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

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

14 March 2019 - 2 May 2019
13 June 2019 - 1 August 2019
18.00 - 21.00
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.

Course Outline

WEEK 01 (Introduction)

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.

Introducing InDesign:

  • 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 02  (InDesign - Getting to grips with type)

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 03  (Introducing Illustrator)

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 04  (InDesign - Grids)

Theory behind grid management

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

Personal project

WEEK 05  (Colour Theory)

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 06  (Digital Drawing - Line Theory)


  • 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 07  (Design Tweaks)

InDesign and Illustrator

  • Creating bespoke type
  • Troubleshooting software issues
  • Work on personal project.

Personal project

WEEK 08  (Preparing for Export)

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.

Personal project

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

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