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Adobe InDesign 101: Typography

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Class Description

Effective immediately in response to COVID-19, all Technology Training classes will be delivered online until further notice.

In advance of each session, Tech Training will provide you with a Zoom link to your class, along with any required class materials.


Get to know the InDesign work area, set up documents and master pages, work with frames, place and format text, and work with layers.



This training session will introduce the basics of InDesign, a program used to lay out typography and graphics. This class will cover some of the ways we can use design to portray truth through footnotes, headlines, titles, and overall good typography.


Learning Outcomes

During this course, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain familiarity with the Work Area and commonly-used tools
  • Create, edit, and save documents
  • Work with Frames
  • Import and format text using InDesign's superior typography features
  • Manipulate your layouts using layers


Topic Outline:

  • Getting to Know the Work Area -- Toolbox, pasteboard, palettes, navigator palette, context menus
  • Text, typography, and authority
  • Understanding Typographic terms
  • Setting Up Your Document -- custom page size, new document, master pages placeholder frames, new pages and page numbering, adding/deleting/arranging document pages
  • Working with Frames - creating/modifying/resizing, using anchor, wrapping text, the Position tool, orienting/rotating/aligning objects
  • Layers -- adding, showing and hiding, rearranging, locking layers



University IT Technology Training classes are only available to Stanford University staff, faculty, students and Stanford Hospitals & Clinics employees. A valid SUNet ID is needed in order to enroll in a class.