Module 1 - Introduction to InDesign
This module introduces you to the overall programme structure and concepts that are relevant to your everyday work with InDesign. You will then understand how to navigate through the programme and adapt the user interface to suit your needs.
- Programme set-up
- The screen and work area set-up in InDesign
- Basic programme functions, tools and panels
Module 2 - Structuring a document in InDesign
Learn to create documents and appreciate what to be aware of in terms of their intended use. You can then create documents that achieve their ultimate aim.
- Creating documents with several pages
- Creating documents for newsletters, posters, flyers, etc.
- Creating documents for brochures, books, magazines
- Creating documents for advertisements
Module 3 – Working with pages in InDesign
This module reviews how to insert pages into your InDesign document, and how to use master pages 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 in InDesign
- Automatic page numbering
- Page headers and footers
- Inserting pages in InDesign
Module 4 – Creating simple figures and objects
This module reviews tools for drawing and selection in InDesign. After this module you can create simple figures, select, convert and group these objects to form a frame for your subsequent work with text, colours and images.
- Guide lines and line tools
- Drawing tools in InDesign
- Selection tools
- Scaling, rotating and converting figures
- Grouping objects
Module 5 – Working with colour
This module gives you an understanding of palettes (CMYK, RGB or Pantone) and how to create and use these colours in InDesign documents. After the module you can create your own colours, export and use them in other Adobe programmes, and use the colours on objects i InDesign.
- Colours/colour swatches
- Colour gradients
- CMYK, RGB and Pantone
- Line colours and fill colours
Module 6 – Working with text
This module teaches you to enter/import text and manually format the text's appearance. You can then enter text in InDesign and import text from other documents. You can also use the find/replace function for simple searches and to replace text, and design the text in terms of colour, type size and font.
- Entering text in InDesign
- Text sequence
- Importing text (from Word, for example)
- Manual text formatting
- Text wrapping
- Special symbols (glyphs)
Module 7 – Inserting and working with images
This session gives you insight into working with images in InDesign. You learn to insert and adapt images and wrap text around the images (text wrap). You can then choose the right image based on quality requirements and crop and position images in your documents.
- Inserting images
- Cropping images
- Wrapping text (text wrap)
- Mini Bridge (New in CS5)
- Image quality
Module 8 – Formatting text using styles
This module helps you understand how to use character and paragraph styles to manage the design of the text. You can then decide whether your document needs styles and how to create and use them.
- Creating character styles
- Creating paragraph styles
- Formatting text
Module 9 – working with effects
This module explains how to use various effects in InDesign. You learn to use simple effects such as shading and rounded corners. 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
Module 10 – List of contents
This module provides an understanding of creating and using lists of contents. You can then create lists of contents for InDesign documents using paragraph styles, and can format lists of contents in the style you prefer. Module 8 is a requirement for this module.
- Creating paragraph styles for lists of contents
- Creating lists of contents
- Formatting lists of contents
Module 11 - Preprint
The end product from InDesign is often a PDF file. The final module of the course therefore familiarises you with creating PDF files intended for printing and making PDF files that can be sent for proofreading. You can then create PDF files that are ready for printing that comply with the most common printing requirements in terms of quality and colour.
- Exporting PDF files for proofreading
- Exporting PDF files ready to print
- Printers' requirements for PDF files