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Getting started with Adobe InDesign

Lesson Plan Published 11/11/13 Last updated on 3/2/20

Adobe InDesign is a professional design and layout tool for producing high quality documents for print and on-screen delivery. In this activity students are introduced to the basics of the Adobe InDesign interface by learning how to set up a new document, import files, work with text, use alignment tools, and manage colors.

Files updated on April 24, 2017 to Adobe InDesign CC 2017 (November 2016) release.

Age Levels
1-2 Hours
Custom Standards
ACA InDesign 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.4, 4.5
ISTE Standards
Students: Computational Trainer

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aziz cubuk

Posted on 6/26/20 7:47:31 PM Permalink

Thank you. adobe is best

Jeffrey Delfin

Posted on 6/24/20 3:03:46 AM Permalink

Thank you very much Adobe Education :)​

Dilki Nimasha

Posted on 5/15/20 12:29:25 PM Permalink

Honor for your effort​

Lisa Bates

Posted on 3/19/20 5:18:25 PM Permalink

​I am having trouble downloading the assets for the tutorials. It says I am not authorized.

Adobe Education

Posted on 3/19/20 9:40:34 PM Permalink

Hello Lisa,

This may be a setting your your system. Please try a different system or server to see if you're able to access.​

Lisa Bates

Posted on 3/20/20 12:24:46 AM Permalink

Immediately after I posted the message, I tried again and the downloads worked. I did not have to change anything. Thank you!​


Posted on 10/30/19 2:33:18 AM Permalink


Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/21/19 11:16:45 PM Permalink

​Great Startup Resource love the resources which you focus on an excellent resource to shared with my students

Alper Ciftci

Posted on 9/7/19 1:55:04 PM Permalink



Posted on 6/5/19 10:30:04 AM Permalink

This course is a good start to learn Indesign who is the leader in the professional layout of a document for printing and for the web

stacie palmisano

Posted on 4/19/19 8:10:34 PM Permalink

​Is there a file for the How to Manage colors lesson from above

Adobe Education

Posted on 4/25/19 7:02:17 PM Permalink

Hi Stacie - that file is included in the Resources section above. It is the 4th item in the list. ​

stacie palmisano

Posted on 5/9/19 5:15:48 PM Permalink

Hello there,

Sorry to be a pain, I was able to get the PDF but I was looking for the files like the "View for the Moon" Indesign file?​

Adobe Education

Posted on 5/14/19 2:42:12 PM Permalink

Hi Stacie - unfortunately we don't have that file available. There are some InDesign asset files available through the links found under the Project Assets heading in the Getting Started with InDesign - Lesson Plan file​. Maybe one of those will work. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Stoyanka Veselinova

Posted on 4/3/19 3:15:24 PM Permalink

​Very, very helpful. Thank you

Gary Hill

Posted on 3/19/19 3:08:46 AM Permalink

Thanks so much, this is a great help.​

Ali Imam Reza

Posted on 2/20/19 8:16:19 PM Permalink

​thanks for sharing

Shawn P McDonough

Posted on 2/5/19 3:23:01 PM Permalink

I did download the lesson plans for In Design CC. I went to access the following lesson: ​In Design guide: Overview of Adobe InDesign 3.1 (tutorial assets) and could not find specific lesson plans for this section. Am I looking in the wrong place? Thanks Peace Shawn

Adobe Education

Posted on 2/5/19 8:32:48 PM Permalink

Thank you Shawn for raising this. We checked the tutorial assets, but a specific lesson plan was not included in the asset folder. We'd recommend that the Overview be used as a starting point of reference for creating an individualized or specific lesson plan. Thank you again for using the assets and projects.

James Tyler

Posted on 1/31/19 1:38:09 PM Permalink

​Very helpful resource, many thanks!

Shawn P McDonough

Posted on 1/29/19 3:35:28 PM Permalink

I am teaching this course to high school students this semester. Can you please pass on what steps I need to do to get started using this resource? Thanks Peace Shawn​

Adobe Education

Posted on 1/29/19 7:55:47 PM Permalink

Hello Shawn,

We're glad to hear you're using the resources to instruct your students. If you have not already done so, the first step would be to download the Lesson Plan and files. Review the files according to your students' specific needs, and build your schedule for how you'll begin your instruction.

Giovanna Iannicelli

Posted on 10/3/18 4:18:20 AM Permalink

​Excellent beginner resources thank you.

Daniel Burgos

Posted on 8/22/18 5:02:49 PM Permalink

​Thanks for the sharing!

Avonn Nova

Posted on 8/16/18 2:36:06 AM Permalink

​Thank you for sharing.

Ammar Midani

Posted on 4/25/17 5:16:23 PM Permalink


Adobe Education

Posted on 4/24/17 1:43:21 PM Permalink

We recently updated our files to the Adobe InDesign CC 2017 (November 2016) release. We've also added links to image assets used in the step-by-step technical guides.


The AEE Team

bhoovneshwar dhrobra

Posted on 12/8/16 10:30:48 PM Permalink

Very helpful teaching material​

Tarek Bahaa El Deen

Posted on 8/31/16 9:51:01 PM Permalink

Very helpful resource
I appreciate your work, thank you for sharing

K Stoesz

Posted on 8/19/16 4:53:34 PM Permalink

I am looking through the Project Assets listed on the Activity "Getting started with Adobe InDesign", in which it lists the InDesign guide "How to use master pages". I cannot appear to locate the document within this page. I can do an internet search for find out how, but it is not in the same format for my students. Can someone (perhaps from Adobe Education) point me to the correct link?

Matt Niemitz

Posted on 8/19/16 6:34:08 PM Permalink