InDesign: An Introduction  Short Courses

Course Information

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Tuesday 16 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £395.00 CS1508 Apply Now
Tuesday 1 May 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £395.00 CS1508 Apply Now

Course Content

This course will cover the key functionality of Adobe InDesign CC, the industry-standard layout and publishing program, as well as techniques for laying out text and graphics for professional publication. Participants gain an appreciation of the fundamentals of typography, page layout and other page design principles and are shown how to apply these principles using InDesign, thereby gaining hands-on experience in the art of successful page layout.

Tutor Info

Helen Pummell began artworking in 1996 at the very start of the desk top publishing revolution, working with each new development of design industry software, from the first version of QuarkXpress through to today's powerful Adobe Creative Suite.

She has taught an ever-evolving range of creative software at City, University of London and with private students since 1999.

Her design experience spans advertising, retail, marketing, education and recruitment and she has worked for some of the country's leading advertising and marketing agencies. Her clients include many national brand leaders, household names and high street favourites, for whom she produces artwork and promotional solutions for both web and print.

Helen currently teaches and freelances using a combination of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.


Working knowledge of the Windows or Macintosh interface.

What will I learn?

  • The InDesign working environment: how to open & view files, make use of the pasteboard, manipulate the document window.
  • Toolbox: the selection tool, colour controls, hand tool, rotation tool, the direct selection tool, eyedropper tool.
  • Navigation: how to move around your document using the pages palette, view menu, page keys, layout menu, scrolling and the navigator palette.
  • Layers: how to use and re-position layers, lock and organise layers.
  • Constructing a new document: including how to change document preferences and create a custom start up page.
  • Master Pages: creation, editing, footers, headers, guides, grids, application and overriding master page items on document pages.
  • Type: creating, colouring, editing, alignment plus essential typography tips and techniques.
  • Duplicating items.
  • Graphic Frames: Modifying graphics within frames, manipulating and editing the frame and its contents both separately and together.
  • Text Frames: creating, importing, editing, overflowing text, dynamic spelling, spell checking text, creating text in columns  and the manipulation of text frames.
  • Creating solid objects.
  • Anchor Points: Understanding Bezier curves, selecting, manipulating, adding and deleting anchor points and their direction lines.
  • Drawing shapes with pre-set tools.
  • Wrapping text around a graphic object.
  • Styles: paragraph, character and object styles.
  • Aligning objects.
  • Colour: understanding CMYK colour and the Pantone Solid Colour system for print. RGB colour for the web. Creating colours in the Swatches palette, applying colours to objects and using stroke & fill attributes. Also how to view the separate print/ink plates on screen.
  • Working with gradients: creating, editing and adjusting gradients.
  • Transparency: changing the opacity of a solid object or graphic, applying blending modes, creating drop shadows.
  • Printing & exporting: PDFs, pre-flight, packaging files for printers and fixing problems.
  • Considering design in page layouts: what do graphics say?; face-ism ratio; the golden ratio; grid-based design.

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