What is the course about?
This course is intended for publishers, pre-press professionals, creative professionals and print professionals.
The course will enable you to use InDesign to create single and multiple page documents, whether working as a company employee, a freelancer or producing your own personal projects. You will learn to use the essential tools in InDesign using up-to-date software in one of our well-equipped and fully accessible studios at our Covent Garden site.
Through demonstrations and practical exercises, we will guide you through the workspace, working with text and graphics, creating simple vector-based graphics, and the basics of design. You will also learn how to apply consistency to your text through the use of paragraph and character styles. You will learn how add colour, create tables and objects and package a professional folder to send to commercial printers.
InDesign is part of Adobe Creative Cloud and works seamlessly with other Adobe software such as Photoshop and Illustrator
Although this is a non-accredited course, students successfully completing the course will be awarded our City
Lit Certificate - based on achievements of the course outcomes and attendance..
What will we cover?
• Navigating the InDesign work environment
• Placing and managing images
• Adding and managing pages
• Working with Master pages
• Placing, inputting and formatting text
• Threading text frames
• Creating character and Paragraph Styles
• Wrapping text around objects
• Creating and managing colour
• Designing tables
• Integrating Photoshop and illustrator
• Pre-flight and packaging documents
• Saving and exporting from InDesign.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
The course concentrates on building a document layout from scratch and explores layout and typographical controls, working with layers and creating multipage documents. You will learn in a relaxed environment with a small group of up to 8 people. A specialist tutor will guide and encourage you through all the learning necessary to develop your skills and questions are always welcome.
On completion of the course you should be able to:
• Create, open and save an InDesign Document
• Navigate through Adobe InDesign workspace confidently
• Layout text and images in a document
• Format and style short and long texts
• Create swatches and apply colour
• Create tables
• Identify and find and replace errors in document
• Integrate with Photoshop and Illustrator
• Confidently hand-off projects to colleagues or external printers
• Save and export files in Indd, Idml and pdf formats.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge of InDesign is required, but an understanding either of Photoshop or Illustrator is desirable. You should be a competent computer user and know how to: launch an application, use drop-down menus, create, copy, save and retrieve files and be able to work confidently with the keyboard and mouse.
If you are new to using Apple computers you might find useful one of our introduction to Apple Mac courses that run each term.
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?
The course consists of creative and practical activities, discussions and step by step demonstrations. One-to-one
guidance and support will be given throughout. Notes will be provided. The course will be taught inside the classroom. You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual.
Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Animation, Cartooning, Digital arts, Film, Graphics,
Illustration, Photography and Web design.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to). Notes are provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can develop your skills further in CID24 InDesign: stage 2. City Lit offer a range of courses in Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign to enhance your Design practice.