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Introduction to InDesign


Adobe InDesign takes desktop publishing and design to another level with their new CS6 edition.   Students will learn how to use the extraordinary power of InDesign to create simple documents and prepare them for print or export as a PDF.  An absolute must for anyone needing to design professional and attractive brochures, catalogs, and other multi-page documents.  Topics include learning the work area, working with text and graphics, creating simple vector based graphics, and the basics of overall design.


Upcoming Sessions

 Course: PE14-1900: Introduction to InDesign
 Dates: Friday: 11/07/14 - 11/14/14
 Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 Fee: $395
 Session(s): 2

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After this class, you will be able to:

  • Customize your workspace by manipulate palettes and new CS6 interface features
  • Use InDesign tools to create brochures, catalogs, and other multi-page documents
  • Use text frames to flow text manually or automatically, load styles from another document, and create columns to organize content
  • Create custom vector-based graphics in documents
  • Insert images, photos, Photoshop files, and other graphics within publications

What will be covered:

  • Lesson 1.  Getting to know the InDesign Interface and Workspace
    • Introduction to the workspace
    • Working with panels
    • Changing the magnification of a document
    • Navigating the document
    • Using context menus
    • Resources for InDesign


  • Lesson 2.  Setting Up a Document
    • Working with pages
    • Basic master page
    • Document presets
    • Creating a new document
    • Document ruler
    • Guides and smart guides
    • Magnification


  • Lesson 3.  Text and Type
    • Creating text frames
    • Typing text
    • Selecting, moving and deleting
    • Character panel
    • Styling text
    • Importing and editing text
    • Working with text flow
    • Spanning and splitting columns
    • Special text characters
    • Optical margin alignment
    • Justification controls
    • Baseline grid
    • Balance ragged lines
    • Wrapping text
    • Text on a path


  • Lesson 4.   Working with Objects
    • Types of frames
    • Importing graphics
    • Creating basic shapes
    • Fills and effects
    • Moving, replacing, resizing
    • Transforming tools and panels
    • Aligning objects
    • Gap tool
    • Locking objects
    • Selecting frames


  • Lesson 5.  Working with Color
    • Color theory
    • Using the color  panel
    • Swatches palette
    • Tints
    • Gradients
    • Eyedropper tool
    • Fills, strokes and effects


  • Lesson 6.  Introduction to Styles
    • Develop paragraph, character and object
    • Global updating styles
    • Load styles from one document to another


  • Lesson 7.  Graphics and Tables in InDesign
    • Importing and modifying graphics
    • Table basics


  • Lesson 8.  PDFs and Prepping Files for Print

Instructor - Nancy Daniel, CTT+

Nancy G. Daniel is a seasoned designer, web developer and instructor well-trained in CMS.  She has been an instructor with New Horizons as well as Lodestone of Charlotte and has been a dynamic presence in the web development field for more than ten years.

Nancy worked for several years as a technology and web designer before becoming an instructor for continuing and professional education. While she is a passionate educator, Nancy continues to develop and design with a team of cutting edge technology experts. Nancy holds a degree from West Virginia University and is a Certified Adobe Web and Print Instructor and a Certified Technical Trainer (CTT). Nancy also has a Management Certificate from the American Management Association (AMA).


If you would prefer to register by phone, please contact us at (803) 777-9444.


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