5 Day(s)


This course is designed for new users of Adobe InDesign who need to learn as much about the program as quickly as possible. The course comprises: InDesign Introduction (2 days), InDesign Advanced (1 day) and InDesign and XML (2 days).

This training may be available onsite; please contact us if you are interested.


This course is designed for new users of Adobe InDesign who need to learn as much about the program as quickly as possible.

Course Specifics

Course Outline

InDesign Introduction (2 days)

Our Introduction to InDesign gives a thorough grounding in how the program approaches page layout tasks and the use of the tools and panels. You will learn to create and import text, add graphics to a page, wrap text around images and embedded clipping paths, use master pages to add headers and footers to your documents and use paragraph and character styles to maintain consistency in longer documents. By the end of this course, delegates should feel confident about using InDesign to create brochures, newsletters, reports, fliers and other similar publications.


  • Creating and saving a document
  • The InDesign approach to page -layout
  • Overview of features
  • InDesign compared to QuarkXPress
  • Exploring the interface
  • Overview of tools
  • Overview of palettes
  • Navigating through documents
  • Zooming in and out
  • Print Preview and Print

Working with text

  • Text frames
  • Importing text
  • Character formatting
  • Paragraph formatting
  • Indentation of text
  • Working with tabs
  • Find and replace and Spell-checker
  • Running text around an image
  • Creating threads


  • Benefits of using styles
  • Creating character styles
  • Creating paragraph styles
  • Setting parent and child styles
  • Applying styles
  • Importing styles
  • Document and default styles

Working with graphics

  • Graphic frames
  • Overview of graphic formats
  • Importing graphics
  • Resizing graphics
  • Cropping graphics
  • Using the Links palette
  • Using in-line graphics
  • Wrapping text around graphics
  • Using clipping paths


  • Creating tables
  • Formatting tables
  • Imported tab delimited text
  • Importing Word tables
  • Importing Excel tables
  • Filling alternating rows or columns

Page layout

  • Setting margins
  • Using a layout grid
  • Creating custom guides
  • Multi-columns layouts
  • Using frame-based columns
  • Using page-based columns

InDesign Advanced (1 day)

Our Advanced InDesign course shows experienced InDesign users how to create more complex page layouts and use eye-catching special effects. Delegates will also be shown key techniques for working with longer documents such as creation books, tables of contents and indexes.

InDesign and XML (2 days)

Our InDesign and XML course offers an overview of XML, DTDs and XSLT and then shows how it can be incorporated into InDesign workflows.

Master pages

  • How master pages work
  • Creating master pages
  • Applying master pages
  • Setting page numbering
  • Using hierarchical master pages

Working with text

  • Working with layers
  • Moving items between layers
  • Setting layer options
  • Changing the stacking order
  • Using layers with master pages
  • Automatic layout adjustment
  • Setting options for layout adjustment
  • Using clipping paths


  • Typographic shortcuts
  • Using the Single Line Composer
  • Using the Paragraph Composer
  • Highlighting composition problems
  • Creating hanging punctuation
  • Manual kerning
  • Using optical kerning
  • Inserting special characters
  • Creating drop caps
  • Hyphenation and justification

Longer documents

  • Creating a table of contents
  • Creating an index
  • Using the Book palette
  • Creating a book list
  • Synchronising styles and colours
  • Printing a book list
  • Exporting a book list as PDF
  • Page numbering across books
  • Creating libraries
  • Adding and using library elements
  • Searching libraries


  • Automatically generating links
  • Generating bookmarks
  • Using the button tool
  • Button options
  • Choosing events
  • Creating web links
  • Embedding Flash video
  • Exporting interactive PDFs


  • Using the drawing tools
  • Creating freehand shapes
  • Creating bezier curves
  • Manipulating shapes
  • Using the Transform palette
  • Aligning objects
  • Using the eye-dropper tool

Special effects

  • Placing text on a path
  • Creating drop shadows
  • Working with transparency
  • Exporting transparency
  • Blend modes
  • Feathering
  • Corner effects
  • Creating multi-colour gradients
  • Converting text to paths

InDesign XML

Our InDesign and XML course offers an overview of XML, DTDs and XSLT and then shows how it can be incorporated into InDesign workflows.

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.

Upcoming Dates

Course Location Days Cost Date
5 950 £950 2018-07-16
5 2500 £2500 2017-11-16
5 2500 £2500 2017-10-23
5 2500 £2500 2017-10-19
5 2500 £2500 2017-10-19
5 2500 £2500 2017-10-09
5 2500 £2500 2017-10-02
5 2500 £2500 2017-09-18
5 2500 £2500 2017-08-21
5 2500 £2500 2017-07-31