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Adobe InDesign: Beginners

Adobe InDesign: Beginners (Online Short Course)

London College of Communication
Taught by
Rick Cordell


Adobe InDesign is a widely used application for designing page layouts for print or screens to a professional standard. This practical, two-day course will teach you the techniques professionals use to create spectacular publications through a series of demonstrations and exercises.

Topics Covered

  • Bleeds
  • Margins
  • Resizing and placing images
  • Paragraph and type
  • Columns
  • Text editing
  • Preparing documents for output as PDF or print

Course Outcomes
By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Construct simple advertisements
  • Layout a multi column page
  • Identify and place correct image file formats
  • Apply text formatting and create save and apply a paragraph style
  • Wrap text around an object
  • Export a PDF for print
  • Package work for archiving and future use

Who Should Attend
Anyone looking to learn desktop publishing with Adobe InDesign


Online Delivery - if this course is taught online, it will be delivered in 2 parts

  • 10am – 12.30pm 
  • 2.30pm – 5pm 

Follow Up Courses
After you have completed this course you may want to continue your Adobe education with Adobe InDesign: Intermediate.

Related Courses
We offer a wide range of Adobe courses for Adobe Creative Suite - find out more on our Digital Skills page.

"This was, by and large, incredibly useful and interesting. The teaching was thoughtful, and it was a pleasure to meet the other students who were from a variety of industries."
"I really enjoyed the Adobe InDesign course for Beginners. It was really interesting and it has inspired me to want to continue to learn more about the programme. The teacher was enthusiastic and the course has really inspired me. Thank you."

Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

Rick Cordell has extensive knowledge and experience of editorial design and photography. He has lectured at the University of the Arts London for over 14 years. He worked on the the BA (Hons) Magazine Publishing course for 10 years where subjects included magazine design and production, editorial photography and content generation. He has taught many short courses including Photoshop, InDesign and stop motion animation.

He is also a sessional tutor for the borough of Tower Hamlets’ IdeaStore Learning, teaching many aspects of photography including courses in portrait, product and digital photography as well as traditional darkroom techniques.

Prior to teaching Rick ran his own successful business specialising in editorial and corporate portraiture. He was commissioned both nationally and internationally by many of London’s leading design groups and his corporate executive portraits made him a frequent visitor to many of the capital’s top FTSE 100 company boardrooms.

He is currently working, in collaboration with a colleague, to establish a video production company that specialises in short video films and embraces the exciting trend towards the moving image, focusing on its importance in corporate communication and social media.

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