maureen on 6/18/2018
Every thing was great. It was a small class and here was a project to use to learn the skills.Maureen on 6/17/2018
The material presented by Betty Taylor was super approachable and she was able to teach and share her expertise without pretension. If people had questions or got lost, she never got flustered. Great class, great instructor.Laura on 2/23/2016
This class covered EXACTLY what I needed to tackle for upcoming work projects. Betty is clear and organized!Beverly on 12/13/2014
Betty had a great plan - with a fantastic handout / follow-along guide! The project we worked on was exactly what I hoped to learn.anonymous on 12/13/2014
I learned a lot and I can immediately use at work!Jeremiah on 12/13/2014
Yes, this class was perfect. Betty is great. This was exactly what I needed and it was very interesting.Ann on 5/31/2014


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