At the end of this course you will be able to confidently begin creating new visually compelling design layouts and output them successfully to PDF.


Familiarity with Windows or Mac


Courses are delivered in CS5, CS6, CC.

What will I learn?

The Work Area

Learn to:

  • use palettes, the toolbox and menus
  • open, save and close files
  • navigation techniques
  • customise the work area
  • preferences and defaults
  • export files.

Setting up New Documents

Learn to:

  • Create documents
  • Set up master pages
  • Use ruler guides, smart guides and grids.

Shapes and Frames

Learn to:

  • Draw and edit shapes and frames
  • Create and use colour swatches, tints and gradients
  • Fill and stroke shapes
  • Transform objects.

Textual Content

Learn to:

  • Place and flow text
  • Import options
  • Link/unlink text frames
  • Enter special characters
  • Use the story editor
  • Use Find/Change and the Spell checker.


Learn to:

  • Format text
  • Explore the wealth of typographical control offered by InDesign.

Working with Styles

Learn to:

  • Define and apply character, paragraph and object styles
  • Use nested styles
  • Remove styles from selected text
  • Import and delete styles.

Working with Images

Learn to:

  • Place images and other InDesign files
  • Use multi-file place command
  • Modify graphic frames and their contents
  • Use the spacing tool
  • Create in-line frames
  • Wrap text around objects
  • Manage links.


Learn to:

  • Use layers to group and separate objects
  • Work with the layers palette
  • Create layers
  • Move and copy objects between layers
  • Merge and delete layers.

Special Effects

Learn to:

  • Create and handle transparency
  • Use feathering, drop shadows and gradient feathers
  • Apply effects independently to an object’s stroke, fill, or content.


Learn to:

  • Create and edit tables
  • Add content
  • Format tables.

Object Libraries

Discovering the flexibility of object libraries for common reusable assets.

Preflighting, Packaging and Output

Learn to:

  • Use the preflight command to check the integrity of a document
  • Use the package command, print menu and PDF export command.

How We Deliver

We currently deliver all training online to comply with the Government's guidelines.

Online training works well for businesses whose staff are mainly working from home.

It allows us to train all of your staff with the same training needs at the same time. Your people simply log on from home, using details provided in advance by our team.

Choose from Watch and Learn sessions for larger groups or interactive hands on sessions for smaller groups.

When permitted we also offer face to face training at your offices.

All sessions can be customised to a half day or 90 minute sprint session and tailored to fit your needs, covering the topic(s) within a course that are most important to your business.

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