Our Authorised Adobe InDesign training courses are led by ex-industry professionals with many years of hands-on user experience and so our Illustrator course trainers bring the training to life with real-life scenarios and examples, as well as including useful tips and tricks to speed up day-to-day tasks.

Currently Adobe’s flagship page layout programme, InDesign incorporates a wide range of tools and type controls not to be found anywhere else. It can be used to create any kind of page-related publication whether it is destined for simple in-house duplication or complex, high-fidelity offset printing. It also contains a range of sophisticated drawing tools normally only found in illustration packages.

InDesign combines powerful type, graphics and printing controls with an ability to work seamlessly with Illustrator and Photoshop. As well as offering controls common to other page layout programmes it contains many advanced features which will not be found elsewhere. Students attending should already be familiar with the Windows operating system.

Once you have attended this course and had a chance to use it a while, you will be ready to attend our Advanced InDesign training.

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This 2 day introductory Adobe InDesign training course is designed to allow those new to InDesign to become confident users of the software and get the most from it. The course is instructor-led with the emphasis on practical exercises.

Our courses run from 9.30 am to approximately 4.30pm. While you are with us we are focused on offering you a relaxed and productive learning environment. When you book a course with us you get the following:
  • Soft copy of the offical Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a book.
  • The exercises that you have worked on during your course to allow you to practice afterwards.
  • USB stick to take the exercises away.
  • Freshly prepared lunch.
  • Refreshments though out the day.
  • Training in fully air conditioned facilities from an experienced InDesign trainer.

This course does not have any prerequisites however it assumes that you have a basic understanding of Windows, including an ability to work with multiple windows and navigate the desktop, as well as having an understanding of computer file storage (i.e. drives, files and folders).

We start this course with a general introduction to graphic design. This ensures that everyone understands the terminology and basics of graphic design before we move onto looking at how we use InDesign.

The key topics trained are:

  • The Purpose And Process Of Graphic Design
  • Understanding Page Layout
  • Understanding Grids
  • Understanding Typography
  • Understanding Typefaces
  • Understanding Paper
  • Putting It All Together

This session covers the basics of InDesign. So how do you start InDesign and open a new or existing document. We then look at how the screen is laid out to help you understand how to find the tools that you will be working with. Then we look at palettes, and all the ways that you can work with and customise them before. Closing by looking at how to zoom in onto and save documents. The last section introduces some of the best keyboard shortcuts in InDesign.

The key topics trained are:

  • Starting Adobe InDesign
  • Opening An Existing Document
  • The Document Window
  • Understanding The Document Window
  • Understanding Palettes
  • Displaying And Hiding Palettes
  • Floating And Docking Palettes
  • Saving The Workspace
  • Navigating A Document
  • Zooming A Document
  • Using Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Using Shortcut Menus
  • Saving And Closing An Existing Document

The tools palette are mainly for selecting, editing and creating elements on your page. We look at how to select the tool that you would like before we look at how frames and shapes work and also how they can be created. The pen-ultimate topic is selecting objects before we move to showing you how the line tool works.

The key topics trained include:

  • Understanding The Tools Palette
  • Selecting Tools
  • Understanding Frames And Shapes
  • Selecting Objects
  • Creating Frames And Shapes
  • Selecting Text
  • Understanding The Line Tools
  • Using The Line Tools

Now that we understand the basics of creating documents and how to structure both your pages and your view in InDesign to let you work most efficiently.  We start with how to create and save a document. Then how to create master pages and how to work with them before we look at auto-numbering, document characteristics and rulers. We finish with looking at column guides so that you have a good understanding of setting up your page.

The key topics trained are:

  • The Project
  • Understanding Documents
  • Creating A Blank Document
  • Saving A New Document
  • Understanding Master Pages
  • Creating Ruler Guides
  • Setting Document Bleed And Slug
  • Changing Screen Views
  • Creating Master Pages
  • Inserting Auto Page Numbering
  • Applying A Master To Pages
  • Adjusting Column Guides

We are now ready to start introducing text into our document. Understanding how to work with text frames is a key skill that you will use a lot working with InDesign. This session focuses on them to ensure that you understand exactly how to make them do what you would like them to! It also covers importing text from Microsoft Word which can be a great time saver if a lot of your existing materials are in Word at the moment.

The key skills trained are:

  • Creating Text Frames
  • Assignment Creating Text Frames
  • Threading Text Frames
  • Assignment Threading Text Frames
  • Typing Text In Text Frames
  • Importing Text From A Word Document
  • Assignment Importing Word Documents
  • Editing Text In Place
  • Editing Text Using The Story Editor
  • Using Glyphs

Formatting your text to ensure that it is easily readable and stands out can give you document far more impact. This session focuses on this area of document design. We cover the whole topic so typefaces, font size, alignment and indentation, kerning, tabs and lists.

The key topics trained are:

  • Applying A Typeface And Type Style
  • Changing Font Size And Leading
  • Changing The Vertical Text Alignment
  • Changing The Horizontal Text
  • Alignment
  • Applying An Indent
  • Applying A First Line Indent
  • Adjusting Kerning
  • Adjusting Tracking
  • Setting Tabs
  • Setting Drop Caps
  • Applying Subscript Or Superscript To Text
  •  Creating a Bulleted List

The next step in creating an impactful document is introducing graphics. Bright, clear graphics make documents far more appealling and allow you to communicate your message much more quickly.

Introducing graphics into your document is made simple by InDesign’s tools. This session leads you through all areas of this skill. It includes wrapping text around graphics and creating captions, once we have shown you how to insert your graphic into your document.

The key skills trained include:

  • Understanding File Formats
  • Placing Graphics
  • Assignment Placing Graphics
  • Fitting Graphics
  • Positioning Graphics Within A Frame
  • Using Adobe Bridge To Place Graphics
  • Using The Links Palette
  • Placing InLine Graphics
  • Embedding Graphics
  • Creating A Clipping Path
  • Applying Text Wrap
  • Adjusting Text Wraps
  • Creating a Caption
  • Changing Display Performance

All InDesign documents are composed of one of more transparent named layers. These layers are used to contain and edit different types of content. So for example all of your text could be held in one layer while your images are held in another layer. Understanding how to make the most of layers will make your InDesign work much faster.

The key topics trained include:

  • Understanding Layers
  • Understanding The Layers Palette
  • Creating a Layer
  • Assigning Objects To Layers
  • Naming And Colouring Layers
  • Hiding And Viewing Layers
  • Reordering Layers
  • Understanding Colour Terminology
  • Creating And Adding Process Colours
  • Creating Spot Colours
  • Applying Fill Colour
  • Applying Stroke Colour
  • Creating A Tint
  • Creating A Gradient
  • Removing Colour

Objects in Indesign are any ite that you can create in your document or add to your document. The include images, paths, shapes and artwork. Understanding how to control, manipulate and arrange your objects quickly and accurately will make speed up your work a lot. This session is focused on objects and covers multiple parts of the basics of working with them.

The key topics trained are:

  • Understanding Objects
  • Creating Objects
  • Modifying Objects
  • Assignment Creating And Modifying Objects
  • Creating Objects Using Pathfinder
  • Duplicating Objects
  • Arranging Objects
  • Grouping Objects
  • Aligning & Distributing Objects
  • Creating An Outline
  • Placing Graphics In An Outline

The previous session was an introduction to working with objects in InDesign. This session takes that knowledge a step further and shows you how to apply formats and effects to your objects for maximum impact.

The key topics trained are:

  • Applying Corner Effects To An Object
  • Applying A Drop Shadow To An Object
  • Applying Transparency To An Object
  • Applying Feathering To An Object
  • Using The Eyedropper Tool
  • Creating A Snippet
  • Inserting A Snippet
  • Assignment Inserting Snippets

Styles are a collection of formatting attributes that can easily be applied in a single step. Character styles apply to text, paragraph styles to paragraphs and object styles to objects. They let you edit the style of your chosen object very quickly and simply.

The key topics trained in this section are:

  • Understanding Styles
  • Creating Character Styles
  • Applying Character Styles
  • Creating Paragraph Styles
  • Creating A Style From Existing Formatting
  • Applying Paragraph Styles
  • Editing Styles
  • Creating Object Styles
  • Applying Object Styles

Tables are a very quick and simple way to display information. InDesign lets you create, edit and populate tables very quickly and simply. It also allows you to import tables from Micrsoft Excel very easily as that is usually where the data you will be working with is stored. This session covers all aspects of tables from creating one to editing and formatting one.

The key topics trained include:

  • Understanding Tables
  • Creating A Table
  • Selecting Tables And Table Cells
  • Entering Text In Table Cells
  • Deleting A Table And Table Contents
  • Importing A Microsoft Excel Table
  • Adjusting A Table
  • Formatting Text In A Table
  • Aligning Text In Table Cells
  • Applying Colour To Tables

Once you have created your document in InDesign you will want to print it out. Printing your professionally prepared document requires a little more thought than pressing print if you want to get the best output. This session covers the basics of getting the best from your document.

The topics trained include:

  • Running A Preflight Check
  • Printing A Document
  • Defining A Print Preset
  • Understanding Ink Handling Terms
  • Adjusting OverPrint And Trap Settings
  • Creating A Postscript File
  • Exporting A PDF
  • Soft Proofing
  • Packaging A Document
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