The Wells College Book Arts Center Presents
An Introduction To Adobe InDesign & Digital Page Layout
One Day Workshop, March 30th, 9-5
We will begin by going through the primary tools and functions of the software with the emphasis being on achieving professional looking results as simply as possible. I encourage you to bring both text and digital images on a CD or flash drive that you would like to use. For the purposes of this course, I encourage you to consider coming with a plan for a poster or, if you are feeling ambitious, a simple two sided card or brochure. At the end of the course everyone should leave with a better understanding of the software, a few useful design tips, and a complete or at least well formulated project.
Location: 3rd floor Digital Lab, Morgan Hall, Wells College, Aurora, New York.
Basic computer knowledge required. No InDesign experience needed.
Price is only $20 per student.
Lunch on your own, or bring a bagged lunch.
Contact Instructor Robert LoMascolo for more information, or to sign up. Please reserve your spot in advance.
Download the poster here.
9am We will begin with a quick opening and everyone will have a chance to introduce themselves to the class and mention their personal goals for the course.
9:30 Immediately after introductions you will be asked to open InDesign on one of the Lab computers.
We will discuss setting up a document and begin to highlight the basic InDesign tools such as the black arrow, white arrow, text tool, and magnifying glass.
10:30 By this time you will be able to begin placing your content in your own document.
I will demonstrate guidelines and explain the ruler.
We will discuss how to insert a photo, and how to create text boxes. I will demonstrate how to crop and properly resize photos.
10:45-11 You may take a break if needed, and I will be available to work one on one with those who would like to stay.
11-12 We will begin to discuss some basic steps we can take towards better typography.
I will give my personal opinions on how to choose an appropriate typeface, and adjust the leading and point size accordingly.
12-1:30 Lunch on your own.
1:30-3 The afternoon will be devoted to making subtle adjustments and using a few of the more advanced, but helpful, features of InDesign.
I will demonstrate how to add pages to the document, as well as mention the master page.
I will demonstrate how to add a drop cap, and mention letter spacing, small caps, and ligatures.
I will introduce the glyphs palette, and explain how to change the color of text.
3-3:15 You may take a break if needed, and I will be available to work one on one with those who would like to stay.
3:15 We will discuss how to print and export finished documents to a PDF, or JPG.
3:45 Everyone will print an “in progress” copy of what they have been working on and we will discuss the results as a class.
The remaining class time will be devoted to making final changes to our projects.
5-5:30 Class is dismissed. I will be available for a half hour or so after class for anyone who would like to stay or ask additional questions.