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Provided by: University Information Services - Digital Literacy Skills


This course is self taught (Materials may be loaned out).

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Adobe InDesign CC (2018) - Level 1

Self-taught course


The skills and knowledge acquired in Adobe InDesign CC - Level 1 enable users to gain a thorough understanding of InDesign and how it can be used as well as the ability to create a variety of different kinds of documents, add text, colour, shapes and graphics, print documents and access help.

Target audience

Anyone who wants to learn the basics of Adobe InDesign CC


The course assumes little or no knowledge of the software. However, it would be beneficial to have a general understanding of personal computers and the Windows operating system environment.

Topics covered

Starting With InDesign CC

  • Understanding InDesign
  • Starting Adobe InDesign From The Desktop
  • The Start Workspace
  • The InDesign Workspace
  • Understanding Workspaces
  • Opening An Existing Document
  • Closing A Document
  • Exiting InDesign

Setting Up A Document

  • Understanding Document Presets
  • Adjusting The Units Of Measure
  • Creating A Document Preset
  • Creating A New Document
  • Using New Document Preview
  • Saving A New Document

Working With A Workspace

  • The Tools Panel
  • Using Selection Tools
  • Displaying And Hiding Rulers
  • Working With Workspaces
  • Creating A Custom Workspace
  • Understanding Panels
  • Displaying And Hiding Panels
  • Floating And Docking Panels
  • Working With The Status Bar

Navigating InDesign

  • Understanding Screen Views
  • Changing Screen Views
  • Using The Hand And Zoom Tools
  • Using Shortcut Menus
  • Using Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Working With Tabbed Documents
  • Arranging Multiple Documents
  • Using The Content Collector

Working With Pages

  • Inserting Pages
  • Navigating Pages
  • Understanding Master Pages
  • Creating Master Pages
  • Creating Ruler Guides
  • Locking, Unlocking And Clearing Guides
  • Viewing And Hiding The Grid
  • Adjusting Column Guides
  • Setting Document Bleed And Slug
  • Inserting Auto Page Numbering
  • Applying A Master Page
  • Deleting Pages


  • Understanding Layers
  • Creating A New Layer
  • Naming Layers And Assigning Colours
  • Assigning Objects To Layers
  • Reordering Layers
  • Hiding And Viewing Layers
  • Deleting Layers

Working With Text

  • Understanding Text
  • Inserting Text
  • Applying Type Style
  • Changing Font Size And Leading
  • Changing The Vertical Text Alignment
  • Threading Text Frames
  • Importing Text From Microsoft Word
  • Adjusting Kerning
  • Adjusting Tracking
  • Editing Text In Place
  • Working With The Story Editor
  • Deleting Text

Working With Colour

  • Understanding Colour
  • Stroke And Fill
  • Understanding The Colour Panel
  • Applying A Fill Colour
  • Applying A Stroke Colour
  • Selecting Colours Using The Eyedropper
  • Selecting Colours Using The Swatches Panel
  • Adding Colours To The Swatches Panel
  • Creating A Gradient
  • Creating A Colour Group
  • Creating A Colour Theme
  • Removing Colour

Frames And Shapes

  • Understanding Frames
  • Creating Shapes
  • Merging Shapes Using Pathfinder
  • Duplicating Objects
  • Aligning And Distributing Objects
  • Grouping Objects
  • Arranging Objects
  • Creating An Outline
  • Placing Graphics In An Outline
  • Understanding Line Drawing
  • Using The Line Tools

Working With Graphics

  • Understanding Graphic File Formats
  • Placing Graphics In A Document
  • Positioning Graphics Within A Frame
  • Understanding Linked Graphics
  • Navigating The Links Panel
  • Linking And Unlinking Files
  • Placing InLine Graphics
  • Creating A Clipping Path
  • Applying Text Wrap
  • Creating A Caption
  • Changing Display Performance

Preparing For Printing

  • Running A Preflight Check
  • Printing A Document
  • Defining A Print Preset
  • Understanding Ink Handling Terms
  • Creating A Postscript File
  • Exporting To PDF
  • Soft Proofing
  • Packaging A Document

Getting Help

  • Understanding The Help Menu
  • Using Help
  • Searching For Online Help

At the completion of this course you should be able to:

  • understand how InDesign can be used and start working with it
  • understand how to set up and create a new document
  • work with and modify elements of a workspace
  • understand basic navigation within InDesign
  • work with pages
  • understand what layers are and how to work with them
  • work with text
  • understand colour and how to use it
  • understand and work with objects
  • work with graphics
  • ensure documents are ready to print
  • use the Help menu and access online help resources

Watsonia workbook with 107 topics. Files for the exercises are provided on a CD or can be downloaded here


Approximately 15 hours

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