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Adobe InDesign – Basics

Create professional-looking, well-designed documents using Adobe InDesign. Learn how to use paragraph and character styles to format pages uniformly, apply layout features to build alternate size configurations of your document, and use various panels to easily customize text, photographs and graphics.

Adobe® InDesign® has all the tools you need to achieve a professional layout design for print and web publishing.

This course can be applied to the Digital Marketing Certificate.


Alexandra Kilmer

Alexandra Kilmer

Allie Kilmer is a graphic designer with the Integrated Marketing team at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She works directly with a diverse group of clients to craft smart, attention-grabbing communications across a variety of print and digital media. Before joining ... read more

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for marketing professionals, web designers, publishers or those who want to use the basic tools and features of InDesign for creating professional page layout designs.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the elements of the InDesign interface
  • Create a new document
  • Customize a document by using text, photographs, graphics, colors and page styles
  • Manage page elements
  • Build a table
  • Prepare a document for delivery

Course Outline/Topics

  • InDesign interface
  • Creation of a document
  • Text frames and basic text editing
  • Shapes, color, placing and arranging graphics
  • Styles: Paragraph, character
  • Pages: Interface; facing pages; master pages
  • Tables
  • Prepping for print


Familiarity with basic design terminology.


"Allie made this class worthwhile. The online format could have been a real challenge, but her upbeat personality and incredible patience made it work. I would definitely take another class she was teaching."  —  Participant, May 2021

"Loved this course! I think it was great to have online – seemed easier to do it this way. Great tips and very knowledgeable instructor. Would love a second/follow-up course to this to learn more."  —  Participant, May 2021

"I don’t use InDesign for my primary job duties, but enhancing my knowledge of this resource enables me to help my department/colleagues as well as increases my skill set and marketability in the industry."  —  Participant, May 2021

"Allie definitely knows her way around this robust program. She was patient as we worked out the kinks of being online and using various computer platforms. If she teaches an advanced course, I’ll be the first in line to register!"  —  Participant, May 2021

"I have a graphic designer on my team, but I feel like this will help me communicate with her better."  —  Participant, May 2021

Date: Tue, May 17

Delivery Method: In-person

Time: 8:30am-4:30pm CT

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Alexandra Kilmer


$349 by May 3
$374 after May 3

CEUs: 0.7

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number: 5026-14342

Registration Deadline: May 17

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