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Adobe InDesign Introduction

This introduction course covers some of the basic and more commonly used features of Adobe InDesign so that attendees can navigate the software and use InDesign's tools to create well-designed professional documents.

In this course you will learn how to use paragraph and character styles that allow you to format pages of text 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 InDesign CS5, CS6 or CC. The course will be delivered using InDesign CS6.

Learning Objectives

Delegates will learn how to

  • Navigate their way around the InDesign environment
  • Work with text frames and formatting
  • Use styles to achieve consistency in documents
  • Control images and page layout
  • Work with layers and object controls
  • Use colour to enhance the appearance of documents
  • Output documents from InDesign

Pre-Requisites

  • Delegates do not need any experience of InDesign or desktop publishing, as anything that is required will be covered by the course.
  • However, all delegates should have basic computer skills and know how to launch applications, browse to locate files and have good keyboard and mouse skills.

Course Content

Module 1 - Introduction

  • The InDesign interface
  • Zooming and navigating
  • Working with guides
  • Creating frames
  • Changing InDesign's Preferences

Module 2 - Working with Text Frames

  • Entering and importing text
  • Linking text frames
  • Autoflow
  • Character and paragraph formatting
  • InDesign typography controls
  • Notes
  • Creating simple tables
  • Proofing and inserting special characters

Module 3 - Working with Character and Paragraph Styles

  • Creating new styles
  • Applying styles
  • Removing styles and overrides
  • Editing and deleting styles

Module 4 - Working with graphics

  • Importing pictures
  • Repositioning and scaling graphics and frames
  • Text wrapping options

Module 5 - Working with multiple frames

  • Grouping, aligning and distributing objects
  • Stacking objects
  • Converting and transforming shapes
  • The Layers panel
  • Using objects in layers

Module 6 - Working with colour

  • The Color panel
  • Working with colour swatches
  • Creating tints and gradients
  • Applying colours

Module 7 - Preparing a document for output

  • Using Preflight
  • Printing an InDesign document
  • Exporting files for printing
  • Packaging a document

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