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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

  • Looking at the workspace
  • Working with panels
  • Customizing the workspace
  • Changing the magnification of a document
  • Navigating through a document
  • Using context menus
  • Using panel menus
  • Modifying Interface preferences
  • Exploring on your own

Lesson 2 - Getting to know InDesign

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Flowing text into an existing frame
  • Flowing text manually
  • Creating text frames while flowing text
  • Creating threaded frames automatically
  • Flowing text automatically
  • Applying paragraph styles to text
  • Adjusting columns
  • Adding a jump line page number
  • Exploring on your own

Lesson 6 - Editing Text

  • 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

  • Working with fonts, type styles, and glyphs
  • 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
  • Working with paragraph shading
  • Exploring on your own

Lesson 8 - Working with Color

  • Managing color
  • Defining printing requirements
  • Creating colors
  • Applying colors
  • Working with tint swatches
  • Working with gradients
  • Working with color groups
  • Exploring on your own

Lesson 9 - Working with Styles

  • 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

  • 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 an InDesign library to manage objects
  • Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics
  • Exploring on your own

Lesson 11 - Creating Tables

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

Lesson 12 - Working with Transparency

  • 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

  • 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

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

Lesson 15 - Creating a Fixed-Layout ePub

  • Creating a new document for fixed-layout export
  • Adding animation
  • Adjusting the timing of animations
  • Adding multimedia and interactive elements
  • Exporting an EPUB file
  • 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


Thu. Jul 26, 2018

Mon. Aug 06, 2018

Aurora, CO $699

Sat. Aug 11, 2018

Online $599

Mon. Aug 20, 2018

Thu. Sep 06, 2018

Online $699

Comments from Students

The class was very hands on and interactive. Stephanie was not only knowledgeable but entertaining as well. She made the 2 day class fun and was very responsive to our questions.

- Anonymous, Jun 13, 2017

Stephanie was great, she really knows the program and the best part about it is that she really engaged everyone of us in the class and made all the material exciting! I liked all the tips and tricks, and the fact that she was so patient and proactive about answering our questions. Great job and great online experience!

- Anonymous, Jun 13, 2017

Very user friendly and interactive! I was pleasantly surprised!

- Anonymous, Jun 13, 2017