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InDesign CC 2019 Essential Training

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Learn the essentials of the world's premiere page layout application, Adobe InDesign.

Adobe InDesign is an essential tool for design firms, ad agencies, magazines, newspapers, print and ebook publishers, and freelance designers around the world. InDesign CC Essential Training presents a thorough explanation of the core features and techniques that make this powerful page-layout application so fun and easy to use, providing a foundation upon which advanced skills and workflows can be built. Instructor David Blatner shows how to navigate and customize the workspace, manage documents and pages, work with text frames and graphics, export and print finished documents, create interactive documents and forms, and much more. Take the entire course, or focus on just the features you need to learn. If you're pressed for time, skip straight to chapter one, which teaches the very basics of InDesign in less than 30 minutes.


  • InDesign: Learn the fundamentals
  • Using the exercise files
1. Learn InDesign in 30 Minutes
  • Getting started
  • Adding or editing text
  • Adding or replacing graphics
  • Moving objects around
  • Printing and exporting PDF
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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