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Adobe InDesign CC - Essentials Training Course

teacher avatar Daniel Scott, Adobe Certified Trainer

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      InDesign Tutorial Basics Course Introduction


    • 2.

      Exercise files & projects


    • 3.

      What does Adobe InDesign do?


    • 4.

      What are the differences between InDesign and PageMaker, Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark?


    • 5.

      How to change MM to Inches & changing UK to US dictionary in InDesign?


    • 6.

      New document in InDesign - what is bleed & slug?


    • 7.

      How to create your own RGB & CMYK colors in Adobe InDesign.


    • 8.

      How do I steal colors from a logo using InDesign?


    • 9.

      How to color the background of a page in InDesign?


    • 10.

      Importing resizing rotating & flipping images & Logos inside InDesign.


    • 11.

      How to Import text from Microsoft Word into Adobe InDesign.


    • 12.

      How to group, ungroup & rotate images in Adobe InDesign.


    • 13.

      How to make a dotted line, dashed line & borders in InDesign.


    • 14.

      How best to preview your work in Adobe InDesign.


    • 15.

      How to make a simple PDF from InDesign.


    • 16.

      How to save your InDesign file as a JPEG.


    • 17.

      Why should I use CC Libraries in InDesign?


    • 18.

      How to share your InDesign files with others by using package document.


    • 19.

      Class Exercise 1


    • 20.

      Ideas, Inspiration & starter templates.


    • 21.

      Working with other people's InDesign documents, missing images.


    • 22.

      How to find missing fonts in InDesign?


    • 23.

      How to replace images in InDesign?


    • 24.

      Opacity, transparency and see through ness in Adobe InDesign.


    • 25.

      Why is InDesign adding [Converted] and making me save as.


    • 26.

      What if I can’t find the InDesign file - can I open the PDF?


    • 27.

      Creating a new company newsletter or brochure, what are spreads.


    • 28.

      How to use a Master Page in Adobe InDesign.


    • 29.

      How do I add automatic page numbering to a InDesign file.


    • 30.

      Removing a masterpage & deleting parts off the master page in InDesign.


    • 31.

      Production Video 1


    • 32.

      What is Effective PPI & Image resolution in the InDesign links panel.


    • 33.

      How to add drop shadows to an image or logo in InDesign


    • 34.

      What is TypeKit used for in Adobe InDesign?


    • 35.

      How to add the Copyright, Registered & Trademark symbols in InDesign


    • 36.

      Where can I find the different versions of letters in InDesign - Ligatures.


    • 37.

      How to add placeholder text & lorem ipsum & get a word count in InDesign


    • 38.

      Importing Text from Microsoft Word & keeping or removing the formatting


    • 39.

      Creating Columns in a text box using Adobe InDesign?


    • 40.

      How do I justify text & turn off hyphenation in InDesign?


    • 41.

      What is a the space after & leading in Adobe InDesign?


    • 42.

      How to underline text with a full width line in Adobe InDesign?


    • 43.

      How do I make a paragraph style in Adobe InDesign


    • 44.

      How do I update a Paragraph Style in Adobe InDesign?


    • 45.

      How to us Find & Change to remove double spaces after a period or full stop.


    • 46.

      Stealing colours from images, is there a format painter in Adobe InDesign?


    • 47.

      InDesign Class Exercise 2 - Magazine Spread


    • 48.

      How to bring in lots of text into InDesign at once?


    • 49.

      How do I import paragraph styles from another document?


    • 50.

      How do I insert completely blank pages in Adobe InDesign?


    • 51.

      How do I create a gradient in Adobe InDesign?


    • 52.

      Do I need to use layers in Adobe InDesign?


    • 53.

      Opacity advanced, mater marks and Transparency Effects in Adobe InDesign


    • 54.

      How do I add rounded corners to an image or box in Adobe InDesign?


    • 55.

      How to add a large first letter to my text aka Drop Cap?


    • 56.

      How do I increase the space between letters in Adobe InDesign aka Tracking or Kerning?


    • 57.

      How do I get text to move around an image or shape using text wrap?


    • 58.

      Why can’t I put text over anything that has text wrap applied?


    • 59.

      How to draw an arrow or triangle or star in Adobe InDesign?


    • 60.

      How do I put an image inside other shapes like a circle - cropping?


    • 61.

      What is Adobe Stock?


    • 62.

      Where can I find free images & icons that I can use for my business?


    • 63.

      How do I add bullets and numbered lists in Adobe InDesign?


    • 64.

      How can I create a table inside Adobe InDesign?


    • 65.

      How do I convert tables from Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel into Adobe InDesign?


    • 66.

      How do I get images to move with the text in Adobe InDesign?


    • 67.

      How do I create a Line Break, Column Breaks & Page Breaks in Adobe InDesign?


    • 68.

      How do I make an automatic table of contents in Adobe InDesign?


    • 69.

      How do you change the tabs in Adobe InDesign?


    • 70.

      Can i change the numbering of my pages so 1 starts later in the InDesign file?


    • 71.

      How do I combine Microsoft Excel spreadsheet in InDesign?


    • 72.

      CLASS EXERCISE: Create your own business card.


    • 73.

      How to create a mockup for your portfolio using InDesign


    • 74.

      What to do after this InDesign tutorial course?


    • 75.

      Class project for your own portfolio.


    • 76.

      BONUS: Software Updates


    • 77.

      Adobe InDesign CC 2021 New Features & Updates!


    • 78.

      Adobe InDesign CC 2022 New Features & Updates!


    • 79.

      InDesign cheat sheet & shortcuts.


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Hi there, my name is  Dan. I am a graphic designer and Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) for InDesign. We will work with colour, picking your own and also using corporate colours. You will explore how to choose & use fonts like a professional. We will find, resize & crop images for your documents.

There are projects for you to complete, so you can practise your skills & use these for your creative portfolio.

In this course I supply exercise files so you can play along. I will also save my files as I go through each video so that you can compare yours to mine - handy if something goes wrong.

Know that I will be around to help - if you get lost you can drop a post on the video 'Questions and Answers' below each video and I'll be sure to get back to you.

I will share every design trick I have learnt in the last 15 years of designing. My goal is for you to finish this course with all the necessary skills to start making beautiful documents using InDesign.

NOTE: Adobe InDesign CC 2018 or above recommended.  

Exercise files: Download here

Completed filesDownload here

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Daniel Scott

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I'm a Digital Designer & teacher at BYOL international. Sharing is who I am, and teaching is where I am at my best, because I've been on both sides of that equation, and getting to deliver useful training is my meaningful way to be a part of the creative community.

I've spent a long time watching others learn, and teach, to refine how I work with you to be efficient, useful and, most importantly, memorable. I want you to carry what I've shown you into a bright future.

I have a wife (a lovely Irish girl) and kids. I have lived and worked in many places (as Kiwis tend to do) - but most of my 14+ years of creating and teaching has had one overriding theme: bringing others along for the ride as we all try to change the world with our stories, our labours of love and our art.See full profile

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1. InDesign Tutorial Basics Course Introduction : Hi there, my name is Dan. I'm a Graphic Designer, and an Adobe Certificated Instructor for InDesign. I'm lucky enough to help Adobe directly... with a lot of their help videos on their website. Also, I get to speak at their Annual Conference... which is Adobe Max, which is a very cool conference. In this course, we're going to learn how to use InDesign to a really good level. Now, InDesign is absolutely one of the essential tools... for anybody that wants to work in Desktop Publishing, or Graphic Design. This course is for complete beginners. There is no need for any experience... in InDesign, Graphic Design, or Desktop Publishing before. We'll work through real world projects... starting with a simple and easy flier, to get us started. Then we'll work through a longer brochure, company newsletter. We'll make business cards... and take control of a longer document, like an Annual Report. We'll work with color... picking your own colors, and then working with corporate colors. Together, we'll explore how to choose, and use fonts like a professional. Working with images, we'll resize, adjust, and crop. Throughout the course there are projects that you can complete. You can use them just to practice... but you can also use them if you want to add them to your portfolio. As part of the course as well, there's exercise files, so you can play along. At the end of every video, I save my file to see where I'm at. That can be really handy for you... if you're getting a little bit lost, you can compare yours with mine. I'm going to give you every single design tip and trick... that I've learnt over the years... because my goal is for you to get to the end of this video series... and have all the skills necessary to make beautiful InDesign documents. This is my Blue Steel pause for a while look... otherwise I finish the video, and I rush towards the camera to turn it off. And it kind of ruins it, like this. 2. Exercise files & projects : All right. So exercise files. Hi everyone. I've just paused myself here to add some super important new information that's come out in the latest version of InDesign. InDesign has changed the initial view you see in InDesign. We all just need to make one simple change here at the beginning of the course so that it's not confusing when you get started. Everyone open up InDesign and open up any documents. So File, New, Document. Click on Print and just click on any of these. I'm going to use US letter. This is the view that you see now in the latest version, but this entire course was filmed in the slightly different workspace. It's not going to change anything we do in the course. But what you need to do is go up to Window, go to Workspace, and go to this one here that says Essentials Classic. Click on that, and it goes back to how this will look throughout this course. One other thing to quickly double-check is go to Window, go to Workspace, and once you've got these techniques to Essentials Classic, go to Reset Essentials Classic. Just read it all to make it look like the rest of this course. All right, friends, that is it. Do the workspace update and continue on, on your merry way. Let's get this guy started again. All right. So exercise files. As part of this course, they're free, you can download them from a link just here. Now, as part of this course and an addition to the exercise files, I have something called the completed files. It just means at the end of every video, what I do is I save where I'm up to and upload it to every video. You'll see a link on the page somewhere for that. You better download it and it's helpful for you if you are doing the same video and yours just not coming out the same and you're like, "How did he do that?" Or, "Why is mine different?" You can open up my file, compare it with your file and just see what the differences are in the call completed files. The other thing you can do is there's lots of, they're not called homework, but the kind of things you can do by yourself, I set some tasks. I'd love to see those projects. Depending on where you're watching this video, it might be the comments that you push, put a JPEG in of what you've done. There are some places that have special places for projects. But any which way, social media, I'd love to see what you are making. The last thing I'd like to do, it's a bit early, I know, but a review. Reviews and likes are things that really helped me while I'm doing these courses. Helped my business and helped me grow and make more courses. A review, once you're happy with the course, even if you're not happy with that, feedback would be great. Leave a review at any stage. Now could be a good time, maybe later. 3. What does Adobe InDesign do?: Now, what is InDesign? Basically, its a big Desktop Publishing. Its like a big version of Microsoft Word. Now, Microsoft Word gets you to a certain level... but never gets you to that kind of a Pro level. Its quite intuitive, you can teach yourself a bit of it. I've got a full course on Word, if you want to go check that out... it gets into a lot more of the detail. But InDesign is where you kind of... where Word finishes, InDesign starts. Now if I'm working in a design agency, or a desktop publisher... or a marketing, or a communications place... and I need to make a flier, a 1-page little flier... InDesign. If I need to make a series of business cards... InDesign. If I need to make some corporate stationery... InDesign. Magazines, brochures, short ones, long ones... if I've got a 400-page book that I'm actually producing... InDesign is the place to go. It is by far the most essential tool... in that kind of Desktop Publishing world. Some of the products for Adobe, there are direct competitors... that are just as successful... but InDesign doesn't have one. There's Quark and PageMaker which are kind of-- They're just really old versions of InDesign. You can still use those things. And they do a similar sort of job... but you'll find, in terms of an industry tool, getting a job... and just-- Yeah, InDesign is the place to be for that type of work. Now that my friends, hopefully, is what InDesign is. 4. What are the differences between InDesign and PageMaker, Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark?: So what is the difference between InDesign, and say... Quark, Photoshop, Illustrator, PageMaker, FrameMaker? There's all sorts of other programs out there. Let's quickly talk about where they all sit. In terms of InDesign, it has some direct competitors. One would be Microsoft Word, which is... it's more of an amateur program... you're not going to get a design job with it... and it has quite a lot of limitations. You can do some nice stuff in Word, but really... that's the kind of entry level program, and then you move in to InDesign. Now, other competitors to InDesign would be... the main one would be QuarkXPress. When I was learning, when I was doing my degree as a Graphics Designer... we all learned Quark. As soon as I left my degree, to get my first job... InDesign got launched... and all those tools that are-- I started actually teaching Quark way back then. And it just, it slowly, but surely, died a death. I'm sure that people who like Quark right now are-- They are still making versions, and there are people still using it... but it's a very, very small percentage of work. Pretty much, any kind of new work is all done in InDesign. Some legacy files you stumble across occasionally are done in Quark... but we don't use Quark very much any more. I don't use it at all. I haven't used it for probably about 10 years. It's a long time I d