Design Layouts and Graphics for Print (Adobe InDesign & Illustrator CC) Online


*New Dates Coming Soon*
Thursday Evenings, 6-8pm

Gain a grounding in commercial design techniques, creating layouts and graphics to achieve stylish creative outcomes.

Tutor: Martin Elden

Gain a grounding in commercial design techniques, creating layouts and graphics to achieve stylish creative outcomes. Use the skills and techniques learned in this practical, design-led course to improve your portfolio or personally devised print project from annual reports to magazine layouts.

*Each 2 hours session will be delivered via Zoom and a video of the session will be sent to you after the session ends.

Participants must have access to Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, though it doesn’t need to be the latest version. It can be downloaded and subscribed to here and you can always cancel your subscription after the course finishes.

Week 1: Introducing InDesign
Introduction to the development of layout, graphics and design by looking at a brief history of print design through to contemporary work and designers. Analyse and understand what creates great spreads.
— Pre-planning
— Tools and panels
— Creating a document
— Working with a document
— Create a poster from supplied elements in a step-by-step led tutorial giving you hands on experience of the software.

Revision and assignment.

Week 2: Working with InDesign editing capabilities

— Changing fonts, sizes
— Type on paths
— Text wrapping
— Using glyphs
— Loading fonts
— Make alterations to your existing poster incorporating this weeks features.
— Discussing personal projects.

Revision and assignment.

Week 3: Illustration and vector images
Further look into illustration in design and layout. Making the decisions between using illustration, photography or combinations. Understanding vector images.
— Tools and panels
— Creating a document
— Pasteboard
— Creating shapes
— Introduction to vector images
— We will create a vector based image that will be incorporated into our created poster.
— Planning personal projects
— Revision and assignment

Week 4: Theory behind grid management

— Using and changing margins, columns and gutters
— Master pages
— Pagination (printers pairs etc)
— Start your personal project
— Personal project

Week 5: InDesign and Illustrator

— Looking at swatches
— Adding and mixing colours
— Working with tints and gradients
— Working with transparency
— Work on personal project.
— Personal project

Week 6: Illustrator

— Drawing with lines and curved paths
— Learning about Bezier points
— Curves and corner anchor points
— Brushes and effects
— Work on personal project
— Personal project

Week 7: InDesign and Illustrator

— Creating bespoke type
— Troubleshooting software issues
— Work on personal project.
— Personal project

Week 8: InDesign and Illustrator

— Understanding linked images
— CMYK over RGB
— Preparing your document for print
— Understanding Preflight and collecting your project for print
— Creating PDF’s
— Work on personal project.

Please note: all sessions will be conducted via Zoom. We would ask you to download this in advance and make sure you have a stable internet connection, but you do not need to have a Premium account.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking.

Students, anyone over the age of 65, and those in receipt of any form of benefits can claim the concessionary price, offering a 10% discount on the full course price. Valid proof of eligibility must be produced on the first day of the course. Please use the code CONCESSION when prompted at checkout.