Adobe InDesign For Beginners – Tutorial Course Overview & Breakdown

(upbeat music) – [Gareth] Hello and welcome
to the Complete Beginners Guide to Adobe InDesign CS5, brought
to you by This is a course created for beginners or newcomers to Adobe InDesign. The topics that are going to be covered in this course are the basics, so whether you have InDesign
CS1, two, three, four, five, or above, you should be able
to follow along just fine. We won’t be using any advanced features. In this series, I will
be demonstrating how to create a small
project in Adobe InDesign from start to finish. To help break down the process, I have structured the course
in three main sections: preparation, implementation,
and finalization. Along the way, we will
be covering many topics, such as how to set up your document, understand how the program
works, use text in InDesign, prepare and import images into InDesign, and finally, export your
document ready to print. I will also be giving a little advice and sharing my experience
on how to organize and manage your project
to improve your workflow. After watching this
series, you will be able to create your own
compositions ready for print. If you wish to follow
along with this course, you can download the
entire project folder. The link is in the description. The download folder will
include two folders: start and complete. The start folder will
contain all the raw resources I had before starting the project. If you wish to follow
along with the tutorial from the very start,
you can use these files. The complete folder will
contain the finished document and all images after manipulation. You can use this folder
to take a closer look at the finished layout
and all the images within, and what exactly was done to them. If you want to skip ahead
or back at any point in the course, you can
find every episode link in the description. Also, I suggest you
download the PDF worksheet. You can save this to your computer and come back at any point. This is an interactive PDF and contains all the relevant video and
project download links. You can also download
this in the description. Okay, so what is Adobe InDesign? Well Adobe InDesign is part of
the Adobe Master Collection, and in recent years has
become industry standard for creating design for print. If you need to create layouts
for brochures, leaflets, business cards, books, menus, or flyers InDesign is the program to create it in. You are about to learn how powerful this program actually is. And the synergy this program
has with other programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. So what are we going to
create in this course? Well, to add structure to this course and make it a little bit more
interesting and practical, I have created an imaginary brief that we are going to work from. So, let’s check this out. Okay, so a local motorbike store wants to create a double-sided,
full-color leaflet to promote a particular
motorbike they have in stock and hand these out in store. The client has written
and provided all the text, and taken various photographs, and also purchased a bunch
of photos off the internet from royalty free image websites
that he wants to include. They don’t have a big budget, so I don’t want it to
be any bigger than A5, but they have seen some leaflets
that open up and unfold, so would like to see something like this. So, let’s take a look
at the finished piece. This is an A5 size, three
page, roll fold leaflet. As you can see, the
document starts with a cover which opens up to reveal the first spread. With this particular design,
we have a page folded in, so if we fold out the page I can reveal the full three page spread. If I close the document
and turn it upside down, we can see we have a back page. So once again, let me open up the cover, reveal the first spread,
then turn the page out to reveal the full spread,
and if I turn it upside down we can see how it works on the back. So, how was this made in Adobe InDesign? So, let’s take a look. So here I am in Adobe InDesign, and here you can see
the finished document. Here we can see the front and back compositions of the leaflet. We are currently viewing
this in preview mode. If I press W on the keyboard, I can see the document in normal mode. So let’s zoom in and
take a quick look around. Now you can see we have
a lot going on here. But don’t worry, if you
don’t exactly understand what you are looking at right now, everything you will see here
will be clearly explained in later episodes of this course. So if we take a quick look around, we can see we have many objects that make up this composition. We have text boxes, we have many images, and objects, and we have a table here. If I quickly come over
to the layers panel, you can see we have one
main layer called main comp. Now this works similar to Adobe Photoshop. For this composition, all objects reside on this one layer here. If I toggle the visibility of this layer, we can clearly see all marks and guides. So, let’s toggle back the
visibility of the main comp layer. So, this is essentially what
we are going to prepare for and eventually build-up to. Once this is finished, I will
export the entire composition into a PDF document and it’s going to look something like this. Here we can see the PDF
open in Acrobat Reader and we can see around the
edge all the marks and guides. Now these guides are all
generated from InDesign on export and it’s these guides that
printers use in order to trim and fold the document correctly and also collaborate the
colors on their printers. If you’re interested,
you can download this and take a closer look yourself. The link is also in the description. So, this concludes the
introduction of this course. It’s going to take a little
while to demonstrate everything, but I will try and explain
everything as quickly and as clearly as possible. So, get comfortable and I
hope you enjoy this course. Now, let’s begin with the first video in the preparation section, how to prepare for your
Adobe InDesign project.


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