Course Code: inc
Wouldn't it be terrific if you could use one program to create all the different types of print materials—such as letterhead, forms, and even brochures and business cards? Well, you can. This first lesson introduces the different types of content you can produce with InDesign's workspace and tools. And then you will start working on your first project—a logo for a fictional business.
This lesson focuses on starting and saving a new print document. What's one of the most common types of print documents? If you said "letterhead," you would be right and well on your way to this lesson's project. By the end of the lesson, you will know how to choose settings for a new file, add background images, and organize your content to create a custom letterhead.
Organization is a key ingredient in successful work of any kind, and it's critical to successfully using InDesign. This lesson introduces organizing documents in two ways. In the process, you will complete three projects: a sheet of address stickers, a sheet of business cards, and a reusable business card template.
Many of your projects will use multiple pages with different layouts. Designing a catalog layout is the perfect way to learn these skills, and that's what this lesson focuses on. You will see how to add a graphic into an existing frame, as well as how to add content instantly using a file called a snippet.
Managing text in precise and interesting ways is one of the big advantages of working with InDesign rather than a word-processing program. In this lesson, you will start a two-page brochure project that will take you two lessons to complete.
The two key elements in any print project are, of course, text and images. This lesson concludes your two-page brochure project. You will learn different techniques for working with images, such as adding them to the page, adjusting their positions, and coordinating their sizes.
You might be surprised to learn that InDesign provides you with some of the same sophisticated drawing tools that you will find in Adobe Illustrator. In this lesson, you will learn how to work with some of the drawing tools to design a poster for a fashion show.
Did you know that your eyes can see over 16 million different colors? It's true! Fortunately, you don't have to work with that many colors in InDesign. In this lesson, you will learn the best methods for choosing, naming, and organizing colors for your greeting card project.
When you need to display easy-to-read information in your publication, it's time to use a table. InDesign offers numerous tools for designing and formatting tables while ensuring your content coordinates with other documents. You will see how this works in this lesson when you build a table for an invoice form.
Recycling doesn't just apply to physical items. In this lesson, you will learn how to use recycling in InDesign to complete a newsletter project. As you modify colors and styles from previous lessons to create new styles, you will also reuse a lot of the tools and skills you learned in previous lessons.
InDesign provides many options for exporting, reusing, and printing a document. In this lesson, you will design a postcard using special fonts, colors, and image layout features. By the time you finish, you will know how to export a publication and print directly from your desktop.
In the final lesson, you will test InDesign's versatility. First, you will use a two-color version of the business cards used previously to delve into color separations—a common method of preparing a file for a professional print shop. Finally, you will round out the course by creating an e-book.
Donna Baker is an educator, learning designer, and technical editor with more than 15 years of experience creating instructional materials. Donna started her career instructing and designing content for health and medical classes. She has since branched out to teaching courses on professional design and publishing tools. She is an Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Community Expert.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access expires.
Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.
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!"