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InDesign 2020 Essential Training

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Learn the essentials of Adobe InDesign. Discover how to use the 2020 version of the world's premier page layout application.


  • InDesign: Learn the fundamentals
  • Using the exercise files
1. Learning InDesign in 30 Minutes
  • Getting started
  • Adding or editing text
  • Adding or replacing graphics
  • Moving objects around
  • Printing and exporting PDFs
2. Creating a Document
  • New documents
  • Guides and measurements
  • Adding text frames
  • Typing and editing text
  • Choose a better workspace for editing
  • Applying basic text formatting
  • Importing graphics
  • Saving and reverting documents
3. Managing Pages
  • Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
  • Creating and applying master pages
  • Overriding master page items
  • Changing page size and margins
  • Setting bleed and slug guides
  • Adding page numbering
4. Text
  • Importing text
  • Threading text frames
  • Setting text frame attributes
  • Inserting special characters
  • Using the Story Editor
  • Checking spelling
  • Using Find/Change
  • Putting text on a path
5. Graphics
  • Options when placing images
  • Using the Links panel
  • Editing graphics in their original app
  • Cropping and fitting graphics
6. Color and Transparency
  • Stroking and filling frames and paths
  • Transparency, drop shadows, and effects
  • Creating color swatches
  • The danger (and power) of unnamed colors
  • Creating and applying gradient swatches
7. Frames and Paths
  • Drawing path and frame shapes
  • Adjusting corner options
  • Creating text outlines
8. Managing Objects
  • Resizing and rotating objects
  • Duplicating objects and making grids
  • Moving objects above or below each other
  • Creating and controlling layers
  • Aligning and distributing
  • Understanding text wrap
  • Using anchored objects
9. Text Formatting
  • Applying advanced character formatting
  • Using Find Font
  • Applying formatting to a paragraph
  • Using drop caps
  • Adding rules (lines) above or below
  • Setting tabs and tab stops
  • Spanning and splitting paragraphs
  • Adding automatic bullets and numbers
  • Using Find/Change for text formatting
  • Highlighting paragraphs with boxes
10. Styles
  • Creating and applying paragraph styles
  • Using character styles
  • Editing, clearing, and redefining styles
  • Using object styles
11. Tables
  • Creating a table
  • Adjusting rows and columns
  • Formatting a table
  • Formatting cells
12. Interactive Documents
  • Adding hyperlinks
  • Creating an interactive PDF
  • Exporting to the web with Publish Online
13. Package, Print, and Exporting
  • Packaging for output and archive
  • Using the Print dialog box
  • Exporting a PDF
  • Next steps

Taught by

David Blatner


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