Graphic design in English in Amsterdam
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  • InDesign course on demand
    InDesign Training
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  • InDesign personal training
    Learn exactly what you need for your job
  • InDesign for graphic design
    Learn how to insert images and illustrations in InDesign
  • InDesign course for graphic design
    During your personal training create beautiful designs
  • InDesign for graphic design, lessons and courses in Amsterdam
    Learn how to use masters, character styles and paragraph styles

During this InDesign training on demand, learn exactly what you need: typography, using masters, preparing for print... anything goes

Info

InDesign training on demand is the perfect training if you need to know more about specific InDesign functions or if you are insecure about how to perform certain InDesign tasks. You can get help in any InDesign area, even if you already know a lot about InDesign and just want to freshen up your knowledge to learn the latest and greatest tools. Because this training is highly efficient training on demand can be a lot more cost effective than you may think.

With InDesign training on demand, you decide what you want to learn. Whether it's learning how to use the digital functions in InDesign, using Pantone or creating book covers: everything is allowed. You can bring company files to class and learn how to create them with the help of your teacher. You can bring examples and learn tricks to reproduce similar designs. Even help with Illustrator and Photoshop is allowed.

Illustrator artwork, vector graphics

Lesson content Lesson content

Realising your design goals

You decide what you want to learn and will have training on your own. This allows you to ask any questions that are important for you personally and your very own workflow and to quickly get where you want to go. You learn what is necessary just for you.

This InDesign training on demand is ideal if you are going to use InDesign a lot of just a little: you learn what you need to create the files that are necessary for your work and what you need most.

Learn how to use InDesign

It is not possible to ask your teacher to create commercial designs. You can though bring your own designs to class to work on them with your teacher and to make your designs more professional.

Want to learn more? Consider learning Illustrator to create artwork and illustrations, or Photoshop to edit images.
If you want to use InDesign in mode depth, consider attending the complete InDesign course with homework and lesson material.

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Topic examples

Illustrator illustratie, vector ontwerpen, resolutie onafhankelijk artwork

Example: masters in InDesign

Masters are terrific for consistency. Do you want to know how to use the masters in InDesign? That is a great subject for your InDesign training on demand. Learn all about the masters in InDesign and then put them to good use at your job.

Example: Pantone colours

Pantone in InDesign, it seems so ideal and easy but... it is only that if you know what happens when you actually use Pantone and what you can expect from it. If you don't know how to use Pantone this will cause big suprises. You don't choose Pantone for nothing though, so learn how to use it.

Example: latest software

You may already have been using InDesign fofr years but are used to an older version such as CS4 or CS5. You want to get to know the latest and greatest tools and functions. This is all possible with training on demand: freshen up your knowledge!

Example: problematic files

Solving problems
Using problematic company files
Findint solutions
Resolving printing issues
Keeping track of errors

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Topic examples

Artwork ontwerpen in Illustrator van Adobe, Illustrator cursus in Amsterdam: tekenen en ontwerpen.

Example: beeldmateriaal invoegen

Adding an image is so easy. But then the printer tells you there are problems.... How can you prevent these printing problems and what should you do to get things right? Poor print results are a waste of time and effort. Learn do do it right.

Example: using illustrations

Illustrations of course are images too. But they can be created differently, be resolution independent and they can even require their own colours and colour settings. Learn what needs to be done to properly use illustrations that are created in Illustrator to make sure they turn out right.

Example: character styles, paragraph styles

Once you know what you're doing when you use typographic settings you will need to know about the character styles and paragraph styles. These will allow you to keep your designs consistent. Learn all about them during your training on demand.

Example: InDesign & interactivity

Working for multimedia
Creating interactive presentations
Combining print and on-screen
Create page-turning books
Adding interactive content

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Topic examples

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Example: all about typography

InDesign offers a huge set of typographic options and typography is a big part of the complete InDesign course. If you don't attend the InDesign course you may miss a lot of knowledge. Learn it all during your personal InDesign training.

Example: using layers

Layers are incredibly useful. Some students come to class to only learn how to properly use the layers. There is so much you can do with them! Learn all the ins and outs and hidden tricks about layers and what you can do with them during your very own InDesign training on demand.

Example: using Pathfinder

The 'Pathfinder' options can be a mystery. Many designers skip them which is a shame, they can be so incrediby useful once you know what you can do with them! Learn all about these functions and find out how to put these great functions to good use.

Example: tools & functions

Using the 'Pen' tool
Using specific tools
Mastering print settings
Creating libraries
Using special document settings


Questions about InDesign

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1 month courses & modules

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.

2 days courses & modules

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.

 

Do you want personal training?

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.

You define the runtime

You tell us how many hours you want to book. The minimal hours count is 2: this means you will be here for at least two hours of training. This means you have time to sit down, explain things and show documents, ask questions and get answers. This gives you enough time to learn as much as possible. Most clients prefer 3 hours but it is really up to you.

Book more hours

This training is very efficient: don't book too many hours in advance. You can schedule the dates and times in advance but you can also book more hours and define the dates and times later. The only drawback is that you may have to wait a little longer before an open slot becomes available.

Illustrator artwork, vector graphics

Lesson slots of 2 or 3 hours

You can decide when these hours take place, of course they will have to be possible from our end as well.

Time examples

You could for instance book time from 10:00 - 12:00 hours, or from 15:00 - 18:00 hours.
The evenings are tricky to book since there are usually courses in the evening.

Homework during this training

Homework
There is no homework with personal training: no lesson material is included. It is not possible to create lesson material and homework for each and every student, sorry. If you do want exercises and help you can book this separately though. This is usually not necessary since the training is very efficient.

Responding to questions

Questions
If you have additional questions on what has been addressed (for instance, if you can't understand your own notes anymore) you can ask these questions within the week following your training. If you have more questions later you are welcome to book extra training.

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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, if you don't have it yet though we can install it together during class..

Needed at home/work

  • 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.

Examples

  • Help with your files
  • Help making notes
  • Solving problems with the files you bring to class
  • Book this extra; telephone support
  • Book this extra: homework assignments and corrections

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

Prior knowlege

You don't need prior knowledge for your InDesign training: it depends on what you want to learn, you decide.

Have a look at the content of the InDesign Course or the complete Graphic Designer Education PRO or Graphic Designer Education to give you ideas for your personal training.

Handy computer skills

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.

Personal training
For 1 person

1 - 10 hours of training

€ 100,00 per hour ex BTW (VAT)
€ 121,00 per hour incl. 21% BTW

Example

You want to book 3 hours of training, these will be reserved for you. You have training on your own, the teacher will be there for only you and can not train groups. A schedule is created for you to find the best possible planning.
The total costs for your training are as follows:

€ 300,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 363,00 including 21% BTW

10 - 20 hours of training

€ 80,00 per hour ex BTW (VAT)
€ 96,80 per hour incl. 21% BTW

Example

You want to book 15 hours of training, these will be reserved for you. You have training on your own, the teacher will be there for only you and can not train groups. A schedule will be created for you to find the best possible planning.
The total costs for your training are as follows:

€ 1.200,00 ex BTW (VAT)
€ 1.452,00 incl. 21% BTW

Group training
2 or more persons

Groups of 2 - 5 persons

€ 60,00 p.h. ex. BTW (VAT) p.p.
€ 72,60 p.h. incl. 21% BTW p.p.

Example

You want to book a full day (8 hours) for 5 employees.
A lesson day will be reserved for you.
Your entire team will be trained the same day.

The total costs are:

€ 2.400,00 excluding BTW
€ 2,904,00 including 21% BTW

Groups of 6 - 10 persons

€ 50,00 p.h. ex BTW (VAT) p.p.
€ 60,50 p.h. incl. 21% BTW p.p.

Example

You want to book a full day for a team of 8 persons.
A lesson day will be reserved for you.
Your entire team will be trained the same day.

The total costs are:

€ 3.200,00 excluding BTW
€ 3.872,00 including 21% BTW

 

If you book 2 or 3 hours of training these will be combined on the same day.

Reviews

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Brochure voor de zaak

Echt in een woord fantastisch. Ik had niet gedacht dat ik met een paar uur gerichte training al de brochure voor de zaak in elkaar zou kunnen zetten. maar dat is dus gelukt! Ik heb jullie een exemplaar gestuurd.
Jennifer van W.

Gelukt

Ik dacht dat ik aan twee uur nooit genoeg zou hebben maar tot mijn verbazing zijn al mijn vragen beantwoord en kan ik nu goed doorwerken. Complimenten hoor, heel goed aangepakt. Perfecte coaching.
Sophie M.

Maar nu de rest!

Ik ben bij jullie met InDesign begonnen ondanks de 'waarschuwing' dat er niet veel in kan wat het creatieve aspect betreft. Toch was het heel leuk en leerzaam. Na een paar uur al een complete layout kunnen maken is fantastisch.
Maar nu de rest! Ik kom naar jullie toe voor Illustrator en Photoshop cursus.
Werner O.

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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InDesign PRO

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.

Grafic Design PRO

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.

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InDesign & Photoshop

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.

InDesign & Illustrator

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.

InDesign & webdesign

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.

 

 

 

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