Introduction to InDesign

Introduction to InDesign

InDesign is my favorite Adobe product. Boom, I said it. Photoshop? Yeah, it’s pretty cool. Illustrator? Thanks for letting me make so much stuff!

But InDesign? It takes the cake. Invitations, magazines, programs, agendas, assignments, presentations, yearbooks, newspapers, and, and, and, and…

Yeah, you can make a lot in InDesign. The more comfortable you are with the program, the more you can do, and you can do a lot.

At the 2019 Camp Orlando, I will be teaching how to move from beginner to intermediate level in InDesign, focusing on publication design in the course Introduction to Indesign. This means I get to be nerdy-excited about InDesign for a few days, and that’s okay by me.

Those of you taking this course, let’s get started on this rose-colored adventure. There will be challenges as we struggle with difficult computers, internet connectivity, and different operating systems, but trust me. We got this.

First things first, you need to download the assets folder.

Click here to download the assets folder for the Introduction to Indesign course.

Good! Now, you’re going to be getting an assignment to complete in your spare time, due in the final class. You’re going to be flying a little blindly at the start, as we will be going over new skills each day and building you as a designer.

A good way to start thinking about what you want your magazine, newspaper or yearbook spread is to look at really strong examples. You can explore on your own on Pinterest, but good examples are provided at the links below.

Magazine and newspaper examples: http://studentpress.org/nspa/awards/npm18/

Yearbook, newspaper and magazine design examples: http://studentpress.org/nspa/awards/doy18/

I also recommend watching some of the tutorials I have on this website, especially if it isn’t something I spent a lot of time on in class. That’s a growing collection of helpful tutorials.

Alrighty, let’s do this! If you have questions when we’re not in class, you can email me at courtneymhanks@gmail.com.



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