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InDesign Basic-Intermediate Course Details

In this course, you will learn to use the basic to intermediate features of Adobe InDesign application.You will practically design quality brochures, pamphlets and documents.


The Adobe InDesign course targets Graphic Designers, Desktop Publishers or anyone wanting to produce professional-looking original and print-quality material.


Computer literacy


3 Days


$675.00 If you are currently resident in South Africa you will need to pay VAT at 14%.

Note: information may change without notice.

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About InDesign Basic-Intermediate

Adobe InDesign is a leading desktop publishing application. InDesign has powerful features for creating richer, more complex documents; and reliably outputs pages to multiple media. With its sophisticated design features and enhanced productivity tools for streamlining repetitive tasks, InDesign lets you work faster and better than ever.

Course Outline

Introduction to

• InDesign tools

• The InDesign workspace

• The document window

• Using guides

• Viewing modes

• Working with panels

• The Tools panel

• Managing panels

• Working with the Control panel

• Saving your workspace

• Navigating through an InDesign document

• Using the Pages panel

• Changing the magnification of your document

• Working with type

• Entering and formatting type

• Placing and formatting type

• Flowing type

• Using styles

• Applying paragraph styles

• Applying character styles

• Applying object styles

• Working with graphics

• Placing graphics

• Positioning graphics within a frame

• Applying text wrap

• Understanding layers

• Applying effects

Building Documents with Master Pages

• Creating custom page sizes

• Creating a new custom-sized document

• Creating and formatting master pages

• Adding automatic page numbering

• Basing master pages on other master pages

• Overriding master page items

• Adding layout pages

• Adding images and text to the master frames

• Applying master pages to multiple pages

Working with Text and Type

• Adding text to your document

• Creating a text frame

• Changing character attributes

• Changing font and type styles

• Adjusting size

• Adjusting line spacing

• Adjusting character spacing:

• kerning and tracking

• Using a baseline shift

• Changing paragraph attributes

• Horizontally aligning text

• Changing the spacing before and after paragraphs

• Using tabs

• Adding rules above or below paragraphs

• Changing text color

• Creating drop caps

• Checking and correcting spelling

• Finding and changing text and text attributes

• Adding words to the dictionary

• Checking spelling as you type

• Automatically correcting spelling

• Editing text using the Story Editor

• Drag-and-drop text editing

• Special characters and glyphs

• Using the Glyphs panel and glyph sets

• Text frame options

• Adjusting text inset

• Vertically aligning text

• Importing text

• Flowing text manually

• Threading text between frames

• Using semi-autoflow to link several text frames

• Changing the number of columns in a text frame

• Baseline grid

• Viewing and changing the baseline grid

• Adding story jumps

• Using styles to format text

• Creating a headline and applying a style

• Redefining styles

• Type on a path

• Importing text from Microsoft Word

• Missing fonts

• Finding and fixing missing fonts

Working with Styles

• Style types

• Paragraph styles

• Applying a paragraph style

• Character styles

• Defining a character style

• Applying a character style

• Using nested styles

• Globally updating styles

• Loading styles from another document

• Quick Apply

• Organizing styles into groups

• Object styles

• Defining an object style

• Applying an object style

• Changing an object style

Working with Graphics

• Understanding how InDesign handles graphics

• Locating missing images

• Working with the Links panel

• Customizing the Links panel

• Adding graphics to your layout

• Fitting an image within an existing frame

• Auto Fitting

• Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics

• Placing multiple graphics using Mini Bridge

• Using object styles for images

• Wrapping text around images

• Wrapping text around the bounding box

• Using graphics with clipping paths and alpha channels

• Removing an image background using InDesign

• Using anchored objects

• Advanced importing

• Importing layered Photoshop files

• Importing InDesign layouts as graphics

Working with Tables

• Creating a table

• Creating new tables

• Copying and pasting table information

• Converting text to a table and a table to text

• Importing a table

• Editing tables and table options

• Changing row height

• Editing the border

• Formatting rows and columns

• Using fills

• Formatting cells and text

• Resetting the cell styles within a table

• Text alignment and inset within a cell

• Formatting text within a cell and saving paragraph styles

• Formatting text in tables by column

• Working with tables in Story Editor

• Merging cells

• Defining a header cell

• Setting column and row dimensions

• Setting a fixed row height

• Setting column width

• Using graphics in tables

• Placing graphics in cells

• Cell styles and table styles

• Cell styles

• Applying cell styles

• Creating table styles

• Applying table styles

Using Color in Your Documents

• Applying colors to frames and text

• Applying color to text

• Applying color to frames

• Applying Live Corner Effects

• Creating and saving a new swatch

• Applying strokes to text

• Creating a tint reduction

• Making a dashed stroke

• Creating and saving gradients

• Linear gradients

• Saving a gradient

• Adjusting fill opacity

• Radial gradient

• Adjusting the direction of a radial gradient

• One-click edits

• Using the Eyedropper tool to copy frame attributes

Applying colors to multiple objects

• Updating and editing colors

• Using and saving spot colors

• Colorizing a grayscale image

Using Effects

• Creative effects

• Applying opacity to objects

• Apply effects to stroke or fill only

• Drop shadow

• Adjusting effects for objects

• Bevel and Emboss

• Object styles with effects

• Using Find/Change to apply object styles

• Basic Feather

• The Gradient Feather tool

• Converting text to a path

• Applying blending modes to objects

• Working with imported files that use transparency

• Applying an alpha channel selection

• Applying a path selection

Whats New

• Mini Bridge

• Draw multiple frames in a grid

• Live Corner Effects

• Multiple Page Sizes

• The Gap tool

• Content Grabber

• Improved Transformations

• Spanning and Splitting paragraphs

• Interactive Elements

• NEW Faster performance

• NEW Modern UI

• NEW HiDPI and Retina display support

• NEW Sync Fonts

• NEW Instant font preview

• NEW Font favorites

• NEW QR Code Creator


Delivery Method

Instructor Led classroom based training. Scheduled classes are normally held in Woodmead - near to Sandton in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. Stationary and textbook included. Refreshments, including 2 tea breaks and a cooked meal for lunch are provided for full time courses. Contact hours are between 9am to 4pm.

Scheduled Dates

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Note: places are only fully secured once payment has been made.

Start Date Duration  
Mon 19 Mar 2018 2 Days Book Now
Mon 7 May 2018 3 Days Book Now
Mon 9 Jul 2018 3 Days Book Now
Mon 10 Sep 2018 3 Days Book Now