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InDesign Fundamentals

InDesign Fundamentals is a two-day course that will introduce you to the robust and easy-to-use design and layout features of this program. You'll leave this course knowing how to use InDesign to create documents of many types, from single page flyers, to infographics and multi-page publications. You'll be able to set styles for consistently branded material, and prepare documents to be handed off to a web team or commercial printers. If you're ready to streamlining your publication development process, then InDesign Fundamentals is where to start.

Upcoming Classes

Saint Paul, MN

  • Mar 28 - Mar 298:30am - 4:30pm$995Register
  • Apr 22 - Apr 238:30am - 4:30pm$995Register
  • May 23 - May 248:30am - 4:30pm$995Register
  • Jun 17 - Jun 188:30am - 4:30pm$995Register

Course Outline

InDesign Workspace

  • Looking at the workspace
  • Working with panels
  • Customizing the workspace
  • Changing the magnification of a document
  • Navigating through a document
  • Using context menus

Setting up a document and working with pages

  • Creating and saving custom document settings
  • Switching between open InDesign documents
  • Working with master pages
  • Applying master pages to document pages
  • Adding new document pages
  • Arranging and deleting pages
  • Placing text and graphics on the document pages
  • Overriding master page items on document pages
  • Changing the size of pages

Working with objects

  • Working with layers
  • Creating and editing text frames
  • Creating and editing graphics frames
  • Adding metadata captions to graphics frames
  • Placing and linking graphics frames
  • Changing the shape of a frame
  • Wrapping text around a graphic
  • Modifying the shape of frames
  • Transforming and aligning objects
  • Selecting and modifying grouped objects

Flowing text

  • Flowing text into an existing frame
  • Flowing text manually
  • Creating text frames while fl owing text
  • Flowing text automatically
  • Creating threaded frames automatically
  • Resizing text frames automatically
  • Adding a jump line page number

Editing text

  • Finding and changing a missing font
  • Entering and importing text
  • Finding and changing text and formatting
  • Checking spelling
  • Editing text by dragging and dropping
  • Using the Story Editor
  • Tracking changes

Working with typography

  • Adjusting vertical spacing
  • Changing fonts and type style
  • Fine-tuning Columns
  • Changing paragraph alignment
  • Creating a drop cap
  • Adjusting letter and work spacing
  • Setting tabs
  • Adding a rule above a paragraph

Working with Color

  • Managing color
  • Synchronizing color settings in Adobe Bridge
  • Specifying color settings in InDesign
  • Displaying images at full resolution
  • Proofing colors onscreen
  • Defining printing requirements
  • Creating and applying colors
  • Working with gradients
  • Creating a tint
  • Creating a spot color
  • Applying colors to text and objects

Working with Styles

  • Creating and applying paragraph, character, nested and object styles
  • Table and cell styles
  • Updating styles
  • Loading styles from another document