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InDesign 101: Red Belt


Adobe InDesign is the industry standard DTP layout program. Used in the production of brochures, proposal documents, newsletters, it’s also the source for all publishing from eBooks, printed material and even Apps for smart phones and tablet devices.

Our InDesign course is targeted at the beginner or first-time user and will give you a thorough grounding is this graphic design program.

This course starts from the program basics and quickly builds knowledge and confidence in how to navigate the application and use the tools to create layouts from single pages to complex multi-page documents


This course is intended for graphic designers, creative professionals, print professionals, publishers, prepress professionals, and marketing communications professionals. It’s focused on those creating layouts for print.

Assumed Knowledge

Before taking this course, you should have a basic understanding of your computers operating system. For example; you should know how to launch an application, create and save files, and copy files from CD and other media.


  • Layout Text & Graphics in a Document
  • Making use of InDesign Frames
  • Share formatting and appearance attributes with Styles
  • Manage linked files and missing Fonts
  • Automate the workflow with Master pages
  • Define Colours
  • Tints & Gradients using the Swatches panel
  • Output an Artwork for Prepress printing

  • Course content

    Managing InDesign
    Setting up a new workspace
    Zoom and scroll shortcuts
    Setting up a new document
    Working with rulers and guides

    Working with colours
    The fill and stroke settings
    Creating, using and editing solid colours
    Creating, using and editing gradients
    Adding and converting Pantone colours

    Working with text
    Importing text
    Creating Paragraph Styles
    Applying styles to text
    Editing styles
    Linking multiple text frames frames
    Creating ‘placeholder’ frames
    The Glyphs window
    Using the Tab command

    Working with images
    The Place command
    Resizing images and frames
    Rotating objects
    Using the Text Wrap window
    Managing layers
    Special effects
    Shape and corner options

    The pages window
    Adjusting the Pages window view
    Adding and deleting pages
    Working with master pages
    Creating automatic page numbering
    Creating new numbering sections
    Using multiple master pages

    Managing multiple documents
    Templates and libraries
    The Book option
    Loading data from other documents
    Using Adobe Bridge

    Saving InDesign documents
    Saving as a document
    Saving as a template
    Saving for earlier versions of InDesign

    Output from InDesign

    Creating a lo-res PDF for screen view / desktop printing
    Creating a hi-res PDF for print

Duration: 2 days
Level: Introduction
Price: £497.00

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