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Adobe InDesign CC - Beginner

Course Overview

This introductory course is designed to introduce students to the basic functionality and user interface of Adobe InDesign CC. In this course, Students will learn to navigate InDesign, build documents, add text and graphics, and customize the workspace. Students will also learn to modify the layout, manage pages, modify text, modify graphics, work with color, apply effects, and add and transform shapes. In addition, students will learn to manage objects and layers, format text, use styles, work with tables, export documents, and prepare for printing.

Course Objectives

Building a Basic InDesign Document, Customizing the Workspace, Modifying the Layout, Managing Pages, Modifying Text, Modifying Graphics, Working with Color, Using Effects, Adding and Transforming Shapes, Managing Objects and Layers, Formatting Text, Using Styles, Working with Tables, Exporting the Document to Other Formats

Course Outline

1 - Introduction

  • Introduction

2 - Building a Basic InDesign Document

  • Overview of InDesign
  • Touring the InDesign Interface
  • Building a Document
  • Adding Text
  • Adding Graphics

3 - Customizing the Workspace

  • Using Panels and Workspace Presets
  • Document Views
  • Modifying the Control Panel
  • Modifying the Tab Heights

4 - Modifying the Layout

  • Editing Margins and Columns
  • Changing the Document Setup

5 - Managing Pages

  • Adding, Moving, and Deleting Pages
  • Using Master Pages

6 - Modifying Text

  • Selecting Text
  • Understanding Text Frame Options
  • Importing Text
  • Threading Text
  • Using Special Characters
  • Using Spell Check
  • Using the Story Editor
  • Using Find and Change

7 - Modifying Graphics

  • Defining Type of Graphics
  • Placing Multiple Graphics
  • Selecting Graphics
  • Updating Graphics
  • Fitting Options
  • Placing Photoshop and Illustrator Files

8 - Working with Color

  • Basics of Color
  • Creating Swatches
  • Making Spot Color Swatches
  • Using Swatches and Tints
  • Editing Swatches
  • Creating and Using Gradients

9 - Using Effects

  • Using the Effects Panel
  • Adding and Removing Effects

10 - Adding and Transforming Shapes

  • Adding Vector Shapes
  • Drawing Vector Lines
  • Adjusting the Corners of Frames
  • Selecting and Moving Frames
  • Scaling Arrowheads

11 - Managing Objects and Layers

  • Aligning, Stacking, and Grouping Objects the Right Way
  • Managing Layers
  • Wrapping Text Around an Object

12 - Formatting Text

  • Character Formatting
  • Paragraph Formatting

13 - Using Styles

  • Basics of Styles
  • Managing Paragraph Styles
  • Managing Character Styles
  • Using Object Styles

14 - Working with Tables

  • Creating Tables
  • Formatting Tables and Cells
  • Using Table and Cell Styles

15 - Exporting the Document to Other Formats

  • Preflight Your Document
  • Packaging
  • Printing
  • Converting to PDF

16 - Conclusion

  • Course Recap

5 Hours, 20 Minutes

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