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This online short course in Adobe InDesign CC 2020 covers entry-level skill expectations for print and digital media publication. It will also test your ability to apply your knowledge and skills prior to entering the testing environment. Its aim is to adequately prepare you for taking the certification exam.

The purpose of this course is to teach you foundational skills needed to effectively communicate using digital media tools and covers the following topics:

  • Working in the Design Industry
  • Project Setup and Interface
  • Organising Documents
  • Creating and Modifying Visual Elements
  • Publishing Digital Media

As you work through your course material in your own free time, you can pace your studies and determine how quickly you want to progress. As a standard measure, you will have access to the online student portal for a period of 12 months from your date of registration.


You can start studying this course at any time of the year — there are no specific registration dates! Once you have completed your registration, you will receive your login credentials with 3-5 business days and can start your studies.


This online short course consists of five modules. The course objectives are:

  • Working in the Design Industry

    • Identify the purpose, audience, and audience needs for preparing images
    • Communicate with colleagues and clients about design plans
    • Determine the type of copyright, permissions, and licensing required to use specific content
    • Demonstrate an understanding of key terminology related to publications
    • Demonstrate knowledge of basic design principles and best practices employed in the design industry
  • Project Setup and Interface

    • Create a document with the appropriate settings for web, print, and mobile
    • Navigate, organise, and customise the application workspace
    • Use non-printing design tools in the interface to aid in design or workflow
    • Import assets into a project
    • Manage colours, swatches, and gradients
    • Manage paragraph, character, and object styles
  • Organising Documents

    • Use layers to manage design elements
    • Manage and modify pages
  • Creating and Modifying Visual Elements

    • Use core tools and features to create visual elements
    • Add and manipulate text using appropriate typographic settings
    • Make, manage, and manipulate selections
    • Transform digital graphics and media within a publication
    • Use basic reconstructing and editing techniques to manipulate document content
    • Modify the appearance of design elements by using effects and styles
    • Add interactive or dynamic content or media to a project
    • Create and edit tables
  • Publishing Digital Media

    • Prepare documents for publishing to web, print, and other digital devices
    • Export or save documents to various file formats

Your knowledge and skills will be tested by means of online performance-based assessments and practice questions. These tools will help prepare you for the certification exam by testing your ability to apply your knowledge.


Once you have completed this online short course you should be adequately prepared to take the Adobe InDesign CC 2020 certification exam via Certiport.

This certification forms part of the Adobe Certified Professional credential.

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