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Introduction to InDesign CS6

In this Adobe InDesign CS6 class, you'll get hands-on desktop publishing training and come away knowing how to use this popular page layout software program to design and create professional-quality letterhead, business cards, brochures, PDF files that play movies, and more. You'll discover that you don't have to be a designer or an artist to produce professional-quality documents!

Lesson by lesson, you'll explore the best ways to use the features in this program to create different types of material, how to organize and name your files, and how to reuse items such as colors and artwork. By the time you finish the course, you'll not only be comfortable with the tools and features that InDesign CS6 offers, you'll also know the most efficient ways to use the program to produce the materials you need for your own work, recreation, or hobbies.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting March 13 | April 17

Introduction to InDesign CS6


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Course Code: in6

What You Will Learn
  • Learn everything you need to know to successfully use this popular page layout software
  • Gain hands-on experience as you use graphics, images, fonts, and other content to complete projects
  • Check your work or troubleshoot any problems you encounter with the finished InDesign project files
  • Explore the best ways to create different types of materials
  • Learn how to produce publications for different page sizes and devices
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Feel confident using InDesign to create professional-quality business publications
  • Gain the skills you need for a great new hobby and way to express your creativity
  • Open the door to new career and freelance opportunities as a designer of business publications


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Week 1

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.

Week 2

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.

Week 3

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.

Week 4

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.

Week 5

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.

Week 6

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.

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Instructors & Support

Donna Baker

Donna is a registered nurse, with experience in remote nursing, tertiary care operating room, and long-term care administration, amongst other areas. She has been involved in many aspects of the nursing profession, including teaching medical terminology and mentoring operating room nurses. She has a degree in health administration and is currently a master’s student in learning and technology.


Prerequisites / Requirements


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows 7 or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe InDesign CS6 (Windows), Adobe CS6 Design and Web Premium (Windows), Adobe CS6 Master Collection (Windows), InDesign CS6 (Mac), Adobe CS6 Design and Web Premium (Mac), Adobe CS6 Master Collection (Mac), or Adobe CC may also be used (Mac or Windows) (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a course 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.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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