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
This is a hands-on class where you'll "learn by doing". Therefore you'll need a computer. 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 a up-to-date web browser. We always recommend that if you have one, that you bring your own computer if at all possible. However, if you need one, we have several Apple iMac workstations with all the necessary software that are available by reservation for only $20 per day. You can reserve a computer rental using this form but you must complete your registration first. In most cases, the class will be taught with the Macintosh version of the software but generally the only difference between the Mac and Windows version is the keyboard shortcuts, using the Command key on Mac and the Control key on Windows.
If you would like to take your class work and sample projects home, please be sure to bring a Mac compatible portable drive with 4GB of free space.
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.