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InDesign CS2 Basic Course







The Quick Source eLearning Series combines three levels of training: Learn It, Try It, and Evaluation. The Learn It section includes high quality video that shows you everything the instructor is teaching. The Try It section allows you to practice what you have learned right in our course. There is no need to switch between the course, and the software that you are learning. The Evaluation section gives you the ability to test your knowledge and receive immediate feedback.

Topics covered in this course:

Getting Started

  • Introduction
  • Starting and Exiting InDesign CS2
  • Identifying the Parts of the InDesign Window
  • Using the Tools Palette
  • Working with Palettes
  • Using Workspaces
  • Opening a Document
  • Creating a New Document
  • Saving a Document
  • Navigating a Document
  • Zooming In and Out on a Document

Page Setup and Master Pages

  • Introduction
  • Inserting Pages
  • Working with Pages
  • Creating Master Pages
  • Applying a Master Page
  • Working with Master Pages
  • Changing Document and Page Settings
  • Using Guides
  • Adding Page Numbering

Text and Text Formatting

  • Introduction
  • Creating a Text Frame
  • Setting Text Frame Options
  • Linking Text
  • Importing Text
  • Formatting Text
  • Kerning and Tracking Text
  • Scaling, Shifting, and Skewing Text
  • Adding Color to Text
  • Finding and Changing Text

Text Extras

  • Introduction
  • Creating a Bulleted or Numbered List
  • Creating Footnotes
  • Inserting Special Characters and Spaces
  • Working with Glyphs
  • Changing Case
  • Checking Spelling
  • Using the Story Editor

Paragraph Formatting

  • Introduction
  • Aligning Paragraph Text
  • Setting Paragraph Indenting
  • Adding Space Before and After a Paragraph
  • Setting Drop Caps
  • Setting Tabs
  • Aligning to Grid
  • Working with Keep Options
  • Setting Hyphenation
  • Creating Rules Above and Below a Paragraph


  • Introduction
  • Drawing Basic Shapes
  • Adding a Stroke and Fill to a Shape
  • Adding a Drop Shadow
  • Adding Feathering and Corner Effects
  • Inserting a Graphic
  • Resizing a Graphic
  • Grouping and Locking Objects
  • Ordering Objects
  • Aligning and Distributing Objects

Graphic Extras and Color

  • Introduction
  • Transforming an Object
  • Repeating Transformations
  • Duplicating an Object
  • Creating a New Color Swatch
  • Creating a New Tint Swatch
  • Creating a New Gradient Swatch
  • Working with Color Swatches
  • Importing and Exporting Swatches
  • Using the Eyedropper Tool