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DAC 241 - Intermediate InDesign

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What you will learn

Recognize the basic tools of InDesign and appropriately utilize these tools for the desired adjustments and corrections
Carry out techniques to adjust, enhance, supplement, and compose files necessary to produce marketing materials
Implement proper understanding and organization of files and layers within the layers panel and InDesign interface
Appropriately adjust and export images with variations in image file-type, dimension and color

About this course

Learn InDesign in this online Introduction class for professional designers, architects, engineers, contractors, marketers, and others seeking professional advancement or job transition through the acquisition of Adobe InDesign skills for their professional or personal advancement.

Learn to use Adobe InDesign including the tools and features that make InDesign useful for photo and graphic projects. In this online training class, students will learn basic InDesign strategies necessary for adjusting, correcting, and supplementing photos and graphics.

VDCI encourages a strong online engagement between you, your instructor and your classmates. You will participate in group discussion forums, connect with your instructor and message your classmates. You are also invited to join us in the VDCI Student Lounge, where our instructors, staff, current students and alumni share information and help one another.


Video Lecturer & Course Instructor

Matthew Fons

Owner & CEO, IntoMore Media

50+ Learners
4.9 Instructor Rating
Adobe Certified Instructor

Course Instructor

David Sellers

Owner & CEO, VDCI

2,100+ Students
Instructor Rating
Adobe Certified Instructor

Course Instructor

David Sellers

Owner & CEO, VDCI

2,100+ Students
Instructor Rating
Adobe Certified Instructor


*Your course instructor will be assigned before the course begins. Learn more about the VDCI Online Learning model.

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One-time payment, no fees or subscriptions

Approx. 30 hours to complete

6.5 hours on-demand video

3-Week Course

Accelerated learning

100% Online

Access your course from anywhere, anytime

Flexible Learning

Create your own schedule around set due dates

InDesign Software Access

7-Day trial. Learn about free student software


Adobe InDesignDesign LayoutDigital LayoutE-newsletterGraphic DesignHandouts


Frequently Asked Questions


What is Adobe InDesign?

What is Adobe InDesign?
InDesign is a desktop publishing software application for creating flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, and books. Projects created using InDesign can be shared in both digital and print formats. InDesign is used by graphic designers, artists, publishers, and marketing professionals. InDesign can also publish content suitable for tablet devices in conjunction with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. Graphic designers and production artists are the principal users, creating and laying out periodical publications, posters, and print media.

InDesign History

InDesign is the successor to Adobe PageMaker, which was acquired by Adobe with the purchase of Aldus in late 1994. The first version of InDesign was released on August 31, 1999. The program began development long before this, with a different company known as Aldus that was based in Seattle and created desktop publishing software. Aldus developed some of the first graphics and desktop publishing programs available for personal computers that were running early versions of the Windows and Mac operating systems. These included applications such as Superpaint and PageMaker. The first version of PageMaker was released by Aldus July 1985 and it provided a simplified graphical user interface that fit the Macintosh point-and-click user experience. PageMaker became popular for early desktop publishing use as a result. At the company's height in 1990, PageMaker 4.0 hit the market and was considered advanced for its time, although it was starting to see competition from Quark, Inc., a smaller startup based in Denver who produced the electronic publishing software application QuarkXPress.

In 1994, Adobe purchased Aldus and acquired most of their software apps, with the most notable being PageMaker. In the years prior to the Adobe–Aldus acquisition, PageMaker had been losing significant market share to QuarkXPress. Quark had many more features and eventually pushed PageMaker out of the professional desktop publishing market.

In 2000, Adobe released the first version of InDesign with the intent to replace PageMaker and offer an application that was more competitive with QuarkXPress. With the dawn of Mac OS X, Adobe also had the first-mover advantage by offering InDesign as the first desktop publishing program native for OS X, as QuarkXPress was only available on earlier versions of the Mac OS at that time.

Adobe eventually bundled InDesign with Photoshop and Illustrator, and then added additional tools to deliver the Creative Suite. As many designers already used Photoshop and Illustrator, offering InDesign as part of these other applications caused it to be adopted more quickly. Within 10 years of its launch Adobe InDesign had displaced QuarkXPress as the preeminent desktop publishing tool.

How is InDesign Used

InDesign is used to create flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, posters, business cards, postcards, stickers, comics, and many other types of documents or visual communication.

InDesign is an industry-standard for publishing design and is used by graphics and marketing professionals. It may be used in conjunction with other applications that are part of the Adobe Creative Cloud including Illustrator and Photoshop, or it can be used on its own. Images and illustrations are usually not created within InDesign, rather layouts using text, images, and drawings that often are built in other programs are assembled into a layout using InDesign.

What Does Adobe InDesign Do

InDesign provides the tools necessary to design pages and create visual layouts that can be used for both print and digital media. InDesign provides users a simplified way to create professional pages which can be published and distributed in print or online.

InDesign is especially useful for documents containing multiple pages, layouts that combine text and images, and those containing significant amounts of text.

Can I work at my own pace?

Yes. You can work at your own pace. Each course is 18 days long. You will have two weeks and three weekends to complete the course. There are set deliverable schedules which are addressed in the course syllabus. You can login to the Learning Hub at your convenience. Typically, to meet the deliverable schedule, you need to participate in the Class Discussion Forum by day four and to submit your midterm by the eleventh day of the class.

Is this online?

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Here is the course outline:

Welcome & Resources

Jan 1

Lesson 1: Domus Postcard

Jan 1

Lesson 2: Digital & Web Media

Lesson 3: Starting the Proposal Document

Lesson 4: Finishing the Proposal Document

Course Completion Survey and Certificate


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

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