Adobe InDesign Hands-On

What You'll Learn

Learn the skills and knowledge to produce page layouts like a pro!

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


BDA provides Mac workstations for in-class use and are available on a limited basis. Students are also welcome to use their own computer with the latest version of the Creative Cloud installed. Adobe offers a free 7-day trial of the Creative Cloud. (When registering, please make a note whether you will need a BDA Mac or if you will bring your own laptop.)

Students may use these Mac workstations outside of class time, if scheduled in advance with BDA staff. Workstations and BDA equipment cannot leave BDA facilities and are available on a limited basis.

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 Betty Taylor

Betty Taylor

Betty Taylor, detail-obsessed graphic designer, has been putting together pictures and words to communicate messages for close to 20 years. She works with clients on everything from food packaging to long document layout. Betty has been an enthusiastic fan of Adobe InDesign since it was first introduced, and offers training for both beginners and experts.

BDA Members


BDA Members: $249.00

Non-Members: $279.00

Available Dates

January 24, 2019 / 9am - 5pm

In Boulder Location


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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

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