Who should attend?
This one-day foundation level Adobe InDesign training course is designed for new users who wish to learn Adobe InDesign and who have little or no previous experience of InDesign or desktop publishing.
The online version of the course is split over two half-day sessions to make it easier for those working from home to fit the course around other commitments. The classroom-based and online versions are scheduled in alternate months.
The course aims to provide an understanding of the core functionality of InDesign, which you will use as a foundation to create basic print publications, such as brochures, newsletters, business cards and advertisements; and on which to build additional skills, such as creating e-Books that can be viewed on the Kindle or other ePub reader devices; longer print layouts such as multi-chapter books or manuals, or interactive digital publications that include video, sound and slide-shows.
During the course your instructor will teach you the process of setting up a new InDesign document and show you how to add and format text, graphics and other design elements. You'll be assigned a series of carefully constructed tasks at each stage as the course progresses to help you consolidate your learning. You'll also receive an electronic copy of comprehensive course reference notes to use when the course is over, and you'll receive unlimited free email support (fair usage policy applies) following the course on topics included in the course content.
Contact us to run this course or a customised version of it on your own premises for just £415+vat per day for up to two people. Add just £75+vat each for additional person. This price is inclusive of course reference notes for each delegate and email support but exclusive of the trainer's travel and overnight accommodation costs where required.
I found Chris when I was looking for some training in publishing software. As I was almost an absolute beginner, I was concerned that I would take ages to train, that I would not understand anything, and that I was going to find that doing my own print design was a mistake. During and after my training sessions with Chris I not only learned how to use the software, but gained a bit of confidence due to his sensible advice and insights on publishing. The training went beyond value-for-money and I'd happily hire Chris again or recommend him.
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What you can expect to learn on this short Adobe InDesign Foundation Level training course:
An Overview of Desktop Publishing
- The Traditional Publishing Process and how it’s related to:
- The Electronic Publishing Process using Adobe InDesign CS or CC
Understanding the User Interface
- The Adobe InDesign Views – Story Editor & Layout
- The Adobe InDesign Toolbox
- The Control Palette
- Docking, Undocking and Floating Palettes
- Setting Adobe InDesign Document and Application Preferences
- The Adobe InDesign Selection Tools
- Keyboard shortcuts
Creating, Opening and Saving Documents
- Creating a New InDesign Document
- Adobe InDesign Document Setup
- Opening Existing Adobe InDesign Documents
- Setting up the Master Pages
- Adding Automatic Page Numbering
- Adding Running Headers and Footers
- Saving your InDesign Work
Working with Graphics
- Importing (Placing) Pictures and other Graphic Elements in InDesign Layouts
- Understanding the Difference between Bitmap and Vector Graphics
- Maintaining Image Quality – Avoiding the “Jaggies”
- Using Rectangular, Elliptical and Polygonal Frames as Containers for Graphics in InDesign
- Fitting pictures to Frames
- Cropping, Sizing & Scaling Images
- Wrapping Text Around Frames & Graphics
- Moving & Transforming Frames & Graphics
- Applying Fills & Strokes (Borders and Shading)
- Drawing Lines & Boxes
Formatting & Editing Text
- Adding Type to a Page with the InDesign Type Tool
- Importing (Placing) Text
- Formatting Text
- Working with the InDesign Story Editor
- Spell Checking, Search & Replace
- Linking and Unlinking Text Frames
- Drop Caps and Bullets
- Working with Colour and other Fill Swatches
- Applying, Editing and Creating Colour Fills & Strokes
- Understanding and Using Pantone and Other Spot Colour Matching Standards
- Converting Spot Colours to Process CMYK Colours
Printing & Typesetting Terminology Explained
- Choosing and Using Typefaces Effectively
- Understanding Leading, Kerning, Tracking etc.
- Typesetting for maximum readability
- Techniques for Copy-Fitting
Printing & Output
- Print Options
- Package a Document to send to an External Print Provider
- PDF Output Options
- Some Common Output Problems explained – Fonts and Picture Formats