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
Online Module 2: Time-Saving Design and Layout Techniques
- InDesign interface and setup
- Creating a new document and page setup
- Working with type
- Using the layout tools
Online Module 3: Creative 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 4: Working with Large Documents
- 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
- 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 online in four weekly modules to be completed during the week they are offered. Each course lasts four weeks and students will spend approximately four hours per week engaged in the course. Videos and class assignments that synthesize course content will be the primary learning tools. The structure of the program enables students to receive personal feedback on their work from the instructor and allows students to interact with the instructor and other students via online discussions.
Each weekly course module begins on Tuesday. Previous work can be accessed and viewed anytime, but assignments must be submitted for the week prior to 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 in order to meet the requirements for earning a certificate of completion.
Participation in the course requires high-speed Internet access, the application installed on your computer, an email address, and headphones or speakers and a web camera if you wish to participate in any optional scheduled web meetings. Courses are taught using the latest version of Adobe’s software, currently version CC, but older version “work-arounds” are also demonstrated for those not using the latest versions.
Certificates of completion will be awarded at the conclusion of the course to participants who participate in all course modules and complete all required assignments by the course end date. 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.