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This is one AWESOME instructor. The course is easy to understand, uses simple layman's terms, refers to both the metric and imperial measurements, no messing around with flowery language, and FUNNY. I like the popups from the video editor. It's done in nice, small chunks so it doesn't feel plodding, heavy, or boring. I'm what, thirty percent through, and I think I can actually produce a decent, step above amateur booklet now! The trick though is how to find and use some of these things in the open-source Scribus program; like many people, I can't afford Adobe products, let alone be a subscriber to their cloud. Either way, the information is INVALUABLE, and I am so glad I bought this course!

-- Jessica, 17 Mar 2019

Perfect for a complete beginner to both InDesign and concepts of design generally, but takes you very quickly to a very good user of InDesign. I feel like I’ve learned more in a few hours with these videos than I probably would in several months of self-learning by just “trying it out”. There are also many, many professional tips and inspirations on design ideas, not just instruction on how to use the software. This course is the perfect blend of learning by doing, and the iceing on the cake is the engaging and motivating persona of the instructor who makes the course very enjoyable. Highly recommended!

-- Richard, 11 Mar 2019

Fantastic course so far!! I'm a complete novice and I'm able to follow through the lessons without difficulty. I highly recommend this course! It's fun, engaging and learning a great deal!

-- Ray, 09 Mar 2019

Course Overview

Hi there, my name is  Dan. I am a graphic designer and Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI)  for InDesign.

Together we will work through real life projects starting with a simple company flyer, then a brochure & a company newsletter. We’ll make business cards & take control of a really long annual report.

We will work with colour, picking your own and also using corporate colours. You will explore how to choose & use fonts like a professional. We will find, resize & crop images for your documents.

There are projects for you to complete, so you can practise your skills & use these for your creative portfolio.

In this course I supply exercise files so you can play along. I will also save my files as I go through each video so that you can compare yours to mine - handy if something goes wrong.

Know that I will be around to help - if you get lost you can drop a post on the video 'Questions and Answers' below each video and I'll be sure to get back to you.

I will share every design trick I have learnt in the last 15 years of designing. My goal is for you to finish this course with all the necessary skills to start making beautiful documents using InDesign.

What are the requirements?

  • You will need a copy of Adobe InDesign CC 2018 or above. A free trial can be downloaded from Adobe.
  • No previous design skills are needed.
  • No previous InDesign skills are needed.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 76 lectures 5+ hours of well structured content.
  • You'll learn to design a flyer, newsletter, brochure, annual report & business cards.
  • Learn how to create PDF files ready for printing.
  • You will get the finished files so you never fall behind.
  • Downloadable exercise files & cheat sheet.
  • Forum support from me and the rest of the BYOL crew.
  • Techniques used by professional graphic designers.
  • Professional workflows and shortcuts.
  • A wealth of other resources and websites to help your new career path.

What is the target audience?

  • No previous InDesign experience is necessary.
  • This course is for people completely new to InDesign. No previous design or publishing experienced is necessary.
  • This is a relaxed, well paced introduction that will enable you to produce most common publications. Only basic computing skills are necessary - If you can send emails and surf the internet then you will cope well with our course.

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