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Adobe InDesign CC : Introduction

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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.

The course concentrates on building a document layout from scratch and explores layout and typographical controls, working with layers and creating multipage documents.

What are the five things you will get out of this course?
• Create a variety of visually appealing InDesign documents from scratch
• Effectively, efficiently and consistency format text in documents
• Ensure graphical images are of a high quality, suitable for print or screen
• Confidently hand-off projects to colleagues or external printers
• Produce PDF documents suitable for print, web and in-house printing

You need no previous experience to attend this course.

Public Course Dates & Pricing

  • 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 per day

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Course Outline

  • Introducing the InDesign interface
    • Changing the look and feel of InDesign — workspaces and interface options
    • Introducing InDesign preferences
    • Understanding application and document-wide preferences
    • Using essential shortcuts

    Creating a new document
    • Navigating the New Document dialogue box
    • Choosing a document destination—Print, Web or Mobile
    • Saving and accessing presets
    • Using Adobe-provided templates
    • Creating and using frames
    • Placing text
    • Selecting and editing text
    • Placing graphics and images
    • Using the Content Indicator
    • Saving an InDesign document

    Managing Fonts
    • Handling missing fonts
    • Using the Font Favourites feature
    • Filtering Fonts by Class
    • Choosing Similar Fonts

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

    Working with styles
    • Introducing Object styles
    • Introducing Character and Paragraph styles
    • Creating and applying styles
    • Editing styles
    • Loading attributes from other documents
    • Highlighting and removing style overrides

    Working with graphics
    • An overview of different file formats
    • Introduction to image resolution
    • Placing multiple graphics and images
    • Understanding the Links panel
    • Using the Info panel
    • Linking versus embedding assets
    • Handling missing and modified assets
    • An introduction to the Auto-fit functions

    Understanding colour
    • Using stroke and fill options
    • Creating colour swatches
    • Creating and applying tints
    • Sampling colours from images

    Questions and answers
  • Managing your Assets
    • Creating an Object Library
    • Introduction to CC Libraries

    Using Layout controls
    • Using rulers, grids and guides
    • Smart guides and smart spacing
    • Using layers effectively
    • Understanding the notion of Gridify
    • Introducing the Align Panel
    • Selecting, arranging and grouping objects

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

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

    Working with transparency
    • Introducing the Effects panel
    • Applying transparency

    Transforming objects
    • Scaling objects vs contents
    • Transforming objects

    Fine-Tuning your text
    • Threading and unthreading Text frames
    • Multi-column Text frames
    • Insetting copy within a Text frame
    • Controlling the vertical position of the copy within a Text frame
    • Wrapping text around images

    Exporting Your Document
    • Exporting as a PDF
    • Using pre-defined PDF presets
    • Using Live PreFlight
    • Packaging files for hand-off

    Questions and answers
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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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Attendees surveyed18147
  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%

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