Adobe InDesign CC

32 Hours / 180 Days / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

Adobe InDesign allows you to design and produce stunning documents on your desktop printer or using a professional printer. Or convert your documents to PDF format or publish them on a website. This class will walk you through setting up the InDesign workspace, adding text and graphics to your document, creating layouts with frames and applying formatting with styles.

Students will need a copy of Adobe InDesign CC in order to do coursework.

Students will:
  • explore the InDesign environment and edit a basic document
  • create a page layout and add and format objects.
  • add and edit text in multiple blocks
  • add color, tints and gradients to objects in their documents and manage the color settings.
  • apply style formatting to text and objects.
  • will modify graphics and add tables to their documents
  • apply tranparency formatting and print documents
  • create forms and ebooks
  • add a table of contents and index to a document
  • create a final project using concepts learned in this course

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Getting Started

In this lesson we will learn the basics of working with InDesign.  We will look at the screen and learn about its various parts and how to work with the Panels. We will also edit a document by adding text, graphics and applying styles.

Lesson 2: Creating a Document

We got a first look at working with frames in the last lesson. In this lesson we will look at text and graphic frames, how we can format them and manipulate the contents of the frames. We will also learn to change the size and shape of the frames. With graphic frames we will look at how to edit the graphics we place in the frame by resizing and repositioning the object. We will also look at how to change the shape of the graphic frame. We will also look at how we can rotate, resize and align objects on the page.

Lesson 3: Working with Text

In this lesson we are going to focus on getting our text into our document and getting it positioned, formatted and checked to ensure that it all looks good. We will look at how to add text to a text frame from within InDesign and take a look at placing text created in a word processor. We will learn to flow text, add character and paragraph formatting and adjust the spacing within our text.

Lesson 4: Working with Color

In this lesson we are going to take a look at working with color in InDesign. We will explore the swatches panel and learn to add colors, tints and gradients to the swatches panel for a document. We will look at how to add color to text and objects in our document and how to add create and add gradients. We will also explore color management in InDesign.

Lesson 5: Working with Styles

We worked with adding text and applying styles in an earlier lesson. In this lesson we will learn to create and use the various types of styles available in InDesign. Using styles to build and format our documents makes applying formatting and updating formatting later a much faster and easier task.

Lesson 6: Graphics and Tables

In this lesson we will look at adding graphics to our InDesign documents. We will look at how to import graphics and place graphics created in graphics applications like Photoshop and Illustrator. We will look at how we can change what part of an image displays using clipping paths. We will also look at how to create libraries to manage our graphics and other objects we work with in InDesign. We will also take a look at working with tabular data in InDesign. We will import a table and then look at adding formatting to the table in InDesign. We will format the table and also look at formatting individual cells. Keep in mind that tables are different in InDesign than they are in Word or Dreamweaver. They are not used for layout purposes. They just provide a row and column structure for data.

Lesson 7: Transparency and Printing

In this lesson we are going to take a look at the transparency features and effects as a way of making our documents visually interesting. We will also look at ways to ensure our printed documents look as expected.

Lesson 8: Forms and eBooks

In this lesson we will take a look at how to create interactive PDF forms.

Lesson 9: EPUBs

In this lesson we take a look at how to create eBooks and iPad publications from our InDesign documents.

Lesson 10: Putting it All Together

You made it! You have now had a chance to work with most of the tools InDesign offers. Now it will be up to you to practice what you have learned and apply it to the work you plan to do with InDesign.

This lesson will allow you to use the tools you have learned in this class to create a project of your own. You can create a new project or continue to work on one you have already created in this course.

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
Web Browser Settings:
  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.


**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**