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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...

The Best Fonts for Every Occasion

We've assembled the ultimate guide to the very best fonts on the web, organised by the best ways to use them. Best of all, the majority of our...

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...

The Graphic and Print Design Trends to Look Out For in...

What better way to put a politically tumultuous year behind you than to indulge in a bit of trend spotting for the year ahead?...

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...

The Best Vintage Fonts by Historical Era

Typography plays a huge part in how we perceive the age or era of a particular design. We can use fonts as an indicator of time...

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...

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...

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...

20 Beautiful Collages in Print Design

Collage-inspired designs are enjoying a moment in the sun, but they've always been a beautiful way to give print designs a 3D, tactile look.  These...

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...

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,...

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,...

Cookbook Design Inspiration

Cookbooks are an endless source of print design inspiration, combining atmospheric photography with enticing typography and tantalising colour.  Find inspiration for your next publishing project with our...

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...

Typography: The Best Free Fonts for Print

We love a new print design-friendly font here at InDesignSkills, and we like it even more if it comes with a free commercial licence! Read on...

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...

Typography: Awesome Fonts for Creative Branding

Well-chosen typography can take your branding designs from so-so to spectacular, but choosing the right font to use in logo design, and across stationery...

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...

Poster Design Inspiration

Posters are a tried-and-tested, high-impact format for advertising films or events. Here we take a look at poster designs which combine photography and typography for dramatic effect,...

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...

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