Your company has in-sourced its design work, and it’s landed on your desk.

You've been given an InDesign template but have no idea how to use it.

You've been told you need to learn Illustrator to create better infographics.

You need to improve the visuals in your social media posts.

You've been asked to design a poster, but you're not a designer.

If this is you, then you’re in the right place. 

What if by the start of next week...

You’ll be able to use the InDesign template you’ve been given. 

You’d be able to design a great looking poster for your company.

You’d be able to create a gorgeous infographic.

You’d be able to make a dull-looking photograph look many times better.

You’d be able to create beautiful icons for your website.

You’d be able to use InDesign creatively instead of being scared by it.

Digital Design Kickstart is a course for non-designers (like marketing and communications assistants) who want to quickly get up to speed with InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. 

But this isn’t just another InDesign / Illustrator / Photoshop course. This course is designed for beginners who don’t have any background in design. It’s written for people in your position, to build your confidence and get you up to speed quickly, so that you can do the work you want to do.  

“Love it! You are a very good teacher Peter!”
— Debra Peterson, Creative Director / Owner,

Digital Design Kickstart doesn’t just teach you InDesign, Illustrator & Photoshop. It shows you how a designer uses them. You’ll learn to create flyers, posters, icons, infographics and more for some specific brands, so that you can learn the skills before using them on your own brand.

“Having simple guidance to professional design has meant I’ve been able to up the game with presentation – without the luxury of a team of designers”
— Hannah Clifford, Head of Development, LIFT

Here are some of the things you’ll learn to create

“I found every exercise full of interesting information which went beyond simple step-by-step instructions. They show in really a simple way what a designer who uses InDesign thinks while using it and that is what makes this so special”.
— Paolo Pedretti, Product Designer



InDesign in context
Creating a flyer from a template
Creating a poster from a template
Creating a flyer from scratch
Creating a poster from scratch
Creating a postcard from scratch
Creating a template
Creating a double sided leaflet
About paragraph styles
Creating a more complex leaflet
Preparing your documents for commercial printing


Illustrator in context
Creating a basic banner
Creating a camera icon
Creating a map marker icon
Creating iMac, iPad and iPhone icons
Creating a logo for Ocean Hotels
Creating a simple pattern background
Creating a more complex pattern background
Creating a simple sale banner
Creating a more complex sale banner
Creating a logo for Visit Cuba
Creating a graph
Creating a simple map
Creating a more complex map
Letting Illustrator trace for you
How to save for a print document
How to save for onscreen use


Photoshop in context
Basic adjustments to a photograph
Colour correcting a photograph
Working with basic selections
Working with more complex selections
Using brushes to paint things in or out
Removing things from a photograph
Introducing Photoshop layers
Introducing text and shape layers
Saving for print
Saving for web

“Very nicely constructed lessons. Very clear and easy to understand”
— Sheina Yeheskal,


This class is for anyone that wants to learn how to design with InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. It's aimed specifically at professionals like Marketing Assistants and those working in Communications who have may acquired design responsibilities but don't have a design background. 

Who is the class NOT suitable FOR?

It's not suitable for someone that only wants to learn InDesign or Illustrator or Photoshop. You can find those individual sections of this larger course here. It's also unsuitable for anyone who primarily wants to learn web design. You'll get the most from this class if you are type of person that learns by doing, as the class is designed around tasks for you to do. If that isn't your style of learning, this might not be the class for you. 


This course is taught by Peter Bone, a freelance graphic designer for over 20 years. During that time he has taught thousands of people to use Quark Xpress, Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop – at every level from complete beginners through to experts in their field. He has taught designers, marketing people, creative directors, writers, editors, illustrators, fashion designers and photographers for companies as varied as the BBC, the British Museum, Paul Smith, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Disney, Greenpeace, The Guardian and The Designers Guild. He's the author of InDesign CC Creative Classroom and Creating Logos with Illustrator, among other books. 


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to this course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own. If new materials are added subsequently then you'll get access to those too. 

What format is the course content delivered in?

The classes are delivered as a series of short online videos, the content of each is designed to build upon the subjects you've already learned. 

What software will I need to participate in the course?

You’ll need access to Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop if you want to participate fully in the course (working on exercises yourself as opposed to just watching the videos). It's not crucial that you have the very latest version. If you don’t have access to them, you can download 30 day trial versions of each program from

Could I just find this information for free online?

You don't need me to tell you that you can find out pretty much anything you want online, but that's different from being taught. Being taught the right things. In the right order.  By an experienced teacher. I have taught many, many people who have given up trying to learn these programs using YouTube and Google and attended one of my classes. The common experience is suddenly it felt much more straightforward. Learning this stuff should be fun, not frustrating – and unless you're very lucky you're not going to have that experience by searching the web. 

Do you offer any refunds or guarantees?

Absolutely. If you work through the class and discover that it's not working for you then email us within 30 days of purchase for a full refund, no questions asked. 

“The style, pace, level and balance between instruction and hands-on experience was just right… I would whole-heartedly endorse any of Peter’s Adobe Training Courses”.  
— Guy Bailey, Design & Publicity, Government Office For London