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5.00 out of 5 based on 51 customer ratings
(51 customer reviews)

InDesign: Beginner



Introduction: 2 Days
Overview: Imagine being able to create documents of many types, from single page advertisements and flyers, to complex multi-page colour publications after just two days of training! That’s what’s on offer with the InDesign 101: Yellow Belt course. It’s an essential skill for anyone working in the publishing industry, but also for anyone who would like to be able to create marketing documents for their company.

Adobe InDesign is the industry standard layout program. It is used in the production of brochures, magazines, newsletters, and PDF’s. InDesign is also the source for most publishing from eBooks, printed material and even Apps for smartphones and tablet devices.

This course starts from the program basics and quickly builds knowledge and confidence in how to navigate the application and use the tools to create layouts from single pages to complex multi-page documents



Our InDesign course targets the beginner or first-time user and will give you a thorough grounding is this graphic design program. This course is intended for graphic designers, creative professionals, print professionals, publishers, prepress professionals, and marketing communications professionals. It’s focused on those creating layouts for print.



By the end of the course you should be able to:
– Confidently use the essential feature of the application
– Setup multiple page documents
– Import and format text using paragraph and character styles
– Place and arrange images
– Prepare and publish documents for screen or print

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Course Times:

9:30 – 11:00

11:00 – 11:15

11:15 – 13:00

 13:00 – 14:00

14:00 – 16:30

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12-13 Clerkenwell Green


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Setting up InDesign projects

  • Identify project requirements
  • Establish target audience and needs
  • Apply design principles to create a professional layout

User interface

  • Identify user interface elements
  • Create and select Workspaces
  • Navigate and zoom documents
  • Rulers, guides and grids

InDesign documents

  • Setting up an InDesign document
  • Working with master pages
  • Adding automatic page numbers

Working with Text

  • Creating and modifying text frames
  • Threading text frames
  • Managing overset text
  • Formatting text using paragraph and character styles
  • Placing text from a Word document
  • Spell checking
  • Adding special characters
  • Assigning text wrap

Images and graphics

  • Creating basic shapes
  • Assigning fill and stroke to objects
  • Selecting and Grouping objects
  • Transform and modify elements
  • Align and arrange content
  • Placing images
  • Frame fitting options and frame shapes
  • Collecting and placing content using the conveyor tool
  • Working with Layers and Organise artwork using layers


  • Creating colour swatches
  • Applying and modifying gradients
  • Working with spot colours
  • Adding transparency to elements


  • Identifying common file formats
  • Using the packaging feature
  • Create a template
  • Prepare page layouts for print

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51 reviews for InDesign: Beginner

  1. Madison

    I attended this course a couple of days ago and have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it! Ian was a great instructor who covered everything in a clear and very helpful manner. I now feel that I have a great basic knowledge of InDesign that will be easy to build upon. The location was also great, close to Manchester city centre and in a lovely modern building. Thanks!

  2. Maria Socarras

    Chakib was great!

  3. Gatter

    Mark was a fantastic instructor. His extensive industry experience and vast knowledge of Adobe’s programs was evident. He was generous in his sharing of these insights and made sure all students were equipped more than adequately to use the software. I would thoroughly recommend him as a tutor and would definitely attend a course run by him in the future.

  4. Samantha

    Mark Gatter is excellent. If doing any courses in the future we will be requesting Mark again.

  5. Vicki Marshall

    Mark was wonderful. Very knowledgeable, patient and interesting. He showed us additional skills based on our needs and kept training interesting throughout. Whenever I did anything incorrectly, Mark helped to fix it, but also helped me to understand why it had gone wrong so that I could fix it. I would love to attend further training in Photoshop with Mark.

  6. Georgina Wardrop

    I thoroughly enjoyed this course. Mark was a fantastic instructor and we are already hoping to take a Photoshop course with him again soon.

    I’d highly recommend the course and Mark as an instructor.

  7. Robert lloyd

    Very good instructor, has a lot of experience.

  8. Stacey O’Hara

    Thank you Mark for all your help

  9. Chris Youd

    instructor was clear and helpful

  10. Paul Alford

    Friendly and approachable – good at bringing in real life examples to embed theory into reality

  11. Sarah Chick-Richardson

    Thank you for helping me so far. I have learnt a lot and it has made a big difference.

  12. Gianluca Iorizzo


  13. Hema

    Mark is a friendly and patient teacher, would definitely recommend Mark to friends and colleagues.

  14. Gillian Craig

    Ian was excellent at explaining and demonstrating how to use In Design and provided lots of useful hints and tips that were applicable to how we were going to be using the package on returning to work.

  15. Rachel Moreland

    At times, I found the lesson a bit too fast in terms of showing us how to use certain tools or create certain items/graphics/etc. Overall, very good instruction and I feel so much more confident in my ability to use InDesign at work.

  16. Meaghan Forrest

    Overall Great Class, Gave me a good understanding of the system

  17. Hanna Kemsley-Gilbert

    Excellent course, well delivered. I started with no knowledge of InDesign and now I feel confident that I could complete most of the work I need to do with it. Amazing how much you can learn in two days!

  18. Gina Sheldon

    Pete was a great course leader, his knowledge and enthusiasm rubbed off. I really enjoyed the course and am looking forward ti using the skills learnt

  19. Suze Jones

    Very good

  20. Kendra

    really great instructor, went at a good pace to encompass the different levels of the students current use.

  21. Alan M Baird

    Excellent! Very relaxed learning environment.

  22. Maddy

    Peter was very knowledgeable, approachable and helpful

  23. Verified Client

    A fantasic 4 days! I went on the InDesign 101 and Photoshop 101 course and had a great time, learning new techniques (which would have saved me hours if I had have known before!!) Fantastic staff and trainers, great facilities and ideal location. Looking forward to Illustrator 101 in January.

  24. Sara T.

    The InDesign 101: Yellow Belt course was excellent and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn the basics and beyond of InDesign CS5. I attended the course in Manchester and the tutor taught the course in an interesting, engaging way. The facilities were of a high standard and the other course attendees were friendly and eager to learn. I enjoyed the course and learnt a lot in the 2 days.

  25. Kerrin B.

    I did the InDesign 101 course at Academy Class. The instructor was fantastic. He was friendly, knowledgeable and always more than happy to re-explain points that anyone missed. The course content was relevant and the class was paced perfectly for my group. Great facilities too!

  26. Sovay A.

    Attended Indesign and Illustrator training. The tutor was helpful and gave clear instructions, the calss size was small so I could get personal assistance when I needed it. A good learning experience.

  27. Amy G.

    I attended the 2 day introductory course for InDesign with Academy Class in Manchester and was hoping to pick up a few tips to support my limited experience. In the end I came away with a wealth of advice, tips, examples and notes that will really help me back at work and hit the ground running in preparing new documents and materials. The tutor’s knowledge was excellent and he presented the information in a simple and easy to understand way, giving us confidence to get going with InDesign. Definitely recommended.

  28. Daniel Paget

    Hopefully Mark will be teaching my Illustrator course!

  29. Chrissie Bond

    I really enjoyed this course, thank you Mark!

  30. Ben

    Great course, great instructor, will definitely do the green belt course.

  31. Kate Kohanzad


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  33. A. Thorpe

    I have just completed the In Design 101 Yellow Belt training course. It was very well structured, providing a good overview of what can be achieved using InDesign software. By the end of the course I wasconfident enough to start exploring and designing on my own. I would defiantly recommend this course to anyone who is starting out, as it will save you a great deal of time, promote good habits and professional practice.

  34. Kathryn Penny

    I’ve just completed the InDesign 101 Yellow Belt course. Academy Class delivered everything they promised. Instructors and staff were knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. I would definitely go on another of their training courses.

  35. Evie Copland, DGHP

    Completed the InDesign Yellowbelt course last week. Having used the software before, I was looking forward to learning some new techniques, short cuts and changing bad habits!! I wasn’t disappointed, the trainer was great and had excellent knowledge of all of the Adobe programs we used over the course. Training is tailored to whatever you need, we could work quickly and got a first class service the entire time we were with the Academy. The training environment is fantastic too – industry standard equipment and trainers. The fact that you can learn everything you might need when you return to your office in a relaxed place over the course of a couple of days makes training at the Academy Class the best choice. I’d recommend them to anyone.

  36. A. Grange, IDG

    I attended the 2 day introductory course for InDesign with Academy Class and was hoping to pick up a few tips to support my limited experience. In the end I came away with a wealth of advice, tips, examples and notes that will really help me back at work and hit the ground running in preparing new documents and materials. The tutor’s knowledge was excellent and he presented the information in a simple and easy to understand way, giving us confidence to get going with InDesign. Definitely recommended.

  37. Catriona Lawson

    Matyas had an obvious passion for InDesign which enabled him to explain the uses of each step coherently and concisely.

  38. Jeaulina Cato

    Very informative, found it easy to learn and got to answer many questions while learning new things and shortcuts.

  39. Becky

    This was far better than I anticipated. Great small class size made it easy to ask questions in a relaxed environment. Was also able to shape the class around our needs. Brilliant, learnt a huge amount in a short time.

  40. Sandie

    I’ve just completed the InDesign 101 Yellow Belt course at Academy Class. Instructors and staff were knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. Already booked on the next stage in November, would have no hesitation in recommending Academy Class.

  41. Angela Scott

    The instructor was very knowledgable and patient and answered all questions and problems as they occurred.

  42. Emma Holford

    Best instructor so far!!


    Great Training, I’m really enjoy every bit of the class and I’m sure with what have learnt I will be able to do great works, and also a big thank you to my Tutor – Nigel.

  44. Caroline Flexman

    Nigel is an excellent trainer.

  45. Kerry Laredo-Vince

    Totally brilliant. Have learned so much. A total convert and appreciator of InDesign now. Absolutely exhausted but very much worth it. Can’t fault any element. Peter Bone, our trainer, was lovely, knowledgeable and really helpful. Thank you very much. 🙂 I can’t wait to apply all my new knowledge and skills.

  46. Deena

    Very helpful and knowledgeable

  47. Claudia Mlcek

    Peter made InDesign more user friendly with clear and concise advice.

  48. Asha

    it was great, thank you very much

  49. Cliff Caswell

    Outstanding course and trainer. Huge thanks

  50. Kim Lowden

    Looking forward to the rest of the curse

  51. Steven Wood

    Top bloke, excellent trainer.

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