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InDesign in a Day

InDesign Classes for Beginners

This class is designed to get you up and running quickly with the fundamentals of InDesign: text, pictures, and pages. Learn how to layout pages with text and graphics. In no time at all you’ll be able to control typography, add photos, create/use colors, and more!

This 6-hour class is meant to get you started fast. If you want to learn InDesign in greater depth, you should check out our 18-hour Adobe InDesign class.

  • 6 Hours
  • Mac or PC provided
  • Book included
  • Free retake

Register for a class

$325 Discounts

NYC or Live Online

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What You’ll Learn

  • Create layouts with text, color, and graphics
  • Create a 2–Page Magazine Ad
  • Style text, use color swatches, and format paragraphs
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InDesign in a Day Class Syllabus

What You’ll Learn

Section 1
Letter Creation

Topics

  • Setting Preferences
  • The Control Panel
  • Text Frames
  • Basic Text Attributes
  • Basic Keyboard Shortcuts
Large Type Letter

Topics

  • More Text Attributes
More Text Styling

Topics

  • Baseline Shift
  • Small Caps
  • Line Tool
  • Making Proper Fractions
Magazine Ad

Topics

  • Setting Up a Document Bleed
  • Placing Images
  • Combining Text and Images
  • White Type on a Black Background
Advanced Word Processing/Formatting

Topics

  • Paragraph Spacing
  • Tabs

Section 2
Kerning/Tracking

Topics

  • Optical vs. Metric Kerning
  • Kerning vs. Tracking
  • Manual Kerning
2–Page Magazine Ad

Topics

  • Facing Pages
  • Color Swatches
  • Defining Colors
Sporktown Brochure

Topics

  • Placing Text, Photos, & Illustrations
  • Gradient Swatches
  • Drop Shadows
  • Alignment
  • Text Wrap
Outputting Files

Topics

  • Exporting PDFs
  • Packaging Files to send to a printer
  • Learn to create gradients, dropshadows, text wrap and much more.

  • Learn about strokes, caps, how to make proper fractions, and other professional typesetting techniques.

  • Learn to set up a document bleed, place a photo, and combine text and images.

  • Learn to create two-page spreads.

Get Started Creating Layouts in InDesign

This beginner InDesign class will get you started laying out pages with text and graphics. You’ll learn enough of the fundamentals to integrate text, pictures, and pages, as well as working with typography and colors.

InDesign Page Layouts, Styles, and Master Pages

Adobe InDesign
  • InDesign is the standard application used for creating professional layouts.
  • Use master pages, paragraph and character styles to layout ads, brochures, books, magazines, and more.
Page Layout
  • Arrange all text and design elements together
  • Set up margins, columns, spacing, etc.
Books & Magazines
  • Setting up multiple page documents
  • Keeping consistent styles throughout a large document
  • Combine text and images, headers and footers
  • Table of contents, Index
Flyers & Short Documents
  • Combine text and images
  • Create a precise layout
  • Text wraps, color, text styles
Paragraph & Character Styles
  • Keeping fonts, font size, spacing, indents, etc. consistent throughout the document
  • Saving different text styles for different uses
Master Pages
  • Keeping consistent design elements on each page
  • Such as having a consistent header, footer, or logo placement
Packaging Files & Making PDFs
  • Packaging is saving files along with images in fonts so it can be sent to the printer in a bundle
  • PDFs can be sent through email, as a presentation, or to a printer

Learn InDesign Fundamentals

“Adobe InDesign in a Day was the perfect class to get me started on using the software for work right away! We learned how to lay out text and images and create practical and fanciful pieces, relevant to both professional and personal interests! Michele was engaging throughout the entire day and really kept the pace of the class up.”
Robyn Wolin, Donor Relations Specialist

InDesign in a Day teaches students the fundamentals of the app

Learn with Real-world Exercises

“Noble Desktop is far and away the most efficient way of gaining computer graphics skills. They give real-world exercises to work on, teach best practices, and inspire many an 'aha!' moment. Highly recommended.”
Joanne Hus

Students learning InDesign through step-by-step exercises

Register for InDesign in a Day

$325 Discounts

NYC or Live Online

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