Adobe InDesign is the industry standard when it comes to creating multiple-page documents for both print and digital delivery. This course will cover how to use InDesign and also introduce and demystify print industry terminology. From print collateral to presentations, this course covers a variety of topics everyone should know and that are applicable in any kind of business.
Online Module 1: Basic Page and Text Options
- InDesign interface and setup
- Creating a new document and page setup
- Working with type
- Using the layout tools
Online Module 2: Time-Saving Design and Layout Techniques
- Paragraph and character styles
- Using styles to auto-format a document
- Using styles to change the look and feel of a document
- Master pages and making large-scale layout changes
Online Module 3: Creative Techniques
- Introduction to color and shape, and how to align and arrange objects
- CMYK and RGB color palettes and when to use each color mode
- Creating custom colors and saving time when changing colors in a document
- Importing graphics and photos
- Exploring the links panel and fixing broken links
Online Module 4: Working with Large Documents
- Developing and navigating large documents
- Creating a table of contents
- Working with digital versions of documents
- Pre-flight and packaging documents for export
- Printing and exporting PDF documents
Extended Studies’ graphics courses are offered fully live online in four weekly modules to be completed during the week they are offered. Each course lasts four weeks, and students will spend about five to six hours per week engaged in the course. This synchronous course meets online at the specific dates and times outlined below. The program’s structure enables students to receive immediate personal feedback on their work from the instructor and allows students to interact with the instructor and other students via live online discussions, demonstrations and critiques.
Each weekly course module begins on Tuesday. Previous work can be accessed and viewed anytime, but assignments must be submitted for the week before the beginning of the next weekly course module. While course material will be available for continued reference up to four weeks after the class ends, assignments must be turned in by the scheduled course end date, and participants must receive at least a 70% in the course in order to meet the requirements for earning a certificate of completion. Participants must attend six of the eight live-online sessions to earn a certificate. Recording are available for review after each session.
Participation in the course requires high-speed internet access, the application installed on your computer and an email address. Courses are taught using the latest version of Adobe’s software. Students must have the latest version of Adobe CC installed on their computers. Please note: These live online courses are not optimized for access on mobile devices.
Certificates of completion will be awarded at the conclusion of the course to participants who participate in all course modules, complete all required assignments by the course end date, and receive at least a 70% in the course. Participants must attend six of the eight live-online sessions to earn a certificate. Advanced courses require a working knowledge of software applications prior to enrollment.
See the Graphics Professional Series overview for links to more courses of interest to beginning and experienced graphic artists, web designers, photographers and students.