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Adobe InDesign Essentials

  • Length 2 days
  • Price  $869 inc GST
  • Version CC2023
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Why study this course

Adobe InDesign® enables you to create a diverse range of print design and marketing materials with the only limitations being your knowledge!

You'll learn time-saving techniques and best practice workflows for producing marketing materials, annual reports, flyers, brochures, newsletters, and long documents. We'll delve into graphic design-related topics such as colour, image resolution, design layout, typography basics, printing, and PDF concepts, so you will be able to produce professional projects straight away.

To fast-track and reinforce your InDesign training, City Desktop has developed their own courseware (step-by-step workbooks) that you can take with you after the course.

City Desktop Public Schedule

With Lumify Group's recent acquisition of City Desktop Training, we're pleased to now offer you an extensive public schedule of Adobe end user training in Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines. As we move to consolidate our end user offering with both Nexacu and City Desktop, you can access the schedule of the most closely aligned courses and book, by clicking on the link below.

What you can expect with City Desktop Training

  • Small classes (average 4 to 6)

  • Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC) with industry experienced, certified instructors

  • Course eBook and sample files

  • Class exercises relevant to industry

  • AATC Adobe endorsed certificate upon course completion

  • After-course support

  • Free course resit (6 months) *

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* Free resit applies to all public courses; does not include custom or private training.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this course, students will have the knowledge to:

  • Use the InDesign interface and customise preferences

  • Understand workspaces and workflows

  • Understand layout and design

  • Work with text including styles

  • Work with objects including images

  • Work with colour

  • Work with parent pages and layers

  • Design forms

  • Create and format tables

  • Import graphics

  • Export PDFs and control settings

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City Desktop Training, part of the Lumify Group, is an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC).

Who is the course for?

This course is intended for anyone wishing to learn the basics of Adobe InDesign, to give their documents a well-designed, professional look, whether in print or on the web.

Course subjects

The InDesign Interface

  • Operating Systems and InDesign Versions

  • Shortcuts and Modifier Keys

  • Dialogue Boxes – Efficiency Tips

  • The Start Workspace

  • File Types, IDML Format

  • The InDesign Interface

  • InDesign Preferences

  • InDesign Panels, Sizing, and Docking

  • Workspaces and Customising

  • The Tools Panel

  • The Tool Hints Panel

  • The Control Panel

  • InDesign Online Help and Help PDF

  • The Pasteboard

  • The Context Menu

  • Zooming and Scrolling

  • Adding and Navigating Pages

  • Document Tabs

  • Control Panel Reference Points

  • Frames: Selecting, Resizing, and Moving

  • Selecting Text and Shortcuts

  • Hidden Characters

  • Screen Modes and Previewing

  • Undoing, Redoing, and Reverting

Creating Documents

  • Best Practice Workflows

  • Filing Optimisation

  • Pre-production Specs

  • Collating Assets

  • Backing Up Files

  • New Documents: Margins, Guides, and Columns

  • Document Bleeds

  • Page Sizes

  • Modifying an Existing Document Setup

  • Creating Document Presets

  • Document Rulers and Ruler Guides

  • Smart Guides

  • Creating and Using Template Files

  • Adding and Deleting Pages

Text and Images Primer

  • Creating Text Frames

  • Overset Text

  • Adding Placeholder Text

  • Importing Text Files

  • Importing Images

  • Resizing Images and Frames

  • Fitting Images Proportionally

  • Placing Multiple Images

  • Placing Multiple Images in a Grid (Gridify)

  • Cropping Images

  • Creating Shapes: Rectangles, Ellipses, Polygons, and Lines

  • Corner Effects

  • Live Corners Options

  • Rotating Text, Images or Shapes

  • Grouping Objects

  • Stacking Objects

Working with Text Frames

  • Text Frame Indicators

  • OpenType Properties

  • Text Frame Inset

  • Text Frame Vertical Justification

  • Text Frame Columns

  • Threading Text Frames

  • Text Flow: Manual and Autoflow

  • Import Options for Placing Text

  • Import Options for Word Files

  • Using Glyphs and Special Characters

  • Inserting Break Characters

Formatting Text

  • Selecting a Type Face and Type Style

  • Setting Type Size

  • Leading (Line Spacing)

  • Kerning and Tracking

  • Capitalisation, Superscript

  • Baseline Shift

  • Paragraph Alignment

  • Space Before and After

  • Indenting Text

  • Hyphenation

  • Paragraph Rules

  • Bulleted and Numbered Lists

  • Splitting and Spanning Text Across Columns

  • Dropped Capitals

  • Setting Tabs

  • Paragraph and Character Styles

  • Creating and Editing Styles

  • Style Overrides

  • Importing and Exporting Styles

Colours and Gradients

  • Colour Modes

  • RGB - Primary Colours

  • CMYK - Process Colours

  • Out of Gamut Colours

  • Spot Colours

  • Applying Colour to Objects

  • The Colour Panel

  • Saved and Unsaved Colours

  • The Swatches Panel

  • Swatch Types

  • Selecting Unused Swatches

  • Editing Swatches

  • Gradient Fills

  • Loading Colours from Other InDesign Documents

  • Adjusting the Stroke of an Object

  • Creating Dashed Lines

  • The Eyedropper Tool

Working with Images

  • Image File Formats

  • Image Resolution

  • Info Panel

  • Managing Links/Assets

  • Modifying Placed Images

  • The Links Panel

  • Display Performance


  • The Effects Panel

  • Blending Modes

  • Opacity Levels

  • Creating a Drop Shadow

  • Editing and Copying Effects

  • Creating Transparency Effects

Parent Pages

  • Parent Pages and the Pages Panel

  • Renaming the Parent Page

  • Editing the A-Parent Page

  • Using Automatic Page Numbering

  • Applying Parent Pages to Document Pages

  • Applying the None Parent

  • Inserting Pages and Applying a Parent Page

  • Editing a Parent Page

  • Customising Parent Objects

  • Restoring Parent Objects

  • Creating a Parent Page from a Document Page


  • The Layers Panel

  • Lock/Unlock, Hide/Show Layers

  • Re-order Layers

  • Expanding and Collapsing Layers

  • Selecting Objects on your Page using the Layers Panel

  • Naming, Creating, and Deleting Layers

  • Deleting Unused Layers

  • Moving Objects from One Layer to Another

Text Wrap

  • Applying Text Wrap

  • Wrap to Options

  • Contour Options

  • Making Text Ignore Text Wrap


  • Creating a Table within InDesign

  • Importing a Table

  • Converting Text to a Table

  • Options for Microsoft Excel

  • Options for Microsoft Word

  • Formatting a Table

  • Table Setup: Row and Column Options

  • Cell Options: Text and Fills

  • Headers and Footers

Publishing and Printing

  • Preflighting Documents

  • Preflight Errors

  • Defining Export Formats

  • Producing PDF Files for Approval and Screen

  • Exporting to a High-Resolution PDF

  • Packaging a Document for Print



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