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Adobe InDesign Masterclass - 4 day

Create elegant design layouts with the industry-leading page design and layout software.

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Delivering Adobe Authorised Training in London Covent Garden, Cardiff and Bristol – Certitec.

What to expect from this training course

Imagine going from Adobe InDesign Zero to Hero in just 4-days with this Adobe Authorised InDesign Masterclass course from Certitec! Learn InDesign from an Introduction to an Advanced level in just 4-days with your Adobe Certified Instructor. Imagine creating documents of many types, from single page advertisements and flyers to complex documents. Then improve on your skills by using additional techniques - all after just 4-days of training! Certitec are proud sponsors of InDesign Secrets – supporting the design and publishing industry.

This course can be taken as one continuous block or broken down into smaller segments, namely InDesign Introduction - 2 day, InDesign Advanced - 2 day. There is no extra charge to split your course and some people prefer to learn over a longer period.

About this course

Imagine going from Adobe InDesign Zero to Hero in just 4-days of Adobe Authorised Training!

Upon completion of this course you will be able to create professional content in Adobe InDesign such as brochures, newsletters, flyers, business proposals, bids and even social media banners with just 4 days of training.

Who is this course for?

This course is intended for people with no previous experience of InDesign or those who have used the product but require the official professional training on how to use the application in the best manner.

Training videos

After this course you have free access to our professional on-line training videos developed by our own Adobe Certified Instructors - so keep learning after the training course.

Assumed knowledge

You do not require any previous InDesign skills.

What you will learn

  • Layout text and graphics in a document
  • Creating and applying text styles for consistent formatting
  • Manage linked files and missing fonts
  • Applying text wrap around images
  • Scale, crop and reposition images
  • Automate the workflow with master pages 
  • Define colours in CMYK and RGB
  • Creating and applying object styles
  • Sharing text and object styles between users
  • Tints and gradients using the Swatches panel 
  • Output to Adobe PDF for print or presentation
  • Output to Adobe online for web browser view
  • Formatting shortcuts
  • Treating items as objects globally
  • Advanced layer control
  • Managing long documents
  • Next and nested styles
  • Frame Fitting options
  • In-line graphics
  • Anchored Objects
  • Preflight control and profiles
  • PDF/X-1a ISO and PDF/X-4
  • Advanced search and replace
  • Overview of GREP
  • Adding a Table of Contents
  • Table and Cell Styles
  • Advanced text flow

Do you want to become Adobe Certified?

Adobe Certified gives you a clear and focused way to tell the world about your expertise and communicate your proficiency in leading products from Adobe. Think about getting Adobe Certified today!

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Course outline

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Managing the InDesign environment

  • Preferences
  • Customise your workspace
  • Manage document presets
  • Workspace and window arrangement

Designing documents

  • Create a new document
  • Modify a document’s layout
  • Creating margins, columns and gutters

Working with text

  • Creating a text frame
  • Adjusting a text frame
  • Adding and formatting text
  • Editing text
  • Adjusting text frame properties

Formatting with paragraph styles

  • Creating a new paragraph style
  • Modifying a paragraph style
  • Creating a ‘based on’ style
  • Removing style overrides

Master pages

  • Understanding the ‘A’ master
  • Adding master page objects
  • Applying master pages to document pages
  • Unlocking master page objects
  • Re-applying a master page

Text wrap

  • Creating text wrap around an object
  • Changing text wrap properties
  • Adjusting offsets
  • Creating jumps

Working with transparency

  • Apply transparency to objects
  • Drop shadow

Colours and swatches

  • Apply colour to objects
  • Creating a new swatch
  • Editing an existing swatch
  • Understanding fill-and-stroke

Working with images

  • Importing options
  • Scaling an image
  • Cropping an image
  • Select inside a frame (content grabber)
  • Checking image resolution
  • Understanding actual against effective resolutions

Creating Adobe PDF files

  • Prepare PDF files for web distribution
  • Export PDF files for printing


  • Layer concepts
  • Adding new layers
  • Moving objects to layers
  • Moving layer stacking order
  • Visibility of layers
  • Locking of layers
  • Exporting layers to Adobe PDF


  • Using Adobe CC libraries
  • Managing your assets

Formatting with character styles

  • Creating a new character style
  • Modifying a character style
  • Creating a ‘based on’ style
  • Removing style overrides
  • Incorporating a character style into a paragraph style

Bulleted lists

  • Creating a bulleted list definition
  • Adding and modifying bullets
  • Adjusting indentations
  • Creating a level 1 and level 2 list

Working with effects

  • Inner Shadow
  • Bevel and Emboss
  • Gradient Feather
  • Inner Glow and Outer Glow

Object styles

  • Creating an object style
  • Modifying an object style
  • Updating an object style via dialogue
  • Updating an object style visually

Importing and threading text

  • Placing a text file
  • Placing a Word document
  • Mapping Word styles to InDesign styles
  • Threading text frames manually
  • Threading text frames automatically

Creating ISO Adobe PDF files

  • Export PDF files for printing
  • PDF/X-1a for global distribution
  • Understanding the trim, art and bleed boxes

Publishing online

  • Creating online content for desktop and mobile
  • Publish preferences
  • Publish to HTML
  • Viewing content on devices


Managing your workspace

  • Advanced zooming and navigation
  • Advanced view options
  • Focus selection for formatting
  • Changing tools (without changing)


  • Micro layers
  • Professional layers
  • Multi-lingual export options
  • Locking layers
  • Duplicating layers

Anchored objects

  • Inline objects
  • Anchoring object options
  • Setting the anchor
  • Applying an object style

Next styles

  • Logic of next styles
  • Using next styles
  • Applying next styles
  • Forcing a new style

Grep queries

  • Using advanced find/change
  • Using GREP queries
  • Understanding logic of queries
  • Saving a new query

Frame fitting options

  • Default frame fitting
  • Manual frame fitting
  • Applying frame fitting
  • Linking frames to object styles

Long documents

  • Using table of contents
  • Creating a table of contents style
  • Editing a table of contents

Spot colours

  • Create new pantone swatches
  • Spot or process considerations
  • Creating a mixed-ink group
  • Editing a mixed-ink group

Live preflight

  • Live preflight
  • Defining profiles
  • Importing and exporting
  • Embedding profiles

PDF export standards

  • PDF/X ISO standards
  • Colour transformations
  • Registration marks
  • Trim and bleed geometry

Data merge

  • Creating a data set
  • Formatting data merge
  • Merging data
  • Formatting options


  • Importing data
  • Creating a table
  • Modifying a table
  • Formatting a table

Table and cell styles

  • Creating cell styles
  • Creating table styles
  • Applying table styles
  • Style tips and tricks


The FlexiCredit - earn rewards on all courses

Get rewarded if you book any weekday scheduled course with Certitec – that's the FlexiCredit! If you are self-funding your training then for special pricing click here.

Collecting FlexiCredits - discounts off future courses

  • Book 1-day - receive £50 + VAT
  • Book 2-days - receive £70 + VAT
  • Book 3-days - receive £100 + VAT
  • Book 4-days - receive £120 + VAT
  • Book 5-days - receive £150 + VAT

This offer does not include private training

How to book

Just reference your original booking invoice number

Terms and conditions

  • FlexiCredits can only be used as payment or part-payment towards a Certitec training course
  • You will be emailed your FlexiCredits after payment and completion of your course with Certitec
  • FlexiCredit is applicable only if the full RRP is paid for your course(s). Any discounting invalidates the FlexiCredit. If discounting has been applied you can pay back the difference in order to qualify for the offer
  • Any booking paid or part-paid by a FlexiCredit does not earn FlexiCredits
  • FlexiCredits cannot be used against any 'special deals' - only courses on our main website
  • You can 'give' your FlexiCredits to another person/company providing you email us intention of 'hand-over' and the delegate name(s) for the course benefitting from the credits
  • You cannot use FlexiCredits from a company to a self-funding booking - or vice-versa
  • The FlexiCredit offer lasts for 6 months from the first date of your qualifying booking(s)

Training dates

London Covent Garden Add dates to your calendar

  • 22–25 May 2017
  • 3–6 July 2017
  • 14–17 August 2017
  • 25–28 September 2017
  • 6–9 November 2017
  • 18–21 December 2017

Cardiff Add dates to your calendar

  • 24–27 April 2017
  • 26–29 June 2017
  • 21–24 August 2017
  • 16–19 October 2017
  • 11–14 December 2017

Bristol Add dates to your calendar

  • 24–27 April 2017
  • 26–29 June 2017
  • 21–24 August 2017
  • 16–19 October 2017
  • 11–14 December 2017

This course can also be taken as split courses

InDesign Introduction - 2 day

London Covent Garden

  • 2 - 3 May 2017
  • 11 - 12 May 2017
  • 13 - 14 May 2017 (weekend)
  • 22 - 23 May 2017
  • 30 - 31 May 2017
  • 3 - 4 June 2017 (weekend)
  • 12 - 13 June 2017
  • 26 - 27 June 2017
  • 3 - 4 July 2017
  • 18 - 19 July 2017
  • 22 - 23 July 2017 (weekend)
  • 26 - 27 July 2017
  • 14 - 15 August 2017
  • 29 - 30 August 2017
  • 4 - 5 September 2017
  • 9 - 10 September 2017 (weekend)
  • 25 - 26 September 2017
  • 10 - 11 October 2017
  • 16 - 17 October 2017
  • 28 - 29 October 2017 (weekend)
  • 6 - 7 November 2017
  • 21 - 22 November 2017
  • 27 - 28 November 2017
  • 16 - 17 December 2017 (weekend)
  • 18 - 19 December 2017


  • 24 - 25 April 2017
  • 22 - 23 May 2017
  • 26 - 27 June 2017
  • 17 - 18 July 2017
  • 21 - 22 August 2017
  • 11 - 12 September 2017
  • 16 - 17 October 2017
  • 6 - 7 November 2017
  • 11 - 12 December 2017


  • 24 - 25 April 2017
  • 22 - 23 May 2017
  • 26 - 27 June 2017
  • 17 - 18 July 2017
  • 21 - 22 August 2017
  • 11 - 12 September 2017
  • 16 - 17 October 2017
  • 6 - 7 November 2017
  • 11 - 12 December 2017

InDesign Advanced - 2 day

London Covent Garden

  • 24 - 25 May 2017
  • 5 - 6 July 2017
  • 16 - 17 August 2017
  • 27 - 28 September 2017
  • 8 - 9 November 2017
  • 20 - 21 December 2017


  • 26 - 27 April 2017
  • 28 - 29 June 2017
  • 23 - 24 August 2017
  • 18 - 19 October 2017
  • 13 - 14 December 2017


  • 26 - 27 April 2017
  • 28 - 29 June 2017
  • 23 - 24 August 2017
  • 18 - 19 October 2017
  • 13 - 14 December 2017

If you don't see any suitable dates here, it might be more economical to deliver a private training course for you

Training Locations

London Covent Garden

90 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9RZ


Situated in one of the most vibrant parts of London, our Covent Garden office at 90 Long Acre runs parallel to the Strand, between Charing Cross Road and Drury Lane. Around the corner from the Royal National Opera, Drury Lane, the Piazza and the Apple Store, it truly is a great location. Recently refurbished, the training centre has large windows, an impressive double-height reception and a central atrium so that most offices have lots of natural light. All delegates have full use of the business lounge and all wifi is free of charge. Our neighbours include companies in the retail trade and creative industries, such as website development, film production, publishing and theatre supply. Travel to Covent Garden Underground station on the Piccadilly line and 5 minutes from Charing Cross mainline and Holborn. (more Covent Garden info).



15th Floor, Brunel House, 2 Fitzalan Road, Cardiff CF24 0EB


The Cardiff training centre is in the heart of the city with all amenities and transport links on the doorstep. A great location for those taking the train since it's immediately behind Queen Street station, and there are numerous car parks nearby for those who prefer to drive. Fantastic views of Cardiff can be seen from Brunel House and our training room is modern, air conditioned, has super-fast internet links and has the trainer’s monitor is situated next to each delegate.


Broad Quay House, Prince Street, Bristol BS1 4DJ


Broad Quay House is situated on Bristol's waterfront in the heart of the city. Our training room occupies one of the most visible positions in Bristol, just yards from Queen Square, overlooking the floating harbour and surrounding areas. Easy access by road and rail - an ideal central city location with high-speed internet links and air conditioned offices. Bristol Temple Meads station is just a 4-minute taxi ride away (typically a 15-minute walk).


Further information and FAQs


  • Basic knowledge of Windows or Macintosh.

General information

  • Courses start at 10am and finish at 5pm. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to the start of the course on the first day.
  • We supply all computers, software and courseware, pads, pens, lunch and refreshments.
  • Access to a secure section of our site that offers useful tips and tricks.

What's for Lunch ...

We provide flexible lunch vouchers which can be redeemed at outlets nearby such as:

  • Bella Italia
  • Boots
  • Burger King
  • Co-operative
  • Eat
  • Greggs
  • McDonalds
  • Nandos
  • Pizza Express
  • Pret A Manger
  • Starbucks
  • Sainsbury's
  • Tesco
  • to name but a few.


We supply 6-months rock-solid support via email on the subject matter covered during the course. Find out more…


What's the difference between scheduled and private training?

Scheduled training courses take place in a classroom at one of our training centres. The dates and course structure are set in advance, and class sizes are usually limited to fewer than 10 delegates.

Private training courses take place at your premises or ours, and allow us to offer a session tailored to your organisation's needs.

The best value for money is most often found in our scheduled training, though private training can be cost effective for large groups.

Do you charge any travel or hotel expenses for private training?

If you are within a 50-mile radius of any of our London, Cardiff or Bristol training venues then no additional charge for travel or accommodation is applied. For more specific information then please see our private training courses page.

Introduction or Advanced training - what is best for me?

Our best advice is to carefully check our course outlines, which set out everything our trainers will cover in each course. If you feel comfortable with more than 80% of the outline to an introduction course, you should be ready to take an advanced course. If not, an advanced course could leave you feeling out of your depth, and an introduction course would be the better option.

Am I eligible for free or discounted Adobe software (by taking a course)?

Unfortunately, no. However, Adobe has released the Creative Cloud, which means you can now license your software on a monthly or yearly basis at a great price! Licensing costs are much lower for students, educational bodies and charities.

What's the difference between 'company' and 'self-funding status'?

Self-funding is for people who are unemployed, employed by a company but taking the training for their own gain (not a function within that company) or looking to start their own business (but not already started). Please visit our more detailed self-funding page which contains all the information required to identify advantages and disadvantages of 'company' and 'self-funding' status – it is very important to understand the differences.

I have 2-days free as part of FlexiDeal - what are my options?

Every 5-day scheduled course comes with a 2-day course free of charge as part of the FlexiDeal. Some people book a free 2-day course whilst others might prefer to put those 2-days towards a larger course. If for example you wish to take another 5-day course then you only pay 3/5ths of the total price. However, you do not accrue any FlexiDeal if you book a part-payment course. Another option would be to take another 5-day course and then you would (for example) accrue 4-days free as part of FlexiDeal.

I have a FlexiCredit voucher for another course - how do I spend it?

Each course of 1, 2, 3 and 4 days will accrue a FlexiCredit voucher of £50, £70, £100 and £125 + VAT respectively. Just use the discount field for FlexiCredit on your next course booking or call us on 0800 0789 462 and we'll then deduct the amount from your next course. We just need you to supply the invoice number of the qualifying booking which accrued that FlexiCredit.

I am from overseas –  can I attend a training course?

Yes, anyone over 16 years old can attend a Certitec training course. Payment for the training course must be paid for in advance in order to satisfy UK guidelines.

How do I book my training course?

You can either book online (look at the main navigation menu above, navigate to your course of choice and select BOOK COURSE) or call us on 0800 0789 462. You are not required to fill in any bookings forms – we'll take your information and then email you the 'ePaperwork' – simple. Please ensure you have added to your list of accepted email addresses.

Will I receive any type of reminder prior to my course?

Yes, 5 days beforehand. This reminder by email (to the person who made the booking) will contain information such as course, venue, dates, start/end times, and delegate names. Please ensure you have added to your list of accepted email addresses.

Is the training with Mac or Windows?

We cater for both operating systems at all our training centres. Just let us know your preference when you book and we'll ensure everything is in place when you attend your course. We currently use Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) and Windows 10 (October 2016).

Is there much difference between Mac and Windows?

Besides the slight difference in opening and saving files on a Mac (using the Finder) and Windows (using Explorer), that's pretty much it. The Mac uses the keyboard accelerator 'Command' key and Windows uses the keyboard accelerator 'Control' key. So if you've learnt on a Mac and then switch to use Windows (or vice versa), don't worry – you'll adapt straight away.

Is there any type of dress code?

No, just wear whatever is comfortable for you.

Who attends your courses?

We train people from all walks of life, from self-funding individuals, freelancers and charity workers all the way up to leaders of large organisations. If you're over 16 and have basic computer skills, you can attend our courses.

As well as receiving some great training, you might even make a contact or two – so bring your business cards and get ready to meet people with similar interests.

What do I need to bring to the course?

Just arrive in plenty of time and we'll handle the rest. You'll be given writing pads, pens and a first-class course book that's yours to keep – a perfect way to refer back to techniques covered by the trainer.

Can I bring along my own laptop?

Yes, although the training itself has to be carried out on our workstations, because of software licensing agreements with Adobe. You're free to use your own laptop and devices during breaks, and we offer Wi-Fi internet access.

Can I bring my own project for you to help me with?

We'll always try to deal with personal requests when time allows but we can't guarantee that our trainers can assist with all such issues. Our main goal is to ensure that all delegates are given expert guidance in the topics listed on our published training outlines and that they each receive the training they have paid for.

Can I bring my Wacom (or compliant) graphics tablet?

Yes, so long as you give us 24 hours notice, because we'll need to install the driver software ahead of time.

If you have a Wacom (or compliant) tablet but you have never used it before, we don't recommend that you bring it with you, as you may be hindered during the course.

Is there car parking at my training venue?

Most of our training locations are based in major city centres, so we recommend using public transport or local car parks. Our London, Cardiff and Bristol venues have NCP car parks near the training venues (fees payable to NCP), and Cardiff has bicycle parking at the back of Brunel House.

What about refreshments and lunch?

Our training centres have a lunch voucher scheme with different outlets to suit various diets. We also offer free tea, coffee and biscuits during breaks.

What about payment for my course?

We'll auto-invoice companies with an existing credit record, with payment allowed up to 28 days after the course.

For self-funding individuals and companies without an existing credit record, payment is required 10 working days before the course starts. We accept payment by bank transfer, BACS, CHAPS, cheque and all major debit and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX – with transactions in British Pounds, Euros or American Dollars). Payment instructions can be found in the email containing your invoice.

How about splitting my course?

All our 5-day Masterclass courses can be taken in smaller segments. For example, our Design Masterclass, which comprises 2 days of Photoshop, 2 days of InDesign and 1 day of Illustrator, can be split so you can take the courses over different periods. Just let us know when booking or making your enquiry.

Does my course come with a certificate?

Thanks to extensive customer feedback, we use a very successful eCertificate system after completion of your course. At 11pm on the final day of your course, we'll email you a personalised certificate. Gone are the days of soggy certificates – now you can save and print them forever!

After my course, do I become Adobe Certified?

You'll receive an official Adobe Authorised Training Centre course completion certificate after your course, which is different from the Adobe Certified Associate Associate or Expert qualification.

However, we do run courses that enable you to get on the fast track to Adobe Certified status.

I have taken my ACA exam and need to re-access my account

In readiness for your Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam, you will have set up an account with Certiport ( You'll need to use your Certiport username and password to access your Certiport account.

We don't hold your Certiport login details on record: despite our similar names, Certitec and Certiport and not part of the same organisation.

Course Enquiry

Interested in one of our courses but need a couple of questions answered first?

Use our simple form below to send a message directly to our consultant trainers. We value great customer service and will endeavour to get back to you within the hour inside normal business hours.

If you require an immediate response then please do not hesitate to call 0800 0789 462.

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You can use the form below to make a course reservation with Certitec. We are an established company with over 15 years’ experience training Adobe products and have a high regard in the industry. Alternatively just call us on 0800 0789 462.

If the course is available we will send you confirmation with joining instructions and invoice over email - this is your ePaperwork so keep it in a safe place. Reminders are sent 5 working days prior to your course. If the course is not available we will email you alternative courses/dates. Typically we have availability up to 2 weeks before each course.

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