Who is this course for

This course is intended for graphic designers, creative professionals, print professionals, publishers, prepress professionals, and marketing communications professionals. It’s focused on those creating layouts for print.

Assumed Knowledge

Before taking this course, you should have a basic understanding of your computers operating system. For example, you should know how to launch an application, create and save files, and copy files from CD and other media.

What you will learn

You’ll learn to become comfortable when working with Layout Text & Graphics in a Document while making use of InDesign frames, share formatting and appearance attributes with styles, manage linked files and missing fonts, automate the workflow with Masterpages, define colours, tints and gradients using the swatches panel, output an artwork for prepress printing, manipulate long documents as books, work with tables inside of InDesign, create interactive PDF documents, utilise the automation features inside of InDesign, use XML to tag document elements according to their content. You will also be prepared for and take the InDesign Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) to be accredited by Adobe.


Setting Up Your Document

  • Be precise with rulers and guides
  • Add, move and shuffle pages in your document
  • Paginate spread pages
  • Using bridge to organise your creative assets and InDesign Libraries to share them

Working with Frames

  • Place text and graphics on the document pages
  • Applying colours
  • Tints and gradients
  • Get creative with the stroke panel
  • Shapes and corner options inside of InDesign
  • Transforming frames content
  • Changing the default transparency
  • Share the appearance attributes with object styles

Importing & Editing Text

  • Flowing text and multiple columns design
  • Formatting with character and paragraph styles
  • Leading
  • Spacing
  • Tracking and kerning
  • Create bulleted and numbered lists
  • Explore decorative fonts & special characters with glyphs panel

Working with Graphics

  • Image quality and display options
  • Fitting or clipping graphics with frames
  • Share colours with swatch exchange format
  • Manage linked files and automate updating of your content
  • Vector artworks inside of InDesign
  • Goddies inside of the Effects panel

Page Layout Tools

  • Using placeholders
  • Eyedropper and master pages for different workflow
  • Aligning multiple objects and working with object groups
  • Wrap text around inline objects while making use of Alpha channels
  • Be a professional with baseline grid alignment

Outputting & PDF Export

  • Understanding bleed and slug
  • Differentiate between spot and process colours
  • Create a package to share InDesign documents
  • Manage missing fonts
  • Preflight for prepress

Enhancing Your Workflow

  • Section starts
  • Prefixes and page numbering
  • Exploring find / change command
  • Data merge and text variables for dynamic data
  • Customise advanced preferences
  • Synchronizing book documents
  • Indexing and table of content
  • Discover interactive PDFs with hyperlinks
  • Navigational buttons
  • Embedded sounds and movies

Advanced Typography

  • Style overrides and making use of story editor
  • Share styles with snippets
  • Explore nested styles
  • Creating hanging indents
  • Hyphenation and advanced justification options
  • Understand anchored objects

Mastering Tables in InDesign

  • Working with tabulators
  • Table and cells formatting
  • Placing graphics inside a Table
  • Link tables from MS Office for automated updates
  • Importing graphs and charts from MS Office

Drawing Vector Graphics

  • Using the pen tool
  • Pencil and scissor tools to work with bézier curves
  • Combine shapes for complex compound paths
  • Utilise clipping paths for CD/DVD label design
  • Gradient feather tool
  • Importing and colouring B&W images

Advanced Outputting & XML Export

  • Learn about ICC profiles and colour management
  • Manage rendering intents
  • Transparency flattener and trapping
  • Outputting an interactive PDF
  • XML tagging and mapping tags to style

Course details

Evening class duration Weekend class duration Weekday class duration Course level
Jumpstart - Zero to Hero

How to book

Simply select your start date from below and pay online to book your course.

If you are joining us during a weekday class then the lessons begin at 09:30 and finish at 16:30. This class will run for 5 weeks.
If you are joining us during an evening class then the lessons begin at 18:00 and finish at 21:00 each week. This class will run for weeks.
If you are joining us during a weekend class then the class starts at 10:00 and will finish at 17:00 each week. This class will run for weeks.