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8 Best InDesign Courses and Classes - June 2021

  • Published on May 7, 2021
Best InDesign courses and classes.

Our team of InDesign experts has assembled details on the 8 Best InDesign Classes for 2021. This list includes online InDesign courses that you can access from anywhere, as well as in-person courses available at your location or in a classroom. Among the courses is a two-day basics course led by experts, as well as a four-day InDesign bootcamp, along with classes focused on specific InDesign capabilities. This list of best InDesign classes emphasizes introductory and foundational courses to cover the needs of learners who are just starting to use InDesign or who need basic skills, although some advanced courses are included for those who need to expand their skills. This list has been updated for June 2021.

Best InDesign Courses and Classes

  • InDesign Bootcamp

  • Introductory InDesign Training Class

  • Intermediate InDesign Training Class

  • Advanced InDesign Training Class

  • InDesign Digital Publishing Training

  • InDesign Class for QuarkXPress Users

  • InDesign XML Training Class

  • InCopy Training Class

8 Best InDesign Courses and Classes for 2021

InDesign Bootcamp

This InDesign class is for those interested in learning essential skills and advanced techniques in a short period of time. The InDesign bootcamp is a four-day intensive course where participants learn basic through advanced skills. Attendees learn to create master pages, work with text and type, and create styles. Advanced features—adding interactivity, creating digital documents, exporting—are covered after basic skills have been mastered.

Benefits of the InDesign Bootcamp:

  • Live instructor-led class

  • Build InDesign documents with master pages

  • Create and use InDesign tables

  • Explore packaging options

  • Review essential skills

  • Learn advanced features, tables, and styles

Format: Live class meets at scheduled times either online or in person

Course details and dates

 

Introductory InDesign Training Class

The American Graphics Institute created this course to get InDesign novices up and running in just two days. Participants learn how to create master pages, work with text and type, create styles, and use graphics. The instructors of this introductory course are Adobe Certified Experts and wrote Adobe’s official training books for InDesign.

Benefits of the Introductory InDesign Training Class:

  • Live instructor-led class

  • Create and save color swatches

  • Learn to use the Glyphs panel

  • Define and apply various styles

  • Import layered Photoshop files

  • Work with text and type

Format: Live class meets at scheduled times either online or in person

Course details and dates

Student review: “Very good course. I gained quite a bit of knowledge and I feel much more comfortable using InDesign! I am anxious to apply what I’ve learned to my daily work and gain more real-life experience.” -Chris M.

 

Intermediate InDesign Training Class

This two-day InDesign course is designed for individuals who already understand the fundamentals of InDesign and want to work more efficiently using layout options that also enhance consistency. Topics covered in the intermediate InDesign course include styles, text formatting, graphic controls, and output for both print and digital formats.

Benefits of the Intermediate InDesign Training Class:

  • Live instructor-led class

  • Reviews essential InDesign skills

  • Learn to use, link, and redefine styles

  • Create digital documents using advanced features

  • Edit text using the Story Editor

  • Create and apply cell and table styles

Format: Live class meets at scheduled times either online or in person

Course details and dates

Student review: “I feel so comfortable with using In Design after this class. Sean is a great teacher and a credit to your organization.” -Mike B.

 

Advanced InDesign Training Class

If you are looking to master InDesign, learn new skills, and increase your efficiency, this advanced InDesign course is for you. Participants learn to master text-handling capabilities of InDesign, document features, XML capabilities, and more advanced functionality.

Benefits of the Advanced InDesign Training Class:

  • Live instructor-led class

  • Share documents using Adobe Publish Online

  • Build your own templates

  • Learn to utilize color and transparency

  • Create advanced interactive designs

  • Harness XML capabilities

Format: Live class meets at scheduled times either online or in person

Course details and dates

Student review: “Greg was an engaging and extremely personable InDesign teacher, providing crystal-clear instructions every stop of the way. I learned so many time-saving tips with InDesign that will increase my job productivity. I am looking forward to taking another class with him in the near future." - Sharon S.

 

InDesign Digital Publishing Training

The InDesign digital publishing course is for those looking to add interactivity, animation, and online publishing to their portfolio. This InDesign course teaches how to create digital documents like books, magazines, newsletters, and presentations. Like the Advanced InDesign Training Class, this course is for advanced users who have already mastered the foundation skills of InDesign.

Benefits of the InDesign Digital Publishing Training:

  • Live instructor-led class

  • Learn how to cross-reference and create buttons

  • Add movies and sound to InDesign documents

  • Build and organize animations like type, slideshows, color transitions, and scrolling text

  • Publish documents online and view analytics

Format: Live class meets at scheduled times either online or in person

Course details and dates

 

InDesign Class for QuarkXPress Users

If you are already familiar with QuarkXPress, a desktop publishing app for creating and editing page layouts, this course will get you quickly acclimated with Adobe InDesign by using your existing skills. This class can be completed as a one-day custom class and includes a copy of AGI's own InDesign Digital Classroom book.

Benefits of InDesign Class for QuarkXPress Users:

  • Live instructor-led class

  • Walk through navigation of grids, guides, panels, and toolbars

  • Convert QuarkXPress and PageMaker files in InDesign

  • Import and work with layered graphic files and layer comps

  • Create tables of content, indexes, and book files

  • Package files for output

Format: Live class meets at scheduled times either online or in person

Course details and dates

 

InDesign XML Training Class

This InDesign XML course teaches content distribution across print and online channels, including combining content from data sources with layouts created with InDesign. Participants learn the foundation necessary for working with XML and then explore specific capabilities for working with XML in InDesign. While no previous XML experience is necessary, an understanding of basic InDesign skills is required for this course. This InDesign course and its content is also available to be customized for organizations or businesses to relate to a specific XML workflow.

Benefits of the InDesign XML Training Class:

  • Live instructor-led class

  • Work with XSL upon import

  • Manually import and update XML content

  • Navigate the Structure pane

  • Learn to use XML for repurposing content

  • Understand how to use elements, attributes, and comments within a DTD

Format: Live class meets at scheduled times either online or in person

Course details and dates

 

InCopy Training Class

This training class enables participants to utilize the collaborative editorial workflow between Adobe InCopy and Adobe InDesign. With an emphasis on how to properly fit copy and reduce revisions, this class helps boost the efficiency and quality of the content creation process.

Benefits of the InCopy Training Class:

  • Live instructor-led class

  • Customize preferences and defaults of Adobe InCopy

  • Learn to use frames, grids, rulers, and guides

  • Work with assignment packages and managed files

  • Learn an effective InDesign - InCopy workflow

  • Understand text composition in InCopy

Format: Live class meets at scheduled times either online or in person

Course details and dates

Student review: "As an educator and public-speaker myself, I was very impressed with [the instructor’s] presentation of information, his ability to quickly adapt to our specific situation, and his ethos." -Arica D

Which InDesign version should you learn

The best InDesign classes include courses teaching the most current version Creative Cloud versions of InDesign. The free trial version of InDesign can be used for the first week of classes. For classes that last longer than a week, a subscription to InDesign is required. Both the free and trial version of InDesign are available from Adobe here: https://www.adobe.com/products/indesign.html 

Beyond this list you can also find a range of InDesign courses near you for additional learning options.

About the author

Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the publisher and editor of the Digital Classroom book series, which have sold more than one million copies. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers and to large technology companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, and HP. An expert on web analytics and digital marketing, he delivers Google Analytics training along with workshops on digital marketing topics. He is also the author of more than 10 books on electronic publishing tools and technologies, including the Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for 20 years.