Adobe InDesign: stage 2
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: CID21
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
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.
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 workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, and by completing practical exercises on Computer. Computers are provided for each student with all the necessary software installed. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. Notes will be provided.
Should you wish to practice homework you will need to have access to your own Adobe® Creative Cloud licence for InDesign, which is what will be used to teach this course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Pen and notepad for note taking. 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 will be provided electronically and 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.
Unfortunately, due to the range of hardware and software used by students at home, the College is unable to provide advice on installation issues.
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.
Gita’s practice as a graphic designer and illustrator spans many years and disciplines within the field. She has worked in print and screen-based media across major broadcast, corporate, NGO, publishing and state sectors. Gita went digital in 1991. She brings her experience and knowledge to teaching Adobe Creative Cloud apps for design and Illustration in different departments within Visual Arts at City Lit. She started teaching evening and weekend courses at City Lit in 2006, having previously provided bespoke workplace-training for companies and organisations. Her classes are regarded as fun, friendly and challenging, with extensive resources for both in-and-after course study.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.