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Adobe InDesign CC for Beginners

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The Adobe® Workspace

Erica Gamet

Adobe InDesign CC for Beginners

Erica Gamet

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5. The Adobe® Workspace


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1 Class Introduction Duration:01:51
2 Document Set-Up Duration:15:39
3 Panels Duration:11:46
4 Toolbox Duration:08:22
5 The Adobe® Workspace Duration:05:17
6 Shortcuts Duration:05:33
7 Saving Files Duration:05:37
8 Guides Duration:12:42
9 Text Frames Duration:08:13
10 Shapes, Fill and Stoke Duration:07:43
11 Arranging and Modifying Shapes Duration:08:31
14 Pencil, Smooth and Erase Tools Duration:05:46
15 Strokes and Arrows Duration:13:33
17 Placing Graphics Duration:08:05
18 Placing PDFs Duration:04:22
19 Placing Multiple Files Duration:06:14
21 Specialty Frames Duration:05:52
22 The Links Panel Duration:21:34
23 High Quality Display Duration:06:48
24 Clipping Paths Duration:13:08
25 Transparency Duration:09:41
26 The Gap Tool Duration:03:55
27 Color & Swatches Panels Basics Duration:16:38
28 Eyedropper Tool Duration:10:03
29 Gradient Swatches Duration:05:31
30 Character Panel Duration:23:38
31 Paragraph Panel Duration:15:09
32 Spelling & Autocorrect Duration:06:42
33 Text Frame Options Duration:08:10
34 Printing and Exporting Duration:16:16

Lesson Info

The Adobe® Workspace

Let's come over and check out some of the panels that are over here on the right side. So, they're here, kind of grouped together because I've grouped them that way. And I'm actually going to pull these out just a little bit more, so that we can actually see them at the end of the page. And then I actually can choose a different workspace. Now this is one that I've set up. I like the way that looks. I've set it up and saved it, but you might find that, I believe Essentials is what InDesign ships with. If I choose Essentials, it doesn't look a whole lot different, but I don't have styles grouped together. They're kind of separate here. And maybe I want to start with Essentials because that just shows a few things, and I want to add in ones that I find myself using a lot. So, again, if I want to open up a panel, I can go up to the window menu, and let's say I want the Info panel open. And now I have this floating panel, but I want it to look like the panels off to the side. Well, I can m...

ove those over there. So I can grab this panel and just move it over, and I can, either start a new group down here, or I can wedge it in between on one of the existing groups. Or I can wedge it between groups and create my own group. So, however I want to group that. Let's say I want info to sit up here with Pages and Links. So I just drop that in and now my Info panel is also part of that. And to access it, I click on the name, and it shoots open the panel off to the left. Now you notice, when I select this one, I have all four of those panels in little tabs. I can get those to float by themselves if I want to. Sometimes I want to pull 'em off so I can use them off to the side. If I hold down the Option or the Alt key on a PC, and grab, I am moving the entire group together. I also can do things like separate those out just by grabbing the panel, just by the name, and pulling it off to the side. I can also dock that down below, so now they work sort of in tandem, but stacked together. I can also do things like click this little, teeny, tiny double arrows, here and it collapses it just to icons, as well. A lot of different things we can double click, and, kind of shrink those up, as well. And, at any time, we can grab them individually or if I want to grab them as a group, Option or Alt grab on that and drag that set back over. And do the same thing here. So what you're trying to do, is you're trying to create a work space that works for you. The panels that you need are there. They're in an order that makes sense to you, and you're not distracted by ones that you don't need. You can always add them later. So, once I've got something set up, how I like it, and, actually, I'm going to drag these off to the side, just so that I sort of have a very different looking set of panels. I can come in here and I can then say, okay, great, I like this setup and every time I go to work on a particular item, this is what I want the setup to look like. So I'm going to go up to this menu at the top, this is where our workspaces are. And I'm going to choose New Workspace. So, I'm going to give it a name, and then it asks me what do I want in that workspace? Well, I want the Panel Locations, just how we organized it, and, also Menu Customization. One of the things that you can do is you can actually colorize your individual menu items if you'd like. And if you've done that, that will also show up in this workspace. So, I'll say okay. The nice thing is, now when I decide, nope, I don't want to work with that, I've made a mess of my panels. For me, when I'm training, I'm constantly opening panels and closing them out of my way and then I need to bring them back easily. I can just jump back to my workspace and say okay. And, now depending on how this workspace looked, like, for instance, Essentials didn't look like this when we opened it. It's because it brings you back to the last state that that workspace was in. But I want to bring it back to the Essentials, how it was the day I put this on my machine. So I'm going to go back to that and tell it, reset it. So now, it's reset exactly as it was when I first opened it. And for me, I'm going to jump back to Erica and I want to make sure that I've reset it so any panels that I've closed, you'll noticed I resized a little bit for me. It's exactly as I need it work. And I know that's a lot of explanation on panels, but I feel like it helps you get little more comfortable with panels and not be so overwhelmed by them. To know where they live; to be able to open them, and know that you can save them. If you're working on something that has a lot of panels you don't normally use, you can switch it. You'll notice there's one's here for, like Typography, or if you're working with just Interactive PDFs, the interactivity is all there and open and ready for you as well. And you can double stack them. So this is something they've done here. They've actually put this out in front. We can take the tools if we want. Maybe we want them all on the same exact side. And we can come in here and grab the tool panel and I can even stack that here. So we can stack them in multiple columns. Whatever works for your workflow. So, again, I'm gonna reset that, just make sure it's all reset back to normal. And I'm ready to work with that.

Class Description

Learn Basic Design Skills.

Adobe® InDesign CC® is the industry's go-to tool making for layouts that combine images and text. Learn the most efficient way to work with this indispensable software in Adobe InDesign CC for Beginners with Erica Gamet.

In this beginner-friendly class you’ll learn how to:

  • Navigate the Adobe InDesign CC workspace
  • Work with text, images, and color
  • Export and Print

Erica will show you how to execute layouts that include text, graphic elements, and images. You’ll learn basic design skills you can use to create professional-looking magazine layouts, newsletters, flyers and more.

If you want to take charge of your graphic design, Adobe InDesign CC for Beginners with Erica Gamet will get you started.

Level: Beginner, No prior Adobe InDesign experience required.

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Adobe InDesign CC 2018



Fantastic course. I have used Illustrator and photoshop, but learned when under tight deadlines. We are going to begin using inDesign to publish a more extensive multipage newsletter, and I wanted to build a better knowledge foundation of this tool, rather than just diving in. The course was comprehensive and I feel that I'll be able to make a better product after taking the course.


Have loved Erica since I was a baby designer. She is a great educator, and even though I have been using ID for about 8 years, I just changed from CS6 to CC. This was a great refresher as well as a mental upgrade to new options and effects.

Gilbert Beltran

I enjoyed these classes. Learned the Indesign toolbox and picked up a few smart tricks. Erica is great at keeping up the pace and being very clear and easy to follow.