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

Using palettes, the toolbox and menus, opening, saving and closing files, navigation techniques, customising the work area, preferences and defaults and file export

Setting up New Documents

Creating documents, setting up master pages and using ruler guides, smart guides and grids.

Shapes and Frames

Drawing and editing shapes and frames, creating and using colour swatches, tints and gradients, filling and stroking shapes and transforming objects.

Textual Content

Placing and flowing text, import options, linking/unlinking text frames, entering special characters, using the story editor, using Find/Change and the Spell checker.


Formatting text and exploring the wealth of typographical control offered by InDesign.

Working with Styles

Defining and applying character, paragraph and object styles, using nested styles, removing styles from selected text, importing and deleting styles.

Working with Images

Placing images and other InDesign files, using multi-file place command, modifying graphic frames and their contents, using the spacing tool, creating in-line frames, wrapping text around objects and managing links.


Using layers to group and separate objects, working with the layers palette, creating layers, moving and copying objects between layers, merging and deleting layers.

Special Effects

Creating and handling transparency, using feathering, drop shadows and gradient feathers, applying effects independently to an object’s stroke, fill, or content.


Creating and editing tables, adding content and formatting tables.

Object Libraries

Discovering the flexibility of object libraries for common reusable assets.

Preflighting, Packaging and Output

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

How we deliver

Training can be delivered in either of the following ways:

  • Online

    Online training is ideal if you have staff in different geographical locations who have the same Microsoft or Adobe training requirements.

    Our expert trainers can deliver Watch and Learn sessions to up to 100 people. Alternatively, they can produce an interactive session that allows delegates to complete practical exercises within the Microsoft or Adobe apps of your choosing.

  • Face to face

    Choose from one or half day training sessions or our popular 90-minute Sprint sessions, which can be delivered in your offices or at another location of your choice.

    All we need is a room with a table and chairs and we look after the rest. We can even provide laptops and a projector should you not have spare IT equipment to use.

Sprint learning

Short on time, but still want to boost staff performance?
Book a Sprint Session!

Each Sprint Session follows a 90-minute format for ultra-focused team learning.

Pick a topic, tell us what you want to achieve from your session, and we’ll put together a short, fun, entirely bespoke programme that meets the needs of your team.

Designed to cater for 10-15 delegates at a time

Developed by our team to cover the subject matter of your choice

Delivered online or face-to-face

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