Adobe InDesign Classes

Learn the basics of using the world's leading graphic design software to create publications, marketing materials, and other design projects.

Classes are held at PubCom's studio/training lab in Takoma Park, MD or online, as noted.

All our classes include a copy of Adobe Classroom in a Book for InDesign. CEUs are awarded.

InDesign Basics

Maximize your skills in Adobe InDesign, the industry's leading desktop publishing program for graphic design, EPUBs, and other media.

The class gets you up-to-speed in basic layout and design techniques and is perfect if you're new to InDesign, or if you never had formal training in the program. It is specifically designed for:

  • Government publishers, communicators, and VISes
  • Government contractors
  • Graphic designers and desktop publishers
  • Editors and project managers who need a basic course in order to edit and manage publications.

This master class is an entry-level class. Because it covers InDesign's core foundation, It's a great session to prepare you for future classes such as our Sec. 508 accessibility class, 508 InDesign + PDF.

Topics covered in this concentrated 2-day session:

  • Basic desktop publishing procedures.
  • Setting up new documents.
  • Using InDesign's master pages, paragraph and character formatting styles, object styles and other tools.
  • How to correctly format:
    • Body text
    • Tables
    • Lists
    • Headings
    • Tables of Content
    • Footnotes
    • Hyperlinks
    • Graphics
    • Sidebars
  • Using fonts.
  • Importing Word and graphic files into the layout.
  • Preflighting layout files for press and print.
  • Archiving and "packaging" layout files.
  • Exporting PDFs for press and print.

Added benefits: This class is designed to teach the best methods to design and build layouts that not only maximize InDesign's features, but also prepare you for EPUBs, accessible PDFs, automated publishing, and other media. You'll acquire a solid foundation of skills for future classes in those topics.

Custom on site class is available. This is an ideal class to bring on site to your office where your design or communications team can master these critical skills.

Prerequisite: Knowledge of Apple or Windows operating systems and basic computer skills.

InDesign Basics — Master Class with Jane Edwards
Instructor: Jane Edwards
Fee: $875 per person
Format: 12 class hours total
icon for online seats are available for this session = two 6-hour days (live online class)
Platforms: Windows and Apple operating systems. Windows and Mac
CEUs: 1.2 CEUs, certificate awarded
Books: PubCom's step-by-step workbook
Session: March 14-15, 2019 icon for online seats are available for this session
Length: 2 full-day sessions
Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm ET
+ extended lab time
Where: Online only
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Returning students and groups, email us for registration discount codes.

GOVT: Our government price codes and payment options are available for federal, state, and local agencies. Email us for details.