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Adobe InDesign Classes

Learn the essential steps in designing publications for print and digital media with Adobe InDesign by attending our hands-on instructor-led classes at the Computer Education & Training Center at UMSL. [More]

Introduction to Desktop Publishing Using InDesign

(Prerequisite: Experience with Windows or Mac OS X.) Learn the basics of InDesign and develop the skills you need to design and produce camera-ready copy for simple publications. This course will guide you through creating basic text frames; typing and importing text into the frames; and selecting, editing, formatting, and checking spelling. Learn to thread overset text from frame to frame and set tabs and hanging indents. Use the Pages panel to move around in a document. You will create shapes and apply strokes and fills to add color to your pages; layer, align, and group objects; and create documents with multiple columns. Additional topics include basic printing options, and how to use master pages to number pages automatically. [Course Outline]
Fee: $239

One-Day Class Meets 8:30am-4:00pm (6.5 hours)
Code Date Location Instructor
E8217 Thurs., Nov. 2West CountyNancy Haupt
E8283 Wed., Dec. 13West CountyNancy Haupt
E8444 Tues., Jan. 30West CountyNancy Haupt
E8514 Wed., Mar. 14West CountyNancy Haupt

Intermediate Applications of InDesign

(Prerequisite: Introduction to Desktop Publishing Using InDesign or equivalent experience.) Learn to import graphics and then crop, manipulate, and automatically resize graphics to fit inside their frames. Discover how to add elements to your page, such as text wrap around graphics, type on a path, gradients, and tables. Work with text graphically by converting it to paths. Additional topics include find and change format settings, working with master pages, dividing a document into sections, saving a file as a template, and printing options such as thumbnails and tiling. [Course Outline]
Fee: $239

One-Day Class Meets 8:30am-4:00pm (6.5 hours)
Code Date Location Instructor
E8218 Thurs., Nov. 9West CountyNancy Haupt
E8284 Thurs., Dec. 14West CountyNancy Haupt
E8445 Wed., Feb. 7West CountyNancy Haupt
E8515 Thurs., Mar. 15West CountyNancy Haupt

Advanced Applications of InDesign

(Prerequisite: Intermediate Applications of InDesign or equivalent experience.) Learn to apply sophisticated text effects, such as hanging punctuation and decorative initial capital letters. Use the commands that give you precise control over hyphenation, justification, and paragraph composition. Increase your efficiency and ensure consistency by setting up styles and libraries. In class, you will create a book with a table of contents, as well as discuss preparing a document for output using the Preflight and Package plug-ins. [Course Outline]
Fee: $239

One-Day Class Meets 8:30am-4:00pm (6.5 hours)
Code Date Location Instructor
E8219 Thurs., Nov. 16West CountyNancy Haupt
E8285 Fri., Dec. 15West CountyNancy Haupt
E8516 Fri., Mar. 16West CountyNancy Haupt

If you would like to register for a course, call (314) 984-9000 or register online.

We also have a class, Design Principles for Desktop Publishing, that teaches you how to combine the electronic capabilities of InDesign with established principles of design and layout.

InDesign is also used in the digital publishing field to create eBooks and to create interactive, media rich, digital publications.