What does Adobe InDesign do?

Daniel Walter Scott
A free video tutorial from Daniel Walter Scott
Adobe Certified Instructor & Adobe Certified Expert
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Lecture description

Now, what is InDesign? Basically, its a big Desktop Publishing. Its like a big version of Microsoft Word. Now, Microsoft Word gets you to a certain level but never gets you to that kind of a Pro level. Its quite intuitive, you can teach yourself a bit of it. I've got a full course on Word, if you want to go check that out, it gets into a lot more of the detail, but InDesign is where you kind of-- where Word finishes, InDesign starts.

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Adobe InDesign CC - Essentials Training Course

Build company newsletters, brochures, annual reports. Learn typography, color theory & graphic design skills in InDesign

07:08:39 of on-demand video • Updated November 2020

  • You will be able to add InDesign to your CV
  • You will be able to start earning money from your InDesign Skills.
  • You will have over 5 of your own projects to add to your portfolio.
  • You will build a flyer in InDesign.
  • You will create a postcard design.
  • You will build a company brochure.
  • You will create a magazine layout.
  • You will create a company newsletter.
  • You will create your own business card.
  • You will build stationery for a business including letterhead & comp slip.
  • You will build a longer annual report document.
  • You will create & use corporate colors.
  • You will create your own colors to use in your designs.
  • You will learn how to pick complimentary fonts for you design.
  • You will resize, rotate & crop images.
  • 76 lectures 5+ hours of well structured content.
  • Learn how to create PDF files ready for printing.
  • You will get the finished files so you never fall behind.
  • Downloadable exercise files & cheat sheet.
  • Forum support from me and the rest of the BYOL crew.
  • Techniques used by professional graphic designers.
  • Professional workflows and shortcuts.
  • A wealth of other resources and websites to help your new career path.
English Now, what is InDesign? Basically, its a big Desktop Publishing. Its like a big version of Microsoft Word. Now, Microsoft Word gets you to a certain level... but never gets you to that kind of a Pro level. Its quite intuitive, you can teach yourself a bit of it. I've got a full course on Word, if you want to go check that out... it gets into a lot more of the detail. But InDesign is where you kind of... where Word finishes, InDesign starts. Now if I'm working in a design agency, or a desktop publisher... or a marketing, or a communications place... and I need to make a flier, a 1-page little flier... InDesign. If I need to make a series of business cards... InDesign. If I need to make some corporate stationery... InDesign. Magazines, brochures, short ones, long ones... if I've got a 400-page book that I'm actually producing... InDesign is the place to go. It is by far the most essential tool... in that kind of Desktop Publishing world. Some of the products for Adobe, there are direct competitors... that are just as successful... but InDesign doesn't have one. There's Quark and PageMaker which are kind of-- They're just really old versions of InDesign. You can still use those things. And they do a similar sort of job... but you'll find, in terms of an industry tool, getting a job... and just-- Yeah, InDesign is the place to be for that type of work. Now that my friends, hopefully, is what InDesign is.