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.
During this course, you learn how colour and space affect one another and create beautiful layouts. Typography and special layout options have the key focus in InDesign, as well as understanding how text interacts with images. Use masters to create professional, stunning designs for print or multimedia.
Want to learn even more?
Attend the InDesign Advanced Course or the InDesign PRO course and learn Photoshop and Illustrator, too.
Study independently at your own pace with new, extra material. With homework, homework correction, tests and help in between lessons this can't go wrong. Stuck? Use your 10 minutes video help per lesson, or save and use them together during the course.
colour & shape
type & typography
using multiple pages and page structures
Elements in Indesign
use images and illustrations to complement your designs
use and manage masters for consistent layout
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.
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 indeed not!
Smart graphic design is a trade in its own right. This lesson will inspire you and help you create smashing designs.
What is graphic design?
A sense of proportions
Playing with frame settings
Laying out a book
The last lesson of your course or education module is the test lesson.You will do a few exercises that require the knowledge and new skills you acquired during this training. These tests take 1:45 hours to complete.
InDesign and InDesign Advanced
Since this test is quite extensive it takes more time to complete: 1 month. You send in your work on the agreed date and will receive tips and input to adjust things to make your design more professional.
After your test
Your test will be evaluated after you send in your work.
You may receive tips and may be asked a few more questions to make sure the result is all right.
If you sent in all required homework and the final test results are good you you can come over to pick up your certificate, or you can receive a digital certificate you can easily share and send to prospective employers.
With individual courses
The test should be scheduled within a month after the last lesson.
You can schedule the tests during the education 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.
Yes, this is absolutely possible. Now that all courses and educations are available via video training, you can book English spoken course from wherever you live.
All lesson material is available in English.
During your courses and education, all the training can be done in English. This means you will receive English lesson material, and your homework assignments and other assignments, as well as your homework corrections, will be communicated in English.
6 lessons +
1 personal test lesson on appointment
We combine 2 lessons each time +
Individual test lesson is after that
Practice week after each lesson
6 lessons +
1 personal test lesson on appointment
Define your own pace: you work independently and have 10 minutes of video training per lesson, if you like this.
Test on appointment.
You can decide on your own pace, this also allows you to combine more lessons, or to split lessons, have class on special days and times.
Combined lessons: 3 hours (2 lessons)
You can decide on this yourself, you can also decide how much time you need for the homework.
You can book single lessons or can combine more lessons to get to where you want to be faster, this is great if you need the course to fit your schedule.
Single lessons 1.5 hours
Combined lessons 3 hours
Regular video training allows students to train together via video. This is similar to training in a classroom, but it's online.
This type of training is perfect if you want to attend a course from a different country, too.
This is usually the best way to train since you learn from other students' questions, but it is possible that you end up in class alone: we don't cancel classes since we don't like minimum attendance requirements. Every student is welcome if they want to train.
We set up a schedule which depends on availability and always combine two lessons. If your course contains an uneven number of lessons, one of them will be a single lesson. Simple.
With a personal video course or education you can set up a special pace. You can for instance combine or split lessons and have class on days and times that work with your personal schedule. This will depend on availability: if you would like to book a day that is not available, we will find another day that will be good for you too.
If you prefer, you can do the courses and educations from home at a special pace. This means you receive the lesson books and required material when you are ready to receive them.
You decide how much time you need to read the lesson material and how much time you want to spend on doing the homework. In short: it's all up to you. We can help set you up a schedule though, if you like.
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.
Most courses you an attend at learningTrain will need you to use Adobe software. This can be a single application such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign or Dreamweaver. But if you attend an education you may need more applications. In such a case it's best to purchase the Creative Cloud software and use this to install the software you need.
It really is advised to only use legal software. Illegal software often does not allow you to install legal software. But evevn worse is that some functionality in illegal software may render Wacom tablets useless, or certain tools, such as a brush in Photoshop, difficult or impossible to use.
Find discounts, if available, via the following links, you can sometimes get discounts of 40%.
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 when you use 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.
The course is for everyone who needs to work independently and creatively and is responsible for good design. We assume a professional and/or creative intent from our students but welcome amateurs and non-professionals as well. Feel free to join!
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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 InDesign?
What is Adobe InDesign?
What can I do with InDesign?
What can't I do with InDesign?
When do I need an InDesign course?
Is InDesign difficult?
Which skills do I need?
What is graphic design?
Do I need to know Illustrator for InDesign?
Do I need to know Photoshop for InDesign?
Do I have to be creative for InDesign?
What can I do with InDesign?
Can I create logos in InDesign?
Can I design posters and business cards with InDesign?
Can I edit photos with InDesign?
The right course or education
Do I need Illustrator or InDesign?
I know Illustrator, should I learn InDesign?
Ik know QuarkXpress, should I learn InDesign?
Should I choose the InDesign PRO education, or the graphic designer education PRO?
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.
It all depends on what you want to learn, and how you want to use your skills later. During the InDesign PRO education, you learn exactly the same about InDesign as during the Graphic Designer Education PRO. But you have only 1 module of Illustrator, and 1 of Photoshop.
During the Graphic Designer Education PRO, you have more Illustrator and more Photoshop. These modules are required if you want to use both Illustrator and Photoshop professionally, for instance if you need to design logos, or want to correct photos in a more professional way.
If you are in doubt on what to choose, simply start with InDesign PRO and book the extra modules for Illustrator and Photoshop later, if you need to learn this.
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.