Adobe InDesign CC Complete Masterclass: Learn Adobe InDesign
- 13 hours on-demand video
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- 5 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
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- Certificate of Completion
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- You will benefit from over 13 hours of helpful video lessons, informative handouts and lifetime access to current and any future projects.
- You will master Adobe InDesign, the industry-standard graphic design and publication software.
- You will professionally design and produce a lookbook in Adobe InDesign.
- You will professionally design and produce a poster in Adobe InDesign.
- You will professionally design and produce an annual report in Adobe InDesign.
- You will effectively place and edit text, images, and illustrations in Adobe InDesign.
- You will formulate and apply color schemes by using a variety of methods.
- You will learn how to use spot colors, process colors, and the context for both.
- You will design, format, edit, and copy tables in Adobe InDesign.
- You will use Photoshop and InDesign together seamlessly, to adjust layer comps, layer visibility, and other settings of placed PSD files in InDesign.
- You will use Illustrator and InDesign together seamlessly, to produce patterns and place illustrations.
- You will apply preflighting and printing techniques and principles for professional results.
- Students should have access to Adobe InDesign, preferably Creative Cloud, to follow along. Earlier versions are similar but slightly different for some tools or options. Most of the content is also applicable to earlier versions (such as CS6 or earlier CC). CS6 does not have paragraph shading or borders, for example.
- To follow along in two specific sections about using Photoshop and Illustrator with InDesign, you will need access to those programs, as well (part of the Annual Report Project).
Are you new to Adobe InDesign, or have you used it for a while but have wondered what certain tools and functions do? Well, you've come to the right course. In this complete guide to InDesign CC, you will learn everything you need to know about the world's industry-standard graphic design and publication software.
Instead of listing the tools and techniques in a list and going through them devoid of a context or project, I cover all the tools and techniques comprehensively, but in the context of projects. So, you will learn by designing a poster for a local business, a lookbook for a ski resort, and an annual report for a camera company.
By the time you have completed this course, you will have mastered InDesign! And you will have projects to add to your portfolio.
Besides the essentials and fundamentals of InDesign, such as placing and editing images, threading and formatting text, and using master pages, you will also learn more advanced topics, including advanced color and the preflighting/printing process.
In fact, this course contains a complete guide to tables in InDesign as well as the complete guide to color in InDesign. You will also learn how to use both Photoshop and Illustrator with InDesign, in their own special sections. Adobe has made these programs so compatible, they work seamlessly together.
I'm Chad, and I'm a graphic designer and full-time university professor. I've worked as internet development director at an award-winning advertising design firm, webmaster and advertising designer at a regional newspaper, and managing editor of two graphic design magazines. Whether it was laying out a newsletter for a client while working at an ad design firm, or laying out advertisements and using CMYK plates at a newspaper, having this professional experience has enabled me to relate these InDesign video lessons to real-world applications.
For example, when we go over everything about adding and applying swatches, you learn when we would use spot colors vs. process colors, and I show example brand books and how they communicate their Pantone, CMYK, RGB, and Hex colors for graphic designers, and of course, how to apply those in InDesign.
I have also taught InDesign for the past decade as a university professor, teaching classes like Digital Layout and Design as well as Magazine Design and Production. My students have become page designers, creative specialists, and creative directors at newspapers, magazines, and media companies after graduating. Teaching InDesign in-person has enabled me to figure out what teaching methods and exercises are most effective and what areas students have the most questions about.
I love seeing what students come up with after mastering the technical side and using creativity and problem solving to produce amazing designs. Students in my Udemy courses have produced their own books after taking my InDesign courses. I look forward to seeing the work you design and produce in this course! Let me know if you have any questions by posting in the Q&A, or post your linked publications there for feedback.
- This course is for students new to Adobe InDesign or experienced users who want to learn more in order to design real world projects. No previous InDesign or graphic design experience required.
Welcome to the Complete Adobe InDesign CC Online Course! In this introduction, we review the course learning objectives and the projects that you will work on. By completing this course, students become masters at Adobe InDesign Creative Cloud.
In this video, we go over how to download and implement the support files for this Adobe InDesign online course.
In this lesson, we get started designing a poster in Adobe InDesign, after going over how to set up the workspace.
We review the following sections, as we design and produce a poster in Adobe InDesign CC in order to learn about guides, graphics, text frames, objects, frames, paths, and more.
Adobe InDesign's ruler guides are helpful for aligning photos, illustrations, text frames, and other elements in designs. Combined with the snap function, we can use guides to snap objects to lines, so that elements are aligned in designs. Alignment is a primary design principle in graphic design, and aligning columns, photos, and shapes in layouts can be aesthetically pleasing.
While we go over more advanced text formatting methods in the next project, the lookbook, in this poster project, we introduce the method of adding text frames and text selection techniques. InDesign is known for effective text threading and advanced text layouts, and we will be applying these techniques throughout this course. In this video lesson, we place a short document for the poster project and practice some selection techniques.
Learn how to place images effectively in Adobe InDesign. In this video, I demonstrate how to place various types of images in InDesign and how to adjust them in InDesign. Various considerations and keyboard shortcuts are included.
Adobe InDesign is able to crop and fit images in their image frames in a variety of ways. In fact, we can place images into shapes such as rectangles or even custom shapes and then move those images around within the frames and also adjust the points and paths of the frames, to adjust their shape. There are a number of preset fitting options, so images will fit by cropping or resizing within the frame or adjusting the frame to fit the photo.
Adobe InDesign, like Adobe Illustrator, can add strokes (or borders of shapes, but it's more precise to say stroke because it's the style of the path, and simple lines don't have "borders" per se). InDesign can also add fills, just like Illustrator. This video covers the various considerations and methods of applying strokes and fills to shapes and paths in InDesign.
While it is best practice to resize images in Adobe Photoshop, we can resize images to be smaller even after being placed in Adobe InDesign, by using keyboard shortcuts as we click and drag. But there are many other ways to resize and adjust (such as rotate, etc.) images in InDesign, using the Control Panel and other options, and we go over that in this video.
While the Shape Tools are not as varied as those in Adobe Illustrator, the Shape Tools in Adobe InDesign are useful for not only designing shapes for use in layouts but also as image frames. It is important to know how to arrange objects on the page as well, including shapes but also images and text frames. We can use the menu or use keyboard shortcuts to move objects above or below other objects.
While we might think of Photoshop when we talk about layers, the Layers Panel in Adobe InDesign is also useful. We can select objects that are underneath other objects on the page and not easily clickable by using the Layers Panel, and we can also group objects by layer, for better organization.
In this video, we go over the lookbook project in this Adobe InDesign Complete Course. In this specific section, we will go over how to manage pages and master pages in InDesign. Then in the following sections of this project, we will go over how to import and format text, more editing techniques and effects, adding and editing styles and automated edits, color and effects, and adding interactivity and printing/exporting.