#TechTipThursday: InDesign (CC) – A Beginner’s Guide (Part 1)


The industry leading page design and layout program allows you to create, manipulate, and publish everything from printed books and brochures to digital magazines, interactive elements, posters, and even e-books and apps. The great thing about Adobe InDesign is that it really is as user-friendly and design-friendly as possible once you know your way around the software. It works seamlessly with other adobe products such as Photoshop and Illustrator to make your design multi-dimensional and as creatively efficient as possible.

InDesign is a layout program from Adobe that graphic designers use to combine text and images. It is the leading software for typographic layout and image placement. Although it may be a little daunting to learn at first, this 2-part series will help you pick it up quickly and you’ll never go back to laying out your graphics and type in other programs.

First Steps: Setting up your InDesign document

Learn how to set up your document using the appropriate settings that well help you create and see exactly what you are designing

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The Basics: Using the Tools

Learn about the basic tools you will utilize, manipulate, and interact with when you create your design.

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Placing Objects, Text, and Frames

Learn how to create, place, and manipulate frames, text, and images in InDesign.

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Adding Pages to your Document

Learn how to utilize the Pages panel in InDesign to make a single page or multi-page document or spreads.

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Applying Color

Learn how to add a fill or stroke color to any object in InDesign. Discover how to add and select swatches and to change the stroke style, weight, and type on any particular object.

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The tutorials for these topics, in order, have been helpful as other members of our team learn to use this software. If you have any questions, or difficulty duplicating the steps detailed in this post, please contact the Digital Education Collaborative.

*This post was drafted by Erin, an Instructional Technology Collaborator.

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