Boot Camp: Core Typesetting Training in InDesign Premium class

Michael Stinson, Creative Director, Instructor & Ice Cream Abuser.

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6 Videos (30m)
    • Let's Get Started

    • Drill 1: The Grid

    • Drill 2: Scrub Content

    • Drill 3: Setting Styles

    • Drill 4: Massaging Copy

    • The Full Exercise


About This Class


Ever notice how it takes more time to set up a single master page of type than you thought was needed?

That’s because page typesetting takes familiarity with fonts, content function and copy flow, all which takes practice in order to accomplish quickly. In reality, setting up a page quickly is simply a matter of combining small tasks together to build your 'design muscle' memory.

The tasks, once you're familiar with them, are easy to do.

This is why I've created the Boot Camp: Core Training challenge. It used to take me hours choosing a font, flowing it in, setting up hierarchy and then changing my mind again. Now, it takes me less than 10 minutes to set up a page, all in one text box.

If you know Adobe InDesign well, then I challenge you to typeset a full page under 10 minutes too.

This InDesign Boot Camp is an intermediate-level speed session for design practitioners who want to take the guesswork out of page production. Learn:

• How to prepare a proper page grid
• How to build text boxes for maximum efficiency
• How to quickly establish a typography hierarchy system
• How to use styles effectively

19 of 19 students recommendSee All

Fantastic tutorial about basic digital typesetting, and an exercise to get efficient at it.
This is the class I needed to finally understand the progression in text formatting. I've watched it over and over. I just wish there had been an accompanying pdf of the steps so I could refer to it for future projects. Perhaps this could be added? But totally worth taking this class!





Michael Stinson

Creative Director, Instructor & Ice Cream Abuser.

Michael is a lead instructor at TypeEd and Creative Director at Ramp Creative. With over 20 years in the field of design, his identity and annual report work has been recognized by Communication Arts, Mohawk Paper, TDC, Graphis, etc. Conversely, he’s served on the juries for the Ad Club, Graphis, the One Show Design and the Young Ones design competitions.

He teaches typography at Laguna College of Art + Design, speaks at conferences AdobeMAX and Typecon, and tours AIGA Chapters nationwide to talk about typography and the importance of readability.

Find him on Instagram posting his favorite annual reports from the 70s, 80s and 90s.