Continuing Professional Development


InDesign for Professional Publishing Two


One term

3 hours a week. See here for current details.*

CoBC certificate on successful completion.


*Course availability will be shown later in the year.

Email Policy: Please email me whenever you have a question or comment regarding class. I will do my very best to reply back within two business days.

Aimed at people who already have a level of knowledge and experience about InDesign in a professional environment, this course aims to sharpen their skills.


Students are expected to bring their own projects to develop in class along with the materials that are provided. Learning is by worked example and tutorials on the students own; students are encouraged to continue to work on their learning outside of college hours. Email support is offered for the duration of the course.


The course mainly focuses on InDesign and a PDF based work flow, but includes references to Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat where required.


The course assumes some experience in using InDesign and potential students will be interviewed to determine their suitability for the course.


Outline Course Overview:

Revising InDesign, refreshing and reminding.

Setting up a document, ensuring document robustness and making the most of continual preflighting.

Using colour and working with transparency effects.

Importing and managing graphics, using the links pane to manage images and check image status. Identifying the correct image file format for a particular job.

Working with character, paragraph, object and table styles.

Using Tables for forms and structure. (Optional)

Using the book feature for long documents, generating tables of content.

Printing and exporting

PDF Files with form fields and interactivity. (Optional)

Digital Publishing, ePub and beyond.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completing this course, delegates should have a proficiency in a range of skills pertaining to publication design, including the usage of typography, colour, layout, tables, pictures, graphics, styles and producing a print-ready PDF.


Important: this course contains optional sessions, these sessions will be delivered on the basis of a discussion and assessment at the beginning of the course. It is not possible to cover all of them without adding extra time.




About Steve

I've been drawing
pictures, designing
publications and
showing other
people how to do
the same as long
as I can remember.

I've been both a freelancer and employed in these capacities over the last 30 years, in which time I have gained a lot of experience in print, digital publishing and media.

I graduated with a LCAD in Surface Design from Chelsea School of Art London in 1976.

I am currently self-employed as a freelance designer and am a lecturer at City of Bath College and Bath Spa University.

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