INDESIGN CERTIFICATION COURSE

Course Description:
This course introduces students to the world of Adobe InDesign and prepares students to take the ACE Certification Exam on InDesign. Students will get an insight into what it is like working in the print and digital media publishing industry. Over 10 modules, students will learn everything from absolute basics like navigating InDesign to performing complex tasks like creating multi-page documents, applying effects, and even creating original artwork. The course contains guided tutorials, do-it-yourself projects, and great resources that will help students practice and learn how to work in InDesign.

Module 1: Working in the Design Industry Part I

Working in the design industry is more than just knowing how to use graphic design tools. There are crucial design, legal, and technical aspects that you must take into consideration when you work on any design project. Another key factor is working with colleagues and clients, and how well you are able to communicate your ideas and design visions. In this module, students will learn critical skills to recognize what their audience needs, and how to communicate with colleagues and clients about design plans. They will also learn the legal ramifications of copyright, permissions, and licensing when using digital content.

Module 2: Working in the Design Industry Part II

A strong foundation of design principles and concepts is essential before you start to learn about any design program. In this module, students will learn about key terms related to publications and multi-page layouts. They will learn all about the basic building blocks of design, that is color, typography, layouts, templates, and more. Students will also gain an insight into some of the principles of design and common design and composition techniques.

Module 3: Project Setup and Interface Part I

The InDesign Interface is a treasure trove of useful tools and settings. As beginners, students will first need to get acclimatized with the interface so they can begin to identify the different sections and tools available. Students will learn how to get started with InDesign by creating a new document. They will also get an overview of all the elements of the InDesign interface and their functions. Finally, students will learn how to customize the InDesign workspace and preferences in a way that is both convenient and efficient.

Module 4: Project Setup and Interface Part II

InDesign is a pioneer in the digital publishing world and allows you to create beautiful designs and layouts using rich and vibrant colors and text. This module will introduce students to different ways in which they can import assets into InDesign. They will learn about various ways in which they can select, use, and modify background colors, gradients, and swatches in InDesign. They will also learn how to manage paragraph, character, and object styles in InDesign.

Module 5: Organizing Documents

Layers can help you manage all of the design elements of your document. They give you the flexibility to work on individual elements and adjust them as required. In this module, you will learn all about the Layers panel and how you can use it to create and modify layers. You’ll learn the mechanics of working with multiple layers on complex projects. You will also learn how to modify layer visibility and printability. Finally, we’ll go over how you can create, edit and customize pages in InDesign.

Module 6: Creating and Modifying Visual Elements Part I

InDesign is a haven for the creative mind. In this module, you will explore various tools and features that will allow you to place and layout visual elements of your document. Students will also learn how to add and manipulate text using various typographic settings in InDesign.

Module 7: Creating and Modifying Visual Elements Part II

When you are designing documents for digital or print publication, just inserting objects onto your document is not enough. You need a way to select different objects, modify, refine, and transform them in different ways to make your designs creative and unique. In this module, students will learn how to make and refine selections using various tools and methods. They will also learn how to rotate, flip and transform different elements of their documents.

Module 8: Creating and Modifying Visual Elements Part III

InDesign is not just a layout program, it gives you many tools and features to manipulate, enhance, and modify the appearance of all of the elements on your documents. In this module, students will learn how to use different tools to repair project content. They will also learn how to adjust the appearance of objects and use the Story Editor to edit the text in a project. Finally, students will learn to modify the appearance of design elements using effects and styles.

Module 9: Creating and Modifying Visual Elements Part IV

InDesign is a powerhouse tool that allows you to add fun interactive elements to your documents. In this module, students will learn how to add interactive buttons and other objects to their documents. They will learn how to embed rich-media and multimedia assets. Students will also learn how they can easily add and edit tables in InDesign.

Module 10: Publishing Digital Media

InDesign gives you multiple ways and formats in which you can export your documents, images, and designs for digital use, printing, publishing, or for further processing in other tools or programs. In this module, students will learn how to prepare documents for publishing and save their files in the correct format. Students will also learn about saving project elements in appropriate formats, printing proof copies, and packaging an InDesign project. Finally, we’ll go over the structure and test prep students will need for the ACE InDesign Certification Exam.

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