Introduction to Adobe InDesign

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Introduction to Adobe InDesign


This professional publishing software combines immensely powerful typographic and page layout controls with a wide range of creative options. Our two day Adobe authorised introductory course is designed to enable you to make the most of the power of InDesign and will highlight how to use InDesign to improve productivity without sacrificing quality.

Day one of the course concentrates on building an InDesign document from scratch using the

versatile layout and text handling features. Day two will explore more advanced layout and typographical controls, clipping paths, working with layers and colour management and output issues.

This is an introductory course for new users of InDesign. If you are an experienced QuarkXPress user migrating to Adobe InDesign, there is a two-day InDesign migration course designed specifically for your requirements (see pages 32 and 33).


No previous InDesign or publishing experience is required. You should be familiar with the Macintosh or Windows operating system.
Duration Two days.
Cost Group course: £405 plus VAT per person. The maximum class size is five.

Individual tuition: £730 plus VAT for the two day course.

The cost includes course notes, six months telephone Helpline support, a certificate and lunch.

Follow on courses Advanced InDesign, Scanning and Digital Images, Design or Print Masterclass,

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator, Introduction to Adobe Photoshop.

Course content

Day one

The InDesign interface

• Working with the palettes, tools and menus

• Using the Control palette

• Using the Navigator palette

• Zooming and scrolling

• Using Context menus

InDesign basics

• Creating a new document

• Creating text and graphics frames

Selecting frames and contents

Working with text

• Fitting the frame to text

• Flowing text manually, semi-manually or automatically

• Selecting and editing text

• Using the Story Editor

• Using the Spell Checker

Formatting characters

• Using the Character palette

• Using ligatures

Using optical kerning

• Converting text to outlines
Formatting paragraphs

• Using the Paragraph palette

• Using the paragraph and

single-line composers

• Setting tabs

• Using hyphenation and justification

• Using the Eyedropper tool
Importing graphics

Different file formats

• Linking and embedding graphics

• Using the Links palette

Combining text and graphics

• Wrapping text around graphics

• Importing images with

clipping paths

• Removing backgrounds from imported graphics
Working with styles

• Character and paragraph styles

• Creating, editing and applying styles

• Introducing nested styles

Understanding colour

• Spot and process colours

• Using the Colour and Swatches palettes

• Creating tints

Questions and answers

Day two

Laying out pages accurately

• Using rulers, grids and guides

• Using the Info palette

Snapping objects to guides

and grids

• Working with layers

• Adding objects to layers

• Changing the order of layers

• Locking and unlocking layers

• Merging layers to flatten a document

Working with multi-page documents

• Using the Pages palette

• Starting with a two-page spread

• Numbering pages

Working with master pages

• Guidelines for working with masters

• About masters, stacking order and layers

• Basing one master on another

• Editing masters

• Overriding and detaching master objects

Introducing transparency

• Creating drop shadows

• Feathering edges

Specifying transparency

Adobe Acrobat (pdf) files

• Exporting as a pdf

• Using pdf export presets
Transforming objects

• Aligning and distributing objects

• Using the Free Transform tool

• Using the Transform palette

• Grouping and ungrouping objects
Getting ready to print

• Performing a pre-flight check

• Viewing and solving font problems

• Viewing and solving links and image problems

• Setting up a printer

Questions and answers

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