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.

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...

Photographic Layouts Inspiration

Photography is a key element of many designs; but some designers take photos to a new level of awe-inspiring in their layouts. These examples,...

Business Card Sizes: All the Standard Sizes You Need

The size of business cards can vary depending on where in the world you are printing your cards. Read on to find the definitive list of...

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...

Crash Course: How to Format Text Part 2

In Part One of the crash course we looked at what typography was and how you can format your type using the Controls panel...

Crash Course: How to Format Text Part 1

'Typography' is a term used to describe how text can be formatted and arranged to make it look attractive and appealing; and it's at...

InDesign Secret: How to Get Rid of Excessive Overset Text

Nobody wants to spend ages manually selecting and deleting unwanted overset text that might run into a huge number of words. Read on to find...

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...

Color Inspiration: How to Use Color in Your Designs

Colour is at the heart of successful print design. These stunning designs use the power of colour to transform their layouts from dull to decadent....

How to Prepare Your InDesign Work for Print: Part 2 of...

Have confidence exporting and sending your InDesign work to print with Part Two of our essential guide. Consider everything listed here and in Part One,...

How to Prepare Your InDesign Work for Print: Part 1 of...

Preparing your InDesign work for print can be a daunting task, especially as there's no 'Undo' button to press once your printed result arrives...

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 to Conduct a Word-Count

If you're creating a text-heavy document, it's really useful to be able to perform a word-count, either of the whole text or sections of...

InDesign Basics: The Beginner’s Guide to Color

Having a basic understanding of color is the key to confidently creating documents for print or digital in InDesign. In this bitesize beginner's guide we'll...

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: What is a Bleed and When Do I Use...

If you're preparing any document for professional printing, it's a given that you'll need to allow for a Bleed in your InDesign document. In this...

The Adobe Overview: When to Use InDesign

If you're new to using Adobe InDesign you may wonder 'Why should I use InDesign?' or 'When should choose InDesign over a different application such as Photoshop or Illustrator?' In...

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: The Beginner’s Guide to InDesign Styles

In this Bitesize tutorial, we'll look at how to create Styles and apply them to text and objects throughout your InDesign documents. Styles are a great way to...

InDesign Basics: ‘Threading’ Text

In this Bitesize tutorial, we'll look at how to 'thread' text throughout your InDesign documents. Text is placed in InDesign via a single or number of text...

Typography: Perfect Fonts for Magazines

Magazines make the perfect canvas for fantastic typography. Your choice of font can transform layouts from dull to dramatic, and instantly create a sense of atmosphere, style...

InDesign Basics: Working with Images

In this Bitesize tutorial, you will learn how to manage images in your InDesign documents. We'll look at how images must be placed and linked, rather than embedded, and...

Fantastic Fonts for Book Covers

Typography can make or break a book cover design. The extensive variety of typography on covers is mind-boggling - from conservative serifs to charmingly...