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InDesign 2021 Essential Training

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Get up and running with Adobe InDesign. Discover how to use the 2021 version of the world's premier page-layout application.

InDesign is an essential tool for design firms, ad agencies, magazines, newspapers, book publishers, and freelance designers around the world. In this course, instructor David Blatner presents a thorough explanation of the core features and techniques that make this powerful page-layout application fun and easy to use, providing a foundation upon which advanced skills and workflows can be built. David gets you up to speed fast, with a quick start chapter that teaches you the basics in less than 20 minutes. Then he dives into the details, including managing documents and pages, editing text and graphics, creating interactive documents, and much more. Take the entire course, or focus on just the features you need to learn. Every lesson brings you one step closer to InDesign proficiency—an essential skill for any career in design or publishing.


  • 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 PDF file
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
  • Finding and replacing 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/Replace 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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