Get the Training You Need for Adobe InDesign

InDesign is a great piece of software. As part of the Adobe Creative Suite, it provides a great solution for professional page layout and is now being used by just about every designer under the sun. However, not everyone needing to learn InDesign works in the field of design. A lot of organizations are buying InDesign so that, wherever possible, their staff can produce corporate literature in-house, often saving them considerable expense. So how do you run InDesign training courses for corporate users whose background is often in admin rather than design?

When providing training courses for general users of InDesign, you have to do more than just explain the use of the tools and commands. As well as learning how to use the program, delegates need to be given an insight into some of the basic techniques and principles of page layout, typography, color specification and image manipulation.

InDesign offers a much greater degree of accuracy than programs like Microsoft Word. It allows users to precisely determine how and where elements will print on the page. Anyone attending an InDesign training course should learn about the tools that are used to achieve this accuracy. You should be shown how to use the grid, the baseline grid and ruler guides. You should feel confident about getting elements to print out precisely where and how they should.

The terms used in InDesign often refer back to the pre-electronic age of the typographic industry and is often mystifying to the average user. It’s important to explain these terms, perhaps by giving users some background information and, if possible, by making comparisons with similar features in software you already know. For example, we could compare the term “leading” in InDesign with line spacing in Microsoft Word.

A typical mistake that many new InDesign users will make is to enlarge or reduce the size of images by extremely large factors. The trainer needs to point out to you that the safe zone for scaling up or down is only about 10% or so. Scaling beyond this limit can cause distortions to appear when the image is printed.

Color terminology is often another cause of some confusion. The key facts that people will need to learn here are the difference between the CMYK and RGB color spaces, how a color print job is separated into the different plates and the difference between spot and process colors.

InDesign is meant to be used for creating high quality output. New users of the program must be told how vital it is to pre-flight documents, fix errors and then package the job so it can be sent off to a printing company. You should also be taught how to produce a high-resolution PDF file.

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  2. I will admit that when I first started using InDesign that I was baffled. It was only after I was taught how to properly use the software that I realized how flexible and groundbreaking the software truly is. Highly recommended!

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