InDesign masterclass

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At a glance

  • Central LondonOnline, Instructor-led
  • 9.30am–4.30pm
  • Workbook & supportSupport
  • Lunch & refreshmentsVideo recording of course
  • 4 days
  • Accelerated learning
  • Business: £799679+VAT
  • Individual / charity: £679577+VAT (£814.80692.40)
  • Adobe CC2023

Course dates


  • 10–13 June 2024
  • 15–18 July 2024
  • 19–22 August 2024
  • 23–26 September 2024
  • 28–31 October 2024
  • 02–05 December 2024


  • 15–18 July 2024
  • 19–22 August 2024
  • 23–26 September 2024
  • 28–31 October 2024
  • 02–05 December 2024

Course dates


  • 10–13 June 2024
  • 15–18 July 2024
  • 19–22 August 2024
  • 23–26 September 2024
  • 28–31 October 2024
  • 02–05 December 2024


  • 15–18 July 2024
  • 19–22 August 2024
  • 23–26 September 2024
  • 28–31 October 2024
  • 02–05 December 2024

Option to split dates when booking


The InDesign masterclass training course is for those that are new to InDesign, but want to progress to an advanced level in a short period of time. 

You’ll begin by understanding the InDesign interface, before learning how to create a variety of documents, working with layers, creating PDF files and more. You'll then progress to advanced features like anchored objects, tables and export standards.

This course will be delivered through our Accelerated learning approach, allowing you to learn more information, easier and more efficiently than standard training approaches.

Our Adobe certified training team will be with you all the way, helping you go from a beginner to an advanced level Indesign user.

Target Audience

This course is for designers, marketers, developers or anyone looking to progress to an advanced level and create a variety of materials for web, print and mobile.

Upon completion, you'll be able to:

  • Navigate the InDesign interface and understand both the core and specialist features
  • Design a variety of marketing materials for print, web and mobile
  • Use layers, paragraph styles, frames and more will become second nature
  • Take advantage of the core features that enhance productivity, managing data and more
  • Import data, create data sets, merge data and more
  • Master the use of layers, including how to create sub layers, locking layers and duplicating layers
  • Feel comfortable with PDF export standards, colour transformations, registration marks and trim and bleed

Accelerated learning

Our Accelerated learning approach at Certitec is unique within the Adobe training industry. Our focus is not on what you learn, but how you learn. Referred to as ‘Accelerated Learning’, this process allows you to digest a significant amount of information more quickly, and more easily than through other methods.

Accelerated learning

  • Establish a firm understanding on the learning process before embarking
  • Overcoming any learned helplessness by reframing what will be learnt upon completion
  • Sessions no longer than 60 minutes each to maximise how we learn 
  • The use of course workbooks to strengthen memory retention (classroom)
  • Finding a balance between new and recap learning
  • Kinaesthetic (‘hands-on’) techniques
  • Video of entire course upon completion (remote)

Find out more about our Accelerated learning process.


What to expect from this course

Your InDesign training course begins by getting up to speed on the InDesign interface, before getting hands on with creating documents, implementing text, colours and paragraph styles. On days three and four you'll be confident enough to work to the more advanced features such as creating a data sets and tables, working with anchored objects and lots more.

After the four days you'll leave the training course with the knowledge and skills to design and create a variety of document types for print and digital. 

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Day one – Laying down a firm InDesign foundation

Introduction to the workspace

  • Main menu bar
  • Workspaces 
  • Control panel
  • Tool panel 
  • Panels - pages, layers and links
  • Strokes and swatches
  • Document status
  • Page navigation, preflight profile and preflight menu

Designing documents

  • Creating a new document
  • Print, mobile or web
  • Number of pages
  • Facing pages
  • Columns
  • Margins
  • Bleed and slug
  • What type of document - intent
  • Setting up for print
  • Setting for web 
  • Setting for mobile
  • Adding colours
  • Rgb and cmyk

Working with frames

  • What are frames?
  • The types of frames - text, graphic and unassigned
  • Creating text frames
  • Creating graphic frames
  • Creating unassigned frames
  • Working with frames
  • Creating text wrap

Using type and styles

  • Selecting type
  • Creating type frames
  • Selecting type
  • Insert place holder
  • Placeholder text
  • Formatting type
  • Paragraph styles
  • Character styles
  • Import styles from another InDesign document
  • Working with CC libraries

Working with graphics

  • Placing graphics into InDesign
  • Basic placement methods
  • Raster images (pixel based)
  • Vector images (mathamatically based)
  • Linked graphics
  • Embed graphics
  • Images for print 
  • Images for screen/web 
  • Positioning and resizing
  • Autofit graphics into an existing frame
  • Change size and position within a frame
  • Changing frame sizes
  • Transparency

Day two – Building on that foundation

Creating a multi page document

  • Create a new document
  • Margins and columns
  • For printed output
  • For PDF production
  • For delivery on the web or mobile devices
  • Page sizes
  • Orientation - landscape or portrait
  • Page format
  • Facing or non-facing
  • Bleed and slug
  • Master pages
  • Repeating content
  • Automatic page numbering

Working with layers

  • Why use layers
  • Locking layers
  • Creating layers
  • Layers panel
  • Moving content to different layers
  • Hide layer 
  • Lock layers

Working with threaded text

  • Importing text
  • Formats of text
  • Copy and paste text
  • Import Microsoft Word text without style sheets
  • Import Microsoft Word text with style sheets 
  • Placeholder text
  • Overset text
  • Threading text
  • Threading options

Links and output

  • Linking graphics
  • re-linking graphics
  • Links panel
  • Preflight panel
  • PDF for email and web
  • PDF/X-1a
  • PDF for print 
  • Create profiles for different printers

Day three – Developing knowledge – building on what we know

Managing your workspace

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


  • Why use layers
  • Sub Layers
  • Locking layers
  • Duplicating layers
  • Moving Objects between

Grids - multiple frames

  • Creating grid layouts
  • Creating multiple frames
  • Adding multiples images
  • Using graphic styles

Frame fitting options

  • Using content aware- fit options
  • Default frame fitting
  • Manual frame fitting
  • Applying frame fitting
  • Linking frames to object styles

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

Nested styles

  • Logic of next styles
  • Using next styles
  • Applying next styles

Tables of Content

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

Day four – Refining and utilising your new skills

Tables of Data

  • 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

Fixing formatting

  • Using advanced find/change
  • Using scripts to perform GREP
  • Understanding logic of queries

Spot colours

  • Create new pantone swatches
  • Spot or process considerations

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

Data merge

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

Classroom trainint

Advantages of classroom training

Classroom training has many advantages over other formats of training since in-person interaction and communication plays an extremely important part to absorbing information. 

Classroom training allows you to get trained in a safe, quiet, clean environment, away from the noise and pressures of the office or home. The classroom environment provides the important “human touch,” which is often missing in technology-based training. 

You can’t beat real life interaction when asking important questions and receiving immediate feedback. 

Other benefits of classroom training include:

  • Group interaction. People learn from one another as well as from the trainer
  • Training groups can be large or small
  • Classroom training also teaches us how to interact with one another in a professional, productive, cooperative way, which is something that other forms of training often don’t provide

Remote training

Advantages of remote training

Remote training introduces a virtually no-limits training option since it's extremely flexible. You can attend a remote training session anywhere in the world and has become increasingly popular over the last few years. 

Remote training plays itself into your hands and you can harness technology to enable you to use traditional computers, tablets and even phones for complete flexibility.

You can see your trainer (webcam) and they will take you through the training session like you're actually attending a classroom training event.

Other benefits of remote training include:

  • No travel to the classroom - you can attend remote training in your pj's if you wish!
  • Training groups can be large or small and even split over multiple locations and even multiple countries at the same time
  • You have the ability to interact with your trainer by talking, electronically raising your hand and even allow for them to see your screen (if you authorise)
  • All remote training sessions are recorded - so you can play-back at anytime in the future and enhance your learning experience


Are there any discounts for individuals/self funders and charities?

You will save 15% off the course price if you’re a non-business delegate and includes the following:

  • Self funding individual
  • Charity

When you select your booking status (as above) then our system then automatically deducts 15% from the price.

How do I actually book my course?

Find the course you wish and then click on the ‘book now’ button and complete the form.

What are the payment terms?

Please refer to our how to pay document.

How do I enter / use a PO when making my booking?

When you book your course and select the 'company' option - you will be able to enter a PO number into the relevant field. We will then issue your invoice with the PO embedded.

If you missed the PO field - just email us back with your PO and we'll do the rest.

What are the training times?

We start at 9.30 and finish at 4.30pm with plenty of breaks and 40 minutes for lunch. For more details visit our specific timings page.

Is there any pre or post study required prior to undertaking any course?

The simple answer is no.

If you have booked an 'Adobe certified' course with us - you do have the option to view some sample documents we send across prior to your exam.

Although this would only affect your scoring by a couple of percent either way.

What is Adobe certification?

Adobe certified professional. Build a unique portfolio and gain a professional certification that communicates your advanced knowledge- that is what becoming Adobe certified is about.

Is there any technical support after the course completes?

After your course, we don’t leave you high-and-dry. Our technical support is provided for a lifetime.

How do I gain multiple Adobe certifications?

Become an Adobe certified professional with our Adobe certification masterclass. It will provide you with a solid qualification in the design / video sector and increase your chances of landing your dream job!

I become Adobe certified a couple of years ago. Does this mean I'm still Adobe certified?

When you undertake and pass an Adobe certified professional (or the retired 'Adobe certified associate) exam, then you will always be certified in the specific version of the exam you undertook.

e.g. You become Adobe certified in Premiere Pro CC2022 and you will always possess this accreditation.

However, as time moves onwards, Adobe will release more recent versions (e.g. CC 2023, CC2024 etc).

Therefore to remain 'current' then you will need to ensure you have passed the very latest version of the Adobe certified professional exam.

How do I obtain the Adobe Creative Cloud software?

You can either subscribe to the entire suite (that’s all the applications) or just one application on a monthly basis. Adobe offers a free 7-day trial for each application if you wish to try before you subscribe. 

Just visit the Adobe Creative Cloud page and see what might be the best option for you.

What happens if I am unwell on the morning of my course?

This is just fine from a course perspective since you can re-arrange again (according to our course schedule) for no fee.

Can I jump immediately to an advanced course?

Delegates attending an Advanced course must already possess at least 85% of the knowledge of the (previous) Introduction course. This is so you are not out of your depth in the Advanced course and also so other delegates are not affected.

Will I be able to work to my own agenda in the training?

Our courses are scheduled and run with the same outline and objectives.

Whilst our trainers can field some ad hoc questions along the way we are unable to provide specific information on your personal project.

Is the training just 'watching' or is it interactive?

The training is interactive just like you were in the training room with the trainer.

You will download the training files and work through modular exercises with your Adobe certified instructor.

If you need assistance you can ask your trainer and they will help you work through any issues you experience.

What if I fail my Adobe certified exam?

Should you not pass the first time, you can retake the exam (up to 5 separate free attempts are allowed) for no charge when the course runs again in our schedule.

The Adobe certified professional (ACP) exam is facilitated solely by Certiport and their testing solution (Exams from Home [EFH]).

See our booking conditions should the Certiport EFH system become inaccessible or inoperable.

Will I get a certificate for attending?

Yes - your Adobe training centre certificate of attendance will be emailed after your training course completes.

What do I receive after my course completes?

Upon completion of your course, you will receive the following assets:

  • a video of your actual course with your trainer (remote)
  • a video of your classroom trainer delivering the course syllabus which you covered (classroom)
  • keyboard shortcuts
  • links to supplementary 'help' documents if applicable to your course

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30 reviews


recommended the course

Alistair is a brilliant teacher - really enjoyed the course! He kept it all really engaging and the pace was just right. Thanks very much!

Joe Peel. 12th November, 2023

Fantastic and I’ve just signed-up for the Premiere and After Effects courses with you

Chris Christopher. 5th October, 2023

Great session - easy to follow along and some really interesting techniques covered!

Julie Temple. 1st October, 2023

Very good course, with a great teacher who enabled me to feel more confident and simplify InDesign so it feels more manageable and familiar. My only reason for not giving 10 is a I think there is quite a lot to learn and it is quite intense

Neil Foster. 4th September, 2023

The trainer was well informed and happy to go over things and make sure everyone understood, which was great!

Zion Palatoni. 8th August, 2023



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