What is the course about?
- Planning and designing complex publications.
- Looking at InDesign preferences.
- 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 and clipping paths
- Learning good working practices.
- Quick keystrokes and hints.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Set up and apply parent and child master pages.
- Layout a multi-column, multi-page document.
- Apply manual, semi-automatic and automatic text flow
- Perform basic cleaning of text bought in from Word
- Work with text to create, apply and import styles.
- Create and apply Sequential (next) styles to selected text
- 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 tasks using InDesign covered in City Lit’s InDesign Stage 1 or equivalent. Please check the InDesign Stage 1 course outline to see that you are familiar with what it covers. You are also expected to be able to use the mouse and keyboard, save and retrieve files and use drop down menus on an Apple Mac.
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 with short lectures, demonstrations with practical exercises and handouts and will be supported by the tutor and your peers when developing your course-work. Group discussions and feedback are encouraged.
Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Digital arts, Graphics & Illustration and Photography.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No books are necessary to take this course, It is suggested that you bring a note book, a pen and either a memory stick or portable hard drive – please note most PC formatted memory sticks and hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can further develop your skills and interest in Graphic design through a range of courses at the City Lit in graphics, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, web design and animation. You can find the outlines of courses available by entering the subject you’re interested in in the search box of the City Lit website at http://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details