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Adobe InDesign 2020

Course Description

9 Hours

39 Course Videos

Adobe InDesign is a layout software that takes images and text and lay them out across pages. InDesign is best used for working with multiple page documents like books, magazines, brochures, portfolios and can even be used to create business cards, letterheads, posters, and flyers. Graphic designers and production artists are the primary users of this desktop publishing software. It can also be used in conjunction with other Adobe products primarily Photoshop and Illustrator.

In the InDesign course, you will be instructed by a top professional in the design industry that holds the titles of 2D Animator and Adjunct Professor of Animation and Digital Art. You will first be shown how to navigate through the InDesign work area and how to create a new document and import images. You will be introduced to “master pages”, an important tool in creating multi-page projects, then you move onto other tools like creating tables and packaging. This course will be also going through more advanced techniques and design methods as well as types of exports.


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Course Syllabus

Module 1

  1. 1.1 Instructor Bio
  2. 1.2 Course Intro

Module 2

  1. 2.1 Creating a New Document
  2. 2.2 Importing Images and Understanding Links
  3. 2.3 Basic Tools and Navigating the Interface
  4. 2.4 Properties Panel
  5. 2.5 Creating Your Own Graphics within InDesign-
  6. 2.6 Working with Layers

Module 3

  1. 3.1 Color Theory
  2. 3.2 Adding and Altering Fills, Strokes, Colors and Gradients

Module 4

  1. 4.1 Pages Panel
  2. 4.2 Master Pages

Module 5

  1. 5.1 Typography Terms and Definitions
  2. 5.2 Creating Text + Character and Paragraph Formatting
  3. 5.3 Character and Paragraph Styles
  4. 5.4 Wrapping Text Around an Image
  5. 5.5 Working with Tables

Module 6

  1. 6.1 Saving, Preflight and Packaging Your Document
  2. 6.2 Exporting a PDF

Module 7

  1. 7.1 Principles of Design

Module 8

  1. 8.1 Letterheads
  2. 8.2 Business Card
  3. 8.3 Brochure
  4. 8.4 Multi-Page Binded Document
  5. 8.5 Print Booklet

Module 9

  1. 9.1 Creating a Template in InDesign
  2. 9.2 Using Step and Repeat
  3. 9.3 Grouping Objects
  4. 9.4 Island Spread & Page Tool-
  5. 9.5 Scripts
  6. 9.6 Object Styles
  7. 9.7 Content Collector & Content Placer
  8. 9.8 Gap Tool
  9. 9.9 Pathfinder Pallet

Module 10

  1. 10.1 Considerations When Working with Interactive Documents
  2. 10.2 Web Docs, Hyperlinks, Buttons and Rollovers
  3. 10.3 Creating Your Own Path
  4. 10.4 Exporting

Module 11

  1. 11.1 Outro

Adobe Indesign

InDesign is software for creating and editing page designing and layout arrangement tool used for arranging the contents in making posters, brochures, magazines, newspapers, books, presentations, and eBooks. It can also publish illustrations, graphs, tables, and other professional usages. High quality for both print and on-screen delivery was actually developed for the original magazine market; further, it has become the no1 application in the world for interactive developers, photographers, and designers to use anywhere to place content and images in any format.

It integrates with the rest of the Adobe tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator and flashes professional users from any profession can design, preview, review and produce content quickly and efficiently. InDesign also works with word processors such as MS Word, Adobe InCopy to import text. Any designer can make interactive designs by using animation pre-sets and media options in InDesign CS5.

Margins and Columns
Whenever a document is intended for print, there is some area where the printer will not print on the page. Simply put, this area on the document, the margin, is its edges. These can be changed and manipulated based on a printer’s specifications. Unlike Microsoft Word, however, these areas are not a restricted area. Text and graphics alike can hang into the margins, but an alert will pop up upon creating a PDF if there is content placed outside of the margins.

Columns are another guide that allow you to establish rhythm and line length effectively in a composition. In InDesign, every new text document that is dropped into the program from an outside source is initially one column wide. The space between columns is known as the gutter. the gutter is initially set to 1 pica or 12 points in width but can be changed as well.

Rulers, Manual Guides and Smart Guides
Just like in word processing applications, such as Microsoft Word, it is good to be able to find your location on the page in specific units. InDesign has Ruler Bars on both the top and left workspace frames to help navigate specific pages and analyze widths and heights. Manual guides have become relatively outdated with the addition of Smart guides but still hold validity in some cases.

Smart Guides are a recent addition to Adobe InDesign that speed up object alignment with the page and other objects. For a detailed introduction to Smart guides, watch the following video by Creative Prose.

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