Introduction to InDesign training

2 days £345+ 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.

Upcoming course dates

Birmingham / Bromsgrove
Milton Keynes
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Accredited InDesign training

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

InDesign courses are hosted by Adobe Certified Instructors from a graphic design background with vast experience of using the application professionally. For further details, see Expert trainers.

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. For further details, see Support.


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.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.

If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.

For further details, see training course payment options.

Cancellations and transfers

If a booking on a scheduled Introduction to InDesign course is cancelled giving less than 10 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If a delegate requests a transfer to a different scheduled Introduction to InDesign course giving less than 10 working days’ notice, a transfer fee is payable. View transfer terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.

Expert trainers

Expert trainers

Adobe InDesign courses are hosted by:

Phil Talbot

InDesign trainer Phil Talbot

Phil works as an Adobe Design Specialist and Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI).

He has expert knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat, and uses all four applications extensively in his professional work.

Phil’s professional qualifications and extensive experience provide an ideal base to train delegates using blended learning techniques to improve the individuals’ and organisations’ capabilities.

He has worked with and trained many blue-chip organisations, including FTSE 100 companies, in a career spanning 25 years.

Philip Odell

InDesign trainer Philip OdellPhilip is an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI), specialising in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat and FrameMaker.

Philip began his working life with Texas Instruments, before joining Adobe in 1995, where he worked for five years. Philip still has links with Adobe, manning their stands and carrying out presentations when they’re exhibiting in the UK.

For the last eighteen years, Philip has worked as a graphic design specialist, consultant and trainer. He continues to use Adobe applications extensively in his day-to-day professional work.

Philip knows these tools inside out- he has been a user of InDesign since its initial release.

Mark Gatter

InDesign trainer Mark Gatter

Mark is an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) with expert knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat.

Mark has specialised in all aspects of the digital pre-press process for over three decades, including 18 years in California, where he worked as the production manager for the biggest print shop in the north part of the state.

He began training in 1998, and he holds a teaching qualification.

He has published five books, which you’ll find on Amazon, covering topics relating to graphic design and polytunnel gardening, one of Mark’s interests when not delivering a course.

Andrew Moreton

InDesign trainer Andrew Moreton

Andrew has been working in all areas of digital publishing for most of his life.

He’s an Adobe Certified Instructor in InDesign, Dreamweaver and Photoshop and has worked as a Designer, Art-worker, Production and repro person, trainer and mentor.

When he’s not doing digital things, he cooks, listens to loud music, reads and runs a kids comics club at his local library.

Greta Powell

InDesign trainer Greta Powell

Greta Powell is long-established consultant and trainer in graphic design, print and digital publishing, specialising in the key Adobe applications: InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.

She has worked as a consultant to some of the biggest publishing companies in Europe.

Greta also has expert knowledge of Adobe’s e-Learning development application, Captivate, and the Microsoft Office suite of applications.

Away from her training and consultancy work, Greta has a passion for photography.

Pete Owen

InDesign trainer Pete Owen

As a long-standing Adobe Certified Instructor, Pete has trained and facilitated individuals and teams from a wide range of industries from organisations including Coca Cola, Disney, Nestlé, Guinness and McDonald’s. expertise

Adobe applications in which Pete runs regular training courses include InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.

In his professional work, Pete has worked in the field of design across a broad range of media for many years. He has specialist knowledge in a wide range of topics including:

  • Illustration: Pete is an award-wining illustrator.
  • Author: Pete has designed, written and illustrated over twenty published traditional print books on a variety of subjects including graphic arts.
  • Interactive media, mobile publishing and app development for tablets and smartphones.
  • Website development.

Away from training, Pete spends as much time as possible indulging his passion for outdoor pursuits.

Marek Mularczyk

InDesign trainer Marek Mularczyk

Marek is a long-established Adobe Certified Instructor.

Adobe applications which Marek has expert knowledge of include InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, Animate and Acrobat. He is an Adobe Certified Expert in all of these applications, and he uses them regularly in his professional work.

Marek is the author of a range of published books and video training DVDs including The Complete Photoshop CC, The Complete Lightroom CC and Unleash the power of Photoshop.

Based on delegate feedback collected by Adobe in 2015, Marek Mularczyk was ranked in the top 10 Adobe Certified Instructors in the world!

Prior to focusing on training, Marek worked as a professional photographer for over 12 years. Photography remains his passion, and in his spare time he travels Europe in search of that perfect picture.



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 £495 + VAT, saving £45+ 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.

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.

“Pete was amazing, there wasn't anything he couldn't answer. Great trainer and was happy to go off topic to help us learn. Absolutely amazing course, gave me great knowledge to go forward in my role and feel confident in what I'm doing.”

Mandy C

“Greta was really helpful and made the course very enjoyable; I learnt a lot! Best adobe course yet!”

Kate M

“I found the course really interesting and enjoyable. Philip was incredibly helpful and very clear with his tuition. I feel like I've learnt so much and am really inspired to get to work on my first project.”

Helen C

“Felt like it was a very good intro. I now feel confident to go away and use InDesign. I had no previous knowledge. ”

Victoria N

“Brilliant course. Learnt some very useful things to help me design brochures and display boards.”

Steph J

“Great course, knowledgeable and friendly trainer - thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you!”

Michelle R

“Simply... thank you! The trainer was friendly and personal and addressed all of our individual needs which isn't always the case with training courses.”

Lucy G

“Great training, I feel much more confident creating new documents for print and web.”

Summaiya N

“Fantastic course all round! Thanks very much Phil!”

Clair H

“Phil was an excellent tutor. Spent time going through specifics that i would need for my work, which was incredibly useful.”

Charlotte P

“The course was very enjoyable - trainer was thorough and approachable. Very patient!”

Becky M

“Excellent course and Philip took us through the content at a steady and systematic pace which enabled everyone in the class to keep up. The training document will be very helpful in refreshing my memory once back at work. Good exercises and enjoyed creating a brochure from scratch.”

Laura H

“I feel as though I have learnt a lot from this course and the instructor was brilliant. Course content and the way it was taught was very well planned out. I will definitely recommend this course to other design/marketing colleagues and friends.”

Sophie H

“I would definitely recommend this course. It provides a thorough understanding of InDesign's capabilities.”

Mark C

“Very effective at getting information over, very patient!!”

Anne T

“The course covered everything I need to know and the instructor was knowledgeable, helpful and polite.”

Liane H

“I would recommend this training as I found it a very good, informative introduction to InDesign. It left me inspired to want to start using the software.”

Chloe M

“Very well presented and organised.”

Ellie B

“It was a great introduction to InDesign and the training facility is excellent.”

Helen A

“Well organised course, well presented and clearly structured and explained.”

Don R

“Excellent introduction to InDesign for someone who has not used it before.”

Lorraine M

“All areas explained/topics well, Pete was approachable - would definitely recommend this course.”

Anouska B

“The course was excellent, very knowledgeable trainer who answered most of our questions and showed us particular aspects that people asked about. In addition the facilities were fantastic. Highly recommended.”

Andrea S

“It was very informative and provided a good basis to use InDesign in the future.”

James W

“Very easy to get to, excellent facilities and course content.”

Jenny M

“Professional, friendly, full-on course with expert delivery.”

Mim C

“Very informative, and helped with any question I had.”

Kris J

“Good introduction to InDesign, especially if someone doesn't have any previous experience of using the software.”

Sandra W

“A wide range of topics were covered in the training, providing plenty of information on how InDesign can be effectively used.”

Lisa R

“Very Impressed with the tutor. He knew a lot about the range of adobe products and was able to explain the topics covered in an easy to understand way. I would recommend this course.”

Zoe S

“I would highly recommend this training to anyone who is willing to learn. The instructors are very knowledgeable, patient and can explain everything in simple terminology.”

Rajeev S

“I would recommend this due to the high quality of learning, also the experience you have whilst being here. The instructor made you feel at ease from the start and was willing to go at everyone's own speed and help when needed individually.”

John M

“High standard of training which is relevant to real world of work.”

Rachel G

“Excellent training, lots of techniques and skills made extremely easy to understand and digest. I have used the software before but this has broadly expanded my knowledge.”

Peter B

“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

“I recently did the 2 day course, Introduction to InDesign. The facilities were brilliant and the trainer-Greta was very helpful. Greta answered all questions and made sure I was happy before we moved onto the next section. I would definitely recommend learning with Armada.”

Lindsey B

“I've done the 2 day InDesign introduction training course. The course has been great value - really helpful and straight to the point. Greta Powell is a brilliant tutor, really patient and answered all our questions. I would certainly recommend!”

Petya T

“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.”

Jules W

“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.”

Dean R

“Great AE course, loads of information, friendly and helpful trainer and really nice set-up!”

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 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!”

Emily H

“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. ”

Angelina CQ

“Phillip was great and we appreciated his expertise and insights. He answered many questions and In many ways also helped us generate several more!”

Anthony B

“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!”


“This was an interesting course that I feel will be useful in my day to day work. The mix of tutorial with hands on learning was great.”

Erin O

“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!”

Jake N

“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. ”

Angelina C

“Have learnt a lot of skills to take back to the office. Philip was a patient and knowledgeable teacher. Everything was covered in a way which made sense to a complete InDesign novice! Thank you!”

Kathryn F

“This is the second course I have done with Armada! The courses are great, easy to follow and very helpful! Would definitely recommend this course again!”

Emma J

“Have learnt a lot of skills to take back to the office. Philip was a patient and knowledgeable teacher. Everything was covered in a way which made sense to a complete InDesign novice! Thank you!”

Kathryn L

“Really informative and relevant training material. Philip was a great teacher and made us laugh throughout the 2 days! Really nice touch having lunch provided too.”

Dani J

“Really professional and well structured day. Lovely lecturer. Good lunch. Learnt a lot and would highly recommend.

Lizzie D

“I was a complete newbie to InDesign and the Introduction to InDesign Course over two days has given me all the tools I need to confidently use this package in the workplace. Our trainer, Philip, was fantastic. I would highly recommend this course!

Lucy B

“Amazing few days training with Armada on Adobe InDesign. The course tutor Phil, really knew his stuff. I will definitely be returning for more courses.

Chris B

“I have just attended a two day InDesign course, which was excellent.

Helen B

“Easy to follow and questions answered. Would recommend

Liz K

“I attended the InDesign Intro course and it was amazing! The examples and structure of the course is fantastic, and we all agreed at lunch that Andrew is also a really great trainer, walking us through every element clearly and helping to ensure we understood the different parts before moving on. Training I would highly recommend!! Thanks Andrew - I can't wait to start putting it into practice.

Lucy C

“Really great course content, guided by a friendly knowledgeable leader Andrew. Great venue

Kate J

“A smoothly run great course. The tutor was very approachable and made sure you understood before moving on.

Siobhan D

“Thank you Andrew for your help with InDesign! I look forward to putting the skills into practice at work.

Joanna A

“Great course which allowed us to learn while doing. I was able to learn techniques and then immediately apply them to my own design work.

Robert W

“I attended the Armada beginner InDesign course with Andy and it was amazing! He was extremely helpful in any questions we had and taught us how to use the programme perfectly. I'd never even heard of InDesign before this course and am now very confident in being able to use it for everything I will need to at my work place. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking to start using this programme!

Elsie L

If you’re self-funding your training, you can now pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.