Adobe InDesign Hands-On
What You'll Learn
Learn the skills and knowledge to produce page layouts like a pro!
If you are an editor or designer who spends a large amount of time creating documents - from simple one-page flyers to multi-page documents and books, interactive PDFs, and even iPad apps - Adobe InDesign is the professional software to know.
In this class, you'll work through a project from start to finish from that will introduce you to InDesign and get you the knowledge to begin working on your own projects effectively and efficiently. You'll practice with and learn how and why to use several time-saving features that will keep you on task while still maintaining a creative workflow. By the end of class, you'll have the basics down and the flexibility to make changes to your document fast!
Class focus will be on design for print as well as on-screen PDFs.
This class will cover:
- Setting up InDesign (Preferences and Workspaces)
- Creating a New Document
- Introduction to InDesign Tools
- Working with Layers and Guides
- Working with Images: Placing Images, Clipping Paths, and Understanding the Links Panel
- Working with Text: Formatting Text, Paragraph and Character Styles, Threading Text
- Working with Color
- Combining Text and Images: Text Wrap and Anchored Objects
- Using Special Effects such as Drop Shadows
- Saving Files for Earlier Versions of InDesign
- Exporting PDFs for Print and Web/Screen Use
BDA provides Mac workstations for in-class use and are available on a limited basis. Students are also welcome to use their own computer with the latest version of the Creative Cloud installed. Adobe offers a free 7-day trial of the Creative Cloud. (When registering, please make a note whether you will need a BDA Mac or if you will bring your own laptop.)
BDA can make these Mac workstations available to students, outside of class time, if scheduled in advance with BDA staff. Workstations and BDA equipment cannot leave BDA facilities and there is no "guarantee" that we will have a workstation available for you to use when you need to use it, as any Mac workstation use must be coordinated with staff availability during BDA weekday business hours.
Presented in Adobe Creative Cloud, but most of what is taught will apply to earlier versions of the program.
Who Should Take This
Anyone who wants a hands-on experience to learn the basics of InDesign and who are ready to move up to a higher level of text editing. If you have no prior experience using Adobe InDesign, that’s ok!
We also have other introductory InDesign courses available in a 3-hour lecture format, Getting Started with Adobe InDesign, Part 1 and Adobe inDesign Next Steps, Part 2.
Presented By Betty Taylor
Betty Taylor, detail-obsessed graphic designer, has been putting together pictures and words to communicate messages for close to 20 years. She works with clients on everything from food packaging to long document layout. Betty has been an enthusiastic fan of Adobe InDesign since it was first introduced, and offers training for both beginners and experts.