Adobe InDesign Essentials Course

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Onsite and ONLINE

Introduction to InDesign

Adobe InDesign enables you to create a diverse range of print design and marketing materials with the only limitations being your knowledge! To fast-track and reinforce your InDesign training, we have developed our own courseware (step-by-step printed workbooks) that you can take with you after the course.InDesign Course Manual

We demonstrate best workflows and include graphic design related topics such as colour, image resolution, design layout, typography basics, printing and PDF concepts, so you will be able to produce professional projects straight away.

As an Adobe Authorised Training Partner, participants receive an Adobe endorsed Certificate.

InDesign Course Manual

Training Modules (Overview)

  • The InDesign Interface
  • Workspaces & Workflows
  • Layout & Design
  • Frames & Objects
  • Working with Text & Images
  • Paragraph & Character Styles
  • Master Pages & Layers
  • Working with Colour
  • Creating & Formatting Tables
  • Exporting & PDF Settings
  • Basic Typography & Design Tips
  • Customising Preferences

What You Get

  • Free Course Resit (9 months)*
  • Adobe Authorised Certificate
  • After Course Help Desk
  • Choice of Mac or PC
  • 160+ Page Step-by-Step Printed Course Manual
  • Adobe Certified Instructors
  • Professional Training Environment
  • Small Classes (average 4 to 8)
  • High Frequency of Courses
  • Adobe Training Partner
  • No Risk Money Back Guarantee
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Course Outline

The InDesign Interface

  • Operating Systems and InDesign Versions
  • Shortcuts and Modifier Keys
  • Dialogue Boxes – Efficiency Tips
  • The Start Workspace
  • File Types, IDML Format
  • The InDesign Interface
  • InDesign Preferences
  • InDesign Panels, Sizing & Docking
  • Workspaces & Customising
  • The Tools Panel
  • The Tool Hints Panel
  • The Control Panel
  • InDesign Online Help & Help PDF
  • The Pasteboard
  • The Context Menu
  • Zooming and Scrolling
  • Adding and Navigating Pages
  • Document Tabs
  • Control Panel Reference Points
  • Frames: Selecting, Resizing & Moving
  • Selecting Text & Shortcuts
  • Hidden Characters
  • Screen Modes & Previewing
  • Undoing, Redoing and Reverting

Creating Documents

  • Best Practice Workflows
  • Filing Optimisation
  • Pre-production Specs
  • Collating Assets
  • Backing Up Files
  • New Documents: Margins, Guides & Columns
  • Document Bleeds
  • Page Sizes
  • Modifying an Existing Document Setup
  • Creating Document Presets
  • Document Rulers & Ruler Guides
  • Smart Guides
  • Creating and Using Template Files
  • Adding and Deleting Pages

Text and Images Primer

  • Creating Text Frames
  • Overset Text
  • Adding Placeholder Text
  • Importing Text Files
  • Importing Images
  • Resizing Images and Frames
  • Fitting Images Proportionally
  • Placing Multiple Images
  • Placing Multiple Images in a Grid (Gridify)
  • Cropping Images
  • Creating Shapes: Rectangles, Ellipses, Polygons & Lines
  • Corner Effects
  • Live Corners Options
  • Rotating Text, Images or Shapes
  • Grouping Objects
  • Stacking Objects

Working with Text Frames

  • Text Frame Indicators
  • OpenType Properties
  • Text Frame Inset
  • Text Frame Vertical Justification
  • Text Frame Columns
  • Threading Text Frames
  • Text Flow: Manual & Autoflow
  • Import Options for Placing Text
  • Import Options for Word Files
  • Using Glyphs & Special Characters
  • Inserting Break Characters

Formatting Text

  • Selecting a Type Face and Type Style
  • Setting Type Size
  • Leading (Line Spacing)
  • Kerning and Tracking
  • Capitalisation, Superscript
  • Baseline Shift
  • Paragraph Alignment
  • Space Before and After
  • Indenting Text
  • Hyphenation
  • Paragraph Rules
  • Bulleted and Numbered Lists
  • Splitting & Spanning Text Across Columns
  • Dropped Capitals
  • Setting Tabs
  • Paragraph and Character Styles
  • Creating and Editing Styles
  • Style Overrides
  • Importing & Exporting Styles

Colours and Gradients

  • Colour Modes
  • RGB - Primary Colours
  • CMYK - Process Colours
  • Out of Gamut Colours
  • Spot Colours
  • Applying Colour to Objects
  • The Colour Panel
  • Saved & Unsaved Colours
  • The Swatches Panel
  • Swatch Types
  • Selecting Unused Swatches
  • Editing Swatches
  • Gradient Fills
  • Loading Colours from Other InDesign Documents
  • Adjusting the Stroke of an Object
  • Creating Dashed Lines
  • The Eyedropper Tool

Working with Images

  • Image File Formats
  • Image Resolution
  • Info Panel
  • Managing Links/Assets
  • Modifying Placed Images
  • The Links Panel
  • Display Performance


  • The Effects Panel
  • Blending Modes
  • Opacity Levels
  • Creating a Drop Shadow
  • Editing & Copying Effects
  • Creating Transparency Effects

Master Pages

  • Master Pages and the Pages Panel
  • Renaming the Master Page
  • Editing the A-Master Page
  • Using Automatic Page Numbering
  • Applying Master Pages to Document Pages
  • Applying the None Master
  • Inserting Pages and Applying a Master Page
  • Editing a Master Page
  • Customising Master Objects
  • Restoring Master Objects
  • Creating a Master Page from a Document Page


  • The Layers Panel
  • Lock/Unlock, Hide/Show Layers
  • Re-order Layers
  • Expanding and Collapsing Layers
  • Selecting Objects on your Page using the Layers Panel
  • Naming, Creating and Deleting Layers
  • Deleting Unused Layers
  • Moving Objects from One Layer to Another

Text Wrap

  • Applying Text Wrap
  • Wrap to Options
  • Contour Options
  • Making Text Ignore Text Wrap


  • Creating a Table within InDesign
  • Importing a Table
  • Converting Text to a Table
  • Options for Microsoft Excel
  • Options for Microsoft Word
  • Formatting a Table
  • Table Setup: Row & Column Options
  • Cell Options: Text & Fills
  • Headers & Footers

Publishing & Printing

  • Preflighting Documents
  • Preflight Errors
  • Defining Export Formats
  • Producing PDF Files for Approval and Screen
  • Exporting to a High-Resolution PDF
  • Packaging a Document for Print
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Completing InDesign Essentials will contribute 13 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.


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InDesign Course Testimonials

This is my 3rd course at City Desktop and I have to say that the trainers are all superb and the courses are very practical, which is great and means that you can go straight back to your workplace and apply what you have learnt.

Pernilla Linden, Market. & Comm Director

My InDesign course with Annette has been a wonderful insight to boost my knowledge and ability to use the software with confidence and a clear direction. The small class set up is fantastic to make sure everyone has one on one time as well. Would highly recommend to colleagues to participate in.

Emma Chau, Marketing Coordinator

This was hands down the best training that I have done in a long time! Great value for money and I will definitely recommend it to others & I will be back to do the Photoshop course.

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Training Packages

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With a solid knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, you will be able to design anything you need for the print and digital worlds.