Graphic design in English in Amsterdam
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inDesign course: learn how to create layouts with photos, illustrations & text for brochures, books, magazines & multmedia

Info

As a graphic designer you can hardly miss InDesign: it is the program of choice for most graphic designers worldwide. Ever since Adobe lauched it and shipped it with the creative suites, it has grown more and more important and has finally won the race from QuarkXPress. During this course you will use InDesign to layout magazines, brochures and books. You use masters, all possible text options and special options for layout out objects that you will find in InDesign.

InDesign, an Adobe application, is used to lay out magazines, books and brochures (and much more). During this course you learn how colour and space affect one another and how to create beautiful layouts. You will also learn typography and understand how text interacts with images.
You will use masters to create professional documents. The result will be stunning presentations for print or multimedia.

Lesson content Lesson content

Graphic Design

During this InDesign course you will learn how to design layouts for books, magazines and brochures. You use masters, type, layout options and multiple InDesign tools and functions to create designs that are perfectly printable. Graphic design teaches you how to properly use colours, which fonts can be combined, what balanced design is and what you should pay attention to when you combine images and type.

Your teacher gives you tips and advice on what you should and should not do and on what you can do to creatively ignore these rules. If the basis is right, a lot more is possible after all.

Learn how to use InDesign

The goal is to independently create designs for magazines, brochures and books with many InDesign tools and functions. With step by step lesson material, homework and homework corrections you will really learn it all. After this course you can work independently.

The course is for anyone who has to design layouts for brochures, magazines and books and other multi page designs.

Do you want to learn more? Attend an English spokenIllustrator course for instance, to create the graphics you use in InDesign yourself. Or a Photoshop course to edit and create images yourself. Or of course a Graphic Design Education.

InDesign Course
Lesson 1

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Colour and colour knowledge
The first compositions

This first InDesign lesson teaches you how to use colour and create colour combinations. You will also learn how to create the first layouts and what to be aware of when you do. And of course you will get to know the InDesign interface so you can work efficiently.

You learn all about colours and how to combine them such as analog and monochrome designs.

Colour and a sense of proportion are at the heart of this lesson: you will learn the first steps of graphic design.

Lesson type: single lesson
Lesson duration: ± 2 hours

Using the interface and different views
Page and layout of an InDesign document
Colours and colour models basics
The first compositions
Using colour swatches
Colour techniques
Saving files in different formats

InDesign Course
Lesson 2

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Type in InDesign
Formatting type and text frames

Type is a big thing in InDesign. It is one of the major elements in your designs. You will learn the first steps in type during this lesson but much more is coming up in later lessons. Not just type is addressed though: you will also meet formatting functions for type.

Type is part of a special element: the text frame. If you layout and design carefully you will also have to pay attention to this frame and its properties. You will combine type, the frames and colour and create balanced designs that are attractive in both composition and colour.

Lesson type: single lesson
Lesson duration: ± 2 hours

Type elements
Using columns
Layout out a page
Formatting type
Threaded type
Formatting in special ways
Extra options for type

InDesign Course
Lesson 3

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Images in InDesign
Combining images and type

This InDesign lesson is all about images: the photographic material and illustrations you can add in InDesign. All possible aspects of these important elements will be addressed. This will help you understand how things can go wrong and what you should be aware of. The more you know, the more fun you will have.

It can be very useful to know Photoshop during this lesson but it is not required.

After this lesson you are really on the way to professional design. You combine type, illustrations & images: beautiful layouts.

Lesson type: single lesson
Lesson duration: ± 2 hours

Adding images
Image methods
Embedded images
Special image effects
Using frames
Linking images
Linking images with type


InDesign Course
Lesson 4

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The masters in InDesign
Paragraph style & character style

During this lesson you will get to know the InDesign masters. These seem pretty simple and frankly, they are but they are also at the heart of more complex layouts and functions. You will learn all about the masters first steps during this lesson. But you're not done: you will learn even more during the following lessons.

As soon as you create designs with InDesigns and start using images, you will have to be consistent. This lesson teaches you all that.

You will also use the type styles during this lesson. Your knowledge of typograpy will deepen as you use the Character Styles and Paragraph Styles.

Lesson type: combined lesson
Total duration: ± 3 hours

Masters and regular pages
Masters en 'gewone pagina's'
Using Masters
Consistent design
Adding special elements
Integrating images and type
Adding special markers

InDesign Course
Lesson 5

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InDesign layers
Designing in InDesign

This lesson you will use the InDesign layers. These can be extremely useful and you should understand why and how to use them properly.

Not only layers are addressed. You will also use drawing tools and combine elements to create more complex objects. This is the lesson that combines all your skills: you know how to add text with special styles, to use masters and even how to add images and other elements.

What kind of material works for your public? What should you be aware of when you add text? Which colours are best for your audience? All this and much, much more is addressed.

Lesson type: combined lesson
Total duration: ± 3 hours

The layers in InDesign
Printable layers
Putting layers to good use
Drawing in InDesign?
Combining imaging and type
Creating special shapes
Type in special frames

InDEsign Course
Lesson 6

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Graphic Design
Primary Text Frame & layout

Now that you master the most important tools and functions in InDesign it is important to understand how colour, shape and layout interact. A professional graphic designer will teach you tricks and you will learn how to layout a printable document and to create a striking spread and easy to read pages. Learn tricks on how you can draw a reader's attention... or not...

Smart graphic design is a trade in its own right. This lesson will inspire you and help you create smashing designs.

You will even add the 'Primary Text Frame' to your bag of tricks. This may seem a boring tool but it's super flexible and handy.

Lesson type: single lesson
Lesson duration: ± 2 hours

What is graphic design?
A sense of proportions
The 'Primary Text Frame'
Playing with frame settings
Master and Primary Text Frame
Flexible design
Laying out a book


Test lesson of your course or education module

The test lesson

Regular tests
The last lesson of your course or education module is the test lesson. This is attended separately from the group. You will do a few exercises that require the knowledge and new skills you acquired during this training.

InDesign & Dreamweaver Advanced
Since these tests are quite extensive you do these at home. You send in your work at the appointed time and will receive tips and input to adjust things to make your design more professional.

Evaluation

Tests at LearningTrain
If the test takes place at LearningTrain your work will be evaluated after you finished your test.
If you sent in all required homework and the final test results are good you will receive the certificate.

Tests from home
Tests you make at  home or work will be evaluated on appointment
If you sent in all required homework and the final test results are good you you can come over to pick up your certificate.

When is the test?

With individual courses
The test should be scheduled within a month after the last lesson.

With educations
You can schedule the tests during the educaiton but you can also do all the courses at the end of the education, allowing you to have lots of time to practise. This way you use the entire runtime of the education to let things sink in. Schedule your tests within two months after your last lesson.

questions about this course

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Group training 5 weeks

4 single group lessons +
2 combined lessons +
1 personal test lesson on appointment

Runtime 5 weeks per module +
Test on appointment
Practise week after each lesson

Group training 2 days

2 days of 3 lessons +
1 personal test lesson on appointment
Practise week after each lesson

Runtime 2 weeks per module +
Test on appointment
1 extra homework week is possible

Illustrator artwork, vector graphics
 

Do you want personal training?

You have class with one fellow student max.
We combine 2 lessons each time, the resulting runtime is 3 weeks.

Group training 5-weeks

Single group lessons: ± 2 hours
Combined lessons: ± 3 hours

Group training 2 days

Two days from:
10:00 - 15:00 hours or
15:00 - 20:00 hours

Personal training

We combine two lessons into 3 hours lessons.

Personal reserved course
Lessons can be combined or booked individually.

Single lessons 1:30 hours
Combined lessons: 3 hours

Homework with this course

Homework after each lesson
You will receive homework each week. Making this homework takes about 12 hours per week in total. If you only do the required assignments you will need about 5 hours per week to do your homework during this course.

When do I send in homework?
You have a week to make your homework: you send it in in the week following your lesson so your teacher can evaluate your work.

Homework correction & questions

Homework correction
Your teacher reserves time each week to correct and evaluate your work. You will receive corrections and tips, if necessary. There are guide lines to send in your work: you will receive them during your first lesson.

Answering questions
About 12/15 minutes are reserved for questions at the start of each lesson. This allows your fellow students to learn from your questions and the answers.

Software installation tips
About Adobe software

Needed during class

  • A notebook and pen
  • Your laptop (if you don't have one you can use one of our computers)
  • If you bring your laptop, the software for your course should be installed
  • Practising material: when you enroll specify whether or not you use your own laptop so you can install practising material in advance.

Please note the software for your course should be installed before class, there is no time to install it during class and this would mean you wouldn't be able to do the exercises.

Needed to make homework

  • If software is needed during your course you can buy it or download a trial.
  • A computer (preferably desktop).
  • Optional: a Wacom tablet to design more freely. Attention: for some Wacom functions you really need the legal Adobe software.

This course includes

  • Course fees
  • Syllabus
  • Test
  • Extra practise time to prepare for your test (one month max)
  • Digital or printed books with exercises, homework and a recap of what was addressed
  • Extra assignments and tools for which there is not enough time during class
  • Extra telephone and email support in between lessons
  • Homework
  • Homework correction
  • A week aftercare

And the software?

You take care of the software yourself, as Adobe Preferred Partner we can only sell multi licenses and seats to companies.
You either buy the software or install a trial.

If you already own Adobe software there is no need to purchase the subscription based Cloud applications. The following suites are still perfectly usable:

Creative Suite CS4 through CS6

Knowledge

You don't need to know InDesign: you will learn it from scratch. It can be handy to know Illustrator, Photoshop or both but this is not required. You can attend the course even if you know nothing about those.
The course is in English, you will receive English lesson material and exercises.

Handy computer skills

It is a good idea to be handy using your computer.

This means you can install programs (you will have to install software most times) and you can organise, monitor and manage your folders and files.

Group course

Regular runtime
5 weeks
+ personal test lesson

€ 1.155,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 1.397,55 including 21% BTW

2-days runtime
2 full days with 3 lessons
+ personal test lesson

€ 1.270,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 1.536,70 including 21% BTW

Personal course, 2 pers. max

Regular runtime
3 weeks
+ personal test lesson

€ 1.600,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 1.936,00 including 21% BTW

2-days runtime
2 full days with 3 lessons
+ personal test lesson

€ 1.900,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 2.299,00 including 21% BTW

 

Do you need to be trained on your own?

In that case special schedules are possible. You can combined more lessons, or attend them at a special pace.

Personal AND reserved training (1 pers. max)

€ 2.600,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 3.146,00 including 21% BTW

Reviews

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Superdank

Heel veel dank voor je fijne lessen. Wat heb ik ongelooflijk veel geleerd in zo'n korte tijd. Superdank!
Marianne B.

Verwezen

Ik werd door een collega naar jullie verwezen. Bedankt voor de fijne begeleiding en het enthousiasme. Ik heb heel veel geleerd.
Bonita de J-W

Evenwichtig

Dit is een evenwichtige cursus, alles goed uitgelegd en met veel lesmateriaal dat er goed bij past.
Mandy de B.

Wat leuk

Echt de puntjes op de i gezet zoals je schrijft, wat leuk was dit. Ik ben nu echt wel klaar denk ik. Op naar de KvK!
Jelle

Eyeopener

Ik vond dit een eyeopener, nooit zo gekeken hoe alles in elkaar hangt als je een folder wilt maken. Ik let nu veel meer op design. Ook een eyeopener vond ik de opmerkingen van de docent, let daarop, wat heeft dit voor invloed, wat geeft dit voor indruk, kan het niet beter of anders. Waardevol!
Hans de B.

Nu de rest

Wat leuk is InDesign. Jammer dat ik geen Photoshop kan of Illustrator. Maar dat ga ik nu ook leren, dan kan ik alles zelf maken.
Rachel S (Rachelz)s

Leuk

Het is zo leuk: ik kon al meteen een blaadje maken na drie lessen. Je hebt dan echt al iets, heel leuk.
M. J.

Fijn

Deze cursus leert je in een redelijk korte tijd heel goed met InDesign werken. Alles wat ik nodig heb om de brochures voor mijn werk te maken kwam aan bod.
Josanne G.

From russia with love

Thank you from your RRRussian student! I live in the UK now, using what I learned. I am still grateful. I loved the course and the sense of humour my teacher has. Loved it all.
L.W.

Gajus

Ik had de grootste lol. En gezellig met het mede cursisten gajus. Mijn baas is superblij en ik heb de herfstcatalogus af.
Brenda S.

Was tijd

Eindelijk de InDesign cursus! Was tijd! Ik heb geduldig gewacht. Fijn dat ik weer hier terecht kan.
Laurens B.

Leuke nieuwe

Dit is dus een nieuwe cursus en hij is leuk! Voor mij handiger dan de twee losse lessen. Fijn dat ik in de pilot mocht, echt gezellig!
R.B.

Megahandig

Fijne cursus, megahandig. Ik zit als een duizendpoot van alles te doen op het werk. Hoofd tolt van alles wat ik heb geleerd.
Mireille vd A.

Geen stress meer

Dit is een fijne cursus die alles vanaf het begin goed opbouwt. Als je iets niet begrijpt kun je de docent vragen om te komen helpen en daar wordt gewoon tijd voor gemaakt. Dat was voor mij een goed teken. Na de cursus merkte ik dat ik heel veel geleerd had toen ik op het werk 'even' iets moest aanpassen. Vroeger schoot de stress dan toe maar deze keer was het echt 'even', ik was zo klaar!
Beth de R.

Uitgelezen

Cursus biedt een uitgelezen combinatie van praktijk en theorie. Compleet met het lesmateriaal zodat ik direct aan de slag kon.
Peter G.

Gevorderden

Ik vond het wel moeilijk hoor! Wat kan er veel! Komt er nog een gevorderden cursus? Ik wil graag nog veel meer leren, het is erg leuk.
Marjan D.

Questions about InDesign

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What is InDesign?

InDesign is an Adobe applicaiton that you can use to design books, magazines and brochures. As a graphic designer there is no escaping InDesign: ever since this program has been added to the Adobe suites it has taken the designer world by storm. It removed QuarkExpress from the designing scene

You can compare InDesign with Dreamweaver: in Dreamweaver you combine elements to create attractive web pages. In Dreamweaver you create these pages for the internet: for websites. In InDesign you create these pages for print and digital media.

InDesign for all layouts

InDesign has always been a fantastic program to create layouts for magazines, brochures and of course books. In InDesign you can combine images, illustrations and other elements with type: you put all elements in the best possible places to create an attractive design. That is what you will learn to do with InDesign and of course, during the Graphic Designer educations you can attend as well.

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Learning InDesign

It's a good idea to learn everything from scratch to get to know most handy tools. This also helps you understand all important settings and functions that will make your design work in InDesign a lot easier.

With our study method and lesson material you will have good support. The material contains step by step exercises; you really will learn it all.

How will I learn InDesign here?

Our teaching method, small groups (because since you get homework, this has to be corrected and takes time) that allow for monitoring each student, a teacher who really knows the software and uses it professionally and hand correction of your homework the courses and educations are usually succesful. Even students who think design is difficult create nice and attractive designs after this course. You will see.

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Do I have to be creative?

You don't have to be creative, some students learn how to use InDesign to create documents following strict company guidelines. They have to comply to rules and are not free designers.

If you are going to work independently though you will be able to choose the designs yourself. In such a case it's a great asset to be creative or to have enough interest and curiosity to learn how designing works and how to to create designs.

Learn how to observe

What's more, you will really learn how to observe from the first lesson on. This will help getting a sense of proportion, shape and colour. After a few lessons you will be able to decide if elements go well together.

Of course, personal taste plays a big role. But this can make your life more difficult too. The teacher can help you overcoming certain things and help you design with a more open mind and mindset.

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What is graphic design?

Graphic design is combining graphic content for specific media in an attractive way. Think of digital media such as PDF's that clients can download, or presentation material. But you can also think of printed media and design books, brochures, yearbooks, magazines and of course: books.

A graphic designer creates beautiful combinations that place every element on the page in its best possible spotlight.

Creating beautiful combinations

A graphic designer combines all the content into an attractive presentation. A graphic designer uses the knowledge of shape, proportion, colour, fonts and a lot more to combine these elements.

Of course, a graphic designer knows the program (application) he or she is using and can quickly adjust things and choose the best options and functions to achieve the creative goal.

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InDesign for pure layout

For most graphic designers it is enough to use the images that are provided by their clients. So for graphic design, strictly speaking, you only need InDesign.
In InDesign, you combine images and type. But... times have changed and most graphic designers nowadays are asked to do and use much more than that.

Illustrator skills

if for instance you want to design logos, business cards or illustrations, or if you want to create text dividers and special elements to use in InDesign, you are going to need Illustrator.

If you also want to edit the images you should use, the photos, you can't do without Photoshop.

 

And a lot more

Of course, students come from all walks of work. Think of the students who have to also create graphics for app interfaces, for websites, flowcharts and informative layouts. All these things are much easier to do with Illustrator.

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What can I do with Photoshop?

In Photoshop, you can edit images. This may seen unnecassary but even simple cutting and cropping images is great if you can already do this in Photoshop. This helps you create images that are not only the right size but you can even keep an eye on the resolution and keep everything under control.
In Photoshop you can correct colours and remove backgrounds, too, or repair areas that are not yet perfect for your creative goal.

Knowing Photoshop: extra options

Photoshop is incredibly useful for you as a graphic designer. In InDesign, you can't just remove a background, or pimples and wrinkles, or even create photo collages.

If you know how to use Photoshop this will help you better serve your clients: you can do it all yourself and do not depend on others to do the Photoshop work for you. This saves time, effort and of course: money.

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Graphic design

You use InDesign for graphic design. This is designing everything that is meant for presentation and reading material: brochures, complete books and magazines, the folders and flyers of organisations. All of these can be designed professionally with InDesign: this is graphic design.

Printed or digital layouts

You can use InDesign for digital publications too, to create interactive documents. And even for designs that are used on internet. InDesign is very surprising.
In 2018/2019 a new course for interactive graphic design will be created, in which digital media design will be addressed.

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Editing images (photos)

In InDesign you can not edit photos, the application simply is not meant for that. This means you can not restore, edit and tweak images in InDesign.
In Photoshop you can not isolate people and animals for instance, this means you can not remove a background and correct colours to create perfectly isolated elements. You can not remove pimples, wrinles and more in InDesign, you need Photoshop for that.

If you need to do that you should use Photoshop.

Creating illustrations

You can't create illustrations and drawings in InDesign, the application is not created for that either. This means that you can not design logos in InDesign, or create free illustrations.

You need Illustrator for all this. InDesign is too restricted for that. And that's good! InDesign focuses on what it has to do which is putting content together: combining the photos and illustrations with text to create beautiful layouts.

 

InDesign is combining

Compare InDesign with a photo album in which you paste photos of your family. That is InDesign. You didn't make these photos though. If you want to edit them, you need more than InDesign: Illustrator and Photoshop.

Without knowing how to use Illustrator and Photoshop you are bound to the quality of the photos that you receive. This need not be a problem but if you want more control: learn Illustrator and Photoshop.

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Designing logos

Designing logos is a special trade. You will need to create sharp bezier curves in paths and use special tools. But not only that: you will need a good sense of colour, shape and proportion. And of course a good understanding of what your client needs.

Free drawing and designing logos is not done in InDesign, it is too restricted for this. The big strong point of InDesign is combining elements, not creating these elements.

Design logos in Illustrator

If you want to design logos you will need Illustrator. Illustrator is really made for such work. In Illustrator you use, among other things, the 'Pen' tool to create perfect designs. You use sharp vector paths that can be tweaked with the bezier curves, achor points and handles.

Designing logos in InDesign is not professional since it's too restrictive. You really need Illustrator for logos.

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Posters & business cards

You can create posters in InDesign, yes. You combine photos and type into good designs. Combining photos and type is easily done in InDesign once you know what you're doing and what you should pay attention to.

Business cards are a different matter. These can of course be created in InDesign too but it's a bit of a big gun for the job. Finer designs such as business cards, especially if they need more details, are easier to create in Illustrator.

InDesign or Illustrator?

Illustrator or InDesign? This is a common question. In most cases, the following helps.

Illustrator
Easy to place loose elements
Simply move elements around
Quickly adjust colours
Combine and create drawings
Quickly add illustrations
Combine images, illustrations and type

InDesign
Everyting has to be inside a frame
Recolouring is less intuitive
You have more type options
Combine images, illustrations and type

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Editing photos, images

Photos, images, can not be edited in InDesign. Photos are made up of pixels, you can not edit these in InDesign. In other words: you can't restore images, remove wrinkles and pimples or remove backgrounds in InDesign. You can at most hide layers but this already requires Photoshop knowledge since you create and magage the layers in Photoshop.
You can add a gradient or other effect but that's about it really. You can not edit the image itself. And that's a good thing! InDesign was not made for that, this keeps it fast. You really need Photoshop to edit images.

Editing photos? Photoshop!

If you need to edit photos you will need Photoshop. Any other image editing software will do of course but since InDesign and Photoshop (and of course Illustrator) can communicate so well it's a good idea to stick to Photoshop.

In this case, since you're using InDesign, I strongly recommend using Photoshop for the best integration. Use it to edit images that are made up with pixels, and use Illustrator to edit and create images that are made up with vector paths.

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If you have to design brochures

If you need to create a lot of brochures for instance it is a good idea to know how to use InDesign. This helps you save a lot of time and lets you create professional brochures and print files.

If you need to combine lots of photos

if you are asked to combine lots of photos for presentations, portfolios and more it's very useful to know InDesign. If you combine many photos you often need many pages. InDesign is very useful for perfect management of such files and designs.

For many presentations

Many companies need presentation material during fairs and other events. InDesign is the perfect application to create the artwork you need for this. Combine images with type and create attractive designs.

For quick hand-outs

If your company needs a few quick designs for a fair or congress you can quickly create this in InDesign: create hand-outs that draw the attention and that beg to be read. Combine photos, illustrations and images into inspiring material.

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InDesign

If you create designs that contain lots of pages, as is the case with magazines, brochures and yearbooks, it's a good idea to use InDesign. It allows for perfect page management.

InDesign is of course also used to layout books. If you have to combine lots of images and have to manage pages that contain headers, footers and page numbers your new best friend will be InDesign.

In InDesign you will find all typographic options, if everything needs to be in perfect typographic shape InDesign will really be your best choice.

In InDesign you can not draw freely.

Illustrator

Illustrator is best to create small folders, business cards, stationery and much more. Illustrator allows you to quickly move elements around and recolour in an amazing way. You can combine images, illustrations and text.

Illustrator has many options for type, almost as many as InDesign and its typography options are very good.

Illustration has a few more text tricks up its sleeve. But Illustrator is less handy if you need to create designs that contain lots of pages.

In Illustrator of course you can draw freely, create illustrations and logos, infographics and organograms.

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Well...

Actually no! InDesign uses very different techniques than Illustrator does. You really need InDesign to create layouts that contain multiple pages, too.

Magazines, brochures...

In Illustrator you can create perfect designs for folders, flyers and even posters. But as soon as you need designs that require more pages you are way better off with InDesign.

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Yeah, actually...

QuarkXpress has been pressed out of the market by Adobe. When the first Adobe suite came out, containing InDesign, this was what most graphic designers feared. Their comfortable QuarkXpress was slowly replaced by InDesign. Many graphic designers therefore ended up here learning InDesignis door Adobe uit de markt gedrukt met InDesign.

Comforting thoughts

InDesign is a lot easier to use than QuarkXpress though, it's a friendlier application. What's more: you won't need expensive plug-ins to add specific content for instance. It's less 'stiff' than QuarkXpress used to be. I hope you will like InDesign!

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InDesign & Photoshop

In InDesign zet u beelden, foto's, bij elkaar en combineert die met illustraties en mooi opgemaakte tekst. In InDesign kunt u die foto's alleen niet bewerken. Dat kan alleen in fotobewerkingsprogramma's als Photoshop. Als u foto's dus wilt bewerken, bijvoorbeeld om een achtergrond te verwijderen, hebt u aan alleen InDesign niet genoeg.

Het is in de praktijk dus handig om als grafisch vormgever ook Photoshop te beheersen. Zo bent u niet afhankelijk van wat er wordt aangeleverd. Dit zorgt voor kortere lijntjes en minder frustratie omdat u minder tijd kwijt bent aan uitleggen hoe u iets uitgevoerd wilt zien.

TIP Het is over het algemeen raadzaam Illustrator én Photoshop te beheersen, kijk eens naar een Photoshop cursus.

InDesign & Illustrator

In InDesign kunt u mooie layouts maken. maar u kunt er niet in illustreren. Tijdens een cursus Illustrator leert u onder andere logo's maken en aanpassen, speciale dingen met tekst doen, kleuren mooi toepassen en beheren, infographics maken en natuurlijk om bijzondere illustraties maken. Deze kunt u vervolgens mooi in InDesign gebruiken.

Het is om nog een andere reden handig om als grafisch vormgever Illustrator ook te beheersen. U zult in de praktijk vaak aangeleverde bestanden, dus ook Illustrator bestanden, moeten aanpassen. En hoe simpel die aanpassingen soms ook zijn, dan is het wel handig als u weet hoe het moet omdat klanten meestal verwachten dat u dit kunt.

TIP InDesign en Illustrator vormen een sterke combinatie: u kunt van alles aanpassen en precies toevoegen wat u nodig hebt.

InDesign & webdesign

Websites worden vaak in Illustrator ontworpen. En knoppen en vaste elementen worden vaak het handigst in Illustrator gemaakt. Hoewel voor webdesign (het ontwerpen van websites) vaak Photoshop wordt gebruikt komt dit vaak door onbekendheid met Illustrator.

Maar ook in InDesign kunnen layouts voor websites worden gemaakt. U kunt er makkelijk foto's en illustraties in combineren en de opmaak vervolgens exporteren om er door een web ontwikkelaar een website mee te laten bouwen. Let wel: dit betekent niet dat dit dan minder werk is voor de web ontwikkelaar! Hij kan 'niets' met uw ontwerp, het is alleen een voorbeeld van hoe het moet worden.

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