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InDesign CC Essentials

Skill Level 1

$575 • two days (12 hours)
meets 9:30am–4:30pm

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Class Description

A fabulous teacher! A wealth of knowledge, explained so well, that it gives even the most inexperienced of us the feeling of some expertise by the end of the class! He spoke to us and worked with us, as opposed to speaking at us and directing us!
InDesign student

InDesign is Adobe's premiere dektop publishing design and layout application. With hands-on projects, harness InDesign's powerful tools for layout and design, use colors correctly and create consistent and amazing type. Apply art from Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, and learn to control output to print and Acrobat PDF. Learn InDesign through hands-on projects.

Included:
All class files and other resources are yours to take home!

what we cover—in detail

(always customized for the students in attendance)

Working with type and text formatting
  • understand and use type features like kerning, leading, and more
  • choosing fonts
  • hyphenation and justification
  • working with figures: make numbers pretty
  • tabs for power spacing
  • bullets and numbering
Building Character and Paragraph Styles for quick global editing of typography
  • understanding why to use styles
  • the many ways to build styles, and when to choose each
  • nesting styles for quick, complex formatting of text
Using master pages
  • master pages: templates within a publication
  • page numbers, running headers, and other page gear
  • mastering the relationship of master pages and the pages that use them
Best ways to create and configure documents
  • create document presets
  • understanding slugs, picas, and other "creatures"
  • why bleed is good
  • margins, guides, grids, and best design practices
Using supplied text content
  • MS Word
  • plain text isn't so simple sometimes
  • cleaning up badly formatted text efficiently
  • converting well formatted text carefully
Placing various graphics formats
  • when to use TIFF, Illustrator, and Photoshop Documents
  • know your options and control them
  • managing links: editing placed files, deciding on color modes (RGB, CMYK) and more
Using basic shapes & color
  • a touch of Illustrator in InDesign
  • expert alignment of graphics
  • efficiency tips
Control color with swatches; sharing colors across applications
  • spot vs process color
  • flat color and gradient swatches
  • pulling color from photos to use in your layout
Building and importing basic tables
  • Is it like Excel?
  • making it easy next time: Table Styles
  • headers, fancy fills and strokes and other matters
Control your workspace
  • controlling the panel/palette glut
  • know how and when to pick different units of measurement
  • menus vs panels vs keyboard shortcuts
  • customizing menus, panels, and shortcuts
  • page numbering options
Building documents of any size
  • how to control your pages and spreads
  • numbering & rearranging pages
  • understand InDesign's Pages panel

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This (and all of our classes) requires basic computer skills

This is a "Level 1" class. That means:

Level 1: For students new to the software or skill being taught, or with broad gaps in knowledge, but familiar with the concepts under discussion

Prerequites: Required class(es) or equivalent experience:

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