Tutorials

Learn InDesign the fun way with our bite-sized tutorials. Our beginner InDesign tutorials walk you through the most essential InDesign skills, giving you the confidence to create and edit print-ready documents like a pro.

How to Create a Botanical Wedding Invite in InDesign

Romantic botanical styles are one of our favorite wedding stationery trends here at InDesignSkills. But there’s no need to splash out on expensive invites when...

What are Widows and Orphans?

They might sound a tad Dickensian, but ‘widows’ and ‘orphans’ are actually terms designers use to describe unwanted stray words in typography. Here, we’ll look...

Quick Tip: How to Fix Overset Text in InDesign

If you’re seeing a little ‘+’ symbol at the bottom of a text frame, or getting an error warning when you come to export...

Quick Tip: How to Use Baseline Grids in InDesign

Remember that pleasing feeling of writing on lined paper back at school? InDesign’s baseline grid function helps you to replicate just that, allowing you...

The Quick-Start Guide to Graphic Design

Is it your dream to become a graphic designer? If you have an eye for design and a flair for technology this creative field...

The Only 10 Fonts You Need to Get Started as a...

If you’re relatively new to typography, the sheer choice of fonts out there can be overwhelming. This ‘capsule’ collection of essential fonts is a...

Quick and Easy Decorative Lettering in InDesign

Taking inspiration from retro and circus-style lettering, these decorative drop caps would make beautiful additions to layouts or as stand-alone designs. While they may look...

The Beginner’s Guide to Kerning

Find out more about kerning, including what exactly kerning is and how you can apply kerning in your own design work. What is Kerning? Kerning is...

The Beginner’s Guide to Tracking

In our typography breakdown series, we look at some of the key techniques which have the ability to transform lacklustre text into jaw-dropping typography. Here,...

The Beginner’s Guide to Leading

In our typography breakdown series, we look at some of the key techniques which have the ability to transform lacklustre text into jaw-dropping typography. Here,...

Drawing Shapes and Illustrations in InDesign

It’s surprisingly quick and easy to create illustrated graphics in InDesign, without the need for dipping into vector software or splashing out on stock...

The Beginner’s Guide to Font Pairing

Most layouts look best when at least two fonts are used to set text. Magazine spreads, book pages, flyers, websites and other text-based designs...

Create a Neon Text Effect in InDesign

Who’s got the time to do lengthy typography tutorials? Or the cash to splash on Photoshop actions? Here at InDesignSkills we’re all about making your life...

5 Essential Tools for InDesign Beginners

Opening up Adobe InDesign for the first time? As a complete beginner the interface can seem a little intimidating, but you can get started...

Create an Engraved Stone Text Effect in InDesign

Who’s got the time to do lengthy typography tutorials? Or the money to buy expensive Photoshop actions? Here at InDesignSkills we’re all about making your...

How to Create Vertical Text in InDesign

Vertical text is a fantastic technique for giving posters and other layouts a dramatic typographic look. This quick tutorial will show you how to...

Creating Beautiful Drop Caps in InDesign

A drop cap adds a professional flourish to any layout, whether you’re designing a magazine, poster or book. This fundamental typographic skill isn’t difficult...

InDesign Basics: Creating Arrows

Whether you're creating a newsletter, infographic or chart in InDesign, arrows are an essential graphic for directing the reader's gaze and embellishing data-based content. Here...

How to Create a Table of Contents in InDesign

InDesign has a designated tool for automatically creating contents lists, the Table of Contents (TOC) function. If you’re working on a lengthy document this can be...

InDesign Basics: A Quick Guide to Master Pages

Master pages sound scarier than they are—the principle behind them is actually very simple, and they’re incredibly useful for adding consistent design elements to...

Beautiful Free Fonts for Business Cards & Resumés

If you’re designing a business card or wanting to refresh the look of your resumé or CV, you won’t want to miss our curated selection of...

Fresh Ideas for Improving Your Magazine Layouts

Magazines can be a challenge for any designer, budding or professional. Managing a large amount of content while maintaining a stylish, high-end look can be...

How to Place One Image into Multiple Frames in InDesign

This is the sort of cool effect you’ll see in high-end magazines and on poster designs. Spreading one image across multiple image frames creates a...

The Essential Guide to Print Finishes

Want to know your die cutting from your foiling? Confused about the difference between embossing and debossing?  This straightforward guide will introduce you to some of...

Typography Secrets: Fonts with the Best Glyphs

Glyphs are a graphic designer's best-kept secret—instant images that make fantastic decorative embellishments for designs. The best thing about them? They're hiding inside some of your...

Typography Secrets: Fonts with the Best Ampersands

We're always on the hunt for bold, beautiful ampersands ('&') to add stylish flair to otherwise dull conjunctions. Read on to discover our selection of the...

Design a Paperback Book Cover in InDesign: Tutorial

In this simple-to-follow tutorial you'll learn how to create a full paperback book cover in Adobe InDesign, and take away a template for using with...

Adobe Color CC: Become a Master of Color

One of the fantastic features of Adobe CC is the Adobe Color CC (formerly Adobe Kuler) feature. This helpful online portal allows you to create...

Open Corrupt InDesign Files: Make Your Computer Say ‘Yes’!

There's nothing more frustrating than trying to open an InDesign file only to have an message flagged up saying the file is 'corrupted' and...

Type on a Path in InDesign Tutorial

We are taking a look at how the Type on a Path Tool can give your typography a curved, fluid style that looks fantastic layered over...

A Quick Guide: Creating & Publishing EPUBs

Creating and publishing your own eBooks and eMagazines is so much fun, and can be financially rewarding too! If you're new to the EPUB game, this...

InDesign Magazine Layouts: Working With Photos

Dramatic photography can look fantastic on InDesign layouts; pick up the techniques you can use to make the most of your images. Discover these simple tips...