The InDesign Field Guide

When it comes to design for your business, would you rather...

ugly-cry your way through vague tutorials and never-ending search results
OR ... crank out everything on your design list with Beyoncé-level confidence?

all with the one tool you've been avoiding:  adobe indesign.

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 Good news, my Internet friend.

I predict you'll fall so in love with Adobe InDesign, that you'll put a ring on it by the end of this page scroll.

 
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BUT FIRST, AN EMBARRASSING STORY.

When I was a rookie freelancer, I was asked by a client to design a full printed book, cover to cover, using Adobe InDesign. I took the job, but had one big problem. 

I had never opened InDesign in my life. Like, never clicked that little pink icon ever, ever, EVER.

I spent hours upon hours upon hours designing this book, page by page, trying to learn InDesign as I went. I had no idea what styles or master pages were — the two most time-saving features of InDesign — and laid out every single page manually, one at a time.

I finally made it to the end of the book and felt super proud of myself for figuring it out.

Except I had one step left, and thanks to a rookie mistake, I royally screwed up the entire project.

I was prepping the file for print and accidentally turned ALL the text to outlines, saved my file, and closed it. And then I panicked. I realized my mistake right away, but there was no un-doing it. 

If you don’t realize my mistake, here it is: converting text to outlines makes the text uneditable. Since I had accidentally saved my file with the text outlined, I would never be able to go back and edit any text in the entire book. I had basically flushed all those hours of work right down the toilet.

Long story short, I never found a solution, and ended up hacking my way through 6 more editions of the book over the next few years. I re-typed entire pages by hand in order to change one small word. I felt so unprofessional every time I had to explain to a printer that no, I didn’t have the original, editable file. 

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I was embarrassed to have made such a silly mistake, and I vowed never to let InDesign get the best of me again.

Since that horror story, I've been working with InDesign nearly every day on a wide variety of projects for tons of clients, big and small. I've quickly realized how many other creatives aren't comfortable using InDesign — for lots of reasons . . .
 

  • you feel like you're missing out on a big pocket of projects because you don't know the program needed to create them, and you're embarrassed that you haven't been able to figure it out yet
     

  • you're scared to open the software, thinking you'll make a costly mistake like I did
     

  • you're overwhelmed by the tools, buttons, icons, menus, and ALL THE THINGS you see when you open InDesign
     

  • you've messed around in InDesign for fun, but you're not confident enough to take on real projects that require it


Whatever the reason for keeping InDesign buried deep in your computer, I want to help you bring it back to the surface and see what an impact it can have in your business. I want you to avoid making costly and embarrassing mistakes like I did, so I'm opening my playbook and teaching you everything I know about the program.
 

I personally know the value of having a working knowledge of InDesign in my arsenal. It’s helped me land jobs, book clients, create my own passive income digital products, and design anything I need for my business — all with the confidence that I know what I'm doing.
 

I'd love to teach YOU how to use this powerful program with my easy-to-follow online course: 
The InDesign Field Guide.

 
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I am forever grateful for how much I have learned through your InDesign course! I’m incredibly proud of the products I’ve made and am so eager to share it with the world. This class has transformed my company.
— CHRISTINA CONNER, BEHAVIOR ANALYST
I went from not having worked in InDesign at all because I was overwhelmed by it, to feeling very confident that I can design anything I need to for my business.
— JENNIFER ELWELL, BLOGGER + COACH
ZOMGZ I love it so hard! I can actually open InDesign now without feeling panic and dread — that has literally never happened before. This course has been so crazy valuable for me, and totally worth the investment.
— Erica REITMAN, INTERIOR DESIGNER

InDesign is for way more than you think.
You can use it to create almost anything for your business.

scroll through some real student work to see!

 

Downloadable PDFs like lead magnets, opt-in incentives, content upgrades for your blog, free downloads, worksheets, cheat sheets, checklists, etc.

Digital products like e-books, guides, workbooks, printables, course content, planners, templates, digital magazines,etc.

Printed products like books, magazines, journals, day planners, stationery, etc.

Sales + promo materials like portfolios, catalogs, brochures, sales sheets, order forms, invoices, contracts, proposals, resumès, media kits, pricing guides, sales slides, questionnaires, banners, event signage, etc.

On-screen graphics like social media profiles + covers, promo + announcement images, Instagram stories, website graphics, email headers, blog post graphics, slideshow presentations, webinar slide decks, Facebook ads, etc.

*all work shown is by past INDFG students and a few pieces from my own portfolio

 

 
Even if you think you can get around InDesign fairly well, I promise you, this course is worth it. It completely revolutionized my workflow. I *thought* I had a pretty good handle on InDesign, but there’s a difference between surface level knowledge and mastery. There is SO much you can do with InDesign.
— LAUREN CARNS, BRAND DESIGNER
 

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This is not your run-of-the-mill online course. 

I teach InDesign in a practical context and a very specific order,
so you can actually retain what you see and learn to work smarter.

 
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38 video tutorials

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8 STYLING DEMO VIDEOS

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65-PAGE WORKBOOK

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VIDEO REFERENCE GUIDE

 
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ACTIONABLE HOMEWORK

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PRACTICE PROJECT

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INDESIGN TEMPLATES

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LIFETIME ACCESS

 

The icing on the cake – you'll save thousands of dollars by learning
the exact software you would normally hire a designer to use.

 

I absolutely loved the InDesign Field Guide, and I’m basically telling everyone about it who will listen. I was blown away by how thorough, thoughtful, and easy-to-follow it all was, and the bonuses on top of all that were such a fabulous surprise!
— Michelle Anthony, relationship coach
 
INDFG is the real deal. Clear instruction, great checklists, and best of all, hands-on. You get to watch over Kelsey’s shoulder as she helps you design your project and you have a useful document in your hands by the end of the course. Kelsey is an awesome teacher. I knew nothing about InDesign before I started, but now I can tackle anything!
— TIM MATSUDA, STUDENT

 So what's this practice project thingy?

IT'S WHAT SETS INDFG APART — LEARNING THE TOOLS IN CONTEXT, NOT ON A BLANK SCREEN.

 

When I started creating this course, I wanted to teach the tools of InDesign in a way that would be applicable and easy to understand. To do this, I decided to create a real-life document to practice on.

Every student is going to work on one single project throughout the entire course, and you’ll finish with a tangible, functioning document you can use in your business right away.

Every technique you learn in this course will be applied to this project. We’ll practice on it, try out tools on it, and polish it into InDesign perfection with every lesson you complete.

The course practice project is called Your Business Guidebook, and it will serve as the central hub for all your internal business documents (see the pages on the right for a preview).


HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:
 

  • You'll have access to my entire finished InDesign file right from the start, so you can see exactly what you'll be working on.

  • You'll create your own document in Lesson 1, and practice every tool we cover on your own file.

  • You'll perfect your InDesign file with each lesson to create your own guidebook, unique to your business.

  • You'll have homework for each lesson on your own guidebook, so you know exactly what to finish before the next lesson.

  • At the end of the 5 lessons, you'll have practiced all your new InDesign skills on this file, so you can turn around and work with real clients and get paid real money for it.

  • This gives you a tangible, finished, 20-page PDF to finish with, plus see how the program’s tools apply in a real setting, not just on a blank screen.


I think this is a wonderful way to learn InDesign and finish with a product that I am certain I will continue to use. It’s also helping me figure out exactly how I want my brand to be portrayed, so this comes at a great time in my business.
— AMANDA MEANS, DESIGNER, TEACHER + BLOGGER
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What EXACTLY is covered in this course?

THE COURSE IS COMPLETELY SELF-PACED.
SOME BINGE IT ALL IN A WEEK, OTHERS TAKE IT SLOW OVER 4-6 WEEKS.

 
 


Lesson 1 — Logistics

+ Intro to InDesign — when to use each of the Adobe programs, plus basic terms + tools to be familiar with as you start using InDesign 
+ Preparing Your Workflow — my personal systematic approach to working smarter in InDesign, especially for longer projects 
+ File Setup — how to setup a new document, and a quick tour of the InDesign workspace and preferences

 
 
 
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Lesson 2 — Pages

+ Page Setup — how to set up margins, bleed, grids & guides, a tour of the pages pane, adjusting your page count, and organizing your content 
+ Master Pages — what master pages are, how they can streamline your workflow, how to setup + design on a master page and apply them to your project pages, working with automatic page numbering + sections, using bookmarks + other tools to navigate through your document faster

 
 
 


Lesson 3 — Typesetting

+ Text + Typefaces — how to create and properly flow text boxes across multiple pages, how to add in breaks to start organizing your content, basic typography terms and how they apply to InDesign, and how to properly choose typefaces for any project you work on 
+ Characters — dive deep into the character pane and refining your text with custom features like OpenType, glyphs, and special characters 
+ Paragraphs — the big world of paragraph settings, spacing, indents, lists, drop caps, adding borders + shading, and more – plus detailed typesetting standards used by real publishers 
+ Styles — how to use character + paragraph styles to streamline your design process + help you work faster (seriously, these are going to change your life!) 
+ Footnotes + Endnotes — how to create, format, and edit footnotes and endnotes with InDesign's automated tools
+ Styling Demonstrations — this lesson includes 3 styling demo videos that each show me designing a different page in the guidebook from start to finish so you can see how all the tools you’ve learned so far come together and how I make design decisions on the fly

 
 
 
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Lesson 4 — Objects

+ Shapes + Color — how to add new elements to your layout like shapes, lines, fill, and stroke; how to work with color + gradients and create your own swatches; how to apply special effects like drop shadows + gradient feathers in a tasteful way
+ Objects shortcuts to align, arrange, group, copy, and transform objects to work more efficiently, plus working with InDesign’s new object styles tool and properties tool
+ Images + Files — how to add in photos or other images using the links pane, how InDesign integrates with Photoshop and Illustrator, text wrapping around images, adding in clickable links, which interactive tools are worth your time and which ones can be done faster elsewhere
+ Tables — how to use tables in your layout, my faster way to customize the look of tables, using table + cell styles, and how to design them tastefully for things like worksheets, pricing guides, planners, and more.
+ Styling Demonstrations — this lesson includes 5 styling demo videos that each show me designing a different page in the guidebook from start to finish so you can see how all the tools you’ve learned so far come together and how I make design decisions on the fly

 
 
 
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Lesson 5 — Production

+ Finishing Your Workflow — what final workflow steps you need to take to proof and refine your document; how to use the preflight tool so nothing slips through the cracks 
+ File Prep + Organization — how to organize your files and folders for an easy-to-navigate InDesign package that’s a breeze to edit later and pass on to clients + printers; standards for prepping your file for print and for on-screen use; and what other file types you can export from InDesign

 
 

HEY. PSSSST.

Watch this video pulled straight from Lesson 3 to get a feel for my teaching style.

AND THREE CHEERS FOR CHARACTER STYLES! 

 
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 But INDFG is way more than just the 5 core lessons.
You’ll also get to access to all of
these practical bonuses:

 
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Private Facebook Group

Get access to the private Facebook community where you can get design feedback, stay in the loop with course updates + software updates, and connect with other design nerds.

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THE TOOLKIT LIBRARY (NEW!)

Each toolkit is a project-based mini-class digging deep into design topics like social media, blogging, workbooks, and ebooks. Includes quick video tutorials and SO. MANY. design templates. Four toolkits are available now, and 6 more will be added this year!

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QUARTERLY LIVE CALLS

Hop on the quarterly live Q+A calls to get your InDesign questions answered and brush up on new techniques. Plus, watch 4+ hours of past recordings in the Q+A library.

 
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THE RESOURCE LIBRARY

Take it all a step further with bonus lessons on liquid layouts, CC libraries, editable forms, Adobe Fonts, and more. Plus some starter template files, and the crowd favorite: the InDesign project planner.

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THE WORKSHOP LIBRARY

Catch up on about 4 hours worth of recordings of past design workshops I've co-hosted with other experts + designers. Topics include becoming a freelancer, designing for digital products, creating lead magnets, and more.

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VIDEO REFERENCE GUIDE

Once described as “gold on paper,” the video reference guide is a crowd favorite for INDFG alumni. It’s a time-stamped outline of every lesson's videos, so you can quickly look up specific topics + tools and know right where to jump in for a refresher.

 

Basically, I'm your InDesign concierge, without the fancy jacket.
I'll keep tabs on software updates, figure out how they work, and update the course accordingly.

 
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This is a brand new, completely revamped 2.0 version of this course.

 

BRAND NEW VIDEOS

This course was originally created in 2015, but in early 2019, I re-recorded every single video in all 5 lessons on the latest version of Adobe InDesign, showing the newest tools + features of the program.

BRAND NEW TOOLKIT LIBRARY

The shiny new Toolkit Library is a new addition and chock full of easy-to-digest project-based design tutorials and fully-designed templates. These are designed to be quick for you to consume and easy for you to implement.

BRAND NEW WORKBOOK

I’ve compiled all the loose PDFs included in the course into one nice + neat workbook. It houses all the course guides, cheatsheets, glossaries, lesson homework, notes pages, and the much-loved video reference guide.

 

The InDesign Field Guide is better than it’s ever been, and now is the best time to jump in.

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Start learning InDesign today with The InDesign Field Guide.

CURB THE OVERWHELM, AND FINALLY LEARN TO WORK SMARTER + FASTER IN ADOBE INDESIGN.

 
 

SINGLE PAYMENT — saves $60!

$599

46 videos over 5 lessons

65-page workbook

video reference guide

course practice project

InDesign templates galore

private Facebook group — brand new!

quarterly live calls + replay vault

Toolkit Library — brand new!

Resource Library with advanced trainings

Workshop Library with design experts

24/7 lifetime access + future updates


Yes! Let's do it!

4 monthly payments

$165 / month x 4

46 videos over 5 lessons

65-page workbook

video reference guide

course practice project

InDesign templates galore

private Facebook group — brand new!

quarterly live calls + replay vault

Toolkit Library — brand new!

Resource Library with advanced trainings

Workshop Library with design experts

24/7 lifetime access + future updates


Yes! Let's do it!

 

For each new student who enrolls, $50 will be donated to I Pour Life, as they care for single moms + their families in Ethiopia.

 
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LET'S DO SOME GOOD WHILE WE'RE AT IT.

For each new student who enrolls, I’m donating $50 to the Moms For Moms campaign with I Pour Life, as they care for single mothers and their families in Ethiopia.

INDESIGN IS COOL and ALL, BUT GIVING BACK to those who really need it IS way BETTER.

 
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Who’s teaching this thing?

Hey-o! I’m Kelsey, the owner + designer behind Paper + Oats, where I teach creatives how to organize, design, and market their digital products so they can share what they know, and look good doing it. I earned my InDesign stripes working for 5 years at a design agency where I was hanging out in InDesign all day, er'day – including laying out 20+ published book interiors, averaging 250 pages each... so that's like 5,000 pages, right?! Whoa, math. After the first few projects, I figured out my own workflow to make my InDesign projects go faster with less duplicate work and fewer errors for the publisher to catch. InDesign became second nature, and as I transitioned into full-time self-employment, I literally couldn't run or grow my business without a working knowledge of InDesign.

I’m also a single mom in Missouri to my pigtail sidekick, Poppy, and our sheep dog, Cooper, forever in search of our next ice cream cone.

You don't have to be a designer to use Adobe InDesign.

THERE, I SAID IT. IN FACT, HERE'S A RUNNING LIST OF CURRENT INDFG-LOVERS.

 
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  • food bloggers

  • photographers

  • authors + writers

  • health / fitness bloggers

  • lifestyle / beauty bloggers

  • life + business coaches

  • interior designers + decorators

  • school teachers + professors

  • infopreneurs + strategists

  • fine artists + calligraphers

  • virtual assistants

  • productivity coaches

  • professional organizers

  • art + creative directors

  • copywriters

  • travel bloggers

  • DIY / craft bloggers

  • planner companies

  • Etsy shop owners

  • home / garden bloggers

  • accountants (what?!)

  • a behavioral analyst, for goodness sake! 

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But don't take it from me, hang around the water cooler for a few.

nearly 600 STUDENTS HAVE GONE THROUGH INDFG , AND THEY'RE LOVING EVERY INCH OF IT. 

The only course you’ll ever need to take if you want to use InDesign for your business! You covered everything I’m going to need, and you didn’t waste time on features I probably won’t use.
— Jessica Alonso, Virtual Assistant
I just landed my first freelance client a couple days ago! This was ONLY made possible because of what I learned in Kelsey’s INDFG course because it’s the platform I’ll need to use for the project! The course is extremely comprehensive + thorough, and I know I’ll be referencing it a ton as I continue to learn. Worth every penny! I’m feeling so blessed + excited for the new opportunities ahead of me!
— LINDSAY ELLIS, BLOGGER
Your InDesign course is amazing, I’m so glad I took it! The Business Guidebook project is a huge value on its own. I’ve been referring to it over and over as I move forward in my business. And InDesign, where have you been all my life?! This is truly a game changer. Your course is so incredibly organized and easy to follow. I just cozied up with my tea, and designed right along with you each day. Now my head is swimming with new ideas for my business. And, using InDesign is so FUN – who knew?
— SARAH DANNER DUKIC, BLOGGER
This course was worth every penny for the insider tips + tricks (for beginners + veterans alike). The course is extremely organized and clear (including cheat sheets, homework checklists, and videos for visual learners). I have completed all of the lessons, but because I have open access, I have already been referring back to everything to solidify the information further! Thank you Kelsey for creating this course, it has definitely given me more confidence working in InDesign!
— CHRISTINE, STUDENT
This course is one of the best investments I could have ever made for my business. It’s so detailed, so comprehensive, and I love that it instantly let me utilize my knowledge of the program by creating a business guidebook! I definitely know my way around InDesign now and can’t believe how many design opportunities I have been missing by not having knowledge of this program.
— Jessica Alonso, Virtual Assistant

Kyla, business coach

Being able to look over your shoulder to see how you designed pages was awesome. The checklists, guides, templates, and other PDFs with the video lessons are super helpful. The bonus video on making forms in Acrobat was also super helpful.
— TIM MATSUDA, STUDENT
The InDesign Field Guide is one of the most beneficial courses I have ever purchased. Packed with incredibly useful and practical information, insider tips and tricks, and best practices for design, you get so much more out of the INDFG than just learning InDesign! I feel so much more prepared for the next stages of my business with all of this knowledge and teaching under my belt. I can’t wait to implement all that Kelsey taught me to take my business to the next level!
— JENNIFER ELWELL, COACH + BLOGGER
This is a great course. I feel so much more comfortable using InDesign now. Easy to follow instructions, and I can go back to review if I need.
— HAPPY NOTES, STATIONERY SHOP
Your course has changed my life. You are an amazing teacher and that’s coming from a college educator. Your course made a very confusing program so easy. You are a master at making overwhelming situations the complete opposite. I love that you have homework checklists and course maps because it helps me keep track of everything and plan out how and when to finish each video.
— SHERI ORDOÑA MONTAÑA, STUDENT
This class made me feel like an InDesign master! My favorite part was the thoroughness of all the videos and the practice project — I was actually learning how to apply what I was hearing! I’ve used the program for years, but I still learned tons of new tools and tricks that will make every design project from now on easier, faster, and better.
— TERA LYNN CHILDS, AUTHOR
InDesign was never a program I really used, but I needed to design my own range of products, so I had to finally learn how to use it in an organized and effective way. Now I use InDesign in SO many ways and can create products much faster. I learned a lot in this easy-to-follow course. It was totally worth every penny. If you’re overwhelmed by InDesign, you need to take this course!
— SABRINA LINKE, STUDENT
I really got a lot out of the course. I’m creating so much in InDesign now, and the process is so much smoother. I used to hack together Photoshop + Pages files, which was a total headache. Thanks again for putting together such a great course!
— NOELIA SANCHEZ, STUDENT

Erica, interior designer

I took Kelsey‘s InDesign course, and it was fantastic, especially learning her workflow. There’s no way I could ever have learned that through a bunch of YouTube tutorials.
— DORIAN ARNOLD, STUDENT
Your course has taken me from spending 3 hours ugly-crying my way through a single-page lead magnet in InDesign, to feeling competent in designing documents with ease + precision. It was such a fantastic, carefully detailed education in InDesign — you thought of everything! You delivered like crazy, I’m so grateful.
— AMY STAFFORD, STUDENT
I’m in the middle of the course right now (been binge watching for 2 days.) I’m amazing at how in-depth the class is! The worksheets and hands-on practice is invaluable!! I’m creating a wholesale catalog for my stationery business and don’t think I would be able to do it without your class!
— Tammie Bennett, stationery designer
Thank you for making such an amazing course. My InDesign skills have gone from frustrating to pretty dang impressive. Whenever I get stuck, I just refer back to your handy time-stamped video guide. That thing is GOLD on paper. Thank you for giving me something invaluable: a bit more faith in myself.
— Jessica Aries, blogger
I was a bit hesitant to purchase an InDesign course since there are so many free resources available, but I am so glad I made the investment! The course is well-structured and easy to follow, and I was able to complete it all in just a few days. Kelsey’s teaching style is very thorough, and I loved how she explained why she made certain design decisions. The private Facebook group is an amazing resource, and the cherry on top is that I was able to make back the cost of the course with my first 3 clients!
— Estrella Sansait, designer
 
This is by far the best online class I have ever purchased. Bar none. I can honestly say dollar for dollar your course has been the best value for money that I’ve bought. I truly believe that every creative entrepreneur who wants to create products for their business needs this class!
— DEB THOMPSON, PHOTOGRAPHER + FOOD BLOGGER

Christina, behavioral analyst

Tera Lynn, author

I am working through this course already and it has been so beneficial! I had some basic knowledge on InDesign from design school, but your course was the most thorough I’ve ever experienced! Thank you!
— CAITLYN CREATIVE WORKS, DESIGNER
Ahhhmazing! This course helps you to understand InDesign in a way that allows for application right off the bat. Kelsey is thorough, reiterates keyboard shortcuts, verbalizes exactly what she’s doing and keeps her videos short enough to watch in one sitting, but still packed with content. If you’ve never used InDesign in your life (I hadn’t), this course will help you understand the basics + then some in a well-thought-out way.
— SHEREE CLARK, LIFE COACH + BLOGGER
Y’all, Kelsey is an InDesign wizard and in this course she shares all of her magical secrets. Invest in yourself and your business by taking the InDesign Field Guide and I promise you won’t regret it! I can’t wait to see where this priceless new knowledge takes me!
— JESSICA ALONSO, VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
Still loving the InDesign course, BTW. It made me confident enough to try out Photoshop + Illustrator too. Woohoo! I ditched Canva last month. Thank you so much!
— SARAH, MOM + HEALTH BLOGGER
This is the class you need to leverage your blogging game and start creating digital products. This course will give you the straight talk on the tools and techniques to create a variety of documents with InDesign.
— DEB THOMPSON, PHOTOGRAPHER + FOOD BLOGGER
I feel totally confident working in InDesign now, and I had never used it before. This course will teach you everything you need to know to get started in InDesign as well as some advanced info that it would take you a long time before you mastered. Even if you know InDesign I would recommend purchasing this course just for the extra information about industry standards, design workflows, and bonuses!
— JENNIFER ELWELL, COACH + BLOGGER
I truly appreciate how thorough you are in the course. It has already changed my approach to creating documents, and I love how clean and organized my designs are now. This course has certainly made me more comfortable with the major programs for the Adobe suite, and for that I am very grateful. As a teacher, I commend you Kelsey on a job well done. This course is worth every penny!
— AMANDA MEANS, DESIGNER, TEACHER, + BLOGGER
What I loved about this course and what made me purchase was that Kelsey states plainly that not everything in InDesign will be covered. That made my day. I know how huge and powerful the Adobe programs are and I really wanted to steer clear of anything that was going to overwhelm me with TMI. I wanted to get the nitty gritty on how to make lots of stuff with InDesign, but I didn’t want to spend the next 6 years doing it! Ah-mazing course!
— DEB THOMPSON, PHOTOGRAPHER + FOOD BLOGGER

Deb, food blogger

Elisabeth, calligrapher

Kelsey’s InDesign course was Ah-mazing! She completely helped me get over all of my InDesign hang-ups. I’ve watched the whole thing multiple times now, and it’s such a fantastic resource that I’m so darn grateful to have.
— ERICA REITMAN, INTERIOR DESIGNER
It was so worth the time to take your course!! I thought I knew InDesign but I learned SO much. Everyone reading this – sign up for this course. Kelsey hit it out of the park.
— NORA CONRAD, PRODUCTIVITY COACH
Before taking your course, I was looking to hire someone to design my lead magnets and other digital content. I had a huge hangup about the magnitude of a program like InDesign. Now I have the skills necessary to execute my ideas, take my creative work to a new level, and put the thousands I would’ve paid a designer back into my business.
— SARAH DANNER DUKIC, BLOGGER
I wanted to thank you for putting such a wonderful resource out into the world. The way in which you walk through the making of a document is really a great process for learning and seeing how the tools can be utilised in real world production. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and can see myself using it both in work and for pleasure.
— FIONA SMALLWOOD, STUDENT
I had never used InDesign before, and felt super intimidated by it, but now, I have much more of an understanding of what my design team is saying. And I know that I’ll be able to whip together something by myself if I need to! This course helps me stay on my path towards continuous improvement, without pulling out my hair or going broke in the process.
— KRISSY RHEE, STUDENT
I’m so glad I invested in this course. I just purchased and just started and must say it is head & shoulders above a lot of online courses I’ve taken... and I’ve taken A LOT!
— PAMELA CANCEL, STUDENT

Michelle, relationship coach

I absolutely loved INDFG! I’ve been taking advantage of the worksheet templates you included with the bonuses, and they’ve been total lifesavers. Your templates are the reason I’ve been able to crank out new work so quickly and feel so great about how it all looks. Thanks so much for such a valuable course!
— MICHELLE ANTHONY, RELATIONSHIP COACH
InDesign used to scare the bejeezers out of me... and now I’m using it all the time. I have you to thank for making me love InDesign! Just wanted to let you know you rock!
— TANIA RYAN, STUDENT
The skills I have learned in this course are invaluable! I searched forever for a course that would teach me stuff I would actually use and need to know, and INDFG definitely filled that position. The Business Guidebook project also helped me to finally work on my branding, too!
— ELIZABETH WARREN, STUDENT
I had no experience at all with InDesign…and have now used it DAILY since taking your class!
— Erin Smith
 
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By the end of this course, you’ll have true confidence in your brand, and the tech skills you’ve been lacking to bring your ideas to life.

 
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You got Q's. I got A's.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, AS THE KIDS SAY.

 

How does an online course work?

An online course is a complete digital learning experience. Immediately after you purchase this course, you'll be sent an email with details on how to login to a members-only website where you'll be able to access every lesson. This course allows you to work through each lesson at your own pace. All lesson materials are delivered via video tutorials and PDF downloads, all of which is housed in that members-only website. Nothing physical will be shipped to you, and no in-person events will be included.

How long does the course take?

You’ll have immediate access to every single lesson as soon as you purchase this course, so you can work through everything at your own pace. On average it takes students about 4-6 weeks to complete all the lessons, though some have been known to binge on all 5 lessons in just a few days. The best part is you get lifetime access to everything in the course, so you can come back as often as you need for a refresh.

What if I hate it?

Online courses can be an investment, I totally get it — though I'm pretty confident you won't hate it :) So let's make this easy on you. If you decide within 7 days of purchasing this course that you're not loving it and not finding it useful, shoot me an email and I'll refund every penny. I want The InDesign Field Guide to teach you a specific skill, not collect dust on your computer. I will, however, ask lots of questions about your request for a refund so I can make sure this course is the best it can be.

 

Do I have to have Adobe InDesign?

Obviously this course is all about InDesign, so it'll be most beneficial to have access to the program. You can now purchase a monthly subscription to the software via the Adobe Creative Cloud website for about $20/month. This is not included in the price of this course. There is also a free trial for new users right here.

What if I have an older version of InDesign?

No problem. Most of the tools you'll learn will still be accessible in previous versions of InDesign. How old is too old? If you have anything prior to CS4, I would highly recommend upgrading to the CC version to get the most out of this course. The new 2.0 version of the course is recorded on the 2019 CC version of InDesign, but I kept all the 1.0 videos that were recorded on CS6 and can give you access to that as well if you prefer.

Can I ask you something else?

Yes! Ask away. Send an email to kelsey@paperandoats.com and I’ll respond as soon as my kid’s snacks are refilled.

Alright, ready to do this?
Let's get a handle on Adobe InDesign once + for all.

PICK THE LEVEL THAT SUITS YOU BEST, TAKE A DEEP BREATH ... AND PUT A RING ON IT.

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SINGLE PAYMENT – saves $60!

$599

46 videos over 5 lessons

65-page workbook

video reference guide

course practice project

InDesign templates galore

private Facebook group — brand new!

quarterly live calls + replay vault

Toolkit Library — brand new!

Resource Library with advanced trainings

Workshop Library with design experts

24/7 lifetime access + future updates


Yes! Let's do it!

4 monthly payments

$165 / month x 4

46 videos over 5 lessons

65-page workbook

video reference guide

course practice project

InDesign templates galore

private Facebook group — brand new!

quarterly live calls + replay vault

Toolkit Library — brand new!

Resource Library with advanced trainings

Workshop Library with design experts

24/7 lifetime access + future updates


Yes! Let's do it!

 

For each new student who enrolls, $50 will be donated to I Pour Life, as they care for single moms + their families in Ethiopia.

 

 
If you’re considering INDFG, I can tell you that you need to make this investment in yourself and in your business, it will absolutely pay for itself so many times over. I’ve been able to design opt-in freebies and lead magnets that have brought thousands of new subscribers to my email list, design social media images that engage my followers, create workbooks that add tons of value to the programs I offer, and communicate my brand in a way that is beautiful, professional, streamlined, and FAST. This course is something you’ll refer back to again and again, and it’s going to make a huge difference in your work.
— Kyla Roma, business coach