Mark Gatter is known internationally as an Adobe Certified Expert, instructor and author. In addition to his vast graphic design training experience, he brings many years of commercial printing expertise from both the UK and California.
In this world of quick turnarounds and "I need it this afternoon" demands, you’ve got to know every option and setting that InDesign offers. And a huge part of learning InDesign begins with knowing how to deftly maneuver around its interface. That’s where Mark Gatter’s vast experience comes into play. Join Mark as he walks you through ID‘s new interface while, at the same time, throwing in a trick here, and a useful tip there to help you on your way!
As in an artist’s real studio, it all starts with setting up a workspace that works for you; InDesign's workspace is the virtual equivalent. That’s why Mark demonstrates how and why you need to set up your workspace in a way that makes sense for your designing needs and those of any particular design project. He also explains how mastering the InDesign interface means less frustration down the road and more productivity as you evolve your designs.
After watching this tutorial, you'll have the confidence to set up your working environment to tackle any graphic design project—big or small—that lands on your desk.
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Tim Foran wrote on January 20, 2018
Beautifully taught. Well-paced, totally pro POV and great dry humour.
Matthew Staples wrote on December 4, 2014
An excellent introduction to the tools in InDesign. Mark Gatter has a well humoured approach to course delivery which keeps you engaged and covers all the basics to get you started with document design.
Matt wrote on October 23, 2014
I spent $79 for a Train Simple InDesign course (it was heavily discounted!) and this was WAY better!
Mark L74 wrote on May 11, 2014
I've used Indesign before, but still found plenty new info in this course. Great job. Also Mark has the type of reassuring presentation voice: Go ahead, you can do it! Looking forward to the other courses allready.
liferotp wrote on February 19, 2013
Mark gives a great overview of the ins and outs of the InDesign interface and tools. This is essential to getting the most out of the program. InDesign is a powerful utility for creating very advanced documents, but Mark breaks everything down into easy-to-understand steps, with lots of tips and tricks along the way. Great stuff!
Sam wrote on November 11, 2012
I was going a bit mad using Photoshop for laying out small text documents and knew InDesign was something I needed to learn to make bigger and better docs. It would also get my work off of...ughh...Microsoft Word.... for professional documents.
So far I have watched 101-105 in this series and they have been a joy! Mark's good pace and dulcet tones make things simple and easy to understand.
I also enjoyed the little bits of history and deeper explanations peppered throughout the tutorials that I imagine a lot of other tutorials would breeze over or not even be aware of (such as the history of the Pantone company, Slug, printing theory etc...).
There are also a lot of hidden hints and tips that Mark drops in to each video, so watching them all is a must.
I found the best way to get the most out of these tutorials is to go through the whole series, and carry out each video yourself in InDesign. I take full notes with screenshots and paste them into Evernote, screenshots are annotated with Skitch (both of which are free). Very useful for when I can't watch videos at work. So far i have racked up 10,000 words and 250 screenshots, a bit keen on my part but InDesign has a LARGE learning curve.
These tutorials have made things very clear. If you've come from using Photoshop or even Dreamweaver you'll understand most of the principals quite quickly as they are very similar.
Photoshop: Layers, strokes, fills...
Dreamweaver: Paragraph Styles and Character Styles...
All in all, wholeheartedly recommended and I can't wait for the advanced series!