InDesign Introduction

2 full days classroom training, 180 days free email and phone support, lunch and refreshments, course materials and a certificate – all for £385!


1 day private 1 to 1 course at your office covering your exact needs, working on your files and going at your pace, 180 days free email and phone support, course materials and a certificate – *all for £385!

*Travel / accommodation expenses might be added depending on distance.

This is a fundamentals course for desktop publishers, designers and prospective developers new to Adobe InDesign or for those who have had no previous formal training.

Indesign introduction training at red Memory Box

You will learn and build your confidence in how to layout text and graphics in a document; use InDesign Frames; manage linked files and missing fonts; define colours; use tints and Gradients using the Swatches panel; share formatting and appearance attributes with Styles and prepare a piece of artwork ready for  pre-press printing.

Indesign introduction training at red Memory Box

Who is this course for?

Graphic Designers, print / creative professionals, pre-press professionals, marketing departments; anyone who focuses on creating layouts for print or screen.

You may have some knowledge of Quark and wish to know how to translate your Quark knowledge over to InDesign.


Little or no prior knowledge of InDesign, but you should have a basic working knowledge of either the Windows or Mac interface.

Some of the benefits of coming on a Red Rocket Studio training Course

  • 180 days support: There is nothing worse than leaving a course and feeling left on your own. We like to ensure our customers have all the support and backup they need which includes 180 days unlimited support by phone or email.
  • Course Materials – We typically supply detailed course notes or a manual, or in some cases both. Either way, we try to provide sufficient supporting material so that you can return to your work place with sufficient confidence to permit further learning.
  • Lunch
  • We also provide chilled water, hot drinks and biscuits.
  • A certificate of completion.

Course Outline

Managing InDesign

  • Setting up a new workspace
  • Zoom and scroll shortcuts
  • Setting up a new document
  • Working with rulers and guides

Working with Colours, Fills & Strokes

  • Creating Objects
  • Transforming Objects
  • Selecting Objects with the content grabber
  • Apply and adjust live corner effects
  • Corner Effects
  • Duplicating and aligning Objects
  • Incorporating QR codes
  • Using Smart Guides to align, rotate and resize Objects
  • Using Gap tool to adjust and manipulate Objects
  • Drag and drop on Anchored Objects
  • Use the Strokes Panel
  • The fill and stroke settings
  • Creating, using and editing solid colours
  • Creating, using and editing Gradients
  • Adding and converting Pantone colours

Text & Style Sheets

  • Selecting text
  • Formatting text
  • Spanning text across columns and balancing columns
  • Kerning and Tracking controls
  • Paragraph formatting
  • Filtering font choices
  • Dealing with overflow matter
  • Using the Story Editor
  • Using Linked Stories
  • Linking frames and text flow options
  • Spell Checking
  • Bullets and Numbering
  • Paragraph Rules
  • Text Frame Options
  • Smart Text Reflow
  • Creating and using Paragraph style sheets
  • Creating and using Character style sheets
  • Editing and overriding style sheets

Working with images

  • The Place command
  • Resizing images and frames
  • Rotating Objects
  • Using the Text Wrap window
  • Managing layers
  • Transparency
  • Special effects
  • Shape and corner options

Text Wrap

  • Text wrap options
  • Allowing text to ignore Text Wrap

Creating Documents

  • Working with Master Pages
  • Page numbering options
  • Creating and using Layers
  • Managing Objects within layers via the layers palette
  • Creating and using Baseline Grids
  • Adding and deleting pages
  • Working with Tables
  • Creating tables from delimited files, Microsoft Word tables, or Excel spreadsheets
  • Basic table and cell formatting options

Managing multiple documents

  • Templates and Libraries
  • The Book option
  • Loading data from other documents
  • Using Adobe Bridge

Saving InDesign documents

  • Saving as a document
  • Saving as a template
  • Saving for earlier versions of InDesign

Output from InDesign

  • Creating a lo-res PDF for screen view / desktop printing
  • Creating a hi-res PDF for print