Adobe InDesign (online training)

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Coordinator registrations
7, 14, 21 and 28 November 2022 10:00 14:00 Jos Smelik 6 / 15 Apply

Course description

This course will dive into the countless possibilities of layout documents. It is meant to teach you how to create attractive and functional layouts, such as thesis books, posters, resumés, presentations, figures, and more. You will be introduced to the program's workspace, and with the help of tailor-made exercises, you will discover how to layout and edit your thesis, posters, etc. At the end of the course, you will be equipped with the necessary knowledge to combine photos, illustrations, tables, and text with striking ease. No previous knowledge of the program is needed. 

Learning objectives

In this course, we aim to teach you the main functionality and power of Adobe InDesign. You will start navigating through the different tools and functions to build a reliable workflow. You will learn how to format text, images/objects, and tables. You will understand the use of master pages (templates), paragraph & character styles, and you will discover how to use them to create complex layouts such as PhD dissertations. Finally, you will hear about the differences between print (CMYK) and screen colors (RGB) and exporting different sorts of files (e.g., jpeg, png, tiff, pdf) for your various needs.

For those who have being using Adobe Illustrator to layout their scientific artwork, InDesign will become the simpler and more obvious alternative. Remember that Adobe Illustrator is used to drawing illustrations and vector graphics, while Adobe InDesign is made to layout any file from a figure to a thesis book. If you want to learn to drawing illustrations, we advise you to follow the other course provided (Scientific Artwork - Data Visualisation and Infographics with Adobe Illustrator).

Instructional method

The course is split into four sessions. The first two sessions' focus is on a thesis book's layout and any multiple page documents. We will focus on different files such as a figure, a poster, a cv, or a brochure during the last two. There will be a theoretical part in all four sessions, followed by exercises done with the trainer's supervision and help. The exercises are given beforehand, but you can always bring your designing challenge to practice. The exercises are designed to train you in using the program's tools. You will realize the importance of print and screen colors, so you will never have to deal with unexpected results.


To take the course you need a laptop, having Adobe Illustrator installed in the English language. You will receive a printed manual which is also written in English, so it makes it easier to follow the theory and practicals. Also, remember to have a mouse or a graphic tablet to work during the sessions since the mousepad of the laptop will make your work difficult. Since the course is online and the sessions are interactive, a mictophone and a camera are obligatory in the course's participation.


Iliana Boshoven-Gkini (1981) has completed two masters in Landscape architecture, Floriculture, and garden design, in the Agricultural University of Athens and Wageningen University in the Netherlands. After completing her studies, she started working independently (2012) (AgileColor design studio | and focused, among others, on helping PhD students with their thesis books and scientific artwork. From 2015 she started teaching Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign and Infographics courses in Wageningen and Utrecht Universities and gave guest lectures/training to numerous other occasions in the Netherlands and Switzerland. From 2019 she is a certified teacher in the Netherlands (CRKBO, Centraal Register Kort Beroepsonderwijs). She lives in Koedijk Alkmaar with her husband and three children.

General Information

Target Group: PhD's and Post-Docs
Group size: 8-15 participants
Course duration: 4 days from 9 am to 1 pm
Language: English
Credit points: 0.6 ECTS
Self-study hours: We recommend at least 16 hours of self-study and practice after the course
Name lecturer: Iliana Boshoven-Gkini



This course starts with basic theory in Adobe InDesign and goes into depth practice of all the necessary tools to create stunning layouts. We will pay special attention to the creation of a PhD dissertation or book, poster/document layout and figure design. You will work on several exercises during these two days.

The first 2 days are focused on the dissertation design and multiple pages documents, while the second day we will create layouts such as posters, figures etc. In InDesign you can also design figures, workflows, illustrations and vector graphics which you will practice on the second day. Step by step exercises will be provided so that you feel comfortable with the tools and panels of the program.

The following topics will be covered:

Adobe InDesign Basics

  • Work area
  • View commands and Zoom
  • Guides - Rulers

Tools & Panels

  • Toolbox overview
  • Selection tools
  • Drawing tools
  • Typing tools
  • Transformation tools
  • Modification and navigation tools
  • Stroke and Fill
  • Tool panels

Create & Edit Documents

Text and text frames


Master pages

Objects - Graphics & Images

Table of contents

Documents Settings & Export

  • Color
  • Printing requirements

In practice

  • Step-by-step import of word documents in InDesign

At the end of the course you will be equipped with the necessary knowledge to combine photos, illustrations, tables and text with a remarkable ease


Reduced fee:
• PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK)
• Postdocs of Wageningen University who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools
€ 150
University fee: All other PhD candidates / Wageningen University postdocs and staff € 300
External fee: All other participants € 600

Fee includes study and training material, coffee/tea and lunches.

Cancellation condition

You may cancel free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged the University fee. Unless:

  • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement.
    In this case you will only be charged a € 50,- cancellation fee.
  • You (PhDs and postdocs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree).
    In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.


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