Adobe InDesign for Beginners


You will learn the basics of page layout with Adobe InDesign and countless tips and techniques to help them become more productive with the program. You will explore typography and color, and learn more about creating tables and using styles.

You will create layouts for magazines, newsletters, and brochures. Learn how to make Adobe PDF files and rich interactive documents. You will also learn how to prepare files for high-resolution printing and the Web.

Technical Requirements:

  1. Flash enabled Web-browser (e.g. IE 8, IE 7, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Chrome)
  2. Valid copy of software (licensed copy or demo version)
  3. Minimum screen resolution : 1024 x 768
  4. Dual monitors (optional)

Performance-Based Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • explore the various elements of the Adobe InDesign interface.
  • design documents.
  • enhance documents.
  • work with page elements.
  • manage objects.
  • work with tables.
  • finalize documents.

Course Content

Lesson 1: Exploring the InDesign Environment
Topic 1A: Explore the InDesign Interface
Topic 1B: Customize the Interface
Topic 1C: Explore the Navigation Controls
Topic 1D: Set General and Interface Preferences

Lesson 2: Designing Documents
Topic 2A: Create a Document
Topic 2B: Add Text
Topic 2C: Add Graphic
Topic 2D: Convert Other Application Files to InDesign

Lesson 3: Enhancing Documents
Topic 3A: Format Characters and Paragraphs
Topic 3B: Apply Color, Swatches, and Gradients
Topic 3C: Apply Fills and Strokes
Topic 3D: Create and Apply Styles

Lesson 4: Working with Page Elements
Topic 4A: Arrange Objects
Topic 4B: Align Objects
Topic 4C: Manage Page Elements with Layers
Topic 4D: Set Up Pages

Lesson 5: Managing Objects
Topic 5A: Transform Objects
Topic 5B: Edit Objects
Topic 5C: Thread Text Frames
Topic 5D: Search and Replace Objects
Topic 5E: Edit Text

Lesson 6: Working with Tables
Topic 6A: Create a Table
Topic 6B: Modify a Table Structure
Topic 6C: Format a Table
Topic 6D: Create Table and Cell Styles

Lesson 7: Finalizing Documents
Topic 7A: Check Documents for Errors
Topic 7B: Print a Document
Topic 7C: Package Files
Topic 7D: Export PDF Files for Commercial Printing
Topic 7E: Prepare PDF Files for Web Distribution

Lesson 8: Handling Page Elements
Topic 1A: Create Duplicate Items
Topic 1B: Handle Text Layout
Topic 1C: Create Transparency
Topic 1D: Create Anchored Objects
Topic 1E: Manage a Library

Lesson 9: Managing Styles
Topic 2A: Import Styles from Microsoft® Word Documents
Topic 2B: Create Nested Styles
Topic 2C: Create Related Styles
Topic 2D: Apply Styles in a Sequence
Topic 2E: Manage Style Overrides
Topic 2F: Redefine Styles
Topic 2G: Break the Link Between Styles

Lesson 10: Managing Long Documents
Topic 6A: Insert Footnotes
Topic 6B: Insert Text Variables
Topic 6C: Create Text Conditions
Topic 6D: Create Document Sections
Topic 6E: Create a Book
Topic 6F: Create the Table of Contents
Topic 6G: Create Hyperlinks
Topic 6H: Create Cross-References
Topic 6I: Generate an Index

Lesson 11: Exporting InDesign Files in Other Formats
Topic 7A: Export PDF Files
Topic 7B: Export Files for the Web
Topic 7C: Export Files for Animation

Lesson 12: Adjusting Print Settings
Topic 8A: Manage Colors
Topic 8B: Preview the Print Output
Topic 8C: Create Print Presets


Special Note:

This is an EVENING class that runs over 4 nights from 6p to 9p EST. Please plan accordingly.

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Name Price
Registration $695