1-3 Day(s)


The class is led by one of our many Adobe certified trainers, with students learning how to use InDesign to its full potential. During the course, you will be completing exercises that allow you to produce stationery, brochures, magazine layouts and forms. We place emphasis on best practices relating to design and typography, as well as using shortcuts to make your InDesign experience efficient and much more user-friendly!


No prerequisites are required. We provide all the course and training material for you.

Skills Gained

During the 2-day Essentials course, the following topics are covered:

  • InDesign's Interface
  • Document Setup and Navigation
  • Document Shortcuts
  • Working with Text including Styles
  • Working with Objects including images
  • Working with Colour
  • Designing Forms
  • Creating Tables
  • Importing Graphics
  • Automation and Troubleshooting including Master Pages
  • Preparing for Print and Exporting PDFs At the end of this InDesign Essentials training course participants will receive:
  • Certificate of completion and after class reference material
  • Free refresher course within 6 months of completion
  • 12 month telephone and email support

Course Specifics

Course Outline

This 2-day Adobe InDesign Essentials CS5/CS6 training course will cover the following subjects: 

Day 1 

Day one starts with familiarising with InDesign's interface and investigating the many panels used to format and arrange your artwork. You will learn how to use Info, Links, Layers, Align, Pages, Stroke, Swatches, Text Wrap, Tabs and Character and Paragraph styles. A business card, letterhead and an A5 flyer are used as examples to work with multiple images, creating reversals, tints and rotate-type. 

Using the Character, Transform and Control panels, you can quickly set accurate specs for your document elements. The first day also covers how to navigate through your pages effectively, learning to use the appropriate tools. 

Other techniques and procedures learned on day one include the following: creating, reshaping and positioning frames; entering, editing and formatting text; understanding the importance of leading, tracking, kerning, correct typesetting (i.e. en, em dashes) and baseline shift controls; importing images, resizing and manipulating. As part of the brochure exercise, a form is completed, using tabs, tab leaders and the Align panel. 

Day 2 

On day two, students produce a multiple page document which demonstrates the features that replace repetitive tasks, and are a must for effective editing! 

Features such as Master Pages, Auto Page Numbering, Character and Paragraph styles, Find/Change, Spell checking, Paragraph rules, Hyphenation, Defining and applying colours and Text Frame options, etc. 

The last session looks at preparing your document to send to your printer using the Preflight and Package commands, managing your fonts and linked images and exporting your document to various types of PDFs. Other areas included are: Working with panels effectively and InDesign preferences for the application and document. 

Course Specifics

  • InDesign's Interface
  • Using panels
  • The toolbox
  • Save Workspace
  • Contextual menus
  • Preferences: General, Units and Increments Document Setup and Navigation
  • New Document options: Facing Pages, Gutter, Bleed, Slug, Linking, Save Preset; Guides: rulers, margins and columns; Views and magnification choices: Fit Page, Fit Spread, Zoom, Exact % and Ctrl/Cmd+space; Scrolling and navigating: Alt/Option, Navigator, Pages panel; Closing, saving and opening files; Reverting, Tiling, Double window view and Layers to easily identify page elements. Document Shortcuts
  • Shift selecting, Marqueeing, Select All, Shift to constrain horizontal/vertical movement, Shift to constrain resizing, Alt/Opt for duplicating, Paste in Place, Arrow/nudge keys, larger increments, Toolbox shortcuts, Hidden Characters and Preview mode and Display Performance Quality. Working with Text
  • Entering, selecting, editing and formatting text: kerning, tracking, leading and baseline shift, selecting word, line, paragraph and all text, Paragraph formatting: indents, Space Before/ After, Hyphenation; Using the Character, Paragraph and Transform panels; Rotate text, creating reversals, gradients, shortcuts for increasing/ decreasing text, setting text frame controls: text inset, vertical alignment, multiple columns, working with text flow: auto-flow, semi auto-flow, Placeholder text, Inserting special characters, Auto Page Numbering, em dashes and glyphs, Text wrapping around images, Paragraph rules: above and below and offsetting. Working with Objects
  • Rectangle Frame Tool vs. Rectangle Tool, Creating shapes, starbursts, lines and formatting. Selecting, moving, duplicating, and resizing objects, Transforming options, Arranging, Grouping and accessing objects, Step and Repeat, Aligning, distributing and grouping objects and Object Styles. Working with Colour
  • Colour modes, Swatch libraries, Creating tints and Gradient swatches, Strokes and fills and Transparency. Tables
  • Creating, Converting Text to Table, Formatting Rows, Columns and Cells, Header Cells and Merging/Splitting Cells.
  • Designing Forms in InDesign
  • Setting tabs and tab leaders Repeat and Clear and Check boxes Importing Graphics
  • Placing artwork: EPS, tiffs and native image files, Info panel to determine resolution, RGB vs. CMYK, Modifying placed images, fitting and resizing images, proportionally, Links panel, relinking and embedding graphics. Automation and Troubleshooting
  • Master Pages: defining, applying, and activating Master elements on document pages, Auto page numbering, Paragraph Styles: New based on selection, Basing a style on another style, redefining a style, clearing local formatting overrides, assigning shortcuts, Loading paragraph and character styles from another document, Character Styles, Find/Change: Characters, invisible characters, Spell checking: Dictionaries, Auto correct and Dynamic Spelling and Eyedropper tool.
  • Printing / Exporting to PDF
  • Printing a document and print options, Print Presets, Preflight and Packaging, Exporting to PDF and PDF options.

Thinking about Onsite?

If you need training for 3 or more people, you should ask us about onsite training. Putting aside the obvious location benefit, content can be customised to better meet your business objectives and more can be covered than in a public classroom. It's a cost effective option.

Submit an enquiry from any page on this site, and let us know you are interested in the requirements box, or simply mention it when we contact you.

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