Learn InDesign CC from scratch
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Learn InDesign CC from scratch

Go from complete beginner to InDesign wizz in no time with the help of a time served InDesign expert!
4.5 (16 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
455 students enrolled
Created by Mark Williams
Last updated 5/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • 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

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!

Who is the target audience?
  • Complete beginners to InDesign
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Curriculum For This Course
39 Lectures
The workspace and creating new documents
2 Lectures 22:54

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

Preview 11:41

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

Creating new documents
Importing images
5 Lectures 24:54

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

Images 1 - Linking Images

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

Images 2 - Scaling & Rotating

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

Images 3 - Placing Multiple Images and Grouping

Place multiple images in an organised grid placement

Preview 03:46

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

Images 5 - Repairing/Replacing Linked Images
Adding corner effects to frames and basic effects to images and using layers
3 Lectures 18:55

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

Preview 04:51

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

Using Layers

Apply basic effects like drop shadows etc to your image frames

Adding basic effects to images
Swatches Introduction
2 Lectures 16:54

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

Swatches Introduction

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

Applying swatches to frames
Adding and deleting pages
1 Lecture 03:56

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

Adding and deleting pages
Text introduction
8 Lectures 50:12

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

Creating a text frame and threading to other text frames

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

Applying colour to text and text frames

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

Setting and applying a baseline grid

How to format fonts and paragraph alignments correctly

Formattting text and paragraphs

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

Applying a text wrap to image and text frames

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

Using the gradient feather tool and applying transparency to text and text frame

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

Using Librarys

Set tabs within your text frames for accurate alignment.

Setting tabs for text
Adding and applying master pages and adding page numbers
3 Lectures 18:45

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

Master pages introduction

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

Duplicating master pages

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

Page Numbering
Advanced character and frame formatting
6 Lectures 43:06

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

Creating and applying character styles

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

Creating compound paths

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

Creating clipping paths

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

Applying text to a path

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

Advanced effects

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

Using the pathfinder panel
Using the Pen Tool
2 Lectures 17:21

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

Using the Pen Tool part 1

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

Using the Pen Tool part 2
Preflight Checks
3 Lectures 15:10

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

Pre Flight checks - the links panel

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

Pre Flight Checks - Swatches and bleed

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

Pre Flight Panel - defining profiles
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About the Instructor
Mark Williams
4.5 Average rating
16 Reviews
455 Students
1 Course
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!