Certificate in Introduction to InDesign CS4 Online CourseCourses For Success
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What you'll learn on the course
Wouldn't it be terrific if you could use one program to create all the different types of print materials you need for your small business, organization, or family—such as letterhead, forms, and even brochures and business cards? Well, you can! We'll spend this first lesson going over all the different types of content you can produce with InDesign. We'll explore the InDesign workspace and tools, and then we'll get right to work on our first project—a logo for the fictional business we'll create materials for throughout this course!
Setting Up a New Document
Today, you'll learn all about starting and saving a new document. What's one of the most common types of print documents? If you said, "letterhead," you'd be right, and well on your way into this lesson's project. By the end of the session, you'll know how to choose settings for a new file, add background images, and organize your content to create a custom letterhead. And as we'll do in all of our lessons, we'll also go over how to use the specific colors, styles, and logo for our fictional business, but you'll be able to use the same techniques for your personal business or projects.
Organizing Objects on a Layout
Organization is a key ingredient in successful work of any kind, and it's critical to successfully using InDesign. In this lesson, you'll learn about organizing in two ways: First, you'll see how to use a workflow, or an order of operations for creating an InDesign publication. Then we'll go over how to organize materials on a page and how to use many of InDesign's tools for aligning, organizing, and laying out your content. In the process, we'll complete not one, but two projects: a sheet of business cards and a sheet of address stickers.
Setting Up a Multipage Document
Using measurements and structures are crucial when you work with InDesign, and since designing a catalog layout is the perfect way to learn these skills, that's what we'll focus on today. We'll work with two different column layouts while exploring other InDesign features (like grids and document coordinates) that can help you set out a page evenly. We'll also go over using graphic and text frame placeholders so you don't have to add content to the page to see its layout. For a final touch of realism, we'll go over how to use nonsense text during the design process to give you a good idea of how a page will look when you're finished.
Adding and Editing Text
Managing text in precise and interesting ways is one of the big advantages of working with InDesign rather than a word-processing program. In this lesson, we'll begin a two-page brochure project that will take us two lessons to complete. In this first part, you'll learn different methods for managing, displaying, and adding text to your publication. We'll go over how to work with text in text frames (both as single objects and as threads) and how to design threaded text (where the text slides through linked text frames on the page yet stays within the defined structure). We'll also use the Story Editor as an alternative to adding content in a layout view. And we'll finish up by going over how to check your text for typos and errors.
Importing Graphics and Images
The two key elements in any print project are, of course, text and images. We went over text in our last lesson, so today, we'll finish up our two-page brochure project by going over just about everything you need to know about working with images—adding them to the page in different ways, adjusting their positions, and using various commands for coordinating their sizes, proportions, and frames. We'll begin by adding images to the brochure project pages we worked on in Lesson 5, and then we'll practice making an image collage and placing images in interesting frames. Speaking of interesting—you'll also see how you can use InDesign effects to add pizzazz to any project.
Drawing and Working With Shapes
You might be surprised to learn that InDesign provides you with some of the same sophisticated drawing tools that you'll find in Adobe Illustrator. For example, InDesign offers the Pathfinder tool, which is the perfect tool to use if you need to combine simply drawn shapes and convert them into more complex and interesting objects. In this lesson, you'll learn how to work with some of the drawing tools to design a poster for a fashion show. One of the topics we'll go over is a text wrap, which is a special way to work with a drawing to tell InDesign where you want your text to display on your page. If you've ever wondered how to make text follow the shape of an object, curving around it on the page, our practice today will solve the mystery!
Managing and Applying Color
Did you know that your eyes can see over 16 million different colors? It's true! Fortunately, you don't have to work with that many colors in InDesign. But if you ever find yourself trying to choose between thousands and thousands of color possibilities, you'll understand why InDesign offers you so many different ways to work with your choices. In this lesson, you'll learn the best methods for choosing, naming, and organizing colors. You'll practice working with solid colors as well as gradients (which let you display a range of color within an object), and we'll round out the lesson by using some more special effects in today's fun project—a greeting card.
When you need to display bits of information in your publication and want to ensure it's easy to read, it's time to use a table. InDesign offers you lots of tools for designing and formatting tables. You'll see how this works today as we practice building tables for an invoice. You’ll build tables from scratch, as well as converting text into a table. You'll also find out how to use color tints in your table, as well as how to create and use styles to quickly and consistently reuse any of your layout features.
Storing Text and Color Information
Recycling doesn't just apply to items in your home or business. In this lesson, you'll see how to use the 3Rs of recycling in InDesign to complete a newsletter project. As you recycle and modify colors and styles from previous lessons to create new styles in your newsletter, you'll also reuse a lot of the tools and skills you've used in previous lessons. Learning to effectively use all of InDesign's tools and features in a variety of different ways on many different projects is what it's all about!
Sending a Job to the Printer
Whether you're designing publications for business, hobbies, social, or community activities, odds are you'll need to print them at some point. InDesign provides many options for printing, and we'll review a few of them today as we design a postcard using special fonts, colors, and image layout features. By the time you finish this lesson, you'll know how to print directly from your desktop and produce a PDF version of your publication to e-mail or use online.
Exporting Files From InDesign
In this last lesson, we'll really test InDesign's versatility as we practice converting a single-page flyer into a number of different formats, including images and even a PDF file that includes a Flash movie. InDesign offers special tools for repurposing content, including the ability to automatically adjust your layout if the format forces your page size to change. You'll see what I mean when we practice using those tools today. To finish the course, you’ll discover how to send your business cards from Lesson 3 to a professional printer.
Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with your tutor, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.
New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive...