Introduction to InDesign for Book Publishers

Beginners Course in InDesign

Introduction to InDesign for Book Publishers

Get up and running with this introductory practical one day InDesign course

You will learn with ease how to find your way around InDesign and use the tools and features you need in order to create professional looking layouts and books.

Course Summary

Date: Jan 27th | Duration: 1 Day | Start: 09:30 –  End 17:15 | Venue: London | Trainer: Mark Bracey | Price: £395

What will I learn?

  • Understand the concept of a page make-up application, the Toolbar and Control Strip, which Panels you will need and how to manage them

  • Create new documents using Facing Pages setting page sizes, margins, columns. Learn how to use Bleed and how to add extra guides and use the rulers

  • Text create and manipulate Text and Text Boxes by changing character attributes such as font and size etc. Learn how to apply paragraph attributes such as indents and spacing. Get to grips with linking text boxes and importing text from other sources

  • Colour create and apply colour to text, boxes and line rules using colour pallets and swatches

  • Text Wrapscreate text wraps around images and other objects

  • Images learn how to import and manipulate images through understanding the concept of ‘container vs content’. Learn how to use the Links Panel

  • Layers to simplify the construction of your layout

  • Basic Transparencyunderstanding how to apply transparency effects

  • Create basic PDFs for review

What skills are needed for this course?

A complete beginners course or those with little experience of using page-make-up applications. Really useful for those working in Marketing, Publicity, Production and Editorial.

Mark Bracey

Mark has worked in book publishing as a designer and trainer for nearly twenty five years. After studying graphic design he worked for various design studios before taking on a training role at Dorling Kindersley.

While at DK he advised on best practices for book creation and ran a team of in-house DTP staff. Following DK’s merger with Penguin, Mark worked as a key member of the management team responsible for the group’s migration to InDesign.

Mark is currently working as a freelance book designer and typesetter and provides self-publishing services to individual authors and institutions through his own imprint

A great teacher, with bags of current and relevant experience – you will not be disappointed.

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  1. Arcturus Publishing Ltd February 20, 2019 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    It provided a good overview of InDesign and very interactive, meaning we understood the processes better and were able to practise. Explanations were clear and there were plenty of opportunities to ask questions. I also appreciated that we were asked what processes would be most helpful for us to learn and we didn’t waste time on things that wouldn’t be useful to us. Learning to build files from scratch was most useful – as we work mainly with documents that have already been made, learning how they are made means I have greater understanding of how to edit them and fix potential issues.

  2. Arcturus Publishing February 20, 2019 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Very happy with the course. Trainer gave good, clear instructions. Questions and feedback actively encouraged. I can now create marketing material in InDesign. Better understanding of how to work with existing book files.

  3. Arcturus Publishing February 20, 2019 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Great course. The trainer thoroughly explained things, easy to interact with.

  4. Yale University Press February 20, 2019 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    It was a very accessible course, but with substance; I had worried that, in an attempt to cover the basics, we may not have covered much material, but luckily that was not the case. Mark was very clear and helpful throughout. He ensured we covered all the basic material, but was also willing to show us more complex processes when we asked. I found creating the catalogue pages the most useful part because this is becoming a key part of my role. It was good to learn all the hints and tips in inserting images and text. I feel like I can create catalogue pages and posters with more confidence than previously. It was all great.

  5. Yale University Press February 20, 2019 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Excellent trainer. Explanations were clear and questions were encouraged and answered in detail.Hopefully I’ll be able to produce some good looking flyers! Very pleased with the course and would like to do it all over again.

  6. Yale University Press February 20, 2019 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    The course was a really good introduction to InDesign. Yes, I was expecting to be shown how to set up a new project and have a go myself. Mark was very friendly and clear and made sure that the session was a very relaxed environment. It will be especially useful for working on plate sections. I thought the course was great

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