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SDN Education

InDesign and Photo Book Design for Photographers

Instructor: Glenn Ruga
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Six consecutive Mondays starting November 2, 2020
Course fee: $475 or $425 if taken with Graphic Design Principles for Photographers
One scholarship position available

Limited to ten students


Class Description 

This is either a stand-alone class or a follow-on from Graphic Design Principles for Photographers. 

This course will cover the foundation and advanced features of Adobe InDesign, the technical specifications of photographic images, and working with fonts to design a photo book or other photography-based publications such as museum catalogs, magazines, etc. The emphasize of the class will be on the technical aspects of creating final printer-ready files.

You will learn how to create a new multi-page document, set up master pages, margins, automatic page numbering and footers, import images, work with type, object tools, and colors. You will also learn about image color spaces, resolutions and how to work with black and white images with modern four color offset or digital printing.

We will also look at examples of successful photo books and learn how the principals employed in these books can inform decisions about designing your book.

Students should come to class with a concept for a design project to work on and a collection of photos. Students must have access to any version of Adobe InDesign. Homework will be assigned. Instructor will be available for one-on-one meetings with students as needed.

Glenn Ruga

Glenn Ruga is the founder of the Social Documentary Network and Executive Editor of ZEKE magazine. He is also the art director for ZEKE magazine and the former art director for LOUPE, the journal of the Photographic Resource Center. Ruga has a independent communications and design practice working with nonprofit and educational organizations (www.vizcom.com) and has an MFA in graphic and advertising design from Syracuse University.


$475: Full registration
$425: If taken with Graphic Design Principles for Photographers
$150 deposit required to confirm registration. Balance due prior to first class.
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