What is the course about?
You will develop the intermediate skills you need to create more exciting publications. You will gain an insight into the intermediate features of the InDesign page layout program.
You will need:
- Adobe InDesign on your computer.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• Planning and designing complex publications
• Preparing and cleaning up placed (imported) text
• More advanced text formatting features e g , tracking and kerning, hanging indents, and paragraph rules
• Introduction to Open Type and some of its features
• Using master pages (parent and child) and copy flow
• Creating, applying and loading paragraph styles (including sequential/next styles)
• Working with colour including, editing and importing colours, the principles of trapping and colour separation
• Working with placed images
• Looking at InDesign preferences
• Quick keystrokes and hints.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Apply manual, semi-automatic and automatic text flow
• Perform basic cleaning of text bought in from Word
• Layout a multi-column, multi-page document
• Work with text to create, apply and import styles
• Create and apply Sequential (next) styles to selected text
• Set up and apply parent and child master pages
• Apply good working practices (file identification, naming and saving conventions).
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will need to be able to perform the print production tasks using InDesign covered in our course Adobe InDesign: stage 1. If you have not done this course, please check the course outline to see that you are familiar with what was covered.
Students should be confident and competent computer users on a Mac or Windows PC and be proficient with a mouse and keyboard in either a creative software, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or equivalent and should be able to download, upload, save, open and retrieve files.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught using a range of techniques including short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual assistance.
Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A pen and paper to take notes. You may also find that having a couple of sheets of A4 paper and a ruler to hand would also be useful. Handouts for this course are best viewed in Adobe Acrobat Reader (or, if you have full Creative Cloud, Acrobat DC) so may want to have Acrobat on your computer.
You will need to have access to Adobe InDesign. If you do not have the software City Lit can provide a temporary license that will last for the duration of this course. If you require more information please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check the software and hardware requirements for downloading the Adobe software.Please visit this link to check the software and hardware requirements for downloading the Adobe software: https://helpx.adobe.com/uk/creative-cloud/system-requirements.html.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can develop your skills further on the course Designing for magazines and books with Adobe InDesign: stage 1. You can complement your skills in a range of courses in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and graphic design. You might also be interested oin the course Publish your first book online.