Adobe InDesign for Beginners - Design a Poster (Complete Guide to Master InDesign, Module 1) | Chad Neuman, Ph.D. | Skillshare

Adobe InDesign for Beginners - Design a Poster (Complete Guide to Master InDesign, Module 1)

Chad Neuman, Ph.D., Professor, Graphic Designer, Digital Media Expert

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22 Lessons (2h 4m)
    • 1. Master InDesign Course Series Promotional Video

      2:33
    • 2. Introduction to the Master InDesign Course Series

      3:05
    • 3. Using the Support Files

      3:43
    • 4. Setting Up the Workspace and a Quick Win

      13:31
    • 5. Introduction to the Poster Project

      1:21
    • 6. Adding and Editing Ruler Guides for Effective Alignment in InDesign

      4:44
    • 7. Adding Text Frames and Selecting Text in InDesign

      6:20
    • 8. Applying Basic Character Formatting in InDesign

      6:28
    • 9. Placing Graphics Effectively in InDesign

      9:56
    • 10. Cropping and Fitting Graphics in InDesign

      7:23
    • 11. Strokes and Fills in InDesign

      5:49
    • 12. Resizing and Editing Graphics in InDesign

      7:11
    • 13. Using the Adobe InDesign Links Panel

      5:02
    • 14. Adding Shapes and Arranging Objects in InDesign

      9:46
    • 15. Adding and Adjusting Layers in InDesign

      4:51
    • 16. Aligning and Distributing Objects in InDesign

      3:40
    • 17. Duplicating and Grouping Objects in InDesign

      3:56
    • 18. Rotating and Transforming Objects in InDesign

      5:28
    • 19. Inline or Anchored Objects in InDesign

      3:52
    • 20. Customizing Corners in InDesign

      1:57
    • 21. Using Object Styles for Consistency in InDesign

      5:25
    • 22. Final Touches and Exporting Poster to PDF in InDesign

      8:20
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About This Class

Adobe InDesign for Beginners Online Course! This is the first module in a series of Adobe InDesign courses here on Skillshare, the Complete Guide to Master InDesign! Design a poster in Adobe InDesign, and in the process, learn the following:

  • Adding and Editing Ruler Guides for Effective Alignment in InDesign
  • Adding Text Frames and Selecting Text in InDesign
  • Applying Basic Character Formatting in InDesign
  • Placing Graphics Effectively in InDesign
  • Cropping and Fitting Graphics in InDesign
  • Strokes and Fills in InDesign
  • Resizing and Editing Graphics in InDesign
  • Using the Adobe InDesign Links Panel
  • Adding Shapes and Arranging Objects in InDesign
  • Adding and Adjusting Layers in InDesign
  • Aligning and Distributing Objects in InDesign
  • Duplicating and Grouping Objects in InDesign
  • Rotating and Transforming Objects in InDesign
  • Inline or Anchored Objects in InDesign
  • Customizing Corners in InDesign
  • Using Object Styles for Consistency in InDesign
  • Final Touches and Exporting Poster to PDF in InDesign

After you complete the poster project, you will have mastered the above InDesign techniques and will be ready to move onto my next project and course in the series, which focuses on a lookbook project. Note: Please download the support files attached to the Class Project area, if you want to follow along with my example text, photos, and illustrations.

Are you new to Adobe InDesign, or have you used it for a while but have wondered what certain tools and functions do? Well, you've come to the right course. In this series of courses on InDesign, you will learn everything you need to know about the world's industry-standard graphic design and publication software. 

Instead of listing the tools and techniques in a list and going through them devoid of a context or project, I cover all the tools and techniques comprehensively, but in the context of projects. So, you will learn by designing a poster for a local business, a lookbook for a ski resort, and an annual report for a camera company. In this particular course, we start with the poster project.

By the time you have completed this series of courses, you will have mastered InDesign! And you will have projects to add to your portfolio.

Besides the essentials and fundamentals of InDesign, such as placing and editing images, threading and formatting text, and using master pages, you will also learn more advanced topics, including advanced color and the preflighting/printing process.

In fact, this series contains a complete guide to tables in InDesign as well as the complete guide to color in InDesign. You will also learn how to use both Photoshop and Illustrator with InDesign, in their own special courses. Adobe has made these programs so compatible, they work seamlessly together. 

I'm Chad, and I'm a graphic designer and full-time university professor. I've worked as internet development director at an award-winning advertising design firm, webmaster and advertising designer at a regional newspaper, and managing editor of two graphic design magazines. Whether it was laying out a newsletter for a client while working at an ad design firm, or laying out advertisements and using CMYK plates at a newspaper, having this professional experience has enabled me to relate these InDesign video lessons to real-world applications. 

For example, when we go over everything about adding and applying swatches, you learn when we would use spot colors vs. process colors, and I show example brand books and how they communicate their Pantone, CMYK, RGB, and Hex colors for graphic designers, and of course, how to apply those in InDesign.

I have also taught InDesign for the past decade as a university professor, teaching classes like Digital Layout and Design as well as Magazine Design and Production. My students have become page designers, creative specialists, and creative directors at newspapers, magazines, and media companies after graduating. Teaching InDesign in-person has enabled me to figure out what teaching methods and exercises are most effective and what areas students have the most questions about.

I love seeing what students come up with after mastering the technical side and using creativity and problem solving to produce amazing designs. Some of my students have produced their own books after taking my InDesign courses. I look forward to seeing the work you design and produce in this course!