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Adobe InDesign
“The Adobe InDesign is the most used software to create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers and books”

Acquired Skills:

At the end of this course the student will have acquired the skills to master the principal tools, 3D graphics editing and various image outcomes.

Prerequisites:

None

Duration of the Course

The course will be completed in 3 weeks or on average in 16 hours.

Curriculum Material

The language and teaching techniques are geared to the course’s final use. It includes explanatory exercises and videos.

Course Topics:

  • Overview of toolbox, panels, page navigation and online help
  • Create a new document and saving the new document settings
  • Working with the panels
  • Saving a workspace
  • Setting up page size, margins, columns, and bleeds, for a new document, then saving these as document
  • Using the pages panels to add, move, and delete pages and more

Objects, Drawing & selecting

  • Drawing and manipulating the 3 types of frames
  • Selecting multipe objects using the marquee select, select all and shift select.
  • Drawing paths, objects and work with strokes and fills
  • Using transform panel to scale, rotate and modify objects
  • Drawing frames & change line color, style and width of strokes.
  • Working text frame options for text frames and options for graphic frames

Text: Place and Format

  • Creating text frames with single or multiple columns
  • Using the NEW split column or span column features
  • Placing text using automatic, semi-automatic and manual placements
  • Linking and unlinking from one text frame to another on the same page or other pages
  • Character Formats: Applying fonts, changing size, kerning & tracking
  • Using the control panel, info panel and shortcuts for text formatting
  • Paragraph Formats: indenting paragraphs adjusting the sapce before or after the paragraphs and adding or dropping caps
  • Applying paragraph rules above and below a paragraph and changing offset values
  • Working with tabs to align a column of text or figures

Graphics

  • Placing pictures and graphics such as EPS, PCT, TIFF, AL, PDF, and PSD.
  • Using the fitting commands to change size of a graphic relative to its frame
  • Changing the size of frames and graphics
  • Using the selection tools and NEW target selection to select the frame or the graphic and to easily move graphics within a frame
  • Modifying the corners of any graphic frame
  • Using the NEW gap tool and the Auto Fit feature
  • Applying text wrap to control the way text wraps around a graphic, then changing the outset and the shape
  • Understanding the Links Palette to Edit Original, then updating and relinking graphics
  • Using the Eyedropper tool to pick up formatting from one object to apply to another

Color, Gradients and Transparency

  • Creating new Process, Spot & Pantone colors using the swatches palette then creating Tints
  • Creating Gradients to be applied to fills, strokes and text
  • Using the Gradient Tool to adjust the angle of a linear gradient or the center point of a radial gradient
  • Applying Transparency to objects
  • Applying Drop Shadow to text or an object
  • Understanding how to use transparency settings effectively and considerations for pre-press

Styles

  • Understading Paragraph and character Style for Text
  • Creating and applying styles sheets to paragraphs using menus and palettes
  • Creating character styles and applying to words or phrases within a paragraph
  • Changing the attributes of a style
  • Redefining a style from document text

Master Pages

  • Understanding Master Pages and how they are used
  • Modifying the deafault master page with graphics, margins, columns and guides
  • Creating automatic page numbering
  • Applying a master to a page or range of pages
  • Creating and removing local overrides

Export and Print

  • Saving an InDesign file(.indd) and InDesign Template (.indt)
  • Understanding the benefit of saving a file as an InDesign Markup (.idml)
  • Creating Adob PDF files: Exporting to PDF setting preferences and creasting PDF Export presets
  • Printing Options
  • Transparency Flattener settings and tips

Certificate of Completion

At the end of the course the student will receive our certificate of completion for this training.
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