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In this course, you are going to learn everything you need to get started using Adobe InDesign. This course is for beginners. You don’t need any previous knowledge in InDesign, graphic design, or desktop publishing. We’ll start right at the beginning, working our way through step by step. Together, we’ll make a four-page brochure, learning the tools and techniques necessary to design it and print it professionally. We’ll work with color, picking our own and using corporate colors. We’ll explore how to choose and use fonts like a pro. We’ll find, resize, and crop images. So, if you’ve never opened InDesign before, or you’ve opened it and struggled, join this course and I’ll show you the easy way to make beautiful design work in Adobe InDesign.

The source files contain the examples and projects presented in the course videos. Use them to work alongside the instructor and even share the results in the Envato forums.

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1. Introduction
0:00 1.1 Welcome to the Course
1:16 1.2 Course Project Files and Getting Started With InDesign

2. Understanding Pages
6:37 2.1 Creating a New InDesign Document
17:15 2.2 Creating and Using Color
31:41 2.3 Basic Navigation of the InDesign Software

3. Text and Fonts
40:11 3.1 Adding and Manipulating Text
46:56 3.2 How to Use Adobe Fonts

4. Images in InDesign
59:25 4.1 Finding and Using Free and Paid Images
1:11:51 4.2 What Is Image Resolution?

5. Long Text
1:21:40 5.1 Single Pages vs. Spreads
1:25:10 5.2 Columns and Linking Text Boxes
1:31:43 5.3 How to Create Paragraph Styles
1:41:08 5.4 InDesign Tips & Tricks

6. Exporting
1:54:59 6.1 Exporting Your Documents

7. Sharing Files
2:03:55 7.1 Sharing Your Files With Others
2:11:00 7.2 Working With Other People’s InDesign Documents

8. Conclusion
2:18:44 8.1 How to Use InDesign Templates
2:22:56 8.2 Thanks for Watching!

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37 Replies to “InDesign for Beginners”

  1. I did it! And I am so exited! Thanks galore for the great tutorial. It was my first contact with InDesign and it was so easy because of the way you teach. Congrats! <3

  2. I fell asleep watching YT videos and woke up 1 hour and 25 minutes into this tutorial. I don’t even use InDesign lol

  3. Thanks. Great explanation for new users, plus thanks for the files, which are important to follow while you explain!

  4. Thanks Dan. For finding corporate colors – could we not just use the eyedropper tool on an existing logo/picture if they haven't provided anything?

  5. I just want to say thank you ever so much for this tutorial, opening In Design for the first time with your tutorial felt like such a smooth transition from Photoshop, I never felt bored throughout the entire tutorial, even though some tools are similar to Photoshop which I have used for many years, this video saved me a debt in school and a refinement in knowledge of tools haha, thank you so much! Its wonderful! Wish you all the best!

  6. Thank you so much! I'm working on a project for my graphic design class and this saved me so much time and was so so helpful!

  7. This was so great! One thing that is driving me mad is the fact that I can't make a text box, several columns, and keep independent type in each column. I like that I can have 6 even columns and gutter space without creating 6 boxes separately. But I want to type independently in each column. For example: I am making a page comparing cosmetic products and each column will have a small amount of type about each product in each column. Am I doomed to have to make 6 separate text boxes and try and get them evenly matched? Google has been useless to me for this haha. Any help would be appreciated immensely.

  8. I watched this whole thing and it was EXTREMELY helpful as a newbie to InDesign. I loved the teaching style a lot. Very digestible and hands on. Thank you!

  9. I feel so accomplished after following this tutorial. I love your voice and teaching style! It's like you know I"m slow at this because you repeat each step. A lot of people doing tutorials forget that their viewers are newbies and start moving way too fast. You didn't do that! Though I'm going to probably watch this 5 more times, I just wanted to say that this is the best tutorial I've found thus far. Thank you so much!

  10. I did it! Thank you so much for the patient tutorial. It was extremely helpful. I appreciate the clarity in the process and the quality of explanation. Cheers. Thank you again.

  11. I was thinking of waiting on watching the whole video before leave a comment, but here I am… Anyway, thank you for a tutorial in InDesign. Because I am a bit of newbies on this part, Illustrator and Photoshop is OK, I am more of Photoshop "native". But expanding the horizon is always great. Therefore, a positive compliment shall apply. Thank you for this video and the teaching, since I've missed my class in InDesign lecture today, I will use this video and do a self-study in the meantime. Keep up the good work, will be back for more 🙂
    Thanks 😀

    Best regards

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