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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.

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.

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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 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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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 12250 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 surveyed12250
  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%

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"Structured class and good pace for the course, trainer was friendly and approachable"



"Great instruction, good location, good pace. "



"Great knowledge of the software. Good hospitality."



"Very happy with the course and looking forward to exploring it more my myself. Relaxed and welcoming trainer and environment. Would definitely recommend!"



"For an introduction to InDesign this was invaluable. It was lovely that refreshments and lunch were included and the class size is small meaning you can get better quality training and advice. It is also a lovely building/workspace and would definitely come back for more training if required. "



"It was really useful to have time to practice on examples rather than just listen on how to do it. "



"Everything was amazing, very impressed"



"The course itself was very well-suited to a beginner level and the class size was good. Our teacher was very patient! I feel like I can remember the things he taught me and use them confidently as a result. "



"the environment was great for learning, the group size was excellent. the trainer was good.overhead screens were really good to see what the trainer was doing."



"friendly staff"



"Very friendly and well structured training that strikes a nice balance between moving fast and remaining open to questions. "



"Facilities, very clean, nice food options, great trainer, everyone was very friendly!"



"The master leader aka Emile was incredible. He made the course fun and taught us a lot. Taking the time to make sure that we fully understood any jargon that was used and fully understanding why and how you do what you do in InDesign. He tried to make it as relevant as possible to our roles by letting us know that we could bring our own work and apply our skills to that. I will be recommending this to the rest of my colleagues. "



"Emile was very knowledgeable and extremely patient. Great course for a first timer!"



"The trainer, Matt, was fantastic! Very knowledgeable"



"Everything was great."



"After 2 days i feel confident using InDesign by my onwn! good job, thank you"



"All of it really. Matt was brilliant. Staff brill. food was brilliant. "



"The trainer's personal approach was invaluable and the small class size meant we had lots of individual attention. Matt was extremely patient and always willing to go back to things we'd forgotten within minutes of being shown. Excellent trainer, excellent course. "



"It was good to have time to work on documents/use the tools we'd just learnt"



"Course very good very impressed at slight flexibility in course"



"Going at the right pace for the group and making it relevant for everyone on the course so they can apply it to their own jobs."



"Knowledgeable and helpful trainer, great lunch and refreshments, nice atmosphere. "



"Vicki Loader was a fantastic trainer, super-knowledgable and inclusive."



"Great, clear instruction, really easy to follow along - not too fast or too slow"



"Fast-paced, really good at going through a lot of reasonable workflow case studies. Good book recommendations to go further. Got a lot more done than at comparable courses I've taken on other software. I really enjoyed the course."



"Very pleased with the whole experience. Vicky was particularly helpful, showing me certain features of InDesign that weren't covered in course but would be helpful to me and my requirements at work. Can't wait to come back! "



"Overall excellent experience!!! :-)"



"Good work space and environment"



"Friendliness, welcome,. knowledge, patience"



"Doug was great, really approachable and kind and helpful. I feel like I have a really good basis of InDesign and being a bit of a technophobe it was great to be walked through it slowly and clearly. Lunch was delicious, the space was bright and clean and all round good atmosphere. Really happy with the overall experience."



"The trainer was excellent - always happy to answer questions, very patient. The structure made sense and everything was explained clearly. It was good to be able to follow along on our own computers. The team were very hospitable and the food was great."



"All the content was fantastic. Very knowledgeable trainer and very clearly explained with patience. Thank you so much! "



"Everything was fantastic! Thank you"



"Everything was perfect! "