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Adobe InDesign CC : Introduction

  766 reviews

Two Day Course


InDesign is the go to software for anyone looking to create beautiful magazines, newsletters, reports and other publications.

This intro course is suitable for all and does not require any previous design experience. It is particularly popular with marketing and communications teams as well as freelancers and those working in the publishing industry.

This two day Adobe authorised introductory course is designed to give you a comprehensive knowledge of Adobe InDesign and the confidence to create beautiful and effective page layouts.

Day one of the course concentrates on building a document layout from scratch. Day two explores more advanced layout and typographical controls, clipping paths, working with layers and creating multipage documents. You need no previous experience to attend this course.

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  • Public Courses

    Small class sizes so you get the maximum amount of trainer time possible. You attend with delegates from other companies.

    A great, cost efficient way to learn, discounts are also available for group bookings.


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  • Private Courses

    One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

    We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

    From £499 + VAT

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Course Outline

  • Day one
    The InDesign interface
    • InDesign preferences
    • Creating a new document
    • Creating and using frames
    • Setting tool defaults
    • Using shortcuts

    Working with text
    • Placing text
    • Selecting and editing text
    • Handling missing fonts
    • The Font Favourites feature
    • Using the Content Indicator

    Formatting copy
    • Character-level formatting
    • Paragraph-level formatting
    • Using the Eyedropper tool

    Working with styles
    • Character and paragraph styles
    • Creating styles
    • Editing and applying styles
    • Creating and applying object styles
    • Loading attributes from other documents

    Working with graphics
    • Different file formats
    • Placing multiple graphics
    • Wrapping text around images
    • Understanding fitting options
    • Sizing images with Auto-fit
    • Smart guides and smart spacing
    • The Effects panel
    • Creating gradients
    • Setting up an Object library

    Layout controls
    • Understanding the notion of Gridify
    • Working with the Gap tool
    • Using the Align panel
    • Selecting, arranging and grouping objects

    Understanding colour
    • Spot and process colours
    • Using stroke and fill options
    • Creating tints
    • Sampling colours from images

    Laying out pages accurately
    • Using rulers, grids and guides
    • Working with layers

    Questions and answers
  • Day two
    Multi-page documents
    • Using the Pages panel
    • Targeting pages and spreads

    Editing copy
    • Using the Story Editor
    • Using Find/Change
    • Using the Spell Checker

    Working with transparency
    • Creating drop shadows
    • A look at Blending modes
    • The Flattener Preview panels

    Transforming objects
    • Scaling objects vs contents
    • Transforming objects
    • Grouping and ungrouping

    Finessing text content
    • Threading and unthreading frames
    • The Auto-Fit text function
    • Flowing text through frames
    • Text frame options
    • Multi-column text frames
    • Allowing text to flow across columns

    Working with Master Pages
    • Creating and editing Masters
    • Applying Master Pages
    • Auto-numbering pages
    • Adjusting margins and columns
    • Numbering and Section options

    Combining text and graphics
    • Image import options
    • Images with clipping paths
    • Creating a new clipping path
    • Removing image backgrounds
    • Tolerance and threshold options

    Exporting and printing
    • Exporting as a PDF
    • Using Live PreFlight
    • Anticipating potential problems
    • Packaging files for handoff

    Questions and answers
Experience + Flexibility

We know training inside out. We can advise you on all the options to make sure you get the best possible course.

Tell us you need to cancel 5 working days before your course and there’s no charge. Great for your peace of mind.

Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

Tell us which you use and it'll be booted up and waiting with the latest software when you arrive.

We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

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We know that choosing the best course can be difficult, maybe the thoughts of the 6238 other clients we've asked will give you the inspiration to join us too.

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  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed6238
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.8 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.6 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.7%

  Recent Feedback

"Explaining the different functions within InDesign and how it links to the additional Adobe pacakages"

"Everything. Friendly, welcoming, knowledgeable. "

"Lovely space, great tech and brilliant atmosphere"

"Getting through a lot of information in the 2 day course. Giving us very personalised information for our personal work. "

"Excellent course, thoroughly enjoyed it. Obe was great."

"Good pace, approachable trainer, good equipment and software, very relevant and great hints and tips"

"Everything, really valuable teaching and an awesome trainer who knew his stuff.... Thank you Emile (OB) Catering was really thoughtful and catered to everyone's needs."

"Great setting, tech, teacher, class size, speed/pace of lesson. Good to have regular breaks with really lovely refreshments as there's a lot to take in. It would be good if we soon receive a follow up email with links to the 'how to' guides and any top tips etc. Massive thank you. Excellent class which I'd very highly recommend. "

"Excellent catering facilities. Very clear and knowledgeable teachers. Smoothly run course and facility overall. "

"The overall hospitality was great and pre-course was great i.e. directions etc were very clear. I also really liked the learning as Doug was teaching and working along with him - kept us busy and engaged. I liked how up to date examples were - would definitely train here again when I am looking for another course. Thinking about doing we my next level in-design."

"The overall content and teaching was good "

"The whole package was great: nice environment, strong training, excellent lunch!"

"making everyone feel included, valued, tailoring teaching to your needs etc."

"Great pace, very helpful, lots of time for questions and friendly trainer! Great lunch too!"

"Being friendly and welcoming! Teaching so much in such a short amount o time without rushing!"

"The course overall was relaxed with loads of help provided, I now am easily able to go back to work with a strong knowledge in InDesign - considering I knew absolutely nothing when I came in, that's really impressive for me! Really happy with the course as a whole. And the lunch is great. "

"A lot of effort has been put into creating an environment that is friendly, comfortable and fun. Hazel was fantastic at judging the pace of the class and what we could handle. Her explanations were good without being too detailed or technical and her patience was just fab. I've learnt a lot and am looking forward to putting it all into practice. Thanks guys! "

"Good advice, liked the small class size and was able to get help when needed. Friendly staff and nice environment."

"Great pace, I feel I've learnt so much in 2 days, excellent trainer, would definitely recommend to a friend!"

"The nicest lunch i've had for a training session! - very impressed by the variety of fresh salads and fruit. Trainer was highly experienced, approachable and flexible to tailor the session to the group. "

"Good level of interaction and making sure we understand during and after each topic"

"The venue and food was really good value and the trainer was very knowledgable. The trainer showed patience when students were asking questions. "

"super friendly, clear explanations, patient, good environment"

"great to have small groups and the screens on the wall to easily follow what the trainer was showing us"

"Really good 2 day training session. Felt slightly rushed the afternoon of the 2nd day, but probably because we did have a lot to get through. Would definitely recommend."

"Relaxed and personable environment. Small class groups are very effective. Staff very friendly and helpful. "

"Generally, the course overall was very enjoyable and provided a good basis going forward. Ian was very knowledgeable and offered a wealth of experience. I would highly recommend this course, it has given me a lot more confidence to use Indesign going forward."

"Great work from Matt, o helpful course and fun to put it all into practice. Thank you so much!"

"Great environment and great course content"

"Great standard of teaching and atmosphere"

"Good to look at the screen to follow the example while working on a task. Good amount of practice and general overview of basic functions to get started and further explore."

"The pace of the course was good and I found it was a useful refresher course for me as I did an InDesign course four years ago and had forgotten many of the tools. "

"compacting a good crash course on essential skills for InDesign!"

"Really friendly environment. The food was delicious. The class was small which meant there was lots of 1-2-1 attention. The class was slow enough to absorb all the content, whilst also it did not drag and I feel like I've come away with some great skills that I could use immediately. Rebecca was very patient with us!"

"Super friendly, great space, good equipment, very nice staff."