Course Code: inc
Learn the different types of content you can produce with InDesign, explore the workspace and tools, and get right to work on your first project. Then, learn how to use the specific colors, styles, and logos as well as choose settings for a new file, add background images, and organize your content to create a custom letterhead and matching envelope.
Understand how to use a workflow, or an order of operations for creating an InDesign publication and go over how to organize materials on a page using tools for aligning, organizing, and laying out your content. Then, get hands-on experience designing a catalog layout as you learn how to create documents with multiple pages and different layouts.
Learn different methods for adding text to your publication and how to check your text for typos and errors. Then, learn everything you need to know about working with images—adding them to the page in different ways, adjusting their positions, and using various commands for coordinating their sizes, proportions, and frames.
Learn how to work with some of the drawing tools to draw several simple shapes and stack them using blend modes for interesting effects. You’ll also learn how to use text wrap to make text follow the shapes of various objects. Then, learn the best methods for choosing, naming, and organizing colors in your documents.
Explore the tools available for designing and formatting tables to help you make sure your content will coordinate with other documents. Then, see how to use the 3R's of recycling in InDesign to complete a new projects.
Learn how to export a publication as an image, print directly from your desktop, or create a compact PDF version of your finished publication ready to email. Then, dig into color separations—a common method of preparing a file for a professional print shop. And finally, try out special layout tools for producing alternate page layouts of different sizes in the same document.
Donna Baker is a freelance graphic designer and author of many books on design software and Web design. She produces custom tutorials, videos, and infographics. She's an Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Community Expert. She edits several books per year as a technical editor for Wiley Publishing. And she loves sharing her knowledge about graphic design and Adobe products with others.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional material requirements:
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
This was another great lesson. I really enjoyed learning how to make an eBook as I had not done that before. While I had a little bit of knowledge in InDesign, this course taught me a lot of great information I wouldn't have learned on my own. Thank you for a great class!"
Great lesson! I have worked in printing for 13 years and this lesson showed a lot of key points that many designers still do not understand or take the time to learn. It is key to work with the person/company outputting your final product. Poor files in many times will mean a poor product output and a very frustrated vendor. Thank you for making this a part of the class!"
I really feel like I learned much more than I thought I would. Having the InDesign book is great butit was very difficult to wade through because I didn't particularly understand the lingo. You have helpled me with that immensely and now when I look in the book I understand what it's talking about."
I am completely enjoying the class and learning so much! I am excited to be able to maneuver through this program."
I want to thank you, Donna, for this awesome class! It has helped me learn new things about InDesign, even though there are so many things to learn with this program. I know we haven't scratched the surface, but what we have accomplished in this course is a lot. You're an excellent teacher and I hope to take another class of yours in the future!"
This lesson was very interesting in many ways...You definitely know how to pack a lesson full of information."
It’s been years since I invested my time into learning a new computer program, but after seeing the first lesson broken down into simple steps that I can easily understand, I’m glad I enrolled in this course. I had no idea that learning InDesign could be fun and this is just the beginning!"
As a writer of training programs, myself, I must commend you on the detail of this one on InDesign. I cannot imagine the proofreading and checking that has been done as the various iterations were completed. This is an extraordinary accomplishment!"
Let me thank you sincerely for this wonderful introductory course. A teacher myself, I know how much time and effort goes into prepping any one lesson, let alone a whole course with such step-by-step instructions, supplementary materials and groundwork. I also think it's pretty amazing that you're so involved with your students progress - there isn't a single question that wasn't answered or concern that wasn't addressed. I'm really happy I stumbled upon this course and I am looking forward to taking the intermediate one in the future!"