Introduction to InDesign
This module introduces you to the overall program structure and concepts relevant to your everyday work with InDesign. You will then understand how to navigate through the program and adapt the user interface to suit your needs.
- Program set-up
- The set-up of the screen and work area
- Basic program functions, tools and panels
Structuring a document
Learn to create documents and what to be aware of according to their intended use. You can then create sharp documents achieving their aim and meeting their target.
- Creating documents containing several pages
- Documents for newsletters, posters, flyers, etc.
- Documents for brochures, books, magazines
- Documents for advertisements
Working with pages
Here you will learn how to insert pages into your document, and how to use master pages in order to give your documents a holistic appearance. You can then navigate between pages in your documents, insert pages and understand when and why a master page is useful.
- Navigating between several pages and master pages
- Master pages
- Set automatic page numbering and use page headers and footers
- Inserting pages
Creating simple shapes and objects
In this module we will give you tools for drawing and selection. Then you will be able to create simple shapes, select, convert and group these objects to form a frame around your subsequent work with text, colors and images.
- Guide lines and line tools
- Drawing tools and selection tools
- Scaling, rotating and converting figures and grouping objects
Working with colors
You will be given an understanding of palettes (CMYK, RGB or Pantone) and how to create and use these colors in your documents. Afterwards you can create your own colors, export and use them in other Adobe programs, and use the colors on objects in InDesign.
- Color swatches gradients
- CMYK, RGB and Pantone
- Line and fill colors
Working with text
This module teaches you how to enter/import text and manually format the appearance of the text. Afterwards you can enter text in InDesign and import text from other documents. You will also know how to find and replace text, and how to enhance the text by using colors, type sizes and fonts.
- Entering text
- Text sequence
- Importing text (for example from Word)
- Manual text formatting
- Text wrapping
- Special symbols (glyphs)
Inserting and working with images
This session will learn you how to work with images in InDesign. You will learn how to insert and adapt images and wrap text around the images. You then be able to choose the right image based on quality requirements and be able to crop and position images in your documents.
- Inserting images and cropping images
- Wrapping text (text wrap)
- Mini bridge (new in CS5)
- Image quality
Formatting text by using styles
We will help you to understand how to use character and paragraph styles when dealing with the design of the text. You will then be able to decide whether your document needs styles and how to create and use them.
- Creating character styles and paragraph styles
- Formatting text
Working with effects
You will be shown how to use various effects such as shading and rounded corners in your documents. You can then create and adapt these effects to suit your needs.
- Applying effects (shading, transparency, rounded corners, etc.)
- Adapting standard effects
- Applying effects to text
List of contents
Here you will get an understanding of creating and using lists of contents. You can then create automatic lists of contents - in the style you prefer - for the documents by using paragraph styles.
- Creating paragraph styles for lists of contents
- Creating lists of contents and formatting lists of contents
The result of your documents will often be PDF files. This last module will learn you how to create PDF files - intended for printing and or to forwarded for proofreading. Afterwards you can create PDF files ready for printing and living up to the most common printing requirements regarding quality and color.
- Exporting PDF files for proofreading
- Exporting PDF files ready to print and print requirements for PDF files