Donna, I just had to say thank you. You did a wonderful job with this course, and your showing us some tips and tricks along the way about ID made me realize that my switch to this Adobe product from Serif was worth my time and money. As a result, I have completed my new magazine template and realized that your class has helped me immensely. In fact, I will be creating the premiere issue using the template with great confidence this coming week, and I am going to really have a blast doing it because of what you have taught us. Your hands-on approach to trying things out was helpful, and I learned enough that ID is not so overwhelming and complicated as I thought it would be. I am actually enjoying ID a lot and having fun with it. Plus, it all looks so very good and professional without doing a lot of work!
As a beginner to InDesign, this was a great lesson! I enjoyed every bit of it. The instructions were clear, and the video was helpful in Chapter 3. I believe the instructor has done a great job in coaching the beginners (like me) along. The detailed instructions truly help, along with the visuals embedded within the lesson.
I will celebrate my 76th birthday, but still enjoy learning new things. I create birthday cards for my church family each month...using my own paintings and drawings and my own verses. For these projects, I've been using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. This program will be added to the fun of the creativity.
This class has been way more fun than I expected. I hope to follow up with the intermediate class as well. I don't want to lose what I have learned and I look toward being able to create the documents I want. Thank you so much for offering this class!
Course Code: in6
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.
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 for this course.
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) (software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins)
Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8
Mac OS X v10.6.8, v10.7, or v10.8.
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.