Learn InDesign CC from scratch

Go from complete beginner to InDesign wizz in no time with the help of a time served InDesign expert!
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  • Lectures 39
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2014 English

Course Description

This introduction to Adobe InDesign CC training course will start with the absolute basics of the software, I slowly build your knowledge up and introduce you to all the tools Adobe InDesign CC has to offer. After watching and following along with all the videos you will be proficient and confident to begin to produce your own multiple page documents and export them for multiple on-line and print use. I also show you how to add interactive elements to your finished PDF files.

Adobe InDesign is a versatile desktop publishing application that gives you pixel-perfect control over design and typography.Create elegant and engaging pages for print, tablets, and other screens. You can easily adapt layouts to look great on a variety of page sizes, orientations, or devices.

The course is structured in a very easy to follow manner with short video lectures and excercises to complete. I have my own software training studio and have been teaching Adobe products for over 10 years now so let me guide you from being a novice to a an absolute wizz!

What are the requirements?

  • The course is filmed in InDesign CC but the content is relevant for all software versions from CS5
  • You will need a working version of InDesign either CS5, CS6 or CC, a free 30 day trial is available from http://www.adobe.com/downloads.html
  • You will have a keen interest in Design and layouts

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course you will be able to confidently produce your own multiple page layouts in InDesign
  • You will be able to export rich interactive PDF’s from your InDesign documents

Who is the target audience?

  • Complete beginners to InDesign

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: The workspace and creating new documents

Detailed description of the InDesign CC workspace, explaining how the panels, tool bar and control bar work together.


Learn how to create new facing and non facing pages including adding bleed guides correctly and applying a column structure to your documents.

Section 2: Importing images

The correct way to cleanly link images and external files to your InDesign documents


Rotate and scale your images keeping in proportion and monitoring the final print resolution.


Learn how to place in multiple images at once and create groups of images.


Place multiple images in an organised grid placement


Using the links panel to manage links and repair/replace broken links.

Section 3: Adding corner effects to frames and basic effects to images and using layers

Learn how to apply corner effects to your image and text frames


An introduction to layers and how they can help to organise your InDesign files


Apply basic effects like drop shadows etc to your image frames

Section 4: Swatches Introduction

A look at the swatches panel, creating and importing the different type of swatches we can use in InDesign


How you can apply swatches to the stroke and fill of frames

Section 5: Adding and deleting pages

How to correctly add/delete and organise your pages in the pages panel

Section 6: Text introduction

Creating text frames and filling with text then linking that text frame to other text frames to thread the text.


Applying colour to text and text frames, using both the stroke and the fill.


How to correctly set up and calculate a baseline grid for your document.


How to format fonts and paragraph alignments correctly


Learn how to apply a text wrap to various objects and also override the text wrap with specific frames.


Description of how to use the gradient feather tool efficiently and correctly, we also look at transparency in the effects panel.


Create and save your own library files for use in multiple documents.


Set tabs within your text frames for accurate alignment.

Section 7: Adding and applying master pages and adding page numbers

An introduction to creating master pages to help keep consistency throughout a document.


Creating multiple master pages in a document and duplicating/amending existing master pages.


Use the master pages to apply automatic page numbering throughout your document.

Section 8: Advanced character and frame formatting

Keep your text formatting consistent over multiple pages by creating and applying character styles.


Merge multiple frames to create compound paths that enable you to have one image in a number of frames.


Use the detect edges feature to automatically detect the edges of an image and change the shape of the frame.


Apply text to any path or stroke created in InDesign and also control exactly where it sits on the stroke.


How to use effects in a more advanced manner with text and images to create a magazine front cover.


Merge, subtract and intersect paths to have greater control over the shape of your frames.

Section 9: Using the Pen Tool

Master the pen tool controlling anchor points and control bars to enable you to have complete freedom in the shape of your frames.


Use the pen tool to trace around an image and crop it to the exact shape.

Section 10: Preflight Checks

Pre Flight checking within your links panel, checking everything is linked correctly and high enough resolution for your required output.


Checking your swatches are all CMYK and ready for print output, we will also check the correct bleed is determined for each page.


We will define our own profiles in the Pre Flight panel to make sure our document is ready for print output.

Section 11: Preparing for print

Use the packaging command to copy all your links, images and fonts in to the same folder.


Use the export function to create a screen resolution PDF.


Use the export function to create a hi-resolution PDF suitable for print output.

Section 12: Adding interactivity to PDFs

Add buttons to your InDesign document and add functionality to enable the PDF to become interactive with the user.

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Instructor Biography

Mark Williams, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator Software Trainer

I'm Mark the director of Creative Studios Derby Ltd. I have been an Adobe software trainer for 10 years now and previously to that worked as a Graphic Designer for 6 years. I have a lot of experience training individuals and groups at all levels, from small freelance individuals up to multinational companies.

Creative Studios Derby Ltd is the East Midlands (UK) largest and most experienced Adobe training studio.

We specialise in teaching software from the Adobe Creative Suite, this includes Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

We regularly provide staff training for Thames Valley Water, EON, The Derby Evening Telegraph, Derby College, Derby University and The University of Nottingham to name a few.

We have also helped hundreds of small businesses to realise the potential of affordable Adobe software to help promote and raise the profile of their businesses.

I am sure you will find our on-line courses informative and easy to follow, we have many satisfied customers who keep coming back for more and we want you to be one of them too!

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