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InDesign Fundamentals

at AcademyX - Downtown

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Downtown, Downtown/Northeast
915 Wilshire Blvd Ste #1800
Near Francisco St
Los Angeles, California 90017
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 4

What you'll learn in this indesign class:

This class will go through actual projects to teach you the ins and outs of Adobe InDesign. You will be taught workflow, shortcuts and tool mastery throughout your 3 days of training with a live Adobe Certified Instructor.

During this class you will learn to:

  • Create/format text
  • Insert images
  • Print your files
  • Create posters
  • Use graphic and gradient effects
  • Work with templets, style sheets and tables
  • Preparing the job for print
  • Create brochures
  • Import data from external sources
  • Create master pages

Incorporating an impressive array of creative tools for digital and print publishing, Adobe InDesign enables graphic designers and production artists to craft vivid print media and interactive documents for web publishing. AcademyX's InDesign Fundamentals training will prepare you to create sophisticated documents, including magazines and books, and presentations enhanced with video and sound. This hands-on class is taught by an Adobe-Certified Instructor, and will equip you to accomplish more with advanced productivity tools, such as object libraries and reusable "snippets" of content, exercise precision control over typography and composition, easily manage the complexities of long documents, and prepare finished work for the commercial printing environment.

Topics Covered:

  • InDesign Interface & Setup
    • InDesign Interface & Workspace
    • Menu Customization
    • Setting Preferences
    • Sync Settings
  • Flyer Layout
    • Document Setup
    • Master Pages & Ruler Guides
    • Master Page Text Frames
    • Adding Color Swatches
    • Applying Color Swatches to Your Text
    • Placing Text on Master Pages
    • Placing Text on Document Pages
    • Paragraph Styles
    • Character Styles
    • Placing Graphics
    • Editing Styles
    • Drop Caps
    • New Master Pages
    • Duplicating Spreads & Applying Masters
    • Duplicating & Redefinig Styles
    • Previewing Documents
  • Event Poster Layout
    • Document Setup
    • Defining Colors and Gradients
    • Applying Colors & Gradients
    • Working with Layers
    • Creating an Irregular Graphics Frame
    • Text on a Path
    • Using the Glyphs Panel
    • Creating Text Frames
    • Importing Text & Threading Text
    • Creating Frame Breaks & Working with Hidden Characters
    • Formatting Text
    • Importing & Scaling Graphics
    • Previewing Color Separations
    • Creating a Press Ready PDF & PDF "Soft" Proof
  • Brochure Layout
    • Helpful tips & Shortcuts
    • Document Setup
    • Creating & Formatting Text
    • Placing Graphics
    • Adding Master Pages
    • Ruler Guides
    • Master Page Text
    • Line Tool
    • Automatic Page Numbers
    • Adding Pages & Applying Master Pages
    • Overriding Master Page Items
    • Importing & Threading Text
    • Threading Text Frames
    • Multiple Column Text Frames
    • Frame Un-threading
    • Automatic Threading
    • Deleting Text Frames
    • Navigating Text Threads
  • Exercise 1: Threading Text
    • Creating Color & Swatches
    • Applying Colors, Tints & Gradients
    • General Text Formatting
    • Using Find/Change
    • Using the Glyphs Panel
    • Open Type Fractions
    • Paragraph Formatting
    • Keep Options
    • Setting Tabs & Indents
    • Creating Rules
    • Defining & Applying Paragraph Styles
    • Defining & Applying Character Styles
    • Defining & Applying Object Styles
  • Exercise 2: Working with Text Styles
    • Bulleted Lists
    • Paragraph Styles Based on Another
    • Placing Graphics
    • Wrapping Text
    • Previewing Your Publication
  • Preparing files for Pre-press
    • Managing Links
    • Preflighting Documents for Printing
    • Creating a Custom Preflight Profile
    • Converting RGB & Spot Colors to Process Colors
    • Packaging the InDesign File
    • Embedding & Sharing a Custom Preflight Profile
    • Sharing Files & Packages with Earlier InDesign Versions
    • Previewing Color Separations
    • Previewing Transparency
    • Exporting PDF Files for Printing & Proofs


  • Basic Mac or Windows skills: copying/pasting, right-clicking (contextual menus), finding files, switching between programs, exploring windows.

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If you need to reschedule or cancel a class, it's usually no problem. We will move you to a different session, or give you a full refund as long as you give us at least 7 days' notice. If, however, you notify us less than one week before the class (a "late-cancellation"), we do not offer a refund and you only qualify for a late-reschedule. We charge $25 for any reschedule, $50 for reschedules with fewer than 72 hours' notice, and $100 for reschedules with fewer than 24 hours' notice (or no-shows)
Students may withdraw from any course (except when they have late-rescheduled) after instruction has started within 2 hours and receive a full refund, provided the reason for their withdrawal is dissatisfaction with the course. In the case of multi-day and multi-evening courses, students may withdraw after any session before the course's half-way point and receive pro-rated refund for the unused portion of the tuition.


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