Adobe InDesign CC: Your Complete Guide to InDesign
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Adobe InDesign CC: Your Complete Guide to InDesign

Become an Adobe InDesign CC Master: Learn the complete InDesign workflow to create PDFs, eBooks, pamphlets, and more!
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Last updated 11/2019
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This course includes
  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will learn how to design professional publications and graphics in InDesign
  • Design pamphlets, flyers, eBooks, PDFs, magazines, brochures, and more
  • Become comfortable using all of the important InDesign tools and functions
  • You will learn the proper workflow from starting a project to exporting it
  • You will have fun while learning, with easy-to-follow real world projects
  • Students should have access to Adobe InDesign to follow along with the course. A free trial or any Creative Cloud version will be fine. Previous versions will be fine for most lessons.
  • Students DO NOT need a design background or any other skills related to InDesign before taking this course.

Design beautiful PDFs, eBooks, pamphlets, magazines, and more with Adobe InDesign CC!

If you're looking to learn Adobe InDesign from scratch, you've come to the right place. Perfect for designers, business & entrepreneurs, photographers, authors, and online businesses, this course takes you from beginner to advanced user in just a few hours.

Whatever you want to designmake it stand out from the crowd!

  • Dive right into creating your first project, in section 1 of the course.
  • Download project files and photos to easily follow along. 
  • Learn a professional workflow that makes sense.

Enroll now, and you'll learn:

  • Navigating the workspace and panels
  • Starting a new project
  • Adding photos, text, and graphics to your designs
  • Adjusting assets like a graphic designer would
  • Creating multi-page documents
  • Using tables to clearly display complicated data
  • Saving and exporting your project for any purpose
  • And many more advanced techniques!

Why enroll in this course - and not another InDesign CC course?

Phil Ebiner has created a number of best-selling online courses that students love. He's partnered with Kurt Anderson, of AdobeMasters, to help you master InDesign. We truly care about you - yes you, who is reading this right now!

We will do whatever we can to make sure you are happy with this course. We always respond to student questions in a timely manner. In our lessons, we get straight to the learning, without a lot of fluff, because we know you're busy. At the same time, we hope you feel as if you're learning from a friend, having fun while learning.

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We are so confident you'll enjoy this course, that we offer a 100% 30-day money-back guarantee through Udemy. If you're not happy with your purchase, we have no problem giving you your money back.

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We are waiting to help you inside the course!

Remember, this is an online course, so you can take it at your own pace. Are you busy right now? That's okay. Enroll today, and take the course at your own pace.

Thanks so much for your interest in our complete Adobe InDesign course.

See you inside!

Phil & Kurt

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to learn Adobe InDesign
  • Anyone wanting to design professional flyers, PDFs, eBooks, and other publications
  • Entrepreneurs, online businesses, artists, graphic designers - anyone who wants to learn this amazing Adobe application
Course content
Expand all 52 lectures 06:02:51
+ Introduction
3 lectures 18:30

Welcome to the Adobe InDesign course. In this lecture, Phil and Kurt introduce you to how to take this course, a little more about themselves, and how you can have the most success.

Preview 02:14

We discuss how to download the course assets as well as how to use the Udemy Platform. 

Preview 02:18

Let's jump right in to Adobe InDesign. We will create a simple document throw mimicking my movements. If you get stuck or frustrated, don't worry! Just skip the lesson and jump right in to the next unit.  

Preview 13:58
+ Getting Started with InDesign
10 lectures 49:03

Let's discuss the InDesign CC workspace and panels. It's time to begin demystifying and breaking down each part of InDesign so we can start understanding it better. 

Preview 07:39

Let's discuss the InDesign CC workspace and how customizable it is. Adobe makes their programs completely customizable.  InDesign is no different. The program is built so that you can design it to fit your own creative needs. 

Customize Your Workspace

Let's go over a couple of quick terms you might hear throughout your designer career and within InDesign CC. 

Designer Tip: Document Sizes

Let's create our first document in InDesign CC. Here we are going to go through the common workflow for creating a document that fits the size and specifications that we want. 

Create a New Document

Let's discuss the "view" in Adobe InDesign CC. We will go over how you can zoom and navigate the view to move the document in to the location that best fits each task. 

Navigating and Zooming

Let's go over how to setup your document in InDesign CC. We will go over Guides, Margins, and Columns! 

Setting up Your Document

Let's discuss how to add, delete, and rearrange pages in InDesign CC. We will go over the pages panel and how to use it. 

Inserting, Deleting, and Rearranging Pages

Let's discuss how to work with multiple documents open in InDesign CC. 

Working with Multiple Documents

Time for a Quick Challenge to go over what we have learned in InDesign CC. Make a five page, three column, A4 document with 2 inch margins. 

Challenge: Create a Mock Setup Document

Let's go over how to accomplish the Assignment in the last lecture. 

Assignment Walkthrough
+ Adding Assets
10 lectures 01:18:24

Before we get started in creating something, let's go over how to save your work in InDesign CC. 

Saving and Exporting Work

Let's go over the project that we will be creating throughout this unit in InDesign CC. 

Let's Design a Real Estate Listing

Time to place our first assets in InDesign CC. We will go over how to place images and how to scale them to fit what we want. 

Place and Resize Images

We will now go over adding text in InDesign CC.

Add Text

Checking for errors as we go is another feature InDesign CC will help us with. We will go over how to use preflighting in your document. 


Let's discuss different text formatting as well as how one might flow text from one text box to another in InDesign CC. 

Flowing and Formatting Text

We will discuss how to wrap text around objects in InDesign CC. This is a great way to have pictures and text displayed next to one another. 

Text Wrap

We will go over how to create a path, and then how to add text to that path in InDesign CC. 

Text on Paths

Just a quick note on the best way to submit for the upcoming assignment. 

Submission Guidelines
You will be designing a one page document that resembles some sort of online sales page. We chose craigslist due to it's relative simplicity. However you are free to add as much detail as possible.
Design A 'Craigslist' Type Document
1 question

I quickly go over my solution to the craigslist assignment. 

My Version: 'Craigslist' Document
+ Multi-Page Documents
10 lectures 01:23:50

I go over how to create a multi-page document in InDesign CC. 

Let's Design an 4-page Educational PDF

We discuss one of the most important aspects of InDesign CC, how to create master pages to save time! 

Master Pages

We discuss how to create automatic page numbers with master pages in InDesign CC. 

Automatic Page Numbering

Framing our scenes out through the master pages really helps us keep organization while working on the document in InDesign CC. 

Master Text Frames

We discuss how to thread text automatically in InDesign CC. 

Threading Text

We go over placeholder frames and how they can be used to frame up a document even without the appropriate assets. 

PlaceHolder Frames

We go over the importance of styles and how they can be used in InDesign CC to link multiple parts of your document together. 

Importance of Styles

We go over how to create hyperlinks in your document that will be interactive once exported to a PDF from InDesign CC. 

Create HyperLinks

We go over the layer panel and finish up the example we have been working on. 

Layer Panel / Designing Each Page
Time to jump in to multi-page documents. Don't be afraid to get creative.
Design a 4 Page PDF of Your Favorite Location
1 question

I go over my version of the Location PDF. 

My Version - Location PDF
+ Tables
3 lectures 45:41

Let's go over how to create a table in InDesign CC. We will also go over how to import tables from external programs like Microsoft Excel. 

Creating/Importing a Table

Now that your tables have been created, let's add a little bit of style to them in InDesign CC. 

Formatting Tables
Let's learn tables with an exercise on creating a business type report.
Create an Analytic Report
1 question

We will go over my version of the Analytic Report. I go over a couple of techniques I use for inspiration. 

My Version: Analytic Report
+ Advanced Techniques
4 lectures 25:29

Let's quickly touch on Color Swatches and how to make your own in InDesign CC. 

Color Swatches

We will go over a few additional tools in the tool panel that we didn't cover yet. 

Additional Tools

Let's go over creating some different shapes in InDesign CC. We will also be rounding out the corners of our squares to make them look more modern. 


We will go over how InDesign CC allows us to modify and rearrange the keyboard shortcuts to how we like them. This gives us even more flexibility in the program. 

Keyboard Shortcuts
+ Saving, Exporting, and Print
2 lectures 11:00

We talk about finishing up our document and why CMYK is so important in InDesign CC. 

Introduction to 'Finishing Work'

We go over all the export options that InDesign CC gives us. 

How to Export and Print Documents
+ The Final Project
1 lecture 25:03
Let's create a final project that ties together everything we have learned in Adobe InDesign!
Chapter from a Book - Final Project
1 question

We go over my version of the final project in InDesign CC. Really excited to see your submissions! 

My Version: Final Project
+ CC 2018 Updates
3 lectures 10:12

October 2017 InDesign CC update details 

CC 2018 Update Introduction

Let's Discuss the one of the new features in InDesign CC, paragraph borders. 

Paragraph Borders

Another great update to Adobe InDesign CC in 2018. This allows you to preserve the size and position of objects in Adobe InDesign CC in to a style. You can then apply that style to another object to make them identical. 

Size and Position Object Styles
+ CC 2019 Updates
3 lectures 08:33

Adobe Indesign now supports SVG's. How does this help us? 

SVG Support

You can now use find similar images to help find images for your production. Warning, this will link you to Adobe Stock, which will cost money.

Find Similar Images

Variable fonts allow us to change the weight, slant, and width of our text in adobe indesign.

Variable Fonts