InDesign CC for Creative Professionals

Authors: Pariah Burke, Matthew Pizzi

InDesign is a program used by many creative professionals for layout and design. It’s the industry standard for layout and is almost impossible to ignore if you’re creating a... Read more


The goal of these beginner InDesign courses is to get you familiar with the fundamental skills for using the software. This will teach you some of the most basic things a person needs to know to use InDesign competently.


InDesign CC Fundamentals

by Matthew Pizzi

Mar 10, 2016 / 4h 14m

Beginner • 4h 14m

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With InDesign CC you can create and publish content for print, web, and digital distribution. Traditionally a page layout application, it has evolved into the premiere tool for creating eBooks, and magazines for digital devices. In this course, we get you comfortable with working inside the program. You'll learn how to master the interface, how to work with images, and create the best possible typography.

Table of contents
  1. What Is InDesign?
    1m 16s
  2. Understanding InDesign's Workspace
    41m 51s
  3. Working with Documents
    1h 10m 43s
  4. The Basics of Text
    57m 11s
  5. Working with Graphics
    41m 38s
  6. Typography
    41m 56s

InDesign CC Building on the Fundamentals

by Matthew Pizzi

Mar 15, 2016 / 3h 45m

Beginner • 3h 45m

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This course goes beyond the basics of InDesign. Become more efficient inside of the program by learning how to properly manage, format, and transform objects. We also review how you can properly work with color; from process and spot colors, to managing color swatches and gradients. Learn to manage the appearance of your type by using character and paragraph styles. Finally, we'll review how you can present tabular data with tables, and how you can pull from your skills learned in this course and our InDesign CC Fundamentals course to design a business card.

Table of contents
  1. Welcome
    1m 4s
  2. Object Formatting
    39m 9s
  3. Working with Color
    38m 35s
  4. Managing and Transforming Objects
  5. Styles and Tables
    58m 44s
  6. Designing a Business Card
    33m 30s

InDesign CC EPUB Fundamentals

by Pariah Burke

Apr 22, 2016 / 3h 3m

Beginner • 3h 3m

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Want to create files that work for eBooks like Kindle or Nook, but not sure how? In this course, InDesign CC EPUB Fundamentals, you will learn how create EPUBs (the file format for eBooks) in Adobe InDesign CC. You will start off by learning how to properly setup an InDesign document for EPUB. Next, you'll learn how to work in InDesign to properly format and edit content while allowing InDesign to create the required HTML and CSS. Finally, you'll review how to prepare your books for publication on all major eBook readers like Kindle, Kobo, and Nook. Software required: Adobe InDesign CC.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    1m 17s
  2. Getting Started with EPUB
    36m 43s
  3. Styling and Formating
    19m 22s
  4. Working with Chapters and InDesign Book Files
    16m 44s
  5. Proofing and Validating the eBook
    37m 44s
  6. Publishing the eBook
    1h 11m 36s

InDesign CC Business Stationery

by Matthew Pizzi

May 5, 2016 / 1h 21m

Intermediate • 1h 21m

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Having professional and attractive stationery is a necessity for any successful business. This course, InDesign CC Business Stationery, will help you understand the core concepts of Adobe's InDesign. You'll review how to set up files for all kinds of business stationery, including letterhead and envelopes. You'll also learn how to create business cards and compliment slips. Finally, outside of InDesign, you'll learn about basic layout guidelines when it comes to creating letterhead, which can also be applied to other pieces within the stationery set. By the end of this course, you'll be able to design great stationery for your business that looks professional and aligns with your brand. Software required: InDesign CC.

Table of contents
  1. Welcome
    1m 58s
  2. Designing the Letterhead
    41m 6s
  3. Designing the Envelope
    19m 43s
  4. Designing a Business Card and Comps Slip
    19m 7s

InDesign CC Publish Online

by Pariah Burke

Mar 9, 2016 / 47m

Intermediate • 47m

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Publish Online operates from within InDesign but with a web component that makes your chosen documents viewable by anyone in the world with a web browser and desktop or mobile internet connection. First, you'll go through some examples of Publish Online documents. You'll learn how to start a new project or convert from a print publication. Then you'll learn to share and view your Publish Online projects. Finally, you'll learn to embed and share your Publish Online project on your blog or website. By the end of this course, you'll learn how easy and fast it is to publish any InDesign document online. Software required: InDesign CC, Publish Online.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 34s
  2. Introduction
    7m 4s
  3. Designing for Publish Online
    7m 47s
  4. Publishing Online
    14m 55s
  5. Publishing Beyond Publish Online
    16m 29s


Once you’re ready for intermediate courses, you’ll build on your foundation by learning how to put your technical skills to use with layout and design tools. This combination of theory and tools is the next step once a graphic designer has a solid foundation of the software.


InDesign CC Integration with InCopy CC

by Pariah Burke

Oct 21, 2016 / 52m

Intermediate • 52m

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This course will help all creative personnel forge and maintain a collaborative, productive, accountable integration using best-of-breed editorial and design tools: InCopy and InDesign. You will learn to integrate InCopy with InDesign to build an efficient workflow wherein editorial personnel maintain control over editorial content until the very last moment, while production personnel continue to design the pages right up until the moment of deadline. You will also learn how to include remote workers in the workflow without sacrificing collaboration, control, or accountability. Software required: InDesign CC 2015 and InCopy CC 2015.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    1m 13s
  2. Introduction to InCopy CC
    10m 31s
  3. Your Workflow Options
    9m 5s
  4. Workflow from the Designer's Side
    18m 51s
  5. Workflow from the Editorial Side
    12m 52s

InDesign CC EPUB Building on the Fundamentals

by Pariah Burke

Oct 17, 2016 / 3h 12m

Intermediate • 3h 12m

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In this course, you'll go beyond creating text-only EPUBs. You'll start off by learning how to convert print book layouts to an eBook, specifying story and imagery order through different means. Next, you'll learn how to format and include cover images, illustrations, native InDesign vector objects, and more, and how to control their conversion and formatting during EPUB export. Then, you'll move into incorporating audio and video into your ebook. Wrapping up the course, you'll learn how to include hyperlinks and special hyperlinks, and all the final formatting options in InDesign's EPUB - Reflowable Export Options. Software required: InDesign CC.

Table of contents
  1. Welcome
    2m 21s
  2. Selecting and Ordering Content Elements
    39m 9s
  3. Working with Images in eBooks
    1h 30m 20s
  4. Incorporating Audio and Video into eBooks
    41m 10s
  5. Applying the Finishing Touches
    19m 40s

InDesign CC Creating Fixed-Layout eBooks

by Pariah Burke

Jun 23, 2016 / 4h 55m

Intermediate • 4h 55m

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In InDesign CC Creating Fixed-Layout eBooks, you'll learn all the advantages of Fixed Layout EPUBS in InDesign. You'll learn the best techniques for taking advantage of engaging elements such as animations, video, audio, and much more. Once you complete this course, you'll have a better understanding on how to create an advanced and interactive eBook.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 33s
  2. Undestanding Fixed-layout eBooks
    22m 19s
  3. Planning a Fixed-layout eBook
    34m 54s
  4. Designing Your eBook
    21m 53s
  5. Incorporating Motion and Sound
    59m 50s
  6. Getting Interactive
    1h 11m 16s
  7. Applying Finishing Touches
    23m 24s
  8. Going Beyond InDesign
    33m 30s
  9. Creating Read Aloud Narration
    26m 42s


These advanced level InDesign courses are intended to take the viewer into the next level by spending more time on advanced skills like building DPS apps and interactive PDFs.


InDesign CC Creating AEM Mobile Apps

by Pariah Burke

Jan 25, 2016 / 1h 26m

Intermediate • 1h 26m

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Learn to create AEM Mobile Apps in InDesign CC, including managing projects and team members, adding and designing collections, layouts, and cards, and building apps for iOS (iPad and iPhone), Android, and Windows. Software required: InDesign CC, Adobe Experience Manager.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    2m 3s
  2. Administering Projects and Personnel
    20m 7s
  3. Working with Content and Collections
    27m 11s
  4. Designing Cards and Layouts
    20m 9s
  5. Building Apps
    17m 12s

InDesign CC Interactive PDF

by Pariah Burke

Oct 21, 2016 / 5h 41m

Beginner • 5h 41m

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In this course, InDesign CC Interactive PDF, you'll learn all about building and designing Interactive PDFs. Discover them from scratch and by converting print and other format documents using InDesign and Adobe Acrobat. By the end of the course, you'll have an interactive PDF ready for publication within your organization or out to the world. More importantly, you'll have the confidence to keep building attention-grabbing, engaging, interactive PDFs long after the last video has played out.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    1m 45s
  2. Understanding Interactive PDF
    28m 47s
  3. Planning an Interactive PDF
    12m 7s
  4. Working with Interactive Objects
    36m 2s
  5. Working with Hyperlinks
    27m 45s
  6. Working with Interactive Objects (continued)
    31m 9s
  7. Building Interactive Imagery, Galleries, and Slideshows
    42m 9s
  8. Adding Document Effects
    52m 36s
  9. Building Navigation Systems
    50m 26s
  10. Incorporating Video and Audio
    43m 53s
  11. Applying the Finishing Touches
    14m 38s

What you will learn

  • InDesign Tools
  • Layout
  • Design
  • eBook Publishing
  • Building Interactive PDFs


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