4. typography and desktop publishing

16×120 minute-long lessons.

Original price: £ 1440


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What is this module about?

Concluding the General Studies of the Graphic Design Masterclass, you will learn typography, layout design, and prepress. You will have two projects to complete: a technical challenge, and a design challenge. In the latter, you will use the knowledge and experience you gained during your General Studies, and will design a magazine for your portfolio from scratch, complete with branding, original content, and advertisements.

What are the requirements for this module?

You will need access to Adobe Creative Cloud and a computer that can run Bridge, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Acrobat simultaneously. Make sure your computer will be able to handle the job. The final project is fairly time-intensive, so please keep this in mind.

Whom is it recommended for?

By completing this module (along with the previous three) you will have the tools and understanding required to start your graphic design career. You will also have three original projects in your portfolio, showcasing your various skills, along with your style.

This module grants access to two advanced modules: Expert Visual Identity Design and Designer-Friendly Webdesign.

Software we use



The New Document dialogue. Trim, margin, bleed, and slug. Facing pages. Output black and other mysteries.

The Graphic Designer’s Alphabet

An autopsy of typefaces. Font types and styles. The Adobe Typekit.

The Character Palette

Leading, tracking and kerning. Ligatures and other opentype features. Limitations on the usage of tracking and horizontal scale.

The Paragraph Palette

Alignments and indents. The single-line and the paragraph composer. Document grid usage. Optical margin alignment.

Paragraph and Character Styles

Character formatting. Indents and spacing. Tabs. Rules, borders and shading. Hyphenation. Bullets and numbering. Drop caps and nested styles.


project “elan”—step one

A thorough analysis and preparation of a 24-page brochure.

Sub-editing and Automation with GREP

Find/Change Text vs Find/Change GREP. The usage of GREP in paragraph styles. Workflow: sub-editing, editing and proofreading.

Using Colour in InDesign

Colour and Tint. Swatches and CC Libraries. The Adobe Colour Exchange.

Masters and Sections

The Pages palette. Master pages, sections and numbering.


project “Elan”—step two

Recreation of and improvement on the 24-page brochure.

Working with Tables

Creating, styling and designing tables.


Project “Magazine”—Step one

Pitching the magazine’s title and contents. Identification of the target group. Choosing the appropriate size and layout. Collecting content.


Historical tales of past struggles, and how modern prepress works.

Interactive Features

Interactive features in InDesign and Acrobat.

Digital Publishing

Ebook-specific layout and features. Publishing as epub and as interactive pdf.


project “magazine”—step two

Creating the cover, the layout, and the advertisements. Designing navigation and structure. Preparing visual content for print design.

project “magazine”—final step

Finalizing the magazine. Prepress and digital publishing.