InDesign Introduction – Online

If you’re new to Adobe InDesign, our online introduction course is a great first step into working with the industry leading layout and page design software.

InDesign Introduction Training  – Online Course Objectives

Over the two days you’ll get up to speed with the InDesign interface, before learning how to design documents, how to create PDF files, working with object styles, layers and paragraph styles, and more.

  InDesign Introduction – Course Contents

Day one – Laying down a firm InDesign foundation

Introduction to the workspace

  • Main menu bar
  • Workspaces
  • Control panel
  • Tool panel
  • Panels – pages, layers and links
  • Strokes and swatches
  • Document status
  • Page navigation, preflight profile and preflight menu

Designing documents

  • Creating a new document
  • Print, mobile or web
  • Number of pages
  • Facing pages
  • Columns
  • Margins
  • Bleed and slug
  • What type of document – intent
  • Setting up for print
  • Setting for web
  • Setting for mobile
  • Adding colours
  • Rgb and cmyk

Working with frames

  • What are frames?
  • The types of frames – text, graphic and unassigned
  • Creating text frames
  • Creating graphic frames
  • Creating unassigned frames
  • Working with frames
  • Creating text wrap

Using type and styles

  • Selecting type
  • Creating type frames
  • Selecting type
  • Insert place holder
  • Placeholder text
  • Formatting type
  • Paragraph styles
  • Character styles
  • Import styles from another InDesign document
  • Introduction to CC libraries

Working with graphics

  • Placing graphics into InDesign
  • Basic placement methods
  • Raster images (pixel based)
  • Vector images (mathamatically based)
  • Linked graphics
  • Embed graphics
  • Images for print
  • Images for screen/web
  • Positioning and resizing
  • Autofit graphics into an existing frame
  • Change size and position within a frame
  • Changing frame sizes
  • Transparency

Day two – Building on that foundation

Creating a multi page document

  • Create a new document
  • Margins and columns
  • For printed output
  • For PDF production
  • For delivery on the web or mobile devices
  • Page sizes
  • Orientation – landscape or portrait
  • Page format
  • Facing or non-facing
  • Bleed and slug
  • Master pages
  • Repeating content
  • Automatic page numbering

Working with layers

  • Why use layers
  • Locking layers
  • Creating layers
  • Layers panel
  • Moving content to different layers
  • Hide layer
  • Lock layers

Working with threaded text

  • Importing text
  • Formats of text
  • Copy and paste text
  • Import Microsoft Word text without style sheets
  • Import Microsoft Word text with style sheets
  • Placeholder text
  • Overset text
  • Threading text
  • Threading options

Links and output

  • Linking graphics
  • re-linking graphics
  • Links panel
  • Preflight panel
  • PDF for email and web
  • PDF/X-1a
  • PDF for print
  • Create profiles for different printers

InDesign Introduction- Online Course Details

This is a two-day introductory course running from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.


To gain the maximum benefit from this course an attendee should have a basic knowledge of Windows and be able to use the mouse.

Online Course

This course is delivered live online. Course delegates will need a reliable internet connection and a PC or laptop with audio and video capability with the relevant software installed for the training.  Delegates see, hear and interact with the tutor.


An Adobe authorised training centre certificate of attendance will be emailed after your training course.

What Next? InDesign advanced

This InDesign advanced training course is the natural next step for those that have previously attended the InDesign introduction course or for those with prior InDesign experience

The more you learn, the more you earn

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