As a graphic designer you can hardly miss InDesign: it is the program of choice for most graphic designers worldwide. Ever since Adobe shipped it with the creative suites, it has grown more and more important and finally won the race from QuarkXPress. During this course, you use InDesign to lay out magazines, brochures and books. You use masters, all possible text options and special layout options that you will use in InDesign.
During this course, learn how colour and space affect one another and create beautiful layouts. Learn typography and understand how text interacts with images. Use masters to create professional, stunning designs for print or multimedia.
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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.
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 spoken Illustrator course for instance, to create the graphics you use in InDesign yourself. Or a Photoshop course to edit and create images yourself. If you need to do a lot of work, attend the Graphic Design Education.
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.
Using the interface and different views
Page and layout of an InDesign document
Colours and colour models basics
The first compositions
Using colour swatches
Saving files in different formats
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.
Layout out a page
Formatting in special ways
Extra options for 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.
Special image effects
Linking images with type
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.
Masters and regular pages
Masters en 'gewone pagina's'
Adding special elements
Integrating images and type
Adding special markers
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.
The layers in InDesign
Putting layers to good use
Drawing in InDesign?
Combining imaging and type
Creating special shapes
Type in special frames
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.
What is graphic design?
A sense of proportions
The 'Primary Text Frame'
Playing with frame settings
Master and Primary Text Frame
Laying out a book
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.
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.
With individual courses
The test should be scheduled within a month after the last lesson.
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.
These courses are usually in Dutch although English is possible. We always check with the enrolling students and switch to English, if this is possible. Most Dutch are welcoming expats so English is often possible.
These courses are usually possible in English since lots of expats have busy jobs or families and don't want to arrange traveling too many times. We do always check with enrolled students if English is fine, this is usually the case. It is also possible to start a new 2-days group for English speaking students.
In that case you will get training in English if you prefer. The course will be booked for you and one fellow-student max who will speak English as well.
6 lessons +
1 personal test lesson on appointment
Runtime 1 month per module +
Test on appointment
Practise week after each lesson
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
You have class with one fellow student max.
We combine 2 lessons each time, the resulting runtime is 3 weeks.
Single group lessons: 1:45 / 2 hours
Combined lessons: ± 3 hours
Two days from:
10:00 - 15:00 hours or
15:00 - 20:00 hours
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
1 month +
personal test lesson
€ 1.155,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 1.397,55 including 21% BTW
2 full days with 3 lessons +
personal test lesson
€ 1.270,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 1.536,70 including 21% BTW
3 weeks +
personal test lesson
€ 1.600,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 1.936,00 including 21% BTW
2 full days with 3 lessons +
personal test lesson
€ 1.900,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 2.299,00 including 21% BTW
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
Heel veel dank voor je fijne lessen. Wat heb ik ongelooflijk veel geleerd in zo'n korte tijd. Superdank!
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
Dit is een evenwichtige cursus, alles goed uitgelegd en met veel lesmateriaal dat er goed bij past.
Mandy de B.
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!
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.
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
Het is zo leuk: ik kon al meteen een blaadje maken na drie lessen. Je hebt dan echt al iets, heel leuk.
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.
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.
Ik had de grootste lol. En gezellig met het mede cursisten gajus. Mijn baas is superblij en ik heb de herfstcatalogus af.
Eindelijk de InDesign cursus! Was tijd! Ik heb geduldig gewacht. Fijn dat ik weer hier terecht kan.
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!
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.
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.
Cursus biedt een uitgelezen combinatie van praktijk en theorie. Compleet met het lesmateriaal zodat ik direct aan de slag kon.
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.
What is Adobe InDesign?
Is InDesign difficult?
Do I have to be creative for InDesign?
What is graphic design?
Do I need to know Illustrator for InDesign?
Do I need to know Photoshop for InDesign?
What can I do with InDesign?
What can't I do with 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Illustrator or InDesign? This is a common question. In most cases, the following helps.
Easy to place loose elements
Simply move elements around
Quickly adjust colours
Combine and create drawings
Quickly add illustrations
Combine images, illustrations and type
Everyting has to be inside a frame
Recolouring is less intuitive
You have more type options
Combine images, illustrations and type
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Actually no! InDesign uses very different techniques than Illustrator does. You really need InDesign to create layouts that contain multiple pages, too.
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.
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.
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!
In InDesign you put images, photos, together and then combine them with illustrations and beautifully formatted text. But you can not edit the images in InDesign. You can only edit images in image editing software such as Photoshop. If you really need to edit images, for instance to remove backgrounds, you will need more than InDesign.
In practice it's a good idea to know how to use Photoshop. This makes you independent of third parties and will give you more freedom as you design. It saves you a lot of hassle and negotiating and explanation time and of course frustration since you spend less time coordinating. This frees up a lot of designing time.
TIP In practice you will really need to know both Illustrator and Photoshop. Have a look at a Photoshop course.
In InDesign you can create great layouts but you can't create illustrations. During an Illustrator course you can learn, among other things, to create logos and to adjust them, to do special things with text, manage colours and even create infographics and special illustrations that you can then use in InDesign.
It is very handy to know how to use Illustrator as a graphic designer. In practice you will often have to adjust existing Illustrator files. And even though some adjustments can be very simple, it is a great asset to know how to use Illustrator since most clients will expect you can perform such tasks.
TIP InDesign and Illustrator are a great combination that allows you to create exactly what you need.
Websites are often designed in Illustrator. Buttons and fixed elements are simply oh so handy to create in Illustrator. And even though some designers still use Photoshop to design the interface of websites this is mostly due to the fact they don't know how to use Illustrator.
But you can design websites in InDesign too. It is easy to add images and illustrations and then to export the layout so a webdesigner can create the website based on your design. Attention though: this does not mean your design is the website and that it's less work for this web developer! The developer can't create a website from your design, he or she will use it as a reference for the design.