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Intro to Adobe InDesign

Lesson 1 of 10

Class Introduction


Intro to Adobe InDesign

Lesson 1 of 10

Class Introduction


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

So we're gonna talk about in design and all the basic features that it can dio. And if you've just started within design here, there's a couple things that have changed with this. And if you've just started again, you probably don't know these changes. If you're in in design, user, there's gonna be a couple things that you'll notice right out of the box here. First of all, the very first thing that you'll notice that's missing is the control bar across the top. The properties panel is something that they're trying to get people to use in order to go ahead and replace the control bar. The control bar is still there for those people who like the control bar. I like control. There it is. I don't like to lose control. The one problem that we have now is that so many people are on laptops that this control bar here no longer has the space to fit on the screen. And there's also a lot of little icons to read, and the control bar has been a mainstay for in design for a long time. Well, the pro...

perties panel now packs a lot more information in there and a lot better usable space here. So if you're looking for the control bar and you can't find it, it's under the window menu under control. If you're new to in design, we're going to get your right over to the properties panel. So basic stuff with the interface here, the toolbar. Very important. Need the toolbar here. And if you start up in design and you see the toolbar, you may see the toolbar as a vertical one line. You can click the double ended arrow at the top of the toolbar, and you can position vertically horizontally or is two columns. I run the two columns. I've run the two columns for years. This is how I like it doesn't make any difference. Run interview month Now you may inadvertently close your toolbar out. Not a good thing you need your tools. Gotta have the right tools. If you do accidentally close out your toolbar, go into the window menu, go down to tools and presto, they're right back for you. OK, couple of the things we're gonna be using a fair amount of tools on the toolbar here and learning the shortcuts for those tools are going to be very important. As you go through. We're doing type. We're moving items around. We're drawing shapes. You can hover over any one of these tools here. And if there is a shortcut which many of these have shortcuts here, we're going to see the name of the tool followed by the shortcut right there. Z for the zoom tool, hand tools, age type tool is T selection. Tool is V and then also the escape. We're gonna learn why it has to shortcuts. Okay, So when we learned those short cuts which I'm going to be reinforcing throughout the entire thing, this is going to help move things a lot easier. And if you navigate the other adobe applications, a lot of these shortcuts are going to be the same or similar. Next, we have a lot of panels. Panels are all of these things that are up here for very specific items Here. I've got my properties panel on my pages panel in my libraries panel here. All panels reside under the window menu and there's a lot of panels for dealing with text type or links or interactive or color. They're all here now panels were quite important because when we bring up certain items were gonna go into the window menu. And if we want to do something with our panels, weaken, select our panel and our panel pops up here and you get a lot of panels, they start to cover up a lot of your workspace. Quick navigation with the panels here we can ness the panels together like they are here, and nesting panels together is quite easy. When you have a panel, simply click on the name on that panel, and if you'd like to nest them with others, drag that name of the panel on the tab up to and into the same tab area in your nest and panels. You'll see it'll get ghosted out. You'll get a blue line and you let go, and it drops that right into that nested set. If you would like to remove anything from that nested set, click on the name on the tab. Hold the mouse, drag it off out of the nested panels into the free space, and then you can close that panel or leave it free floating, and you can close it by you clicking the X in the upper left hand corner. Now, as you go through when you begin setting up your panels here and setting up the preferences for your tool bars, it's nice to be able to go in and work with all of these set up the way you like them. And if you set everything up the way you like preferences, tool bars, menus. In such, you can always go into the window menu under workspaces here and in design has a whole bunch of preset workspaces based on what they feel you would need if you were doing any one of these digital publishing tasks. If you would like to capture it your way, which I've set this out the way, I'd like Teoh. I'm going to go in and creating new workspace for myself, which allows me to capture everything just this way so I don't have to go back and re set this. I set my panels, my shortcuts, the way I like window workspace, new workspace, and I'm going to name this and it allows me to keep track off everything that I've done and I click OK, now if I come back at any time and things get moved around, go under my workspace and then go right back to my workspace. It's gonna set everything the way I want to. In today's file, we have meant multiple pages insider in design document. And many chances are you're gonna have multiple pages in there, too. Navigating through this is really quick and easy. First of all, simple one. You can use your scroll, but we'll just scroll up and down here and scroll through everything that you want down here in the lower left hand corner. If you click way down there, you're gonna see a list of all your pages here. We've got 22 pages in here really quick way to navigate through all of that right there. Or go to your pages panel and you can double click on any one of your page thumbnails to get through your entire document. We're gonna be doing this constantly because we've got 22 pages to go through in this in the 90 minutes, and we need to make sure we get through this nice and efficient. Okay, Now I love shortcuts, and there's so many great shortcuts here. And one of the shortcuts don't wanna go over here and select my pages. I don't want to call it my master pages and double click on them. I can do command. J Command J is go to page. They can simply type that in and click. OK, brings me right to that page. Command J on the Mac Control J on the PC. There it is, right to the pages. I like that. For those of you with shortcuts here, of course I'm on a Mac. You may be on a PC, and here's all of our shortcuts right here. Command option and shift is control. Alton, shift on the PC. So keep that in mind because there's really not that many changes between both versions. The main change between the Mac and PC is this On the Mac, you're gonna have the in design specific menu up in the upper left hand corner, which is where we can go in and we can set all of our preferences and we will need to set these preferences as we go through on the PC. Those preferences there gonna be a bottom of the edit menu. They're so just keep that in mind as we go through

Class Description


  • Navigate the InDesign CC Workspace
  • Create a new document from scratch
  • Create, Add and Edit Text
  • Place images and graphics into your page
  • Apply Color Swatches
  • Add and manipulate pages
  • Save a packaged pdf of your document


Adobe® InDesign® is the go-to software for making layouts that combine images and text. In this beginner’s guide to InDesign basics, Jason walks through the most efficient and simple ways to start and create well-designed layouts for your publishing needs.

Armed with step-by-step video tutorials, you’ll learn how to navigate the InDesign workspace, work with text, add images and play with color. Jason will show you how to build layouts that work and where to save them for your publishing or printing needs.

In Intro to Adobe InDesign, get a quick start to creating eye-catching and professional layouts with ease, whether for mobile apps, print, or digital publishing.


This class is designed for beginners; no prior Adobe InDesign experience is required.


Adobe InDesign CC 2019


An Adobe® Certified Expert and Adobe® Certified Instructor, Jason Hoppe has accrued more than 17 years’ experience in high-end production training, photo retouching, color correction, and creative workflow management. Active in high-end electronic production since the industry’s inception, he’s also taught prepress and electronic design to hundreds of Seattle-based creative professionals and aspiring designers in various settings, including one-on-one tutoring, classroom instruction, live webcasting, and large group training. A founding Instructor at Creative Live, he currently teaches the Adobe® Creative Suite at The School of Visual Concepts, Luminous Works and Seattle Central College.

You can find Jason’s website and blog with Adobe Illustrator tutorials at jasonhoppe.com.


  1. Class Introduction

    Jason orients you to the InDesign interface in this lesson. Learn the essential components of the interface, how to use the properties panel, how to nest panels to work efficiently, navigate pages, access preset workspaces, and save your own custom workspace for future use.

  2. Zooming and Navigation

    Efficient navigation will allow you to hone your InDesign skills: Jason advises on how to best use the zoom tool and teaches you helpful shortcuts in this lesson.

  3. Creating a New Document

    All InDesign projects start with a new document; see the options and presets you have for print, web, or mobile purposes.

  4. Choosing Fonts and Editing Text

    Choosing and manipulating type is the heart of InDesign and essential to any page layout. Jason demonstrates how to choose type, select text, format text, and use the text wrap feature. Learn how to use shortcuts to navigate with ease and efficiency, and increase your type know-how with an overview of formatting type size, lettering, kerning, and tracking. Jason shares valuable advice regarding how and when to format text.

  5. Text Container Options

    How do you create a clean and sharp magazine layout? Effective page design begins with text frames. In this lesson, learn how to create and format text containers, wrap text, add columns, adjust inset spacing, and manage text overflow and text flow. Jason models the power of the text container and shares key shortcuts that will speed up your workflow.

  6. Drawing Lines and Properties Panel

    InDesign may not be the graphic designer’s choice for drawing as it is layout-centered and other Adobe applications offer more drawing options, however, some projects may require simple graphics work within the application. Jason gives you quick tips on how to use the line, pen, and pencil tools, draw lines, and edit strokes.

  7. Transform Containers

    In this lesson, Jason models how to rotate, resize, duplicate, change, and group shapes to create your desired layout. He demonstrates how to use the direct selection tool and how to make edits to an isolated object without ungrouping it other containers.

  8. Create and Apply Color Swatches

    How do you create a library of preferred colors to access across the creative cloud? Jason shows you how to work efficiently with color swatches: using the color swatch panel, creating new colors, and applying and editing colors. Learn how to edit all instances of a specific color in one step.

  9. Working With Images and Artwork

    How do images integrate into an InDesign document? Jason explains the difference between image previewing vs. the original file, and how to avoid and manage missing and broken links. How can you quickly edit an image in Photoshop through InDesign? How can you import text quickly from a Microsoft Word document? Jason gives you tips on how to integrate text and images seamlessly.

  10. Managing Pages and Saving Files

    In this final lesson, learn how to navigate pages using the pages panel and make formats like adjusting page size. Jason explains the different file formats available to you, exporting file formats, and very valuable - packaging your file for editing and publishing purposes.


- Emma -

Love this class! Very well explained, easy and clear instructions. The instructor is cool, knowledgable and fun. Very engaging. Highly recommend to those new to InDesign!

a Creativelive Student

Such a great class to get up and running with InDesign quickly. Straightforward, to the point, easy to follow and understand. Class materials also great reference.