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InDesign CC 2015 Essential Training

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Find out how to build well-crafted print publications, interactive documents, digital magazines, and ebooks with InDesign CC 2015.

InDesign is an essential tool for designers, ad agencies, magazines, newspapers, book publishers, and freelancers around the world. It's used to build everything from traditional print publications to interactive PDFs, digital magazines, and ebooks. This course presents a thorough explanation of the core features and techniques that make this page layout application so powerful, fun, and easy to use.

Want to learn InDesign in just 20 minutes? Watch the first chapter, which concentrates on the most essential skills: editing text, adding graphics, moving objects, and creating PDFs. Once you're ready to move on, InDesign insider David Blatner will show you the rest of what InDesign has to offer. Learn how to navigate and customize the workspace, manage documents and pages, format text and graphics, experiment with color and gradients, draw and transform shapes, create interactive documents, package your designs for print, and much more.


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
  • How this course is updated
  • Adjusting the interface: Dark and light
  • InDesign Launch Screen update (2015.1)
1. Learn InDesign in 30 Minutes
  • Getting started
  • Adding or editing text
  • Adding or replacing graphics
  • Moving objects around
  • Printing and creating a PDF
2. Working with InDesign Documents
  • Exploring the application window
  • Navigating and zooming
  • Selecting objects
  • Working with panels
  • Setting rulers and measurements
  • Adjusting view and preview settings
  • Saving and reverting documents
  • Saving for CS4, CS5, or CS6 with IDML
3. Creating a Document
  • New documents
  • Putting ruler guides on your page
  • Adding text frames
  • Typing and editing text
  • Applying basic text formatting
  • Importing graphics
  • Bleeding colors or images off the side of the page
4. Managing Pages
  • Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
  • Creating and applying master pages
  • Overriding master page items
  • Setting margin and column guides
  • Changing page size
  • Adding page numbering
  • Changing page numbering with sections
5. Text
  • Inserting special characters
  • Importing text
  • Threading text frames
  • Setting text frame columns
  • Setting text inset and vertical justification
  • Allowing text frames to grow and shrink
  • Putting text on a path
  • Using the Story Editor
  • Checking spelling
  • Using Find/Change
6. Graphics
  • Setting the view quality of artwork
  • Using the Links panel
  • Editing graphics in their original app
  • Fitting graphics to the frame
  • Taking advantage of image transparency and clipping paths
  • Inserting QR codes
7. Formatting Objects
  • Stroking and filling frames and paths
  • Colorizing images
  • Adjusting transparency
  • Adding drop shadows
  • Using other transparency effects
  • Copying formatting with the Eyedropper tool
  • Finding and changing object formatting
8. Color
  • Creating color swatches
  • Understanding the danger (and power) of unnamed colors
  • Creating gradient swatches
  • Applying gradients
9. Frames and Paths
  • Drawing and editing path and frame shapes
  • Adding rounded corners and other corner options
  • Making polygons and starbursts
  • Creating text outlines
10. Managing Objects
  • Stacking objects
  • Creating and controlling layers
  • Managing objects in the Layers panel
  • Grouping and locking objects
  • Nesting objects
  • Aligning and distributing
  • Understanding text wrap
  • Using anchored objects
11. Transforming Objects
  • Duplicating objects
  • Rotating objects
  • Scaling objects
  • Skewing objects
  • Mirroring objects
12. Character Formatting
  • Applying advanced character formatting
  • Changing case
  • Using Find/Change for text formatting
  • Using Find Font
13. Paragraph Formatting
  • Applying formatting to a paragraph
  • Using drop caps
  • Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph
  • Spanning a paragraph across multiple columns
  • Splitting a paragraph into multiple columns
  • Shading paragraphs and boxes
  • Setting tabs
  • Adding automatic bullets
  • Numbering paragraphs
14. Styles
  • Creating and applying paragraph styles
  • Using character styles
  • Editing and redefining styles
  • Using object styles
15. Tables
  • Creating a table
  • Adjusting rows and columns
  • Adding, moving, and deleting rows and columns
  • Formatting a table
  • Formatting cells
  • Placing graphics in cells
16. Interactive Documents
  • Adding hyperlinks
  • Creating an interactive PDF
  • Exporting a reflowable EPUB
  • Exporting a fixed-layout EPUB
17. Packaging, Printing, and Exporting
  • Packaging for output
  • Using the Print dialog box
  • Exporting a PDF
  • Exporting text
  • Next steps

Taught by

David Blatner

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