InDesign Beginners Course – Recorded Course

Master InDesign at your own pace!

InDesign Beginners Course

Are you wanting to learn InDesign from scratch, work at your own pace, learn from an Adobe Certified Expert and are self funding or on a limited budget? If so this pre-recorded course is a fantastic alternative to our Live Online courses.

Whilst you don’t get the live interaction with the instructor, the course does cover all the same topics as our live online courses, and all the typical questions people have are clearly addressed by an Adobe Certified Instructor with over 20 years experience.
Whether you are designing magazines and brochures, producing digital pdfs or interactive magazines, or simply wanting to upskill ready for that next job this pre-recorded InDesign course enable you to do exactly that with over 6 hours of HD quality video, designed to flow in a logical order for a complete beginner.

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In over 6 hours of HD video you will learn how to use InDesign to create your own documents, covering a wide range of best practice topics listed below:

The InDesign Interface

  • Interface Introduction
  • Using Toolbars
  • Using Panels
  • Menu Options
  • Shortcuts
  • Workspaces
  • Bonus Interface Tips

Creating New Documents

  • What is Bleed
  • What is a Slug
  • New Document Settings
  • Document Navigation

Adding Text

  • Creating text frames and adding text
  • Using Special Characters
  • What are Glyphs

Formatting Text

  • Intro to Type
  • Fonts and Leading
  • Caps, Superscript & Subscript
  • Underlines & Strikethroughs
  • Kerning & Tracking
  • Baseline shift, Skew & Scaling
  • Setting Fill & Stroke
  • Aligning Paragraphs
  • Indents
  • Setting Text Defaults
  • Dropcaps

Threading, Bullets & Other Text Options

  • Threading & Story Editor
  • Text Frame Options
  • Hyphenation
  • Spell Checking
  • Adding Bullets
  • Formatting Bullets

Working with Tables

  • Intro to Tables
  • Creating a New Table
  • Adding and Moving Table Contents
  • Table Formatting & Headers
  • Alternating Strokes
  • Adding, Removing & Merging Cells

Frame Tools

  • Intro to Frames
  • Creating a Grid of Frames
  • Ellipse & Polygon Tools
  • Rounded Corners on Frames
  • Rotate & Skew

More Advanced Frame Techniques

  • Live Distribute of Frames
  • Gap Tool
  • Combine Frames with Pathfinder
  • Step & Repeat
  • Anchored Frames
  • Create Frame from Text

Alignment

  • Intro to Alignment
  • Intro to Smart Guides
  • Intro to Rulers
  • Using Guides
  • Intro to Align Panel
  • Guide Tricks

Working with Images

  • About Images
  • Display Performance
  • Links Panel
  • Placing Images
  • Select v Direct Select
  • Fitting Options
  • Text Wrap

Working with Colour

  • Intro to Colour Modes
  • Creating Colour Swatches
  • Saving and Reusing Swatches
  • Colour in Brand Guidelines
  • Sampling Colours from an Image
  • Applying Colours
  • Gradient Swatches
  • Colour Themes Panel

Applying Effects

  • Working with Effects
  • Transparency & Feathering
  • Shadows Glows and Emboss

Layers, Pages and More

  • Layers Panel
  • Change Object Shape
  • Rotating Spreads

Working with Master Pages

  • Intro to Masters
  • Creating a Master Page
  • Loading Masters
  • Masters Based on Masters
  • Applying Master Pages
  • Masters and Layers
  • Numbering, Sections & Unlocking Master Items

Paragraph and Character Styles

  • What are Styles
  • Creating a Paragraph Style
  • Basic Paragraph Style
  • Redefining Styles & Overrides
  • Importing Styles & Setting Defaults
  • Characters Styles
  • Deleting Unused Styles

Preflighting

  • What is Preflighting
  • The Preflight Panel
  • Creating a Profile
  • Imaging Preflighting
  • Text & Document Preflighting
  • Fixing Errors in Preflighting

Outputting

  • Output Overview
  • Saving & Packaging
  • Export for Print
  • Export for Screen Use
  • Export Options
  • HTML5 Export with In5

The InDesign Getting Started course introduces a wide range of skills aimed at those who are completely new to InDesign, teaching you best practice right from the start.

YOU WILL LEARN TO

  • Customise the InDesign interface to be more efficient
  • Setup new documents with the correct settings
  • Layout text, graphics and other content in a document
  • Create different shapes of frame for your content
  • Use character and paragraph styles to speed up formatting
  • Ensure you are using the right images for print, digital etc..
  • Use masters to apply content on multiple pages
  • Create colour swatches in RGB, CMYK or Pantones
  • Understand how images are handled in InDesign
  • Prepare and output a document for print

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS COURSE

This InDesign course is ideal for anybody who wants to learn to use InDesign but has no previous experience. If you are looking to get up to speed quickly and have the budget available our Live Online InDesign courses can be a quicker approach, but if you prefer to self teach or want to stay within a set budget this course is the perfect answer and covers all the same topics.

This course is a beginners InDesign course. In order to make the most of it, you are strongly advised to install InDesign on your machine, allowing you to practice each section after watching the video.

As the PreRecorded course is new, these comments are from the live InDesign courses taught by the same Instructor.

"Andy was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He answered every question perfectly and made the experience enjoyable and informative."
Education and Marketing Officer, Surrey Wildlife Trust

"Andy was really friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Despite his very extensive knowledge, he was still excellent at conveying useful guidance to complete beginners."
Leisure Marketing Executive, Make It York

"Great course and location. The instructor was very knowledgeable about all programs, not just InDesign."
Head of Marketing, Martin House Hospice Care

"Andy was a fantastic (and patient) teacher! He knew his stuff and was great at answering any questions I had."
Digital Marketing and Communications Officer, Martin House Hospice Care

"Very helpful - would definitely train with Andy again. Welcoming environment, small groups, helpful trainer"
Administrator, Scarborough Teaching Alliance

"Andy was very patient and answered all of our questions. He genuinely made sure that we understood everything and didn't rush through the materials."
Marketing & Development Executive, Instinctif Partners

"Andy was so knowledgeable, helpful and explained things really thoroughly and slowly. He answered all of our questions and really took the time to give us one to one advice. He has a lovely calm manner and is really friendly and approachable. I couldn't recommend him enough! One of the best trainers I've had."
Executive Assistant, Instinctif Partners

"Very good facilitator, very knowledgeable friendly and approachable. Also, very patient with those including me who took a bit longer to grasp the concepts!"
Learning Knowledge Manager, Willmott Dixon

"Friendly, patient and extremely knowledgeable. A good egg!"
Comms Officer, North Yorkshire Police

"Excellent training, very patient and understanding. Very knowledgeable about the software and always keen to help out."
Designer/Photographer, Kingstown Associates

"Overall great place to learn the ropes. Extremely helpful with all questions I had. Looking forward to the next classes."
Marketing Director, C W Fields & Son Ltd

"I learned a lot today. Content and course information was detailed and will prove extremely useful within my role. Andy was warm, friendly, patient, thorough and consistent throughout. He explained any questions we had overall in detail. Good job Andy! :)"
Internal Comms and Business Engagement Partner, Leonard Cheshire

"First time on a remote course. Was pleasantly surprised with ease of use."
Technical Manager, QOB Interiors

"Excellent course, really in depth and useful - I learned a whole lot more than I thought, and now have a refreshed perspective on Adobe capabilities. The scope of things covered was incredible, I really liked Andy showing us step-by-step how to implement certain features and then allowing us to try on our own machines. Practise makes perfect!"
Communications Officer, East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust

"Andy was extremely well prepared and knowledgeable. The pace was good for all attendees even though we were of mixed ability. Those that were less experienced were able to keep up, but as a someone with more experience I didn't feel the pace was too slow. The course covered exactly what it advertised. I've never attended training remotely but it was such an easy process and well executed. I didn't feel I missed out on anything not being in the classroom. It was great to have the practical element at the end of the second day - the check list was really useful to ensure I practiced everything covered in the course."
Publications Coordinator, Hafele UK Ltd

"I took part in the online training, which I was little apprehensive about. I wasn't sure i would be able to pick up as much. However, it was so clear and simple to follow that i don't feel i missed anything different to if i was in the classroom. Andy was very clear and led the sessions well. It was engaging and you could tell his knowledge was impeccable. He made sure I was following and understood what he was going through and made sure I felt part of the training even though i wasn't in the room."
Learning and Development Advisor, House of Fraser

"The instructor was brilliant, very knowledgeable, helpful, welcoming and friendly!  I was recommended this course by a colleague and can understand why! It wasn't overwhelming and was very easy to digest."
Marketing and PR Executive, Serco

"The instructor was great - very informative and clearly knows his stuff. He showed me how to do things that weren't part of the course and checked I understood everything as we went along. I've learnt so much in two days!"
Internal Communications, Network Rail

"The instructor was very friendly and approachable, he answered questions in a manner in which I found it easy to understand. It gave a great introduction to a piece of software that I have never used before and now I feel I can give a good go at documents using the software."
Brand Marketing Assistant, Virgin Care

"Great course! Really good information, learned a lot. Pace was good and not too overwhelming. The instructor was really helpful and explained things well so it was easy to understand and use the software."
Digital Print Supervisor, Shepherd Construction Ltd

"Very friendly and patient with all our questions! He knew what he was talking about and explained things in a simple way we could understand. Was very good at linking things together to back up points and expand our knowledge."
Marketing Executive, Kelly Services

"The instructor was fantastic - knowledgeable, patient, approachable...brilliant"
Head of Marketing, The Lords Taveners

"Excellent. Really helpful and a very good teacher. Worked at a really good pace and has excellent knowledge."
Marketing Officer, Help the Hospices

"Good intro - I feel confident going back to the office and using this software now. The instructor was very good - enthusiastic, and went at just the right pace."
Communications Officer, Houses of Parliament

"The content was good and having a whole morning on the second day for practical work was invaluable. The instructor was clear in his presentation; patient with lack of comprehension and, thorough in covering the subject. The pace was fast enough to maintain interest while not too quick to lose you."
Production Manager, OFSTED

In over 6 hours of HD video you will learn how to use InDesign to create your own documents, covering a wide range of best practice topics listed below:

The InDesign Interface

  • Interface Introduction
  • Using Toolbars
  • Using Panels
  • Menu Options
  • Shortcuts
  • Workspaces
  • Bonus Interface Tips

Creating New Documents

  • What is Bleed
  • What is a Slug
  • New Document Settings
  • Document Navigation

Adding Text

  • Creating text frames and adding text
  • Using Special Characters
  • What are Glyphs

Formatting Text

  • Intro to Type
  • Fonts and Leading
  • Caps, Superscript & Subscript
  • Underlines & Strikethroughs
  • Kerning & Tracking
  • Baseline shift, Skew & Scaling
  • Setting Fill & Stroke
  • Aligning Paragraphs
  • Indents
  • Setting Text Defaults
  • Dropcaps

Threading, Bullets & Other Text Options

  • Threading & Story Editor
  • Text Frame Options
  • Hyphenation
  • Spell Checking
  • Adding Bullets
  • Formatting Bullets

Working with Tables

  • Intro to Tables
  • Creating a New Table
  • Adding and Moving Table Contents
  • Table Formatting & Headers
  • Alternating Strokes
  • Adding, Removing & Merging Cells

Frame Tools

  • Intro to Frames
  • Creating a Grid of Frames
  • Ellipse & Polygon Tools
  • Rounded Corners on Frames
  • Rotate & Skew

More Advanced Frame Techniques

  • Live Distribute of Frames
  • Gap Tool
  • Combine Frames with Pathfinder
  • Step & Repeat
  • Anchored Frames
  • Create Frame from Text

Alignment

  • Intro to Alignment
  • Intro to Smart Guides
  • Intro to Rulers
  • Using Guides
  • Intro to Align Panel
  • Guide Tricks

Working with Images

  • About Images
  • Display Performance
  • Links Panel
  • Placing Images
  • Select v Direct Select
  • Fitting Options
  • Text Wrap

Working with Colour

  • Intro to Colour Modes
  • Creating Colour Swatches
  • Saving and Reusing Swatches
  • Colour in Brand Guidelines
  • Sampling Colours from an Image
  • Applying Colours
  • Gradient Swatches
  • Colour Themes Panel

Applying Effects

  • Working with Effects
  • Transparency & Feathering
  • Shadows Glows and Emboss

Layers, Pages and More

  • Layers Panel
  • Change Object Shape
  • Rotating Spreads

Working with Master Pages

  • Intro to Masters
  • Creating a Master Page
  • Loading Masters
  • Masters Based on Masters
  • Applying Master Pages
  • Masters and Layers
  • Numbering, Sections & Unlocking Master Items

Paragraph and Character Styles

  • What are Styles
  • Creating a Paragraph Style
  • Basic Paragraph Style
  • Redefining Styles & Overrides
  • Importing Styles & Setting Defaults
  • Characters Styles
  • Deleting Unused Styles

Preflighting

  • What is Preflighting
  • The Preflight Panel
  • Creating a Profile
  • Imaging Preflighting
  • Text & Document Preflighting
  • Fixing Errors in Preflighting

Outputting

  • Output Overview
  • Saving & Packaging
  • Export for Print
  • Export for Screen Use
  • Export Options
  • HTML5 Export with In5

The InDesign Getting Started course introduces a wide range of skills aimed at those who are completely new to InDesign, teaching you best practice right from the start.

YOU WILL LEARN TO

  • Customise the InDesign interface to be more efficient
  • Setup new documents with the correct settings
  • Layout text, graphics and other content in a document
  • Create different shapes of frame for your content
  • Use character and paragraph styles to speed up formatting
  • Ensure you are using the right images for print, digital etc..
  • Use masters to apply content on multiple pages
  • Create colour swatches in RGB, CMYK or Pantones
  • Understand how images are handled in InDesign
  • Prepare and output a document for print

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS COURSE

This InDesign course is ideal for anybody who wants to learn to use InDesign but has no previous experience. If you are looking to get up to speed quickly and have the budget available our Live Online InDesign courses can be a quicker approach, but if you prefer to self teach or want to stay within a set budget this course is the perfect answer and covers all the same topics.

This course is a beginners InDesign course. In order to make the most of it, you are strongly advised to install InDesign on your machine, allowing you to practice each section after watching the video.

As the PreRecorded course is new, these comments are from the live InDesign courses taught by the same Instructor.

"Andy was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He answered every question perfectly and made the experience enjoyable and informative."
Education and Marketing Officer, Surrey Wildlife Trust

"Andy was really friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Despite his very extensive knowledge, he was still excellent at conveying useful guidance to complete beginners."
Leisure Marketing Executive, Make It York

"Great course and location. The instructor was very knowledgeable about all programs, not just InDesign."
Head of Marketing, Martin House Hospice Care

"Andy was a fantastic (and patient) teacher! He knew his stuff and was great at answering any questions I had."
Digital Marketing and Communications Officer, Martin House Hospice Care

"Very helpful - would definitely train with Andy again. Welcoming environment, small groups, helpful trainer"
Administrator, Scarborough Teaching Alliance

"Andy was very patient and answered all of our questions. He genuinely made sure that we understood everything and didn't rush through the materials."
Marketing & Development Executive, Instinctif Partners

"Andy was so knowledgeable, helpful and explained things really thoroughly and slowly. He answered all of our questions and really took the time to give us one to one advice. He has a lovely calm manner and is really friendly and approachable. I couldn't recommend him enough! One of the best trainers I've had."
Executive Assistant, Instinctif Partners

"Very good facilitator, very knowledgeable friendly and approachable. Also, very patient with those including me who took a bit longer to grasp the concepts!"
Learning Knowledge Manager, Willmott Dixon

"Friendly, patient and extremely knowledgeable. A good egg!"
Comms Officer, North Yorkshire Police

"Excellent training, very patient and understanding. Very knowledgeable about the software and always keen to help out."
Designer/Photographer, Kingstown Associates

"Overall great place to learn the ropes. Extremely helpful with all questions I had. Looking forward to the next classes."
Marketing Director, C W Fields & Son Ltd

"I learned a lot today. Content and course information was detailed and will prove extremely useful within my role. Andy was warm, friendly, patient, thorough and consistent throughout. He explained any questions we had overall in detail. Good job Andy! :)"
Internal Comms and Business Engagement Partner, Leonard Cheshire

"First time on a remote course. Was pleasantly surprised with ease of use."
Technical Manager, QOB Interiors

"Excellent course, really in depth and useful - I learned a whole lot more than I thought, and now have a refreshed perspective on Adobe capabilities. The scope of things covered was incredible, I really liked Andy showing us step-by-step how to implement certain features and then allowing us to try on our own machines. Practise makes perfect!"
Communications Officer, East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust

"Andy was extremely well prepared and knowledgeable. The pace was good for all attendees even though we were of mixed ability. Those that were less experienced were able to keep up, but as a someone with more experience I didn't feel the pace was too slow. The course covered exactly what it advertised. I've never attended training remotely but it was such an easy process and well executed. I didn't feel I missed out on anything not being in the classroom. It was great to have the practical element at the end of the second day - the check list was really useful to ensure I practiced everything covered in the course."
Publications Coordinator, Hafele UK Ltd

"I took part in the online training, which I was little apprehensive about. I wasn't sure i would be able to pick up as much. However, it was so clear and simple to follow that i don't feel i missed anything different to if i was in the classroom. Andy was very clear and led the sessions well. It was engaging and you could tell his knowledge was impeccable. He made sure I was following and understood what he was going through and made sure I felt part of the training even though i wasn't in the room."
Learning and Development Advisor, House of Fraser

"The instructor was brilliant, very knowledgeable, helpful, welcoming and friendly!  I was recommended this course by a colleague and can understand why! It wasn't overwhelming and was very easy to digest."
Marketing and PR Executive, Serco

"The instructor was great - very informative and clearly knows his stuff. He showed me how to do things that weren't part of the course and checked I understood everything as we went along. I've learnt so much in two days!"
Internal Communications, Network Rail

"The instructor was very friendly and approachable, he answered questions in a manner in which I found it easy to understand. It gave a great introduction to a piece of software that I have never used before and now I feel I can give a good go at documents using the software."
Brand Marketing Assistant, Virgin Care

"Great course! Really good information, learned a lot. Pace was good and not too overwhelming. The instructor was really helpful and explained things well so it was easy to understand and use the software."
Digital Print Supervisor, Shepherd Construction Ltd

"Very friendly and patient with all our questions! He knew what he was talking about and explained things in a simple way we could understand. Was very good at linking things together to back up points and expand our knowledge."
Marketing Executive, Kelly Services

"The instructor was fantastic - knowledgeable, patient, approachable...brilliant"
Head of Marketing, The Lords Taveners

"Excellent. Really helpful and a very good teacher. Worked at a really good pace and has excellent knowledge."
Marketing Officer, Help the Hospices

"Good intro - I feel confident going back to the office and using this software now. The instructor was very good - enthusiastic, and went at just the right pace."
Communications Officer, Houses of Parliament

"The content was good and having a whole morning on the second day for practical work was invaluable. The instructor was clear in his presentation; patient with lack of comprehension and, thorough in covering the subject. The pace was fast enough to maintain interest while not too quick to lose you."
Production Manager, OFSTED

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