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Online Class: Adobe InDesign 101

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Course Description

Adobe InDesign is a software program created by Adobe Systems, the same company that creates Photoshop, Illustrator, and a number of other programs. Whereas Photoshop is used for image editing and Illustrator is used for drawing, InDesign is used to create things such as posters, brochures, flyers, magazines, newspapers, and even books. InDesign is a program that is commonly used by graphic designers and people in production; however, it's also used by writers, publishers, and others who want to create their own material. Adobe InDesign makes this easy. You don't have to be a professional designer to use this program.

About This Course

This course was designed to teach you what you need to know to use Adobe InDesign 6. If you've used prior versions before, this course will show you how to navigate the newest release and use the updated features. However, if you've never used InDesign before, this course will start out with the very basics and work its way into the advanced features so, that by the time you're finished, you will be able to proficiently use InDesign to create your projects.

That said, we put together this course in a way that everyone, regardless of experience, will be able to learn the program. Each lesson covers a different aspect of InDesign. This first lesson, for example, teaches you how to navigate the program. Within each lesson are real world examples. You won't just be told how to do something. We'll walk you through step by step. At the end of every lesson, you'll find a lesson exercise. These are questions about what you've just learned to help you review and test your knowledge. You'll also find lesson assignments. Lesson assignments will not affect your course grade. They are completely optional. The lesson assignments are to help you put what you've learned into practice.

It's important to note that it is not required that you have access to Adobe InDesign CS6. You can take and pass this course without so much as opening the program. However, if you don't have access to the program, but would like to use it while you work on the course, you can download a free 30 day trial from the Adobe website. No credit card is required for the trial. All you will need to do is create an Adobe user ID if you don't already have one.

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Course Lessons

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  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Adobe InDesign

    Adobe InDesign is used to create things such as posters, brochures, flyers, magazines, newspapers, and even books.
  • Lesson 2: Creating and Viewing Documents

    In this lesson, we're going to learn how to view and create documents.
  • Lesson 3: Understanding Your Workspace

    In this lesson we will go over the workplace tools.
  • Lesson 4: Pages

    In this lesson we're going to show you how to work with the pages within the document.
  • Lesson 5: Working with Type

    This lesson is going to focus on teaching you everything you need to know about working with type in InDesign.
  • Lesson 6: Working with Graphics

    With other programs, you usually use an Insert command to insert text or an image. However, with InDesign, you use the Place command.
  • Lesson 7: Formatting Objects

    In this lesson we will learn about unassigned frames that we can use to create shapes, then fill those shapes with fill and stroke color to add to our layout.
  • Lesson 8: Working with Color

    In this lesson we will learn about the many tools you can use to add and store color in your work.
  • Lesson 9: Points and Paths

    In this lesson, we're going to learn about InDesign's pen tools, as well as creating simple and complex paths.
  • Lesson 10: Managing and Transforming Objects

    Knowing how to create objects and shapes is only half the battle with InDesign. Knowing how to manage those objects will be key to using InDesign successfully.
  • Lesson 11: Character and Paragraph Formatting

    If you've ever used a word processing program, then you're probably already pretty familiar with the character and paragraph formatting options available to you in InDesign CS6. In this lesson we will go over all of these tools.
  • Lesson 12: Using Styles

    In this lesson we will demonstrate how to set up text styles such as character styles, paragraph styles and object styles.
  • Lesson 13: Tables

    Tables organize information into rows and columns. This lesson will demonstrate how to insert and customize tables in this program.
  • Lesson 14: Long and Interactive Documents

    It's safe to say in today's digital publishing age that InDesign is the most useful program out there for putting together long documents and books for various formats.
  • Lesson 15: Packaging and Printing

    This final lesson will demonstrate how to package and print your finished document in InDesign.

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Course Title: Adobe InDesign 101
Course Number: 8900146
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Computer Skill
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: UniversalClass Staff Instructor
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what Adobe InDesign is and how it can be used.
  • Demonstrate creating and viewing documents as well as navigating your workspace
  • Demonstrate page creation and working with type.
  • Demonstrate working with graphics and formatting objects.
  • Demonstrate working with color, points, and paths.
  • Demonstrate managing and transforming objects.
  • Demonstrate character and paragraph formatting and using styles.
  • Demonstrate table usage.
  • Long and Interactive Documents
  • Demonstrate packaging and printing with Adobe InDesign, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Lesson 1 AssignmentAssignment1
Lesson 1: Introduction to Adobe InDesign CS6Exam10
Lesson 2 AssignmentAssignment1
Lesson 2: Creating and Viewing DocumentsExam10
Lesson 3 AssignmentAssignment1
Lesson 3: Understanding Your WorkspaceExam10
Lesson 4 AssignmentAssignment1
Lesson 4: PagesExam10
Lesson 5 Assignment Assignment1
Lesson 5: Working with TypeExam10
Lesson 6 AssignmentAssignment1
Lesson 6: Working with GraphicsExam10
Lesson 7 AssignmentAssignment1
Lesson 7: Formatting ObjectsExam10
Lesson 8 AssignmentAssignment1
Lesson 8: Working with ColorExam8
Lesson 9 AssignmentAssignment1
Lesson 9: Points and PathsExam10
Lesson 10 AssignmentAssignment1
Lesson 10: Managing and Transforming ObjectsExam10
Lesson 11 AssignmentAssignment1
Lesson 11: Character and Paragraph FormattingExam10
Lesson 12 AssignmentAssignment1
Lesson 12: Using StylesExam10
Lesson 13 AssignmentAssignment1
Lesson 13: TablesExam10
Lesson 14 AssignmentAssignment1
Lesson 14: Long and Interactive DocumentsExam10
Lesson 15 AssignmentAssignment1
Lesson 15: Packaging and PrintingExam9
The Final ExamExam70
Total Points:232

Student Testimonials

  • "The class was very well organized and allowed me to get through all of what InDesign has to offer quickly and thoroughly." -- Carolyn W.
  • "The UniversalClass video lessons were great at explaining and showing not only the how-to, but also the why/when you would use certain tools/options." -- Lan T.
  • "The additional tutorial videos were very helpful!" -- Jessica Y.

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