Learn InDesign: Basic Layouts, Type, and Images

, designer / editor

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Class Project

Design a portfolio, photo essay or lookbook

About the Class

Learn InDesign while picking up basic principles of good design. 

In today’s competitive job market, knowing the basics of InDesign can help set you apart, regardless of what field you are in. Whether you want to develop or maintain marketing materials, make a postcard or e-card, design your own resume, layout a book, or just gain an understanding of the software, this class will give you a solid understanding of how InDesign works and different ways you can use the tools.

** AUG 15 – SEPT 15 the instructor will be providing daily feedback to participating students **

What You'll Learn

  • Working in InDesign. We’ll walk through setting up a basic document, designing from scratch, working with multiple page documents and layouts as well as master pages, all the way through to creating a PDF, preparing files for print or digital, and packaging files.
  • Editing visual components.You’ll learn how images work in InDesign (hint: they’re linked) and how you can easily make adjustments to your page layout.
  • Troubleshooting. There are multiple ways to do things, so you’ll become a savvy trouble shooter in the process.
  • Finesse. You’ll gain an understanding of working with text and fonts to give your work more polish.
  • Strong foundation.You’ll gain a solid base of InDesign to explore on your own, or for future follow-up courses. Practice makes perfect.

What You'll Make

Students are invited to design a multi-page InDesign document that will be exported as a PDF. A few ideas are a photo essay, portfolio, media/press kit or deck/presentation on a topic of your choice. 

This course is designed to be beginner level and will cover the basics of InDesign, so it doesn’t matter if you’ve never opened the software program.

Note: This class filmed on a laptop + using screenshare, and may not be as flashy as some others, but it's all about the ideas, concepts, and content.

More Information

You will need access to Adobe InDesign. (If you don't have the program you can download a 30 day free trial here). The instruction will be given on a Mac using InDesign CS6 (note: this version requires you to update to the latest version of MacOS). You do not need to have the latest version of InDesign – or a Mac – to follow along with this course, as the tools are fairly consistent across the different versions.

Level: Beginner

School: Design

Related Subjects: Layout Design, Editorial Design, Adobe InDesign, Graphic Design, Portfolio

At a Glance

  • 12 Video Lessons (2h 6m)
  • 2.8K Students
  • 90% Positive Reviews (31)
  • Self-Paced Online Class

About the Teacher

Anne Ditmeyer

Anne Ditmeyer

designer / editor

I'm an American designer / editor / consultant based in Paris, France that likes to connect creatives across continents. I have spent 8+ years working as an in-house and freelance grap...

90% Positive Reviews

Katy Gilmore

Katy Gilmore

InDesign is a remarkable program - its abilities are tremendous. it is also complicated and a little intimidating to the newcomer - or even to someone with a little knowledge. I admire...

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