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Adobe InDesign CC : Introduction

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Two Day Course

Overview

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.

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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.

  • 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
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 more than 7 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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  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed19635
  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




"Satisfied generally. Liked trainer."



"Friendly and happy environment to learn in! Made the program seem less daunting and taught in a methodical way"



"Peter was extremely knowledgeable and excellent at explaining new concepts and how to implement these into a document. Really great tutor. Also, the food was fantastic. If I could score it above 10/10, I would!"



"General hospitality, the quality of teaching received, the helpfulness of the tutor, Peter Bone, himself, and the attention to detail that was so closely followed."



"Helpful teams, patient teacher, friendly environment! Great "



"Small group size. Nice and friendly environment. "



"Really useful I enjoyed the small class size and Matt was very helpful. Thanks very much!"



"Great time allocated to different aspects of Indesign. Also good to be able to get some quality tailored training on aspects such as creating tables and table of contents. Very enjoyable and understandable. Thank you!"



"Very comfortable, friendly environment."



"Really enjoyed the course, learned loads, good environment. "



"Very welcoming place and good concise course, got a lot of information into the short amount of time. Have learned a lot"



"Matt went into a lot of detail when explaining how to use Indesign. We covered many things during the two days. I learnt so many shortcuts which was very useful."



"Matt is friendly and efficient in giving examples and answering my questions. I have learned a lot of useful knowledge during the 2-day training course. I cannot wait to use what I learned at work and I hope one day I will be back for the intermediate training courses. "



"Answering questions, building knowledge and confidence."



"I think the pacing of the course and the exercises were excellent, and pitched at just the right level. "



"Clear guidance and explanation. Excellent pace of training. Relaxed atmosphere"



"Well paced course covering the basics - very useful. "



"Very friendly and helpful "



"Everything, as usual! Excellent experience once again, looking forward to my next course!"



"Enjoyable course, relevant material & nice lunch "



"Thorough, clear instruction. I feel like I understand everything we covered."



"Friendly and welcoming upon arrival. Great refreshments/food and great training"



"Well run and very well explained, good pace of learning and good opportunities to practice what was being taught. Ian build up a good rapport even over a short time."



"Particularly, Kate's knowledge of InDesign and staff friendliness"



"Very organised, and clear website to see what courses I could take next"



"Really lovely environment to work in, will definitely be back. "



"Very organised couple of days, the trainer was great and really got to understand what we would be using InDesign for at the beginning of day 1. This meant that Kate's examples were relevant and clear to use. "



"Structured and organised "



"Friendly and organised, good training structure "



"I really enjoyed the practical examples from the course, as well as all the materials. "



"Very friendly and helpful. Really good size classes so had plenty of time to ask questions. "



"Vicki was great and a very engaging training, she made the course interesting and it was fab to see all we had achieved over the two days. The facilities are great as was lunch and the other staff were extremely friendly. I would recommend this course to other people. "



"Course was fun engaging and friendly - learned so much in such a short period of time. TGrainer worked at a great pace for everyone in the room - very valuable"



"Vicki was super informative, easy to understand and patient - she was amazing and would love to attend another course by her. The food was delicious too!"



"The training course was easy to follow and covered everything we needed to get started on in design."