Kick Start Pack

Tailored InDesign Training

Kick Start

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This introduction to InDesign’s essential tools is designed for students who are new to the program. You will be guided step-by-step through industry standards for designing and laying-out pages for print and web. Available 1-2-1, small groups and corporate. All content can be tailored for this class.

Main Topics

  • Document set-up
  • Working with type
  • Adding and editing images
  • Managing pages
  • Saving and printing

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand industry standard layout techniques
  • How to format text correctly
  • Creating multipage documents
  • Output your documents correctly for web and print

What you Get

  • Face-to-face training; group or 1-2-1
  • Work on own files or choose from our extensive library
  • Qualified trainers with many years industry experience
  • 30 page Adobe reference guide
  • Optional subscription to video tutorial
  • Optional on-site training

Lesson Options

Because everyone’s needs are different, we have Kick Start lessons available in:

  • One day sessions
  • Two day sessions
  • Three day sessions
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The Kick Start InDesign Training Pack is best suited to:

  1. Anyone who will be using Adobe InDesign weekly or more.
  2. People who are self taught and need to learn industry standards.
  3. Anyone who needs to create and edit basic InDesign documents.
  4. Those who are complete beginners or have some basic knowledge.
  5. Anyone who needs to work on InDesign files supplied by a graphic designer.

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Kick Start

InDesign Workspace
InDesign Application bar
Positioning moving, docking, collapsing and expanding panels
Rulers and Smart Guides
Hand & Zoom Tools
Navigator Panel
Resetting InDesign’s preferences

InDesign Essential Features for Beginners
Toolbox overview
Additional tools in InDesign
InDesign screen modes
Zooming, panning and document navigation
Display performance
Viewing defaults / fit in window / actual size

Creating New Documents
Saving and opening documents in InDesign
Facing pages
Inserting and deleting InDesign pages
Pages panel
Guides: Ruler, margin and column guides

Managing Pages
Changing page size
Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
Adding page numbering
Creating and applying InDesign master pages

Selecting and Formatting Objects
Selecting two or more objects

Duplicating objects in InDesign
Nudging elements
Eye dropper tool
Selecting all objects

Creating frames in InDesign
Rectangle Frame tool vs Rectangle tool
Strokes and fills
Group and ungroup

Moving & Resizing Objects
Rotating, Scaling & Transforming objects
Locking and unlocking InDesign objects
Selecting reference points on control panel
Using X & Y coordinates to position objects
InDesign stacking order / Send object to back or front
Alignment panel
Creating Lines
Adding arrow heads

Working with Images/Links
Image file formats
Importing images into InDesign
Understanding resolution
InDesign Links panel
Info panel
Modifying placed images
Fitting and resizing images proportionally
InDesign’s Display performance

Creating Text frames
Entering text
Selection processes – word / line / paragraph
Editing and formatting text
Kerning and Tracking text in InDesign
Character Formatting – font, size, bold, italic, superscript, subscript etc
Paragraph Formatting – alignment, space before / after, indents, etc
Rotating text
Fonts – serif & sans serif
Special characters – en & em dashes, non breaking spaces
Check boxes
Importing text into InDesign
Basic Shortcuts
Threading text frames

Working with Colour
Managing colour in InDesign
Creating color swatches
Creating gradient swatches

Preparing for Print and Web
Exporting and packaging from InDesign
Printing a document and print options
InDesign preflight panel