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.

Who Should Attend the Introduction to InDesign Class

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.


You should have a good working knowledge of your computer and its operating system. Make sure that you know how to use the mouse and standard menus and commands, and also how to open, save, and close files, and 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.

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 class taught by Jane Edwards 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 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

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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.

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InDesign Intro

Columbia, MD - In Person & Online Live

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 8:30 am EDT - 3:30 pm EDT Register or Add to Cart
InDesign Intro

Columbia, MD - In Person & Online Live

Monday, Jun 02, 2014 Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 8:30 am EDT - 3:30 pm EDT Register or Add to Cart
InDesign Intro

Columbia, MD - In Person & Online Live

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 8:30 am EDT - 3:30 pm EDT Register or Add to Cart
InDesign Intro

Columbia, MD - In Person & Online Live

Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 Wednesday, Sep 03, 2014 8:30 am EDT - 3:30 pm EDT Register or Add to Cart
InDesign Intro

Columbia, MD - In Person & Online Live

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 8:30 am EDT - 3:30 pm EDT Register or Add to Cart
InDesign Intro

Columbia, MD - In Person & Online Live

Monday, Nov 17, 2014 Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 8:30 am EDT - 3:30 pm EDT Register or Add to Cart