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...

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...

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 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...

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...

Typography Skills: Hanging Punctuation

Use this simple InDesign trick to sharpen up your text on posters, magazines and books. This easy-peasy tip is the secret weapon of professional typographers,...

Choosing Font Sizes for Books: Get Your Typesetting Size Right

If you're new to 'typesetting' books (the process of arranging type on the inside pages), you might feel a bit daunted by the task....

Which File Format?: A Guide to INDD, IDML, INX and Everything...

It's all very well if your boss, colleague or printer asks for an 'InDesign file'. But what should you send them if they're using...

Why Does My Printer Hate Me?: This Advice Will Make Them...

If you're picking up frosty vibes from your (un)friendly neighbourhood printer, it's probably because you're providing them with print files that simply don't cut...

Five Ways to Improve your Layouts Instantly…

You began creating your layout in InDesign with so much enthusiasm, but despite your hard work it's still looking, well, a bit 'meh'. Panic not! Here...

InDesign Basics: Proof your InDesign work with Preflight

You've spent ages perfecting your InDesign document, and you're just about ready to send it to print. Hold press! You should always perform a...

InDesign Tips: How Do I Print True Black?

Ever printed your InDesign document only for the 'black' colour to come out looking a little washed-out? Get familiar with 'true' black in InDesign...

InDesign Basics: How Do I Change the Size of a Page...

Sometimes you need to resize a page in your document pronto, or switch the orientation of a page at the drop of a hat....

InDesign Basics: Why Package Your InDesign Files?

Have you ever received an InDesign file from a colleague or client, only to find that the document is riddled with missing links and...

InDesign Basics: Importing Text from a Word Document

In this Bitesize tutorial, you will learn how to import text from a word-processing document into your InDesign document. There are several methods for importing and managing large...

How Did They Do That?: A Simple 3D Effect

In our new series of tutorials, How Did They Do That?, we dissect the tricks used by graphic design pros and share with you...

InDesign Basics: Insert Page Numbers and Create Sections

In this Bitesize tutorial, you will learn how to insert Page Numbers and create Sections in your InDesign document. This is an essential skill if you're creating...

InDesign Basics: Spell-Check your InDesign Document

In this Bitesize tutorial, you will learn how to spell-check your InDesign document. How to set Spelling Preferences Check spelling in your document This tutorial covers spell-checking in...