A great intro to this industry-standard software!

Jan 19, 2021 - Jan 28, 2021
Mar 23, 2021 - Apr 1, 2021

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate,
Workshop Fee: $295
Class Size: 15 (max)

NOTE: This Course will be held in a live, Online Format using the Zoom Platform. The class meets Tuesday & Thursday for Four Half Days 10am-1pm ET.
Students will need to have Adobe InDesign installed on their home computers. A 7-day Free Trial is available here

InDesign is the industry standard program for creating files that will be published in print or digitally on mobile and web platforms. For the photographer, InDesign can be used to design anything from a multi-signature book to a simple zine or chapbook. It offers greater customization in photo book design than Blurb, especially in terms of text, but requires the artist to find print and binding solutions. For business owners and marketing professionals, InDesign is ideal for designing printed promotional pieces like catalogs, business cards, and pamphlets in-house, and for efficiently producing web content like banner images that feature a logo or other text overlay.

Through group demos and self-directed tutorials, students of this remote workshop will learn the basics of creating a publishable file from start to finish. Topics covered will include setting up a document, importing graphics and text, working with typography, creating master pages, and working with styles, as well designing books and cover, managing long documents, and packaging files based on their destination (print, mobile, or web). The class will also feature discussions about successful design and the creative concepts that drive dynamic publications.

This virtual workshop will introduce students to the essential tools needed to tackle and project. The first 3 days are typically devoted to learning the ins-and-outs of the platform, with the last 2 days being divided between self-guided tutorials and exercises to practice what’s been learned, and one-on-one break out sessions with the instructor to focus on individual projects. Students should come prepared with content—edited images and text—for the purpose of making progress on personal projects.

Computer literacy  is required. Some previous experience and working knowledge of Adobe software is very helpful, but is not required. 

For students who simply want a basic introduction to the software and do not desire to get started on personal projects, check out 2-Day Adobe InDesign

Course schedule, subject to minor adjustments:

All times ET 9-12 Group Demo/Tutorials (with a 15-20min break halfway through);  12-2 Lunch/extended break period; 2-4 Group Demo/Tutorials (with a 10-15min break halfway through); 4-5 generally dedicated to follow-up and additional communications.

Note: David also offers Week-long and 2-Day courses in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Illustrator, view the “Upcoming Workshops” section on his faculty bio page.

Images:  ©David Allen, Header Image:  ©Alison Shaw

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Instructor: David Allen

David is a seasoned designer with over 15 years of experience in digital printing, art direction, and book design. In 2018 he founded Render, (renderpublications.com) a design and publication company dedicated to meeting the needs of small business and nonprofits. David has taught fine art and multimedia courses in art centers, professional workshops, and colleges. Also a practicing artist, he shows regularly in invitational, group, and solo exhibitions; his work was recognized in Maine Home and Design’s Annual Art Issues of 2017 and 2012.