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Adobe InDesign CC : Introduction

  1656 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.

The course concentrates on building a document layout from scratch and explores layout and typographical controls, working with layers and creating multipage documents.

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

You need no previous experience to attend this course.

Public Course Dates & Pricing

  • 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 per day

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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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We know that choosing the best course can be difficult, maybe the thoughts of the 15241 other clients we've asked will give you the inspiration to join us too.

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  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed15241
  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

"All main areas covered well"

"explaning without making you feel stupid"

"Lots. Overall very professional, well organised. Generally very satisfied."

"Ian was very willing to answer any questions thrown at him, even if they were not technically connected with the course."

"General organisation of the day, directions, catering, timings etc. Also providing post-course user guides and support"

"Very easy to follow and understand, nice amount of breaks and a great, laid-back environment."

"Everything was great :-)"

"Explaining the steps in different ways with different examples."

"Effective and clear communication which was helped with a expert teacher offering to answer all questions and guidance needed."

"Ian was really knowledgeable, gave clear explanations and content of the course was the perfect amount - not too much for a beginner. Good class size and work environment!"

"Very satisfied with the course, it was a great introduction to InDesign and Ian was great."

"great course. ian v helpful"

"pace at which the trainer was going was good, he explained everything in detail with examples "

"Great Hospitality"

"Lovely facilities, great atmosphere, excellent food, brilliant trainer"

"Great course. Very well explained and a great introduction to InDesign! "

"Great instructor. Friendly staff and atmosphere."

"Pretty much everything! The training was comprehensive; the trainer was knowledgeable, approachable and gave very good insight and overseeing of the training ensuring all the group was proficient in all aspects at the end of the course; a pleasant environment to work in. Thank you!"

"Pacing the course and pitching the level of complexity. Lots of ground covered but not too much to cope with."

"Explaining each section and being able to go back on things - even if I ask 10 times. Very patient trainer - Great work matt"

"Very friendly, nice atmosphere and facilities! More hands on course compared to those universities provide. Class sizes are perfect "

"Teacher was very flexible to what I wanted to learn. Highly approachable, open to help, very friendly and kind, knowledgeable and fun. I really enjoyed the course, I feel like I learned a lot and I got my money's worth. Thank you!"

"The course was pitched well for the audience. "

"Making me feel at home, great environment to learn in and I'll be back!"

"Very welcoming, nice small classes to make the teaching more manageable. I felt like I was able to ask questions without holding others up. "

"The whole process was good. Easy to book, easy to find, nice people, great lunch and snacks. Even though I use InDesign every day at work as a copy editor/sub editor, I still learnt new shortcuts relevant to my everyday work and learnt absolutely loads about the design side of things. The pace was quite fast - we covered a lot of ground - so the recaps were useful. "

"Kate was great and so helpful at every stage of the 2 day course. The lunches and snacks in the breaks were great too! "

"Both days i learnt alot! Great lunch! Great staff, all in all great"

"everything else. Course was fun, friendly and Vicki was v knowledgeable and helpful"

"Everything - I thoroughly enjoyed my two day course and learned a lot. Now just need to put it into practice!"

"Vicki was an excellent instructor, I would happily come back to do a course with her! "

"The whole course was great! As was the environment and refreshments"

"Vicki has great knowledge, very friendly, patient and has a great sense of humour that helped the training environment. I would book another course she chairs."

"Patient, listens and very good at explaining!"

"Overall was a great course"