Learn how to create brochures, posters and flyers with InDesign's powerful layout tools!

Adobe InDesign: Introductory project techniques

Adobe InDesign provides precise control over typography and built-in creative tools for designing, pre-flighting, and publishing documents for print, online, or to mobile devices. Include interactivity, animation, video, and sound in page layouts to fully engage readers. InDesign's ability to dovetail with the rest of the creative suite product range offers users unrivalled editing and publishing power. InDesign is a feature rich application, possessing a streamlined interface, and logical methodologies. As well as all of the functionality required by established professionals

Who should attend

Anyone working in or aspiring to work the field of digital publishing. If you are responsible for creating and managing material such as business cards, letterheads, company brochures or books, the core skills covered in this course will provide an excellent foundation to build your skills and confidence from. No previous knowledge of Adobe InDesign is required.

What you'll learn

Navigate and adapt the user interface to suite your needs • Setup and organise documents • Import and format type and artwork • Use intuitive reviewing and proofing tools giving you extra confidence before outputting documents • Define master page styles, numbering and chapter techniques that significantly reduce time-scales • Work with tables, and formatting techniques for consistency • Add finesse to your documents with colour, transparency and effects • Best practice techniques for outputting to print, web and mobile devices.

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Managing the Workspace

This module looks at the characteristics of vector graphics and how they differ from digital photographs. Become familiar with the interface and how to modify its appearance to suite your workflow requirements.

  • Define and save workspaces
  • Preferences
  • Opening and saving files
  • Navigating documents
  • Colour Management

Creating and managing documents

Focusing on defining, creating and modifying document attributes this module looks at the initial stages of developing InDesign files As well as using preset file types for quick setup.

  • Creating a new document
  • Working with presets
  • Margins, columns, gutter, bleed, slug
  • Editing document layout
  • Working with layers
  • Work with document pages and master pages

Work with images and objects

Learn how to manage and define objects and their characteristics, be it text frames or graphic frames. Create libraries of content so that you can re-purpose them and save valuable time. Explore methods for placing raster and vector artwork. Specifying and applying colour strokes and fill swatches, applying multiple object attributes.

  • Selecting objects
  • The Bounding Box
  • Moving, aligning distributing
  • Locking hiding and deleting objects
  • Arranging and duplicating content
  • Placing single or multiple Images
  • The Links Panel
  • Selecting frames
  • Adjusting frame fitting options
  • Working with grouped content
  • Rotating and re-sizing content
  • Smart Guides
  • Object Styles
  • Colour types
  • Applying fill and stroke colour
  • The Stroke, Swatches, Colour and CC Library Panels
  • Saving colour swatches
  • Creating  and applying styles/effects
  • Saving and loading libraries

Working with text and typography

Whether you're creating, pasting, or importing text inside InDesign, how you achieve it and how it is handled will greatly affect its appearance. InDesign posses a myriad of typographic formatting and styling tools.

  • Creating text frames
  • Importing copy
  • Custom mapping styles on import
  • Editing text frames
  • Character and paragraph formatting
  • Create and apply paragraph and character styles
  • Creating styles and assets in the CC Libraries Panel
  • White space, dashes, glyphs and open type formatting
  • Thread Text
  • Change Text Threads
  • Text wrap

Preflight and output

Ensuring your document is setup for the intended output is just as important as managing its content. Learn how to prepare documents for Print and web publishing.

  • Save and export to PSD, TIFF, JPG
  • Export to screen and print PDF
  • Package your InDesign  projects


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