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Intro to Adobe InDesign

Lesson 10 of 10

Managing Pages and Saving Files


Intro to Adobe InDesign

Lesson 10 of 10

Managing Pages and Saving Files


Lesson Info

Managing Pages and Saving Files

always gonna have pages in our document. And I have been dealing with the pages panel the entire time here on the pages panel. This is where I can navigate through double clicking on the pages to get to those pages where I want to be. I can scroll through using my scroll wheel to get to those pages. And the cheese grater on the pages panel here allows me to add pages, move pages around, delete pages, do whatever I need to dio if I want to go in and change size of the pages. Guess what? That's what the properties panel is for. If I want to do my margins and columns here, I can adjust my margins. I can change. The size is here all that super easy. But the pages panel We've been using it the entire time here. The more pages we have, we're gonna see this long list. You can double click on them. You can kind of see a little thumbnail preview of that as well. And then very last, wrapping things up, saving your file. Sure. File, Save, save as like, this now, couple different formats. When we ...

go, we had and we save the file here. If I save the file, I've got different file formats. Just a normal document, a template. So if I want to send this to somebody, you don't want them to edit the real one. They can open up copy. And here is the big trick. Not everybody is running the most current version of the creative cloud in design. Which means if I send this to somebody, it can't open it. So even if they have creative power in 2018 it can't open this file. So if I save this as an idea, Mel, this is going to be a universal file for people who are still on, like, CS six or an older version, because they haven't updated very important thing. Okay, so that's really handed 1/2. Now you're gonna export your file. So sending this to a pdf or even doing this for online publishing or a pub is very important. And I don't print to a pdf here I go into the file menu and I choose export. And when I export this, I have got all these options to export this entire thing. A pdf for print, maybe I want to turn this into a Power Point style interactive presentation. Yeah, I can just do this and then it becomes a power point presentation that fast. If I'm doing a pub to do electronic publishing, I want to export this right to HTM. Help all these different things that I can go ahead and dio I can have this all together now say, I'm sending this to somebody and they want the entire file. They need all the fonts, they need all the images. Because if I send this to you, it's gonna be missing all the links. All the thoughts, file package packaging. The file here is going to go ahead and allow me to take all this content and grab all of this content. Copy all the fonts, Copy. All the linked graphics include the file and everything in everything that I've done. And so what? I do this What it gives me here is it gives me the entire file all packaged together like this, with everything Thean design file. All of the fonts that are used in there, all of the image links right there. So if I were to send this to you you would have everything you need to print, publish, edit, change and finalize the entire file. All good, right there.

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.