InDesign for Editors
Course detail

This unique InDesign course is geared to the needs of production staff, and others responsible for handling and checking files prior to sending out for repro or print. The aim is to build a good understanding of the way files are constructed in InDesign and on how these can go awry. By the end of the course delegates will be able identify and correct errors, avoiding costly mistakes further down the line.

Although special attention is given to co-edition publishing, the course also covers familiar problem areas including use of colours, managing fonts and transparent elements. A basic working knowledge of the tools and features of InDesign is assumed. A particular strength of this course is its focus on the increasingly close involvement of production staff in the flow of files and the greater depth of knowledge that is required.

Mark Bracey has almost 20 years experience of book publishing workflows and of guiding creative and production staff in the creation of books. Mark was involved in the migration to InDesign at DK and Penguin and has trained many other publishing companies both large and small. Mark’s easy, open and down to earth approach makes the learning fun, fast and relevant. 

Who is the course aimed at?
Editors with basic knowledge of InDesign

Part One: Introduction to the application

Finding your way around InDesign:

  • The Toolbar and the Control Strip.
  • How to manage, arrange and customise the panels.
  • Navigating InDesign documents using the various moving and magnification options, tools and shortcuts.
  • Viewing and hiding guides, Normal and Preview modes.

Part Two: Basic document settings and tools

Document specifications:

  • Understanding ‘facing pages’ and section starts, setting margins, columns and bleed. The use of the Slug.
  • Text and the the Type Tool
  • Understanding Images 
  • Fill, Stroke and Colour

Part Three: Workflow and editorial

  • Style Sheets –
  • Editorial 
  • Layers 
  • Master pages 
  • Linking 
  • Font usage
  • Text Wraps 

Part Four: Output

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Mark is our InDesign trainer and has worked in book publishing as a designer and trainer for nearly twenty five years. After studying graphic design Mark 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 Publishing Manager for InXmedia Ltd and continues to work 'hands-on' designing and typesetting books as well as being responsible for print production and publishing activities within the company.