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InDesign Training Course Synopsis

World Class documents begin with world class people using world class software. InDesign produces the best designed publications in the world for print, PDF distribution and now EPUB and tablets. Learn to use InDesign to create marketing materials that transform your organizations communications. Learn to create proposals that sizzle, catalogs that sell, and top notch magazines, newsletters and documents of all sorts. In this beginning course, you will learn type controls, graphics file management, layers and document setup and more as you become a capable and effective InDesign literate professional.

Prerequisites for this InDesign Training Course

This class is appropriate for novice to intermediate level users of InDesign. It is expected that users have a basic understanding of why and how they expect to use InDesign for publishing their documents. Bringing samples of desired or previous work is helpful but not required. We also recommend that you have the Adobe InDesign software before starting the class. You can purchase the software or obtain a trial version of it from the Adobe website.

What You Will Learn in This InDesign Training Course

  • Navigating within InDesign
  • Creating and Formatting Text
  • Working with Layers
  • Adding Graphics
  • Working with Color
  • Working with Master Pages
  • Formatting with Styles
  • Creating and Editing Tables
  • Output and PDF Exporting
  • Working with Long Documents
  • Converting Quark Documents
  • Preflighting and Packaging

InDesign Training Course Length and Time

This class is 2 days long. Class time is 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Breaks are scheduled throughout the day and lunch is typically scheduled 12-1. Students provide their own lunch.

Locations for the InDesign Training Course

We have training centers in Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Denver, San Diego and Washington DC. We also offer classes at a network of rental facilities. We offer private onsite training and instructor-led, live online training. If coming to a rental facility, please double-check the location of your class with our office to make sure you get to the right location.

Goals for this InDesign Training Course

Sterling Ledet and Associates realizes the importance of education and we take pride in being able to offer you classes that are more custom fit to your needs. Call us at (877) 819-2665 if you have any special questions or e-mail us at

InDesign Course - Enrollment.

Please see our Enrollment Page ( for our enrollment form.

Lesson 1 - Introducing the Workspace

  • Getting started
  • Looking at the workspace
  • Working with panels
  • Customizing the workspace
  • Navigating through a document
  • Using context menus
  • Exploring on your own

Lesson 2 - Getting to know InDesign

  • Getting started
  • Viewing guides
  • Preflighting as you work
  • Adding text
  • Working with styles
  • Working with graphics
  • Working with objects
  • Working with object styles
  • Viewing the document in Presentation mode
  • Exploring on your own

Lesson 3 - Setting Up a Document and Working with Pages

  • Getting started
  • Creating and saving custom document settings
  • Creating a new document
  • Switching between open InDesign documents
  • Working with master pages
  • Applying master pages to document pages
  • Adding new document pages
  • Rearranging and deleting document pages
  • Changing the size of pages
  • Adding sections to change page numbering
  • Overriding master page items on document pages and placing text and graphics
  • Viewing the completed spread
  • Exploring on your own

Lesson 4 - Working with Objects

  • Getting started
  • Working with layers
  • Creating and modifying text frames
  • Creating and modifying graphics frames
  • Adding metadata captions to graphics frames
  • Placing and linking graphics frames
  • Changing the shape of a frame
  • Wrapping text around a graphic
  • Modifying the shape of frames
  • Transforming and aligning objects
  • Selecting and modifying grouped objects
  • Creating a QR code
  • Finishing up
  • Exploring on your own

Lesson 5 - Flowing Text

  • Getting started
  • Flowing text into an existing frame
  • Flowing text manually
  • Creating text frames while flowing text
  • Flowing text automatically
  • Creating threaded frames automatically
  • Resizing text frames automatically
  • Adding a jump line page number
  • Exploring on your own

Lesson 6 - Editing Text

  • Getting started
  • Finding and changing a missing font
  • Entering and importing text
  • Finding and changing text and formatting
  • Checking spelling
  • Editing text by dragging and dropping
  • Using the Story Editor
  • Tracking changes
  • Exploring on your own

Lesson 7 - Working with Typography

  • Getting started
  • Adjusting vertical spacing
  • Changing fonts and type styles
  • Fine-tuning columns
  • Changing paragraph alignment
  • Creating a drop cap
  • Adjusting letter and word spacing
  • Adjusting line breaks
  • Setting tabs
  • Adding a rule above a paragraph
  • Exploring on your own

Lesson 8 - Working with Color

  • Getting started
  • Managing color
  • Synchronizing color settings in Adobe Bridge
  • Specifying color settings in InDesign
  • Displaying images at full resolution
  • Proofing colors onscreen
  • Defining printing requirements
  • Creating and applying colors
  • Working with gradients
  • Creating a tint
  • Creating a spot color
  • Applying colors to text and objects
  • Using advanced gradient techniques
  • Exploring on your own

Lesson 9 - Working with Styles

  • Getting started
  • Creating and applying paragraph styles
  • Creating and applying character styles
  • Nesting character styles inside paragraph styles
  • Creating and applying object styles
  • Creating and applying table and cell styles
  • Globally updating styles
  • Loading styles from another document
  • Exploring on your own

Lesson 10 - Importing and Modifying Graphics

  • Getting started
  • Adding graphics from other programs
  • Comparing vector and bitmap graphics
  • Managing links to imported files
  • Updating revised graphics
  • Adjusting display quality
  • Working with clipping paths
  • Working with alpha channels
  • Importing native Adobe graphics files
  • Using a library to manage objects
  • Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics
  • Exploring on your own

Lesson 11 - Creating Tables

  • Getting started
  • Converting text to a table
  • Formatting a table
  • Creating a header row
  • Adding graphics to table cells
  • Creating and applying table and cell styles
  • Exploring on your own

Lesson 12 - Working with Transparency

  • Getting started
  • Importing and colorizing a grayscale image
  • Applying transparency settings
  • Adding transparency effects to imported vector and bitmap graphics
  • Importing and adjusting Illustrator files that use transparency
  • Applying transparency settings to text
  • Working with effects
  • Exploring on your own

Lesson 13 - Printing and Exporting

  • Getting started
  • Preflighting files
  • Packaging files
  • Creating an Adobe PDF proof
  • Previewing separations
  • Previewing how transparency effects will be flattened
  • Previewing the page
  • Printing a laser or inkjet proof
  • Using the Ink Manager
  • Exploring on your own

Lesson 14 - Creating Adobe PDF Files with Form Fields

  • Getting started
  • Adding form fields
  • Exporting an interactive Adobe PDF file
  • Exploring on your own

Lesson 15 - Creating and exporting an ebook

  • Getting started
  • Completing the booklet
  • Choosing the content of an ebook
  • Adding metadata
  • Exporting an EPUB file
  • Exploring on your own

Lesson 16 - Working with long Documents

  • Getting started
  • Starting a book
  • Creating a running footer
  • Adding a footnote
  • Adding a cross-reference
  • Synchronizing a book
  • Generating a table of contents
  • Indexing a book
  • Exploring on your own


Our goal is to make sure your class meets your objectives, not ours. Therefore, all of our outlines are treated as guides to help steer the workshop. This outline does not guarantee that all the topics listed will be covered in the time allowed. The amount of material covered is based on the skill level of the student audience. We may change or alter course topics to best suit the classroom situation.

Upcoming Classes


Mon. Aug 25, 2014

Thu. Sep 11, 2014

Tempe, AZ $895

Mon. Sep 15, 2014

Mon. Sep 22, 2014

Addison, TX $1295

Mon. Sep 29, 2014

Comments from Students

I would recommend this training to others because I liked the instructor and found him very knowledgeable about the subject and publishing/printing in general.

- C. J., Jul 08, 2014

This training gave a great overview of the program.

- K. H., Jul 08, 2014

The instructor was patient with questions asked and very good at giving directions to solving problems.

- A. P., Jul 08, 2014