Couse length

2 days

Why come on this course?

You will learn how to navigate InDesign and use its tools to create well-designed professional documents. This course will give you the skills you need to create brochures, flyers, bid documents or any kind of printed or electronic document.
You will learn how to set out documents, work with colour and incorporate text and images into documents. The course will cover the use of styles and master pages that allow you to format content uniformly, layout features that help you to build alternate size configurations of your document, and various panels that enable you to easily customise both text and graphics.

This course is suitable for anyone using Adobe Creative Cloud.


  • No experience of InDesign or other desktop publishing applications is required.
  • Basic computer skills e.g. launch applications, browse to locate files.
  • Reasonable working knowledge of Microsoft Word would be beneficial.

What will I learn?

  • Create and set out a document in InDesign
  • Work with InDesign’s different frame types
  • Setup and apply master pages
  • Work with colour and colour swatches
  • Incorporate text, tables and graphics in documents
  • Use styles to format text
  • Work with compound objects in InDesign
  • Prepare for and output documents using InDesign’s printing and preflight options

Course contents

Introducing InDesign
  • The InDesign interface
  • Zooming and navigating
Creating documents
  • Creating a document
  • Guides and views
  • Working with frames
Managing frames
  • Grouping, aligning and distributing
  • Managing objects
  • Working with layers
Working with document formats
  • Managing pages
  • Liquid layouts
  • Creating alternate layouts
  • Working with island spreads
Using master pages
  • Working with master pages
  • Page numbering
Working with colour
  • Introducing colour
  • The Colour panel
  • Swatches
  • Tints and gradients
Working with type
  • The Type Tool
  • Importing text
  • Liking and overset text
  • Formatting text
  • Further typographic controls
  • Type on a Path Tool
  • Other useful text commands
Working with tables
  • Creating tables
  • Modifying tables
Incorporating graphics
  • Importing images
  • Display performance
  • Managing other Adobe files
  • Scaling and moving
  • Text wrapping
Working with styles
  • An introduction to styles
  • The styles panels
  • Creating and applying styles
  • Editing and managing styles
  • Style overrides
  • Importing styles
Compound objects
  • Compound paths
  • Compound shapes
  • Outline text
Preparing for output
  • Resolving errors
  • Printing a document
  • Exporting files for print
  • Packaging a document
  • Exporting in another format
Appendices (covered if relevant and if time permits)
  • Working with paths
  • Creative Cloud
  • Adobe Bridge
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