Adobe InDesign (online training)

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Coordinator registrations
9 and 10 November 2020 09:00 17:00 Jos Smelik 15 / 15 Registration ended at 07/10/2020

Course description

This is a two-day course in Adobe InDesign and its endless possibilities to layout documents. It is meant to teach you how to create beautiful but also functional layouts, such as books, posters, resumés, presentations, figures and more. You will be introduced to the workspace of the program and with the help of tailored exercises you will learn how to layout and edit your thesis, posters etc. 

Learning objectives

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

Instructional method

The course starts with the theory of Adobe InDesign, introducing its tools and tool panels. Throughout these two days, theory sessions will be followed from practical sessions in which you will work on your own.

General Information

Target Group: PhD's and Post-Docs
Group size: 8-15 participants
Course duration: 2 days
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 day is 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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