InDesign Classes – Intro

Adobe InDesign Classes – Intro

Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., Virtually Online Live & On-Site

InDesign Fact Sheet

ThinkBIGLearnSmart’s Introduction to InDesign classes provide you with the concepts and skills to use Adobe InDesign effectively. You get hands-on practice working with basic through advanced techniques to get the most out of your experience. You will learn type controls, graphics file management, layers and document setup. Whether you are a designer, prepress professional or just a beginner, you will find Adobe InDesign to be a powerful but intuitive page layout application. ThinkBIGLearnSmart also recommends our course for those planning to obtain the Adobe Certified Expert ACE status.

Adobe InDesign software is a versatile desktop publishing application that gives you pixel-perfect control over design and typography. Create elegant and engaging pages for print, screens, and tablets. Easily adapt layouts to look great on a variety of devices. InDesign is a powerful design and production application that offers precision, control, and seamless integration with other Adobe professional graphics software.

All of our Adobe certified InDesign classes are available at our Adobe Authorized training facility in Columbia, MD (convenient to Baltimore & Washington D.C.) or virtually online live from anywhere. Also you can hire our InDesign Experts, or request a private InDesign training at your site, our site, or online live. GSA (Government) pricing and Educational discounts are available for open enrollment & private classes.

**All Adobe courses at ThinkB!G are taught on the latest version of Creative Cloud (CC). Please contact us at 301-362-2250 or if you require custom training specifically on CS6.**

Who Should Attend

InDesign is built for designers, prepress and production professionals, and print service providers who work for magazines, design firms, advertising agencies, newspapers, book publishers, and retail/catalog companies, as well as in corporate design, commercial printing, and other leading-edge publishing environments.


Students must have a good working knowledge of computers, operating systems, using a mouse, keyboard, standard menus and commands. Students must be able to open, save and close applications files, as well as navigate to other folders.

Introduction to InDesign Class Objectives

-An overview to the workspace
-Set up a document from scratch using multiple master pages, pages of varying sizes, and adding page numbers
-Understand layers, create and format text and graphic frames, including adding text wrap, changing the shape, and aligning frames
-Import text from Microsoft Word and flow it into InDesign using the different flow options across threaded text frames.
-Use Find/Change, Spell Check, and Story Editor.
-Create and apply colors, gradients, spot colors, and tints to text and objects.

Related Training and Certification Courses

InDesign Class Outline

1. Introducing the Workspace
Looking at and customizing the workspace
Working with panels and tools
Changing the magnification of a document
Navigating through a multipage document

2. Getting to Know InDesign
Preflighting as you work
Viewing guides
Adding and formatting text
Working with styles, graphics, and objects

3. Setting Up a Document and Working with Pages
Creating a new document
Working with master pages and applying master pages to document pages
Adding, rearranging, and deleting document pages
Changing the size and orientation of pages
Using sections to change the format of the page numbers
Placing text and graphics on document pages
Overriding master page items on document pages

4. Working with Objects
Working with layers
Creating and modifying text and graphic frames
Adding metadata captions to graphics frames
Placing and linking graphics frames
Changing the shape of a frame
Wrapping text around a graphic
Transforming and aligning objects
Working with grouped objects

5. Flowing Text
Flowing text into existing frames
Creating text frames while placing text
Flowing text manually, semi-automatically, and
Creating threaded frames
Resizing text frames manually and automatically
Adding a jump line page number

6. Editing Text
Finding and changing a missing font
Finding and changing text and formatting
Check spelling
Using the story editor
Tracking changes

8. Working with Color
Managing Color
Adjusting display quality of images
Defining printing requirements
Creating and applying colors to text and objects
Working with gradients, spot colors, and tints
Creating a dashed line


All course objectives and outlines are a guide for students.  To ensure student satisfaction, these course topics and order may be modified or added to ensure the latest information is covered to support real world use of the technology.

Watch below to learn more about Adobe InDesign. This is just an informational video & does not reflect how our online live courses are conducted.

Introduction to InDesign Class Reviews

“One of the best classes I have ever had, can’t wait to apply what I’ve learned! I hadn’t used InDesign for 3 versions and didn’t have the time to learn it on my own. Now after taking this class, I’m excited about all the changes and can’t wait to apply them!” - Crista S. – Department of Defense

“This class was very useful in teaching me the right way to use InDesign. I can stop trying to find out how to do the simple tasks that took me a lot of time previously.” -Anonymous

“This class was really helpful to provide me with a baseline knowledge of InDesign. I feel like I can go back to work and actually use the program with some confidence thanks to this workshop.” -Alanna B. – JHU

“The teacher was friendly, knowledgeable, personable – went beyond what the book taught and used real life examples” Stephanie C. JHMI

“The instructor was well versed and knoweldgeable in InDesign. She answered all of my additional questions, and I had many. She is very patient and professional. I look forward to taking my other registered classes with this instructor. The facility was awesome and everyone was friendly. The office staff took care of my every needs.” – Sherri H. – Baltimore County Public Schools

“The Adobe InDesign training course taught by Jane was incredibly useful for beginners of InDesign. As someone who creates bulletins, brochures, and fliers, I feel much more confident to create documents from the groundup, including Master pages, templates, color swatches, and formatting that my company is currently not using. We rely heavily on a printer/graphic team and I’m looking forward to taking over some of those responsibilities and to be able to edit my own documents.” - Emily W. – The Maryland Club

“Think Big Learn Smart InDesign training class was great experience. I learned how to navigate InDesign. I am an Adobe user and now I’m aware of tools and commands I never knew I had. I’m excited to apply what I have learned to me day to day projects.” - Amanda C. H&M Wagner

“What a great class. I’ve used Pagemaker and CS3 for years. When we upgraded to CS6 I decided to get training to be able to fully utilize this program. What a major difference I see between being self taught to receiving knowledgeable training. I look forward to putting all of my new skills to work.” - Rebe S.

“Before this course, I had very little knowledge of the capabilities of InDesign, this was my first real experience with the software. Even after just an introductory course, I feel as if I have gained enough knowledge to start work on projects and explore the software further. The information in this course also has intrigued my interest in learning additional Adobe products.” - Kerrie A. – UMD

“This was a great class, and the instructor made a point of making sure everyone understood all topics covered. She even went above and beyond to demonstrate a topic I inquired about that isn’t usually covered in this particular class. Very helpful.” - Jessica B. Foundation Fighting Blindness

“I came to the InDesign class with very little experience. I feel that I am ready to get back to the office and make positive changes to our graphic products. This is a great class for the beginner or the self-taught dabbler who wants more out of InDesign. The instructor was very knowledgeable. The company is very user-friendly and there are many support mechanisms available for post-class questions.” – Karen N. – U.S. Coast Guard

“Well-paced instruction with useful tips and hints beyond what was provided in the book. Instructor very knowledgeable of the subject matter and willing to provide information/instruction to questions that were specifically related to work-related documentation/issues.” – Susan P. -Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

“I had a one of a kind learning experience in the ThinkB!G Adobe InDesign Workshop. My instructor, Jane, was engaging, informative, and always clarified student needs and questions. I learned so much in two days and feel more prepared to return to the workplace and create materials for mass dissemination in this program.” – Joanna G. – Johns Hopkins

“Our instructor Jane was excellent. She came to our office and was knowledgeable and personable. When possible, she tailored the Indesign class to suit our specific needs.” – Lori B. – Coalition for Juvenile Justice

“Fantastic organization, knowledgeable trainers, best learning environment ever! I will be able to serve as a backup initially and then competitor with the other designers at work. The combination of the knowledge and the delivery style of the presenter made it an easy to learn and most effective training.” – Pamela D. – Department of Defense

“The InDesign class was packed full of useful information and tricks that will greatly enhance my overall experience using InDesign, my product output, and will hopefully reduce the amount of time I have to spend now that I know a number of shortcuts. The instructor did a great job demonstrating multiple ways to perform a particular task and then helped us to understand why one would be preferred over another.” – Katie K. – Constellation Energy

“The best part of this InDesign training was the instructor’s ability to present the information in a fun, interactive, informative way. His personality as a trainer made a big difference for me. I would definitely come back to another of his training sessions here. Having an in-person training on the Adobe software provides a much more tailored learning experience than via online or workbook courses.” – Allison I. – Johns Hopkins

“This was the most enjoyable training session, I have ever taken. The instructor was extremely knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this InDesign training to everyone.” – Andrea Y. – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

“This course was excellent. Jane is so knowledgeable about not just Adobe InDesign, but the history of design programs as a whole. That knowledge made her explanations more meaningful and memorable. I would recommend her and this class emphatically.” – Brandie J. – Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services – Maryland

“I’m not a trained designer and designing brochures and programs is only part of my job. Though I’ve been using InDesign for several years, I’ve never had formal training until this class. I learned the right way to do many things, as well as many tips and tricks to increase efficiency when using the software. Very pleased with the two days spent in the InDesign training.” – Shelley C. – Johns Hopkins

“Very informative class with a very experienced instructor who was happy to answer any and all questions the class presented.” - Christopher S. - Maryland Air National Guard

“I would recommend this Intro to InDesign class for beginners because of the clarity of information and usefulness of content. It will definitely help me at work.” – Dennis K. - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

“I would recommend this Indesign Intro course because I was able to follow along easily, it was comfortable setting to ask questions, the class went at a nice pace, and the instructor was very knowledgeable.” – Kristen D. – Booz Allen Hamilton

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Certification That Validates Adobe InDesign Skills

Upon completion of ThinkB!G’s Indesign Intro and Advanced courses – individuals should be prepared to certify as an Adobe Certified Associate!

Not sure if you’re ready? Request a free test prep to check your skills.

Adobe conducted research to identify the foundational skills students need to effectively communicate using digital media tools. Based on feedback from educators, design professionals, businesses, and educational institutions around the world, the objectives cover entry-level skill expectations for print and digital media publishing.

Adobe InDesign is a powerful tool that sets the industry’s new standard in print and digital page layout. Offering pixel-perfect control over design and typography, users can create elegant and engaging page layouts for print or digital media. And with so many powerful new features, trained and certified students tend to be more skilled in their use of InDesign than their non-certified peers.

The Adobe Certified Associate program offers the exam for the following InDesign versions: Adobe InDesign CC, Adobe InDesign CS6 and Adobe InDesign CS5.

Learn more about becoming an Adobe Certified Associate in InDesign.. including free study guides! 

Ready? Purchase Your Testing Voucher & Schedule Your Exam!

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InDesign Intro

Columbia, MD - In Person & Online Live

Monday, Apr 13, 2015 Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 8:30 am EST - 3:30 pm EST Register or Add to Cart
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Monday, Dec 14, 2015 Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 8:30 am EST - 3:30 pm EST Register or Add to Cart