Adobe InDesign Fundamentals

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Adobe InDesign Fundamentals

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Course Syllabus

Chapter 1


  • 1. InDesign Tutorial Basics Course Introduction (1:50)
  • Exercise Files - InDesign Fundamentals
  • 2. Exercise files & projects (2:40)
  • 3. What does Adobe InDesign do? (1:34) Free
  • 4. What are the differences between InDesign and PageMaker, Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark? (5:11)
Chapter 2

PROJECT 1: One page flyer

  • 5. How to change MM to Inches & changing UK to US dictionary in InDesign? (1:40)
  • 6. New document in InDesign - what is bleed & slug? (8:08)
  • 7. How to create your own RGB & CMYK colors in Adobe InDesign (8:39)
  • 8. How do I steal colors from a logo using InDesign? (3:14)
  • 9. How to color the background of a page in InDesign? (3:33)
  • 10. Importing resizing rotating & flipping images & Logos inside InDesign (7:54)
  • 11. How to Import text from Microsoft Word into Adobe InDesign (5:46)
  • 12. How to group, ungroup & rotate images in Adobe InDesign (5:12)
  • 13. How to make a dotted line, dashed line & borders in InDesign (5:20)
  • 14. How best to preview your work in Adobe InDesign (5:16)
  • 15. How to make a simple PDF from InDesign (6:43)
  • 16. How to save your InDesign file as a JPEG (3:19)
  • 17. Why should I use CC Libraries in InDesign? (5:09)
  • 18. How to share your InDesign files with others by using package document (4:26)
  • 19. Class Exercise 1 (3:24)
  • Quiz - One Page Flyer
Chapter 3

PROJECT 2: Other people's files

  • 20. Ideas, Inspiration & starter templates (5:00)
  • 21. Working with other people's InDesign documents, missing images (3:12)
  • 22. How to find missing fonts in InDesign? (4:28)
  • 23. How to replace images in InDesign? (1:30)
  • 24. Opacity, transparency and see through ness in Adobe InDesign (2:29)
  • 25. Why is InDesign adding [Converted] and making me 'save as' (1:07)
  • 26. What if I can’t find the InDesign file - can I open the PDF? (2:38)
  • Quiz - Other people's files
Chapter 4

PROJECT 3: Company Newsletter/Brochure

  • 27. Creating a new company newsletter or brochure, what are spreads in InDesign (6:59)
  • 28. How to use a Master Page in Adobe InDesign (5:33)
  • 29. How do to add automatic page numbering to a InDesign file (4:12)
  • 30. Removing a master page & deleting parts off the master page in InDesign (2:31)
  • 31. Production Video 1 (2:54)
  • 32. What is Effective PPI & Image resolution in the InDesign links panel (6:53)
  • 33. How to add drop shadows to an image or logo in InDesign (4:20)
  • 34. What is TypeKit used for in Adobe InDesign? (8:38)
  • 35. How to add the Copyright, Registered & Trademark symbols in InDesign (5:08)
  • 36. Where can I find the different versions of letters in InDesign - Ligatures. (3:35)
  • 37. How to add placeholder text & lorem ipsum & get a word count in InDesign (3:05)
  • 38. Importing Text from Microsoft Word & keeping or removing the formatting (2:59)
  • 39. Creating Columns in a text box using Adobe InDesign (1:47)
  • 40. How do I justify text & turn off hyphenation in InDesign? (4:00)
  • 41. What is the space after & leading in Adobe InDesign? (5:22)
  • 42. How to underline text with a full width line in Adobe InDesign? (1:54)
  • 43. How do I make a paragraph style in Adobe InDesign? (6:07)
  • 44. How do I update a Paragraph Style in Adobe InDesign? (4:29)
  • 45. How to use Find & Change to remove double spaces after a period or full stop. (2:37)
  • 46. Stealing colours from images, is there a format painter in Adobe InDesign? (3:09)
  • 47. InDesign Class Exercise 2 - Magazine Spread (4:22)
  • Quiz - Company Newsletter/Brochure
Chapter 5

PROJECT 4: Long Business Document

  • 48. How to bring in lots of text into InDesign at once (8:12)
  • 49. How do I import paragraph styles from another document (12:45)
  • 50. How do I insert completely blank pages in Adobe InDesign (2:04)
  • 51. How do I create a gradient in Adobe InDesign (7:20)
  • 52. Do I need to use layers in Adobe InDesign (5:30)
  • 53. Opacity advanced, mater marks and Transparency Effects in Adobe InDesign (4:25)
  • 54. How do I add rounded corners to an image or box in Adobe InDesign? (2:53)
  • 55. How to add a large first letter to my text aka Drop Cap (2:17)
  • 56. How do I increase the space between letters in Adobe InDesign aka Tracking or Kerning (2:33)
  • 57. How do I get text to move around an image or shape using text wrap (3:57)
  • 58. Why can’t I put text over anything that has text wrap applied? (3:26)
  • 59. How to draw an arrow or triangle or star in Adobe InDesign (6:41)
  • 60. How do I put an image inside other shapes like a circle - cropping (2:47)
  • 61. What is Adobe Stock (4:18)
  • 62. Where can I find free images & icons that I can use for my business (4:24)
  • 63. How do I add bullets and numbered lists in Adobe InDesign? (0:52)
  • 64. How can I create a table inside Adobe InDesign? (7:11)
  • 65. How do I convert tables from Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel into Adobe InDesign (4:27)
  • 66. How do I get images to move with the text in Adobe InDesign using anchored objects? (3:23)
  • 67. How do I create a Line Break, Column Breaks & Page Breaks in Adobe InDesign? (4:17)
  • 68. How do I make an automatic table of contents in Adobe InDesign? (4:46)
  • 69. How do you change the tabs in Adobe InDesign? (4:31)
  • 70. Can I change the numbering of my pages so 1 starts later in the InDesign file? (3:27)
  • Quiz - Long Business Document
Chapter 6

PROJECT 5: Conference Name Badge

  • 71. How do I combine Microsoft Excel spreadsheet in InDesign? (9:05)
  • 72. CLASS EXERCISE: Create your own business card (1:16)
Chapter 7

What next

  • 73. How to create a mockup for your portfolio using InDesign (4:07)
  • 74. InDesign cheat sheet & shortcuts (12:45)
  • 75. BONUS: Software Updates (40:41)
  • 76. What to do after this InDesign tutorial course? (1:08)
  • Quiz - What Next
Chapter 8

Final Quiz

  • Final Quiz

Course Description

  • play 76 Videos
  • time 6.3 Hours

Hi there, my name is  Dan. I am a graphic designer and Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI)  for InDesign. Together we will work through real life projects starting with a simple company flyer, then a brochure & a company newsletter. We’ll make business cards & take control of a really long annual report.

We will work with colour, picking your own and also using corporate colours. You will explore how to choose & use fonts like a professional. We will find, resize & crop images for your documents. There are projects for you to complete, so you can practise your skills & use these for your creative portfolio. In this course I supply exercise files so you can play along. I will also save my files as I go through each video so that you can compare yours to mine - handy if something goes wrong.

I will share every design trick I have learnt in the last 15 years of designing. My goal is for you to finish this course with all the necessary skills to start making beautiful documents using InDesign.

What are the requirements?

  • You will need a copy of Adobe InDesign CC 2018 or above. A free trial can be downloaded from Adobe.
  • No previous design skills are needed.
  • No previous InDesign skills are needed.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 76 lectures 5+ hours of well structured content.
  • You'll learn to design a flyer, newsletter, brochure, annual report & business cards.
  • Learn how to create PDF files ready for printing.
  • You will get the finished files so you never fall behind.
  • Downloadable exercise files & cheat sheet.
  • Techniques used by professional graphic designers.
  • Professional workflows and shortcuts.

What is the target audience?

  • No previous InDesign experience is necessary.
  • This course is for people completely new to InDesign. No previous design or publishing experienced is necessary.
  • This is a relaxed, well paced introduction that will enable you to produce most common publications. Only basic computing skills are necessary - If you can send emails and surf the internet then you will cope well with our course.
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25 Reviews

  • 4.8
  • fazilaa

Everything about this course is just awesome learned so many smaller details, I really enjoyed and loved this course.
Dan is amazing I am looking forward to learn more from his other courses.

  • prabhaviridhmik

A great course for a beginner!

  • naleen123

Daniel Walter Scott, Thank you so much for doing this. I've been using InDesign for years now. I have done many beautiful works. So, I thought I was a pro and this is going to be a waste of my time and money. But after I started watching it I could learn many things that I have never thought of doing in InDesign. Sooner or later, I am going to buy your InDesign Mastery tutorial too :)

  • artimpression

  • quezen80


Amazing course, very helpful and easy to understand. Thanks

  • Zachary

  • perfectartist

Really helpful. Thanks a lot Fiverr to learn from using this.

  • around86

Excellent videos and easy to follow, highly recommended.

  • electriczap

  • cre8iveartwork

Good course , many things a newbie in Adobe Indesign can learn from this course however in my opinion there's too much info for a '' fundamental '' course and it takes too long to go through all the chapters but of course if you're into learning you will find this course to be very helpful in plus Daniel has a great way of explaining things and he really makes it easy for you to understand.

  • oronnokprithibi

Loved it. Has a very easy flow of learning. You'd get to learn some tricks besides the software basics which might come handy.

  • cholebrown

It a well-detailed course and very helpful for beginners who are trying to learn adobe indesign

  • Teodor

  • smetania

Got all the basics I need in InDesign, and got the feeling to learn any other little thing I will need in my work later myself. The instructor is super professional.

  • francescafedi

  • nikolaypavlov25

Good one for new in InDesign.

  • Scott

Many misspelled words in the quizzes. Makes me wonder what else is incorrect. The guy knows a ton about computers but doesn't use spell-check? What?

  • Robert

I love the style of this course! Short concise bursts of information and comical video editing when a mistake was made. I'd highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn Indesign.

  • Latoya

Very helpful. I will definitely be doing the exercises.

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  • Alex

  • atikrahmanshuvo

Good One

  • andelby

An excellent course of indesign, explained well and with excellent exercises. Recommended for anyone starting to use the software or those who already know it but want to go deeper into some points.

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Adobe InDesign Fundamentals

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the difference between Adobe InDesign and Photoshop?

    InDesign and Photoshop are both developed by Adobe, but they’re actually very different. InDesign is a page-design software tool used to position and manipulate elements on a page. It can be used to select fonts, position and resize images, add effects like text wrapping, and more. Photoshop is the leading software for photo editing and image manipulation. It’s used for anything from red-eye removal and airbrushing through to the creation of dazzling illusions! To learn how to use Photoshop, head over to our Photoshop beginners’ course.

  • What is Adobe InDesign good for?

    Adobe InDesign is very versatile and has many uses. Basic projects, such as business card or flyer design, can be completed quickly, but you can also use InDesign for larger, more complex projects. Common tasks include designing brochures and catalogs, as well as newsletters, manuals, and reports. Essentially, InDesign is perfect for anything that involves arranging pictures, graphics, or text on a page. Your clients could use the end product digitally, or they could turn your designs into printed publications and marketing materials.

  • Is Adobe InDesign easy to use?

    InDesign is a powerful and feature-packed piece of software, so using it for the first time can feel a little confusing. With so many possible options, it can be hard to know where to begin! But you don’t need to understand every single feature straightaway. In fact, it’s best to start by learning the basics, then you can develop your knowledge by trying out other functions and features. Once you’ve become a more experienced InDesign user, you’ll appreciate all the powerful tools it offers you.

  • How do I get better at InDesign?

    You can improve your InDesign skills by blending expert tuition with lots and lots of practice! This InDesign Fundamentals course will get you started, with in-depth video-based tuition. Better still, it also includes plenty of practice projects – so you can try out the new techniques we’ll teach you. Once you’ve completed this course, it’s up to you to keep practicing and learning more advanced skills. You could start offering freelance design services here on Fiverr, or step up to our Adobe InDesign Mastery course.

  • What's the difference between Adobe InDesign and Illustrator?

    Illustrator is another popular Adobe program. It’s used to create vector illustrations, icons, typography, logos, and more. Normally, Illustrator is used to create a single element. InDesign is a little different; it can be used to put together lots of elements, like graphics, logos, illustrations, and text, then lay these out on a page. You don’t need to choose between InDesign and Illustrator – you can use Illustrator first to create digital assets, then use InDesign to combine these. We also offer an Adobe Illustrator Fundamentals course.

  • What does this Adobe InDesign course cover?

    We created this InDesign Fundamentals course with complete beginners in mind. It covers all the basics you’ll need to start offering freelance InDesign services. We’ll look at how to create unique colors – or copy colors from existing designs; we’ll also show you how to import images and text, then resize and restyle these to suit your layout. We’ll even experiment with eye-catching effects like drop shadows and transparency and cover practical essentials like creating PDFs and developing an efficient workflow. For more details, please check the course syllabus.