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Become an InDesign Pro in 10 Skills

Ideal for beginners to Adobe InDesign. Learn how to create, edit and prepare print-ready documents in ten simple steps!
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Created by Grace Fussell
Last updated 7/2015
English
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What Will I Learn?
Go from complete beginner to confident InDesign professional in just 35 lessons
Develop an understanding of how to create, format and prepare InDesign documents for print
Learn a set of essential skills that will allow you to manage any print document (e.g. books, booklets, reports) in InDesign from start to finish
Have a solid foundation in managing pages, Masters, text, images, color and effects to create polished, professional InDesign layouts and artwork
Build upon basic knowledge with special tips and tricks used by professional graphic designers
Prepare faultless, professional print-ready documents that will make your printer smile!
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Requirements
  • A Windows (PC) or Mac desktop or laptop computer
  • Optional access to Adobe InDesign (CS4, CS5, CS6 and CC are all relevant software versions for taking this course. You can choose to simply watch and take in the lessons, without performing the tasks demonstrated in InDesign.
  • Some basic familiarity with InDesign may be useful, but is not essential
Description

Adobe InDesign is the industry-standard software for producing print publications: books, magazines, brochures, flyers, posters, business cards, documents and even product packaging. You name it, InDesign is always the first and best choice for designers when they want to produce professional-standard design work for print.

This course, aimed at complete beginners to InDesign, will lead you through the process of creating, formatting, proofing, preparing and exporting InDesign documents, ready for sending them straight to the printers. Over 10 concise and structured sessions, and 35 lectures, we'll cover the basics of setting up professional print layouts and working with images, typography, color and effects to create your desired result. We'll also take a look at how features like Masters, Book Files and proofing with Preflight can speed up your workflow and transform you into an InDesign Pro!

To help you along, you'll receive a course handbook, 10 Essential InDesign Skills, which is yours to keep after you've completed the course. You'll also work towards creating your own magazine layout in InDesign and receive pre-prepared, complete magazine templates for you to refer to and use throughout and beyond the course lessons.

You might be embarking on a new career in graphic design and want to develop a foundation of knowledge in print design. Or perhaps you want to grow your confidence in using InDesign on a practical basis when you encounter it in your work (e.g. if you work in the Marketing, Publishing, PR, Advertising or Retail industries). You may have a little bit of experience of using the software, or you may be a complete beginner. If you fit any of these criteria, the Become an InDesign Pro in 10 Skills course will be a perfect fit for you!

Who is the target audience?
  • Suitable for beginners to Adobe InDesign, or for individuals who have encountered the software and are looking to formalise their knowledge of preparing documents for print.
  • Perfect for individuals who often encounter InDesign in their daily work, but do not necessarily need to have an in-depth knowledge of the software, or of graphic design.; e.g. individuals working in Marketing, Advertising, Publishing, Printing, Retail etc.
  • Also suitable for designers looking to gain more confidence with using Adobe InDesign and creating beautifully designed and technically flawless print layouts
  • This course is concise and aims to equip you with the skills to feel confident using InDesign from start to finish. Professional tips and tricks are shared; but this course is not really aimed at Advanced users of Adobe InDesign.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 35 Lectures Collapse All 35 Lectures 05:06:06
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10 Essential InDesign Skills: Course Overview
4 Lectures 32:19

An overview of the course, and useful resources.

Preview 04:56

Why is Adobe InDesign the software of choice for graphic designers, publishers and print professionals the world over?

Preview 07:32

Become familiar with your Workspace and learn about the panels available to you when you open InDesign.

An Overview of the InDesign Workspace
15:38

In this lesson we'll show you how you can download and open the course materials, including the Course Handbook, Image List and InDesign files.

Downloading and Opening the Course Materials
04:13
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Skill 1: Preparing for Print in Advance
3 Lectures 18:59

Understand why you should prepare your new document with the final printed result in mind, and save yourself a headache further down the line...

Why Do I Need to Prepare for Print?
06:43

The New Document window is filled to the brim with confusing options. Let's dissect the options, and analyse what you really need to know before you click 'OK'.

The New Document Window
08:39

Including a Bleed on your InDesign layouts is an essential step when designing for print. Let's take a look at what it is and why it's so important.

What is a Bleed, and Why Do I Need it?
03:37
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Skill 2: Mastering Master Pages
3 Lectures 29:43

Discover how managing Master pages can dramatically improve your workflow in InDesign.

Overview of the Pages Panel and Master Pages
12:24

Learn how to customise the default A-Master, and add new Masters as you need them.

Edit Master Pages in Your InDesign Document
10:52

Any moderately lengthy document, like a booklet or report, or a very lengthy document, like a book, will benefit from an easy-to-edit page numbering system.

Apply Page Numbers to your Masters
06:27
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Skill 3: Typography Basics
4 Lectures 57:20

Use the tools and control panels available to you in InDesign to format text with ease.

Overview of the Character and Paragraph Formatting Controls Panels
11:10

InDesign offers some really cool options for customising your text. Let's take a look at what you can do...

Special Typography: Tracking, Kerning, Leading, Alignment and Drop Caps
12:03

Explore the different options for applying color to text, using the Swatches panel and Character Formatting Controls panel.

Applying Color to Text
14:24

A no-fuss look at Character and Paragraph Styles and why you should get in the habit of using them.

The Basic Guide to Styles
19:43
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Skill 4: 'Threading' Text
3 Lectures 18:09

Let's look at how you can instruct InDesign to manage long chunks of text by 'threading' across text frames.

Introduction to 'Threading'
10:24

Get familiar with the Preflight panel to resolve common text threading problems.

Troubleshooting Overset Text
05:04

A useful tip to deal with an overset text nightmare!

PRO SKILLS TIP
02:41
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Skill 5: Creating Book Files
3 Lectures 26:34

Avoid getting confused navigating long documents, whether it's a book or a report, and improve your editing efficiency.

Why Bother With a Book File?
06:11

Create a new Book and add InDesign documents via the Book panel.

Creating a Book File
13:08

Let the Preflight Book option help you to pinpoint errors in your InDesign documents.

Preflight Your Book File
07:15
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Skill 6: Making Pages Flexible
3 Lectures 16:20

Let's look at how you can rotate pages to get a better view of your work.

Adjusting Page View
07:49

Learn how to adjust the 'view' of your pages to make your workflow ultra-flexible.

Adjusting Page View
04:30

A great tip to avoid a future page-sizing headache!

PRO SKILLS TIP
04:01
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Skill 7: Working With Images
3 Lectures 30:46

Learn why and how images are placed and linked in InDesign.

The First Law of Images in InDesign
10:08

Understand why and how images are placed in enclosing frames in InDesign.

The Second Law of Images
10:07

Let's explore how you can edit placed images, including resizing, fitting, rotating, and applying effects like gradients and transparencies.

Applying Effects to Image Frames
10:31
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Skill 8: Swatches and Color
2 Lectures 26:10

Let's take a look at CMYK, Pantone and RGB color modes, and why you should always keep the printed end result in mind.

CMYK is the Way to Go!
07:03

Add, delete and apply colors from the Color and Swatches panels.

The Swatches Panel
19:07
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Skill 9: Proofing and Preflight
3 Lectures 19:43

Be informed about your document's stats, such as word- and line-count, before you send it to print.

Using the Info Panel
05:26

Don't forget to check for spelling errors!

Conducting a Spell Check
05:12

Use the Preflight panel to identify and locate errors in your document, and rectify them before exporting for print.

Performing a Preflight
09:05
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About the Instructor
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Graphic Designer & Adobe InDesign Instructor, InDesignSkills

Hi there! My name is Grace; I'm a UK-based graphic designer specialising in publishing and print design, and have been working in the design industry since 2007. I also love to share my knowledge and skills through teaching, and am a qualified Adobe InDesign instructor, through e-learning company InDesignSkills. As a self-taught designer, who later gained formal qualifications in graphic design, I can sympathise with the lack of accessible online resources for beginners looking to learn about the principles of print design and get to grips with using Adobe InDesign. I aim to provide courses that are accessible, fun and goal-driven; and aim to equip you with fundamental skills as quickly as possible.

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