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Adobe InDesign CC : Introduction

  808 reviews

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.

Day one of the course concentrates on building a document layout from scratch. Day two explores more advanced layout and typographical controls, clipping paths, working with layers and creating multipage documents. You need no previous experience to attend this course.

Public Course Dates & Pricing

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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.

    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

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Course Outline

  • Day one
    The InDesign interface
    • InDesign preferences
    • Creating a new document
    • Creating and using frames
    • Setting tool defaults
    • Using shortcuts

    Working with text
    • Placing text
    • Selecting and editing text
    • Handling missing fonts
    • The Font Favourites feature
    • Using the Content Indicator

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

    Working with styles
    • Character and paragraph styles
    • Creating styles
    • Editing and applying styles
    • Creating and applying object styles
    • Loading attributes from other documents

    Working with graphics
    • Different file formats
    • Placing multiple graphics
    • Wrapping text around images
    • Understanding fitting options
    • Sizing images with Auto-fit
    • Smart guides and smart spacing
    • The Effects panel
    • Creating gradients
    • Setting up an Object library

    Layout controls
    • Understanding the notion of Gridify
    • Working with the Gap tool
    • Using the Align panel
    • Selecting, arranging and grouping objects

    Understanding colour
    • Spot and process colours
    • Using stroke and fill options
    • Creating tints
    • Sampling colours from images

    Laying out pages accurately
    • Using rulers, grids and guides
    • Working with layers

    Questions and answers
  • Day two
    Multi-page documents
    • Using the Pages panel
    • Targeting pages and spreads

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

    Working with transparency
    • Creating drop shadows
    • A look at Blending modes
    • The Flattener Preview panels

    Transforming objects
    • Scaling objects vs contents
    • Transforming objects
    • Grouping and ungrouping

    Finessing text content
    • Threading and unthreading frames
    • The Auto-Fit text function
    • Flowing text through frames
    • Text frame options
    • Multi-column text frames
    • Allowing text to flow across columns

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

    Combining text and graphics
    • Image import options
    • Images with clipping paths
    • Creating a new clipping path
    • Removing image backgrounds
    • Tolerance and threshold options

    Exporting and printing
    • Exporting as a PDF
    • Using Live PreFlight
    • Anticipating potential problems
    • Packaging files for handoff

    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 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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Our Clients

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We publish all our customer satisfaction stats live on our site (good or bad) because we want everyone to know just how highly you rate us every day, every week and every year.

We know that choosing the best course can be difficult, maybe the thoughts of the 6670 other clients we've asked will give you the inspiration to join us too.

The most recent comments from attendees of our courses are shown below. We reckon they will give you a pretty good indication of how they think we perform.

  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed6670
  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

"Making it relate-able. Being able to bring experiences from work to the course and learn in relation to that was a great benefit."

"Letting people bring in their own work and get support on that rather than forcing everyone to do the same thing. So friendly! Meeting everyone's needs and letting people suggest things that they want to learn (willing to be lenient with the structure of the course)."

"Very good course, at a good pace and nice atmosphere"

"Welcoming, friendly, knowledgeable. Great food!"

"Ian was very knowledgeable and friendly, his way of teaching was fantastic and very easy for me to follow. I would also comment on how you catered for the needs of each student. The lunch was also pretty good!!"

"everything- training, hosting and catering"

"Very helpful trainer & great food"

"Keeping class sizes down to small amount which allowed each person who had their own speciality subject/questions that could be answered. Ian was very good at training, good communication skills, friendly and approacable"

"I feel much more confident using InDesign now. The training was really useful and delivered in a way that helped me understand and remember it. The environment was really nice and made the training more enjoyable."

"The trainer, lunch and environment are all great!"

"Lunch and environment. "

"Very friendly, effective and made the 2 day course very enjoyable"

"I really enjoyed the interactivity of the course, and it was perfect for me as a beginner."

"Covered a whole host of aspects of indesign, so it was a great overview. "

"Food was great, the small group size was ideal. "

"This course was great, Kate was brilliant at showing all the tools available in the application and sensitive to different people' paces. This was the perfect introduction level while still being able to produce effective projects at the end of the course. The facilities were lovely and really well catered. I would come back to do another course in the future, and I look forward to it!"

"Patience and positivity."

"I liked that we were shown examples and then we could practice ourselves, great that the course was hands on. The lunch/ drinks provided and room very clean and modern :)"

"The training, food, environment were excellent. Friendly, personable staff."

"Friendly, inviting people. An amazing space that is both welcoming & professional. A team of instructors that teach practical application & creative thinking that applies to all students. from all areas. "

"Simple an easy to understand explanation, instruction and examples! Really enjoyed the course, will look to do similar again. Thank you"

"Everything was very well done, with great facilities and friendly staff!"

"Very good training environment, trainer was knowledgeable & very patient."

"Making everybody feel welcome. Teaching skills - was able to understand and pick things up quickly."

"helpful in answering every question and taking the time to make sure all in class were up to speed. all staff were lovely and very helpful."

"Lunch was great. Really friendly and approachable trainer. Covered many different aspects over the two days. "

"Very good course, learnt a lot and it was fun. The day passed by quickly. The food was great, very healthy. The break out area and facilities were good, light and airy and had a very 'chilled' atmosphere. "

"Explaining the different functions within InDesign and how it links to the additional Adobe pacakages"

"Everything. Friendly, welcoming, knowledgeable. "

"Lovely space, great tech and brilliant atmosphere"

"Getting through a lot of information in the 2 day course. Giving us very personalised information for our personal work. "

"Excellent course, thoroughly enjoyed it. Obe was great."

"Good pace, approachable trainer, good equipment and software, very relevant and great hints and tips"

"Everything, really valuable teaching and an awesome trainer who knew his stuff.... Thank you Emile (OB) Catering was really thoughtful and catered to everyone's needs."

"Great setting, tech, teacher, class size, speed/pace of lesson. Good to have regular breaks with really lovely refreshments as there's a lot to take in. It would be good if we soon receive a follow up email with links to the 'how to' guides and any top tips etc. Massive thank you. Excellent class which I'd very highly recommend. "