Introduction to InDesign training

2 days £295+ VAT


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Key details

Key details

InDesign training course for beginners, teaching skills for creating effective page layouts quickly.

Adobe InDesign is the industry-standard tool for laying out pages for print. It also provides everything you need to develop and publish content for playback on iPad and Android tablets.

Introduction to Adobe InDesign training covers key techniques and features, including setting up new documents, shapes, frames and placeholders, textual content, formatting text, working with styles, placing images, using layers, creating special effects, tables, object libraries and preflighting.

This course is ideal for newcomers to InDesign, and those with limited InDesign experience.

Accredited InDesign training

Armada is an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC), accredited by Adobe to provide InDesign training.

Expert trainers

InDesign training is hosted by Adobe Certified Instructors, who are Adobe Certified Experts in the application, with vast experience of using it professionally.

How will I learn?

InDesign training is hands-on and practical.

Our trainers teach the necessary theory then demonstrate techniques step-by-step. You then practice the techniques taught on a computer running InDesign.

There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.

Training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A comprehensive training guide for InDesign, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an Adobe‑accredited InDesign training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following InDesign training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their InDesign trainer to help with any post-course issues.


No prior InDesign knowledge is necessary.

InDesign Version

Training is based primarily on InDesign CC 2019. The techniques taught are relevant to all recent releases of InDesign.

All InDesign training is suitable for both Windows and Mac users.

Our guarantees to you

Our price guarantee is your assurance that you’re getting the best value for money.

Our training guarantee ensures that you learn the concepts and skills you need.

On-request InDesign training available

As well as our scheduled courses, Introduction to Adobe InDesign training is also available on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group, hosted at one of our centres, or your venue anywhere in the UK.

On-request training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing in InDesign. Please contact us for a quote.

General information

General information

Course times



Payment for InDesign training can be made bank transfer or card. View training course payment options.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.


If a company or delegate cancels an InDesign training course booking giving less than 10 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.



Course content

Course content

The work area

  • Using toolbox, panels and menus
  • Opening, saving and closing files
  • Navigation
  • Customising the work area
  • Preferences and defaults
  • File export

Setting up new documents

  • Creating new documents
  • Setting up master pages
  • Using ruler guides, smart guides and grids


  • Inserting text
  • Placing text – incl. file formats
  • Threading text – flowing text
  • Import options – what can be imported
  • Entering special characters
  • Using the Story Editor
  • Tracking changes
  • Using Find/Change
  • Spell checking – incl. languages


  • Colour theory – RGB/CMYK/Spot colours
  • Applying colour
  • Colour swatches
  • Gradients
  • Filling and stroking shapes and transforming objects
  • Eyedropper tool


  • Formatting text
  • Size/leading/tracking/kerning/ indents/spaces…


  • Formatting Paragraphs
  • Character, Paragraph and Object styles
  • Importing and deleting styles

Working with images

  • Placing images
  • Using the content collector tool
  • Modifying graphic frames and their contents
  • Using the spacing tool
  • Creating in-line frames
  • Wrapping text around objects and managing links.


  • Master Pages – creating ‘page templates’
  • Auto page numbering


  • Creating, locking, hiding, printing

Effects and styling

  • Transparency
  • Feathering

Bullets and Numbers

  • Bulleted and Numbered Lists
  • Customising Bullets and Numbers


  • Setting up Tabs


  • Creating and editing tables
  • Adding content and formatting tables


  • Creating assets for use in InDesign and across CC

Preflighting, packaging and outputting

  • Managing Links

Online features

  • Publish online feature
  • Publish on Behance

Mobile apps

  • Adobe Comp
  • Adobe Capture
Discounts and bundles

Discounts and bundles

To make your InDesign training as affordable as possible, we offer:

InDesign training bundle


for £475 + VAT, saving £15+ VAT.

The bundle price is applied automatically when you book these two courses.

Training discounts

Multiple places

If you book multiple course places, we can offer you:

  • 10% discount if you book two places.
  • 15% discount if you book three or four places.
  • 20% discount if you book five or more places.

This can be for several people attending one course, one person attending several courses, or a combination.


We offer a 10% discount on scheduled InDesign course places to:

  • Students, teachers and lecturers.
  • People who work for a registered charity.
  • ISTC members.
  • Delegates self-funding their training for career progression purposes.

Please call us if you qualify for a discount. Evidence of your status that entitles you to a discount may be requested.

Terms and exclusions

Only one of the above discounts can be applied to any booking.

The above discounts are not available for training bundles or on-request course bookings (one-to-one training or a course for your group).

Price guarantee

When you book training with Armada, we want you to be certain that you’re not paying over-the-odds. So, if you book a place on any scheduled (public) course and then find the same course at a lower price elsewhere, we will match that price.

To qualify for the price match:

  • The course you find must be comparable. By this we mean it must:
    • Cover the same subject.
    • Be the same duration or longer.
    • Hold the same accreditations as our course, i.e. it must be provided by an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC).
    • Be in the same region, i.e. within 50 miles of our centre.
  • The lower price must be advertised on the other company’s website.

To claim a price match, just call any time before attending your course and tell us where you saw the price.

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Lisa R

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“I did the 2 day course for an introduction to InDesign, Greta is a fantastic trainer. We got everything covered and had a laugh while doing it. Would very highly recommend this course. The location is really easy to get to by train, you can see the building as soon as you step out of the station.”

Rebecca G

“Very helpful course, left with a good, basic understanding of the InDesign software. Philip was very helpful and thorough. His explanation of the tools, processes and commands of the programme was very easy to understand.”

Stewart D

“I thoroughly enjoyed the two-day course and found the format and information to be easy to understand, the tutor was very helpful and friendly. He obviously knew the software well and inspired a 'can do' attitude to the students.”

Jo B

“Many thanks for the course this week, I fully enjoyed it and I am already back in the swing of implementing the things I learnt into our study guides.”

Kris J

“After struggling for months to create a leaflet on InDesign, I thought I needed to attend a course which will enable me to work faster. I've learnt tricks of the trade and will now be able to implement this both at work and personally. An Introduction to InDesign is definitely a course for people wanting to progress their knowledge of the programme quickly. You get a spiral bound pre-printed instructions for when you might be stuck afterwards as well as getting 30 days help from the InDesign tutor. Fully recommend going on this course.”

Isobel O

“Given that I had never seen InDesign before attending my 2 day course run by Armada and hosted by Phil, I was nervous that I would look silly if I didn't keep up with the class exercises. However, Phil was very calm and engaging. I would recommend this company and teacher. I shall be booking courses again in the near future.”

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Jodie B

“Phillip is a great teacher! Well organised and methodical learning structure that helped me understand the basics of InDesign step by step. In some ways I wish I could have brought some form of my own 'work' to practise on but understand not always possible! Glad we get the manual to take away which is a good idea. All in all, fantastic and thanks to Phillip!

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“TOP CLASS - amazing customer service & good communication. Brilliant facilities and a great tutor.
Really good mix of students, professional hand-outs & certificate - 100% recommend and will look into further courses.
Thank you all.

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He answered many questions and In many ways also helped us generate several more!

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“Very informative course that provided all the basic tools that I needed to start using InDesign. The course was conducted at a good pace that allowed time to learn everything we were being taught.

Dane R

“Great 2 days with excellent trainer Philip Talbot! I learnt loads, lots of helpful key shortcuts too!! Thank you

Katy F

“I have never used InDesign before and I didn't know what to expect. The course was mainly practical, whilst the trainer talked you through the steps, which I thought was really good. I have learnt a lot from the course, which I am looking forward to putting into practice at work. The training guide given looks great which is very useful to have when you're back at work and made need to refer back to it. The Trainer Peter Owen was superb, very knowledgeable and was extremely helpful throughout both days. The venue is also excellent, staff are really friendly and food that is served as part of our course was delicious. Also not to forget the lady that was at the course on arrival and checked everything was ok, she was really friendly and professional. Overall I was really pleased and I would highly recommend Armada for training courses for Adobe InDesign.


“Very comprehensive and informative course - Philip tailored it to our needs which was a huge help! His knowledge left us "ahhing" most of the time - absolute delight to be taught by. Thoroughly recommend!

Nicola T

“A fantastic course. Great how it was so interactive and we were able to 'give things a go' ourselves as we were being shown how to use them. And Greta the tutor was fab - a very engaging personality who clearly knows her subject matter inside out, but at the same time very good at putting herself in the shoes of someone who's never used InDesign before.

Rich F

“Phillip is a great teacher! Well organised and methodical learning structure that helped me understand the basics of InDesign step by step. In some ways I wish I could have brought some form of my own 'work' to practice on but understand not always possible! Glad we get the manual to take away which is a good idea. All in all, fantastic and thanks to Phillip!


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“A superb centre of training. Patient, helpful & extremely knowledgeable staff, I feel like I learned a lot in a few days. Great value too. Recommended!

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Price cut: in 2017, this course was priced at £395 + VAT. For 2018 courses, we've cut the price by £100 + VAT.