This course is for those completely new to Adobe InDesign and offers an introduction to the key concepts of InDesign and how to prepare print publications. The objective of this course is to give the participants a basic understanding of InDesign and the potential that it offers. Strong general computer skills are needed. Please read more information about suitability below the course dates.
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NOTE: This course offers a course fee subsidy through funding from the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) for NZ citizen and permanent migrant adults, their partners on work visas, refugees, NZ citizen and permanent resident young people aged 16+ who are not currently enrolled in a secondary school. We need to collect extra information such as age, ethnicity, educational achievement and gender for statistical purposes. You must also provide evidence of NZ citizenship, residency or refugee status if requested. A condition of accepting a course fee subsidy is that you commit to at least 80% attendance of your course.
Adobe InDesign is a desktop publishing software application produced by Adobe Systems. It can be used to create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, and books. InDesign can also publish content suitable for tablet devices in conjunction with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.
This beginner-level course is designed for those who have no experience of InDesign and is an introduction to this powerful software. Topics include: document set up, the workspace, working with colour, shapes and pictures, setting text including text wrapping and paragraph styles, plus InDesign extras including the effects pallet, pathfinder, gradients and gradient feather. During the course you'll prepare some simple print publications such as a flyer and a pamphlet.
Please bring a USB stick. This twelve-hour course is held in a college computer suite on Windows/PCs. Software version Adobe Cloud 2019.
Strong general computer skills are required. This course is taught for those who are new to InDesign. You will need to practise between classes so should have access to InDesign software at your home or workplace. Please visit www.adobe.com to find out more information about the software. Adobe may offer a free trial of their software. As each lesson builds upon knowledge and skills gained in the previous session, the tutor advises it is too difficult to catch up if you miss more than one class, so please only enrol at a time when you are confident you can attend all six classes. Class size limited to 10 students.
This course is not suitable for those who already have some familiarity with InDesign. We assume participants have no knowledge of InDesign and will teach to that level. Please contact the information for more information or for advice about whether this course is suitable for you.
From May 2016:
"Being able to teach someone with dyslexia is quite a feat. The whole learning process was intuitive, being able to discover where the answers were myself was enlightening. This is the first time in 16 years I've felt confident about learning. Subsequently, having boosted my confidence will allow me to follow my dreams and start to build on this base of knowledge." Ben B
From Ben Hilless' May 2015 course: "Really knowledgeable tutor with a wealth or experience he has been passionate about sharing. I have never been to another course which has held everyone's interest and attendance every week - even in a storm" Michelle
"Ben was patient and approachable. Really appreciated his genuine desire to make our learning successful and fun". Kate
Students must have access to Adobe Indesign software as it is essential to practise between classes.