Page Layout using Adobe InDesign
Adobe InDesign is an in-demand layout tool used to design publications for print and electronic distribution. In this three-module Intensive program Page Layout using Adobe InDesign, you'll gain a thorough knowledge of InDesign's capabilities from using master pages, importing and manipulating objects, and controlling text flow and style, to advanced digital publication and productivity features. The program has a special focus on using Adobe InDesign to prepare designs for print, managing the phases of the production workflow.
The program consists of three courses: InDesign Basics, Print Production, and InDesign Advanced. You'll build a foundation in InDesign and learn techniques used by professional designers and page layout artists.
Upon successful completion of the Page Layout using Adobe InDesign program, you’ll know how to use InDesign to:
- Properly set up and structure documents, including importing and placing text, working with the Story Editor, and using frames for the placement of images and graphics.
- Format text using character and paragraph styles, and build color themes, including gradients.
- Use swatches and styles and manage page elements, including flowing text between frames, using the Links panel, aligning and arranging objects, using layers to manage content, and incorporating tables.
- Manage multiple pages using master pages, text linking and conveyor tools, and paragraph rules.
- Develop an understanding of the technical and aesthetic book design fundamentals for both print and ePub workflows.
- Add interactivity to documents, including hyperlinks, videos, and navigation controls.
- Produce an interactive magazine and use the Digital Publishing Suite to export iPad-ready folios.
- Identify the roles involved in print production and the step-by-step processes in managing a print project.
- Identify steps of printing a commercial project using offset lithography.
- Use InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop to effectively manage files in a print document.
- Identify and select appropriate options for binding, inks, paper, varnishes, and special printing processes.
- Choose spot colors, simulate spot colors with CMYK, and create color tints and mixed inks.
- Write effective creative briefs and print specs that reflect client goals, printing requirements, scheduling, and budget constraints.
- Locate and select appropriate local printers and online printers and solicit a print estimate.
- Translate print specifications into a complete design using PANTONE swatches, color management, photo preparation, and print techniques including special effects.
- Preflight a print project, checking for and resolving issues with color, files, and resolution, creating packages and PDFs of print jobs to send to a printer.
- Customize InDesign preferences to suit individual needs and implement time-saving work strategies.
- Calibrate monitors and set up printers for optimal color presentation and printing.
- Collaborate effectively with printers and manage projects with Adobe Bridge and Version Cue.
- Manage the advanced printing needs of transparency, gradients, and trapping.
- InDesign Basics
- Kickstarting Document Design
- Polishing The Document Design
- Managing Page Elements
- Managing Multi-Page And Liquid Layouts
- Book Layout And Design
- Adding Interactivity To Your Publications
- Print Production
- Welcome To The Land Of Print
- Software And Materials
- Designer As Communicator
- Designing Within Your Specs
- Problem Solving And Tweaking
- Sending Your Design To Print
- InDesign Advanced
- Indesign Workflow
- Typography, Color, And Collaboration
- Layers And Paths
- Interactive Design
- Advanced Functionality
The program is delivered entirely online. Students have 24/7 access to the school learning environment. No textbooks are required for the program. The program is built around award-winning online curriculum developed by Sessions College for Professional Design faculty.
All coursework and materials required to complete each course are provided in an online learning environment, including orientation materials, lectures, exercises, critique and discussion forums, videos, multimedia tools, and an online library.
This program can be taken on PC or Mac. A high-speed Internet connection is recommended. Students will need a basic familiarity with computers and must be comfortable navigating the internet. Here is a summary of requirements:
- Computer with Internet connection (56 Kbps modem or faster).
- Adobe InDesign CC or CS6
- Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator required. Adobe Acrobat recommended.