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NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform
Meets 4 half-days – Tues & Thurs 10:00am-1:00pm EDT for two weeks
Students must have Adobe InDesign installed on their home computers

InDesign is an invaluable tool for the enterprising author. Not only is it the leading software for designing books, but it can be used to produce all the essentials needed for publicity—from general print collateral to content for the web and social media. For the independent author who must produce and manage their publications like a small business, InDesign is a must.

Through demos and hands-on work, students will focus primarily on working with long manuscripts for the creation of books, but also look at developing content for publicity and promotional purposes. We will review standard book formats, discuss the challenges of self publishing, and explore different venues for printing and publishing your work. The class will also feature discussions about basic elements and principles of design, and how to create a cover that represents your work best, and captures the attention of your reader.

This course is project based and intended for students with some working knowledge of the program. First time users of Adobe InDesign are recommended to take the 2-Day Intro to Adobe InDesign course first. Students should come prepared with an edited manuscript and any images intended for their project.

Computer literacy is required. Some working knowledge of other Adobe software would be very helpful, but is not necessary. Virtual courses are conducted via Zoom and are best experienced with a reliable broadband connection, and the ability to configure your workspace to follow a Zoom session, while using other programs at the same time.

Students must have Adobe InDesign installed on their home computers. Various subscription options including month-to-month billing, are available on Adobe’s website.

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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, ( 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.