Crash Course: Adobe InDesign

Online Campus


Past Locations for this Workshop

Crash Course: Adobe InDesign | Online

Online Campus


Past Locations for this Workshop

About this workshop

Bring your creative ideas to life with Adobe InDesign, the professional page layout standard, used by designers and production professionals to design, preflight, and publish a broad range of documents such as brochures, catalogs, magazines and books. InDesign allows you to lay out and design multiple page documents. This workshop is designed to get you up and running with Adobe InDesign in three days. The focus will be on step-by-step instruction leading students through the most important tools and concepts in InDesign.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have learned the basics in InDesign such as how to create a new file, set up master pages, place images, format text, link text boxes, use layers, and create print ready files. They will also learn the basics of typography and page layout design.


The Basics, Page Layout, and Adding Imagery to Your Layout

  • Learn the basic Adobe InDesign interface.
  • Set up and design text-only, single page layouts from start to finish.
  • Learn to use various functions like master pages, custom headline and linked body
  • Design a two-page book or magazine spread using text boxes, type and images
  • Learn to use paragraph and character windows in detail
  • Learn tips for strong design and typography Import images from Illustrator or Photoshop

Using Master Pages, Style Sheets, and Color Swatches

  • Design additional book/magazine layouts
  • Use master pages, style sheets and saved color swatches to create uniformity between pages
  • Learn to package InDesign files to send to a commercial printer

Prereqs & Preparation

This is an introductory course designed for first time and beginning InDesign users. No prior experience with InDesign is required for this class. All students must be able to bring a laptop to each class (Mac preferred).

Students must have Adobe InDesign (version CS4 or higher) already downloaded on their laptops before the start of class. The full version of Adobe InDesign CS6 or the free 30-day trial version of it can be found here.

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