Adobe InDesign for Print Production (Fall 2014)

Design and Digital Media

Whether you are new to page-layout software or a graphics professional familiar with previous version of InDesign or QuarkXPress, this class will provide the groundwork for creating print-ready documents of professional quality using the Adobe page-layout program, Adobe InDesign.

Students start by exploring InDesign’s work area—the tools, menu commands, and palettes. They will then learn the basics of the application: Setting up documents; formatting text and manipulating objects; defining colors and using swatches. Throughout the class, some of InDesign’s unique features will be highlighted: The Paragraph Composer for improved typographic quality; user-definable resolution of proxies for placed graphic files; context-sensitive pop-up menus; and priority hyphenation, and special typographical effects.

Most importantly, students will also learn how to use InDesign’s master pages feature. This, along with exploring the creation and use of style sheets for text elements, forms the basis of long document formatting.

Lastly, students will have a look at additional features that InDesign provides to efficiently produce work: Nested style sheets; preflighting and packaging; making pdf files directly out of the application; and creating tables. / Class takes place on two consecutive Saturdays and Sundays: September 27, 28; and October 4, 5. / Each student will have access throughout the class to a lab workstation equipped with the latest software. / Facilities fee of $25 in addition to class tuition. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of Mac OS X.

What to Bring: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook; USB drive, blank CD, or cloud storage option for saving work.

Please Register Before: September 24

If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Class Savings

/ Register on or before Aug 25 and receive $25 off total tuition.
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Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

Course Number: CSDE 1201
Dates: Sep. 27 – Oct. 5
Saturday, Sunday
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch)
David Farr
Main Building Room 231
Non-Credit Tuition: $350.00

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