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    Adobe® InDesign® 2020: Part 1

    Adobe® InDesign® 2020: Part 1
    Course Description Overview

    Course Specifications

    Course Number:


    Course Length:

    1 day

    Course Description Overview:

    Giving your documents a well-designed, professional look will put you a step ahead in the marketplace cluttered with all kinds of communications. Paragraph and character styles that allow you to format pages of text uniformly, layout features that help you to build alternate size configurations of your document, and various panels that enable you to easily customize both text and graphics; Adobe® InDesign® (2020) has all the tools you need to elevate the look of your document and get it out to the people who need to see it, whether it be in print or on the web.

    This course is a great component of your preparation for the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Print & Digital Media Publication Using Adobe InDesign exam.

    Course Objectives:

    In this course, you will use Adobe InDesign (2020) to create and deliver professional looking printed and interactive documents.

    You will:

    • Navigate the InDesign interface.
    • Create a new document.
    • Customize a document using color, swatches, gradients, and styles.
    • Manage page elements.
    • Add tables.
    • Prepare documents for deployment.

    Target Student:

    This course is intended for students who want to use the basic tools and features of InDesign for creating professional page layouts and designs.


    To ensure your success in this course, you should be familiar with the functions of your computer's operating system such as creating folders, launching programs, copying and pasting objects, formatting text, retrieving files, and saving files. You can obtain this level of skill and knowledge by taking one of the following South African Career Campus courses:

    • Using Microsoft® Windows® 8.1
    • Using Microsoft® Windows® 10
    • Microsoft® Windows® 10: Transition from Windows® 7

    Course-specific Technical Requirements Hardware:

    For this course, you will need one computer for each student and one for the instructor. Each computer will need the following minimum hardware configurations:

    • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor dual core or faster (or compatible)
    • 4 gigabyte (GB) RAM (16 GB is recommended)
    • 3.6 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices); SSD recommended
    • 1024 x 768 resolution monitor (1920 × 1080 recommended), 32-bit video card; supports HiDPI display
    • Internet connection and registration necessary for required software activation, membership validation, and access to online services
    • Keyboard and mouse (or other pointing device)
    • Printer (optional) or an installed printer driver
    • Projection system to display the instructor's computer screen

    Course-specific Technical Requirements Software:

    • Microsoft® Windows® 10 (64-bit)Windows 10 versions 1507, 1511, 1703, and 1709 are not supported.
    • Adobe® InDesign® (2020) (You might also see this version referred to as the November 2019 release or version 15.0.)
    • Adobe® Acrobat Reader® DC or another PDF viewer
    • If necessary, software for viewing the course slides (instructor machine only)

    Course Content:

    Lesson 1: Getting Started with InDesign

    Topic A: Identify Components of the InDesign Interface

    Topic B: Customize the InDesign Interface

    Topic C: Apply the Navigation Controls and Set Preferences

    Lesson 2: Designing a Document

    Topic A: Establish Project Requirements

    Topic B: Apply Design Principles

    Topic C: Create a New Document

    Topic D: Add Text to a Document

    Topic E: Add Graphics to a Document

    Lesson 3: Customizing a Document

    Topic A: Format Characters and Paragraphs

    Topic B: Apply Colors, Swatches, and Gradients

    Topic C: Create and Apply Styles

    Lesson 4: Working with Page Elements

    Topic A: Arrange and Align Objects

    Topic B: Apply Layers

    Topic C: Transform and Manipulate Objects

    Topic D: Thread Text Frames

    Topic E: Edit Text

    Lesson 5: Building Tables

    Topic A: Create and Modify a New Table

    Topic B: Format a Table

    Lesson 6: Preparing a Document for Delivery

    Topic A: Resolve Errors in a Document

    Topic B: Export Files for Printing and for the Web

    Appendix A: Mapping Course Content to Print & Digital Media Publication Using Adobe InDesign CC Exam

    Appendix B: Productivity Enhancements

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