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InDesign CC Essentials

Skill Level 1

$595 • two days (12 hours)
meets 9:30am–4:30pm

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Class Description

Best class I ever took. Money well spent. It's a lot to absorb, but this makes the difference between the software being practically useless to me and a great creative tool. Thanks!
InDesign student

InDesign is Adobe's premiere desktop 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 attending)

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

Steve’s newest book! Adobe InDesign CC: A Complete Course and Compendium of Features is your guide to building publications great or small in this ubiquitous page layout application. Contains a complete Course that includes a set of projects and lessons derived from his classes, learn the procedures needed to use InDesign professionally.

Dozens of lessons are included that can be applied to any document: engineering proposals, marketing collateral, spec sheets, magazines, newsletters, books, and more. Through these step-by-step lessons, you’ll be exposed to all of InDesign’s features in practical contexts and its best practices for publishing workflows.

Pick your favorite version:  Print   Kindle   Apple iBooks

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This is a "Level 1" class

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

Not required, but may be useful before taking this course:

All of our classes require basic computer skills.

To register for InDesign CC Essentials,
see prerequisites above, then select starting date below. Note that we regularly add more classes to our schedule.

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