Course Description

Adobe InDesign allows you to design and produce stunning documents for print or published on a website in PDF format. This class will walk you through setting up the InDesign workspace, adding text and graphics to your document, creating layouts with frames and applying formatting with styles.

You will need a copy of the Adobe InDesign CC software in order to do coursework.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introducing the Workspace

This lesson will help you become familiar with InDesign, the workspace, tools and additional resources for future reference.

Lesson 2: Getting to Know InDesign

This lesson will take you through some of the foundational workflows in InDesign. You will learn how to do basic, fundamental tasks that serve as the basis for future assignments.

Lesson 3: Setting Up a Document and Working With Pages

In this lesson, you'll learn how to set up a document in InDesign using settings, parent pages, sections and artwork.

Lesson 4: Working With Objects

You will learn how to work with layers, frames and graphics in this lesson. You'll learn what an InDesign object is and how to use those projects as part of your design for your projects.

Lesson 5: Working With Color

This lesson covers color management, creating color swatches, applying color to various objects, creating color groups and creating color themes for projects.

Lesson 6: Flowing Text

This lesson goes deeper into using text as part of your design. The lesson activities will teach you all the ways you can incorporate informative, dynamic and impactful text in your InDesign projects.

Lesson 7: Editing Text

This lesson covers more in-depth functions of text editing using InDesign. You will learn how to import text, search text, correct spelling errors and track changes.

Lesson 8: Working With Typography 

This lesson shows how InDesign offers many options to enhance the typography of your projects. You will learn how to adjust horizontal and vertical spacing of text, add shadows and use rulers to increase the precision of your typography designs.

Lesson 9: Working With Styles

Styles are a type of visual language that can be used to apply a consistent look across many areas of your project with InDesign. Styles allow you to quickly apply a consistent method for formatting layouts.

Lesson 10: Creating Tables

This lesson shows you how to use InDesign to create and edit tables. It will show you how to build a table using rows and columns, how to edit rows and columns, and how to create styles to apply to tables throughout your projects.

Lesson 11: Importing and Modifying Graphics

This lesson delves deep into using graphics with InDesign. You'll learn the difference between bitmap and vector graphics, you will import graphics, adjust graphics and flow text around graphics. You'll also create and use a library of objects that can be saved and used for future projects.

Lesson 12: Working With Transparency

This lesson covers transparency, opacity, blending modes, feathering and other effects which can be applied to objects with InDesign.

Lesson 13: Printing and Exporting

This lesson will teach you how to check a document for potential printing issues and fix them. It will also cover how to properly check a document to ensure all elements will print as intended. You will also learn how to prepare and export a project for online and electronic publishing.

Lesson 14: Creating Adobe PDF Files With Form Fields

PDFs with fillable form fields are used across many industries and settings. This lesson teaches you how to create a PDF with fillable form fields along with buttons for submission and to form troubleshooting skills.

Lesson 15: Creating a Fixed-Layout ePub and Publishing Online

This lesson focuses on creating a document optimized for engagement on mobile and other electronic devices. You'll add multimedia elements, configure timing of animations and create an ePub which you can preview in a viewing app.

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Explore the InDesign environment and edit a basic document
  • Create a page layout and add and format objects
  • Add and edit text in multiple blocks
  • Add color, tints and gradients to objects in their documents and manage the color settings
  • Apply style formatting to text and objects
  • Modify graphics and add tables to their documents
  • Apply transparency formatting and print documents
  • Create forms and eBooks
  • Add a table of contents and index to a document
  • Create a final project using concepts learned in this course


Participants will have 180 days to complete this self-paced online course.

All necessary materials are included.


This course prepares a student to take the Adobe Print & Digital Media Publication using Adobe InDesign certification exam.

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:

  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online-based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience
  • Latest Mozilla Firefox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, Foxit)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.


System Requirements

Internet Connectivity Requirements:

  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:

  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.

Operating System Requirements:

  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher

Web Browser Requirements:

  • Google Chrome recommended.
  • Firefox 13 or greater
  • Internet Explorer 6 or greater
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater

Software Requirements:

  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater

Web Browser Settings:

  • Accept cookies
  • Disable pop-up blocker.
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Adobe InDesign CC (Online)
Jul 01, 2023 to Jun 30, 2025
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Course Fee non-credit $375.00