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InDesign training course – Intro Level 1 



This is a detailed one day InDesign training course outline, designed for the new user. The course, derived from more than 20 years experience of training desktop publishing software at all levels, breaks down InDesign into a logical sequence of learning events, so that the new user receives the necessary confidence and skills to get the best out of InDesign from the start.




To cover the essential, fundamental tasks of page layout – creating, manipulating and organising frames as well as importing and manipulating images and text in Adobe InDesign.


The InDesign Working Environment

• New Document setup • Hide/Show Guides • Positioning Ruler Guides • Master Page guides • Ruler Guides dialog box • Magnification techniques • Scrolling • Document and application preferences • Managing panels


Frame and Box Techniques

• Drawing rectangular and oval frames • Type frames, Graphic frames, Shape frames • Specifying dimensions • Squares and circles • Polygons and stars • Moving and resizing frames and graphics • Constrained moves • Drag copy • Working with lines • Working to Reference points • Smart Guides • Locking/Unlocking objects • Selecting/Deselecting objects



• The Fill and Stroke boxes • Applying fill colour • Applying stroke colour to frames • Setting stroke weight • Align Stroke options • The Swatches panel • Mixing colours • Creating tints • Using Pantone colours


Working with Type

• Entering text • Selecting text • Placing word-processed text • Text flow techniques – Threading text • Breaking text threads • Applying Paragraph Style Sheets • Character formatting using the Character panel • Paragraph formatting using the Paragraph panel • Hyphenation


Editing Text

• Selecting text • Cursor movement through text • Forced Line Break • Discretionary hyphen • Special character sub-menu • Glyphs panel • Show/Hide Hidden Characters • Spell Check • Dynamic Spelling


Stacking Order

• Working with stacks • Send to Back/Backward • Bring to Front/Forward • Selecting through stacks


Working with Images

• Creating picture frames • Importing images • Images and the Selection tool • Content Grabber • Shortcuts for scaling frame and image in pro • Scaling the image – the Direct selection tool • Shortcuts for scaling an image in pro • Checking scale percentages



• The Links panel • Link Information • Go to Link • Missing links – Relink • Modified links – Update link • Edit Original


Text Wrap

• The Text Wrap panel • Switching Text Wrap on • Offsets • Text Wrap and Stacking Order • Text Wrap for Irregular objects


Text Frame Options

• Working with Columns • Inset Spacing • Vertical Justification


Lines and Strokes

• The Line tool • Vertical and Horizontal lines • Dotted/dashed lines • Arrows • The Stroke Panel • Specifying Line Weights


Preflight & Export to PDF

• The Preflight Panel • Export to PDF






Get Creative

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Nancy Triggs, Marketing Executive
Insider Journeys, Oxford
InDesign CC2105 training course




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H D, Production Editor
7.4 Limited, Oxford
InDesign / Photoshop / Illustrator


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Julia McCormack
Oxfordshire County Council
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LibbyT Designs
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