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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.

You need no previous experience to attend this course.

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

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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

  • 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 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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  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed10074
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.7 / 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




"Matt was a wonderful instructor. He could answer every question we had and was very patient and would repeat anything as many times as needed. I really appreciated all his help with specific questions and I found it very useful for us to have time to create our own designs so we could focus on what we needed to."



"the course was great!"



"Great hands on training"



"good explanations, friendly and helpful, nice training environment"



"Such a friendly atmosphere, great food, made to feel welcome, small class sizes..."



"Very hospitable. Ian was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and patient with questions."



"Environment is really good - the food was healthy and really tasty. The team were friendly and helpful,"



"I enjoyed the training, good environment etc "



"Everything is great! Love Vicki, would always try to schedule her classes for any future training, great lunch :)"



"Speed of programme flexible to meet the needs of all the team"



"The course was informative and good for all levels of knowledge; the food was very good; and the trainer was very knowledgeable and helpful."



"Great space and environment. Vicky was incredibly knowledgeable about InDesign and willing to go beyond the course curriculum if we had specific questions. Great job of keeping the whole group moving while also ensuring everyone's individual questions or interests were addressed. I feel I'm coming away with a great deal of knowledge I will definitely be able to put into practice. Very pleased overall. "



"The trainer was always on hand to help and had a great attitude. The workshop was fun and interesting with great manageable examples. The speed was good and I've learnt a lot. I would definitely recommend this course. "



"It was really clear, very helpful and really good facilities!"



"Teaching at all levels. I have left with a lot more knowledge than I had!"



"Friendly, great teaching, superb food and coffee and space. Kate did an amazing job and I really appreciate her skills as a tutor. I learnt so much and had a wonderful time!"



"The trainer was brilliant and very helpful at all times. Having someone who is very confident with all aspects of the system makes it much easier for the learner. Thank you very much! "



"Explaining everything. Knowledge. Giving multiple ways of doing things so that we find our own ways. "



"Giving breaks and keeping the class engaged. Thank you!"



"Really good instructors!"



"Overall everything was extremely good in all aspects "



"Kate was great and super helpful!"



"Explained things well, went at a good pace, good examples and exercises to help put everything into practice and covered a broad range of basics to get us going!"



"small groups allowed for one to one assistance, Kate was very knowledgeable and approachable. "



"super friendly, professional and well organized "



"Kate was lovely - very friendly!"



"No complaints, happy with everything."



"Generally, a really terrific course. Our trainer was super well-organised, friendly and patient, and the environment was very comfortable. The whole environment was comfortable and energising."



"Friendly and informal, giving a good environment for inquisitive learning. Trainer was very helpful and addressed all the questions that were raised. I'll certainly be coming back for more. Thank you."



"Just about everything excluding the course notes, I am totally blown away."



"I was one of the less knowledgable in my group (I had never even opened InDesign!) and yet I felt I learned as much as others who knew more and Matt managed to set tasks that stretched us all. I am quite amazed by how much I have learned in such a short time frame. It was a really friendly atmosphere and felt just the right balance of informal and professional. I would certainly consider other courses at the centre and would recommend to friends! "



"The tutor was very good at creating a relaxed environment so that everyone felt able to ask questions without fear of judgement. He was also very good at balancing tutoring the whole class with giving individual guidance. The pace of the course was perfect for my level as a complete beginner, and the final few exercises pushed me beyond what I thought I was capable of. There was a good balance of ease and familiarity, and going beyond my comfort zone. The other staff were all very friendly and put us all at ease."



"Everything! The venue is brilliant and the lunch was amazing. The timings and pace of the course were perfect. The content of the course was on point, really interesting and helpful. Also the extra bits you get when you login for future use is great. Would definitely recommend this course to colleagues."



"Great vibes, great pace of learning. "



"great environment, tutors, staff in general. Learnt a lot"