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Introducing InDesign

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Get a thorough introduction to InDesign, the industry-standard page-layout program. Learn how to assemble text and images into multipage documents for print, the web, and more.

Get a thorough introduction to InDesign, in these tutorials from Deke McClelland. Deke shows how to assemble text and images into multipage documents that can be published in print, on the web, and in many other electronic formats. He introduces the core elements that make up any InDesign project, whether simple or complex: pages, text frames, and images. He shows how to place and flow text, and set character- or paragraph-level attributes. He also examines image placement, cropping, scaling, and framing. Along the way, Deke discusses the efficient use of rulers and guides, and shows how to navigate between pages. There's no prior InDesign knowledge required. Start your learning path here.


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
1. Document and Setup
  • Starting a new document
  • Page size, columns, and margins
  • Saving a document
  • Opening and getting around a document
  • Using the Zoom and Hand tools
  • Power zooming with the Hand tool
2. Rulers and Guides
  • Working with the rulers
  • Setting ruler and column guides
  • Adjusting guides across all pages
3. Text and Formatting
  • Creating text frames
  • Selecting and formatting type
  • Searching and favoriting fonts (CC and up)
  • Type size and leading
  • Alignment, indents, and below spacing
  • Drop caps, columns, and vertical alignment
  • Coloring type and frames
  • Installing fonts with Typekit (CC and up)
4. Automated Formatting
  • Creating paragraph styles
  • Updating all styled text in one operation
  • Adding bullets and numbers
  • Creating dynamic hyperlinks
5. Pages and Pouring
  • Navigating pages
  • Adding, deleting, and moving pages
  • Placing and flowing text
  • Autoflow tricks and Primary Text Frame
  • Changing page size and orientation
  • Updating margins and columns
  • Master pages and page numbers
6. Photos and Graphics
  • Placing artwork
  • Working with the Links panel
  • Adjusting display performance
  • Working with color swatches
  • Stroking lines and images
  • Cropping and scaling
  • Fitting placed art to its frame
7. Combining Type and Graphics
  • Stacking and layering objects
  • Creating a gradient
  • Alignment and distribution
  • Wrapping text around a graphic
  • Using the Direct Selection tool
  • Creating a quick logo
8. Publishing Your Document
  • Exporting a universally compatible PDF file
  • Next steps

Taught by

Deke McClelland

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