Adobe InDesign Training Courses

Adobe InDesign Training Course | Foundation Level



(£150.00 incl. VAT)


1 Day


Online Virtual Classroom


This one-day foundation level Adobe InDesign training course aims to provide you with the basic skills you'll need to be able to create any type of layout whether it's a conventional print publication or an app for smartphones or tablet devices. Once you've mastered the basics, you can then add on an Extension course to learn the specific skills required to create any of the other Layout Types, such as Apps, eBooks or longer print layouts.


  • Thursday 1st January 1970 | 09:30 - 16:30
  • This course is scheduled according to demand, please contact us to arrange a date.

Who should attend?

This one-day foundation level Adobe InDesign training course is designed for new users who wish to learn Adobe InDesign and who have little or no previous experience of InDesign or desktop publishing.
It aims to provide an understanding of the core functionality of InDesign, which you will use as a foundation to create basic print publications, such as brochures, newsletters, business cards and advertisements; and on which to build additional skills, such as creating interactive Apps for tablets and smartphones; e-Books that can be viewed on the Kindle or other ePub reader devices; or longer print layouts such as multi-chapter books or manuals.

Contact us to run this course or a customised version of it on your own premises for just £415+vat per day for up to two people. Add just £75+vat each for additional people. Price is inclusive of course reference notes and email support but exclusive of the trainer's travel and overnight accommodation costs.

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Course Content

What you can expect to learn on this Adobe InDesign training course:

An Overview of Desktop Publishing

  • The Traditional Publishing Process and how it’s related to:
  • The Electronic Publishing Process using Adobe InDesign CS or CC

Understanding the User Interface

  • The Adobe InDesign CS or CC Views – Story Editor & Layout
  • The Adobe InDesign CS or CC Toolbox
  • The Control Palette
  • Docking, Undocking and Floating Palettes
  • Setting Adobe InDesign CS or CC Document and Application Preferences
  • The Adobe InDesign CS or CC Selection Tools
  • Keyboard shortcuts

Creating, Opening and Saving Documents

  • Creating a New InDesign Document
  • Adobe InDesign CS or CC Document Setup
  • Opening Existing Adobe InDesign Documents
  • Setting up the Master Pages
  • Adding Automatic Page Numbering
  • Adding Running Headers and Footers
  • Saving your InDesign Work

Working with Graphics

  • Importing (Placing) Pictures and other Graphic Elements in InDesign Layouts
  • Understanding the Difference between Bitmap and Vector Graphics
  • Maintaining Image Quality – Avoiding the “Jaggies”
  • Using Rectangular, Elliptical and Polygonal Frames as Containers for Graphics in InDesign
  • Fitting pictures to Frames
  • Cropping, Sizing & Scaling Images
  • Wrapping Text Around Frames & Graphics
  • Moving & Transforming Frames & Graphics
  • Applying Fills & Strokes
  • Drawing Lines & Boxes

Formatting & Editing Text

  • Adding Type to a Page with the InDesign Type Tool
  • Importing (Placing) Text
  • Formatting Text
  • Working with the InDesign Story Editor
  • Spell Checking, Search & Replace
  • Linking and Unlinking Text Frames
  • Drop Caps and Bullets

Colour Issues

  • Working with Colour and other Fill Swatches
  • Applying, Editing and Creating Colour Fills & Strokes
  • Understanding and Using Pantone and Other Spot Colour Matching Standards
  • Converting Spot Colours to Process CMYK Colours

Printing & Typesetting Terminology Explained

  • Choosing and Using Typefaces Effectively
  • Understanding Leading, Kerning, Tracking etc.
  • Typesetting for maximum readability
  • Techniques for Copy-Fitting

Printing & Output

  • Print Options
  • Package a Document to send to an External Print Provider
  • PDF Output Options
  • Some Common Output Problems explained – Fonts and Picture Formats