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Adobe Illustrator & Adobe InDesign Training - 3 Days

Adobe Illustrator TrainingAdobe InDesign Training

Platform: Windows PC and Apple Mac

Courseware: Comprehensive training manual provided per person

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of Windows or Apple Mac operating system

Software version: Training available for Adobe versions CS5.5, CS5, CS4, CS3, CS2, CS

Course Overview:
This 3 day training course has been developed to give you a solid grasp of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign. You will first learn how to plan, create and edit a variety of complex professional vector artwork using Illustrator before moving on to InDesign where you will learn to create highly effective print ready layouts. You will also gain an thorough understanding of how the two applications work best together.


Illustrator and InDesign 3 Day Training Outline

Training Course Introduction - Illustrator and InDesign Overview

  • About Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign
  • Working with graphic types
  • Understanding page layout for print
  • Various design workflow's and how the applications fit in

Day 1 - Working with Illustrator

Introduction to Illustrator

  • Setting up general preferences
  • Document and page set up
  • Selection tools
  • Magnification and reduction
  • Using rulers and guides

Drawing Tools

  • Working with the line tools
  • Working with the shape tools
  • Cutting and editing paths
  • Using the Bezier tool
  • The transformation tools
  • Cutting, copying and pasting elements

Working with Colour

  • Creating custom colours
  • Working with swatches
  • Using the paint/colour tools

Working with Text

  • Type area and type path tools
  • Typography and formatting
  • Text on a path
  • Wrapping text and graphics
  • Outlining type

Working with Objects

  • Duplicating
  • Object drag copying
  • Multiple selections
  • Moving, rotating, scaling elements
  • Merging/combining objects
  • Grouping/ungrouping objects
  • Working with strokes and fills
  • Creating masks


Day 2 Morning Session - Adobe Illustrator Continued

Gradients and Blends

  • The gradient palette
  • Using the blend tool
  • Using the blend command

Using Layers

  • Working with the layers palette
  • Creating/deleting/hiding layers
  • Locking layers
  • Cutting and pasting between layers
  • Layer options

Creating Effects

  • Working with Pathfinder commands
  • Envelope Distort command
  • Using the Effects menu

Export and Save Options

  • Saving editable Ai and PDF files
  • File formats for use in InDesign
  • Pasting Illustrator content into InDesign
  • Suitable formats for various print scenarios


Day 2 Afternoon Session - Working with Adobe InDesign

The InDesign Environment

  • Using the tools and palettes
  • Control palette
  • Using Context menus
  • Opening and closing documents
  • Navigating a document
  • Using the multiple undo feature

Document Layout

  • Setting up pages and basic layout options
  • Using rulers, guides, grids and layers
  • Working with pages and spreads
  • Using master pages

Laying Out Pages with Frames

  • Creating and using frames
  • Using the frame tools
  • Creating text and graphic frames
  • Setting frame properties


Day 3 - Adobe InDesign Continued

Working with Text

  • Importing and exporting text
  • Placing text in frames
  • Threading text through frames
  • Setting text frame properties

Formatting Type

  • Formatting characters
  • Formatting paragraphs

Importing Illustrator Graphics and Images

  • Placing graphics and images
  • Fitting content to frames
  • Fitting frames to content

Selecting and Transforming Objects

  • Moving Objects
  • Grouping and Ungrouping objects
  • Align

Using Colours

  • Defining and applying colours from colour libraries
  • Creating and applying gradients


  • Preparing for commercial printing
  • Performing a pre-flight check before printing
  • Packaging files for hand off
  • Creating printable PDF files
  • Handing off to a prepress service provider


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