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Foundations of InDesign: Creating Impactful Visuals and Layouts

Class Code Date Delivery Method Cost
ITS-1561
  • Fri Aug 2, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Wed Aug 7, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Thu Aug 8, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Fri Aug 9, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Live Online - 4 sessions $800

Most Technology Training classes will be delivered online until further notice.

Before each sesson, Tech Training will provide a Zoom link for live online classes, along with any required class materials.


Learn how to design and layout posters, publications, and PDFs in Adobe InDesign. We will cover navigating the workspace, enhancing typography, formatting text, importing content, and the tools available to enhance your visual communication skills.

In this four-part beginning-level course, you will learn how to do the following in Adobe InDesign:
1. Workspace and document setup, navigating the software, and placing text and images. 
2. Threading and wrapping text, character and paragraph styles, and templates.
3. Creating a multi-page document, and working with parent pages.
4. Creating interactive documents, exporting for e-readers, and preparing for print.

Each course will have demonstrations and fun projects, including productivity tips and workflow advice. 


Course Prerequisites:
None

This course welcomes beginning learners.


Course Goals

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:
Build fliers, brochures, interactive publications, and templates in InDesign.
Evaluate the information hierarchy and select the most impactful formatting method. 
Break down content and page attributes to create a cohesive layout for optimum readability.
Use and customize InDesign¿s styles and libraries for an efficient workflow.
Interpret parent pages and override templates or existing documents.
Recognize the functionality of type, drawing, selecting tools, and options.

Topics Covered


Class 1:
- Document Setup
- Navigation
- Workspace
- Selecting
- Layers
- Shapes
- Place Text
- Place Images
- Libraries

Class 2:
- Guides
- Type
- Text Thread
- Columns
- Text Wrap
- Character Styles
- Paragraph Styles
- Create a Template
- Override/Edit a Template

Class 3:
- Multi-Page Layout
- Page Settings
- Parent Pages
- Page Numbering
- Parent Guides & Graphics
- Type Formatting Rules

Class 4:
- Interactive Documents
- Preflight 
- Print Profiles
- Export for Web
- Export for E-Reader

This course is a demonstrative lecture with no activity submission requirements. There will be requests for participation and discussion, and handouts will be provided. Note-taking and questions are encouraged.

Custom training workshops are available for this program

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University IT Technology Training sessions are available to a wide range of participants, including Stanford University staff, faculty, students, and employees of Stanford Hospitals & Clinics, such as Stanford Health Care, Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley, Stanford Medicine Partners, and Stanford Medicine Children's Health.

Additionally, some of these programs are open to interested individuals not affiliated with Stanford, allowing for broader community engagement and learning opportunities.