Basic InDesign: Layouts, Type, and Images Premium class

Anne Ditmeyer, designer / editor

12 Videos (2h 6m)
  • Welcome + InDesign Overview

    • Welcome + Understanding Creative Suite

    • The Tools of InDesign

    • Setting Up Your Document

  • Images + Words + Shapes

    • Inserting Images

    • Working with type

    • The Fun Stuff

  • Putting it Together: Layouts

    • Layouts 101

    • Working with Master Pages

    • Paragraph and Character Styles

  • Finesse + Final Files

    • Polishing your project

    • Exercise: Practice Layouts

    • Preparing files for export, print + packaging


About This 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.

** Every week students can look forward to feedback from the instructor on their project boards in the online classroom! **

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.

88% Positive Reviews 123 See All

I had never used InDesign before and left this class with more knowledge than I expected. Anne is a patient, thorough and delightful instructor. I will surely take more classes by her. As well, I'll be coming back and referring to detailed instruction again as a refresher.
A good place to start for someone pretty new to InDesign. It helped me understand Master Pages and tools I've overlooked just because I didn't know what they were.
Good class, explains tons about the software.
Caio Mascarello

illustrator and artist





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 graphic designer. I teach Map Making, Intro to InDesign and Designing Professional Documents on Skillshare.

I founded Prêt à Voyager in 2007 to explore the intersection of travel and design. I'm also co-founder / editorial director of Studio/Practice and give custom tours of Paris through Vayable. My writing has been published in Dwell, Fast Co. DesignAnthology, EasyJet Traveller and Kinfolk, and I've worked as a long-time contributor for Design*Sponge.