Design while you learn InDesign CC

We create while we learn how to set up and design a neat looking menu card. We use skills that make changes easy to do.
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  • Lectures 21
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2014 English

Course Description

Learn while you spend time designing a menu card in the industry leading Adobe InDesign. It's not just about all the tools but also how you will use them to get your layout clean and beautiful.

You will get all the basics so you can deliver a PDF for print or even for online presence. You will experience how to import text from another document and how to clean it up. Then you will utilize InDesign's powerful styles. The styles that will make you life easy and do the formatting playful.

Get into the structure of an efficient design where you can make changes globally in your InDesign layout. The learn how to style dots and change fonts all over while you need some other more funky colours. Learn the cool stuff about:

  • Paragraph Styles (get the typography styled like a dream)
  • Character Styles (maybe some words need to be different within the mother style)
  • Swatches (have them all in the same space for easy access)
  • Set up the panels needed (workspace)
  • How to create and use Tabs (extremely cool for lists)
  • Make correct bleed on print documents (no failure allowed!)
  • Make odd size documents
  • Import text
  • Insert images and how to scale, rotate and handle them
  • Create a PDF for print
  • Create a PDF for online distribution
  • Ensure you images can be printed in perfect quality (preflight)
  • Make easy design changes to you InDesign layout

This course is based on the no frills concept. We do not waste time in minor settings we don't need to know for now. We focus on getting it done right.

After this course you are able to produce flyers, business cards, small posters, hand-outs, product sheets and other. In other words: common marketing material for the busy professional or wannabee pro!

What are the requirements?

  • InDesign CC
  • InDesign CS6
  • InDesign CS5.5
  • InDesign CS5

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create text design that is easy to style and edit
  • Create a perfect printfile
  • Ensure images are correct for print quallty
  • Import text without formatting
  • Work with images
  • Create new colours
  • Understand the power of TABs
  • Understand the productive preferences in InDesign
  • Setting up a document with bleed

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginners
  • Users that are self thought

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Setting up and getting the text placed

The first step is to set up InDesign with the correct panels. Then save the panels in a workspace so you always may reset your favourite settings.


Learn how to create a document from scratch with bleed.


First of all we need to learn all the "common knowledge" and very basic "how to ... ". After this lecture you will be able to create objects, scale them and apply stroke colour and fill colour. You also learn about the famous default system setting on object level. After the lecture try it out yourself before moving on.


You learn how to import text without any formatting and the importance of it. You also learn how to clean up to many spaces and paragraph returns in a easy way.

After watching the video, download the text file and start you lecture.

5 questions

A few questions to review your new knowledge with!

Section 2: Basic styling of text

We create a nice setup for the amazing TABs in the text. With tabs we control the space from an ending sentence towards a a number. The distance from ending sentence to number is different. We create a TAB so all the number are easily aligned.


The most important feature is to style a text - and then reuse that style on other text. Here we learn how to design two styles.


When we have a paragraph style and we want something inside that to be different we need a character style. Then we apply the style to the words we need to be different.


The concept of nested styles is advanced. Here we use it in a simple way. You can do this if you have a lot menu card like designs. But the Lecture 7 way of applying a character style works fine as well.


This trick works very well is all the TABs have to look the very same.


With styles we have consistency in our design. But we also need to be disciplined to keep them in order. Otherwise we risk a style crash ands then we loose control and speed.

Section 2 Quiz
4 questions
Section 3: Inserting graphics and images

Download the test image before you start.

Learn how to insert images and graphics. How to rotate and scale them with the handy short cuts. Watch the lecture, download the test image and try it out for yourself.


Download the required graphics before you start.

See how you will treat the graphics. And learn how to see vector graphics in high quality.

Section 3 Quiz
6 questions
Section 4: Creating Colour

See how you make custom colours. And learn why you use swatches for design consistency.

Section 4 quiz
2 questions
Section 5: Design changes on the fly

See how you change font all over in your design.


Download the 2 images before you start.

Learn how to create different design without destroying the old ones.


See how to get more fonts for free in the Creative Cloud. And how easy it is to download and use directly in your layout.

Section 5 quiz
2 questions
Section 6: How to make a correct PDF

Get a warning if your images are to small for print. Set up an automated preflight that will capture common print mistakes.


Get the right settings and store them permanently in InDesign


Print or make a print ready PDF for your in-house printer


Get the PDF online with the right size and ok quality.

Section 7: Other ressources
The Instructor files ...

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Instructor Biography

Benny Thaibert, Designer and trainer in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

I teach you by giving you hands on task. The teori is stored in the task. And pops when we need to do something we want. That's fast learning very suitable for online training.

I'm a Danish designer and photographer living in Copenhagen, Denmark. I'm Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI). I've taught students and professionals since 2003. They all now know how to make it the easy way in Adobe Software.

I know a lot of dirty tricks, due to my extensive design experience. And I know how to smack it together when a tight deadline show teeth. Because I'm not just a teacher. I'm also a professional designer.

All things may change and will change during time. That's why structure is crucial. With a proper and tight structure you will always make reviews and changes with a smile. I have that in mind when I teach you. I like to share.

My design style is Scandinavian but sometimes I travel (design wise).

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