InDesign Basics Adobe InDesign has everything you need to publish beautiful, professional-looking layouts. In this InDesign training class you will learn all the program fundamentals: importing and manipulating objects, controlling text style and flow, using master pages, applying graphic effects such as shadowing and feathering, and working with graphic effects.
Exciting projects include menu, catalog, and promotional design, visual identity, and book layout. Mentored by a veteran instructor you'll maneuver your way around InDesign and you'll have impressive portfolio pieces to show for it.
Class Projects and Objectives:
This online class is packed with InDesign training and tips. Students can expect to:
- Use settings and preferences to create single and multi-page documents, and master the vocabulary and tools associated with navigating the InDesign work area.
- Create and properly utilize text frames, graphic frames, columns, grids, and guides for laying out page content accurately.
- Utilize master pages as templates for multi-page documents and present content consistently over a series of pages.
- Use selection tools to effectively manipulate, move, and transform layout objects, and use grouping and stacking to arrange them.
- Draw graphic objects using path and shape tools, and manipulate them with the Transform panel and specialized transformation tools.
- Master methods of adding and manipulating color fills, strokes, and gradients, and store colors using the Swatches panel.
- Properly flow text through a series of frames and wrap it around other layout objects including graphics and pull-quotes.
- Use leading, tracking, and kerning effectively for strong type readability and apply type formatting quickly and consistently using saved styles.
- Properly import a variety of graphic types, organize graphics and other objects with layers, and import documents for use in data presentation.
- Manage imported content such as graphic files using links and libraries.
- Apply transparency, drop shadow, and feathering effects and flatten them properly for print.
- Use preflight checking and on-screen proofing to prepare a document for print.
Class Instructor Bio:
John Feld is the editor of The Graphics Report, a resource for graphic and Web designers and digital photographers. John has been involved in the graphics world for over twenty years, as a graphic designer, owner of a large photographic studio, graphics trainer, system integrator of graphics software and networks, and manager of the creative concept and development of graphic software. He has worked at Scitex, MetaCreations, and UCLA and has taught at corporations and movie studios, recording companies, and advertising agencies including Paramount, Disney, Columbia, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Chiat Day, 30sixty design, R.R. Donnelley, Toyota, and TransAmerica Corp. John started teaching computer graphics with PageMaker 1.0, and QuarkXPress, set up a Quark Authorized Training Center, and has since taught on the Windows, Unix and Macintosh platforms.
- Computer with Internet connection (56 Kbps modem or faster).
- Adobe InDesign CS4 or CS5.
- Adobe Photoshop or equivalent digital imaging program.