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InDesign Basics: Creating your First Document

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In this Bitesize tutorial, you will learn how to create a New Document in InDesign, and how to save reusable Custom Page Sizes...

5 Essential Tools for InDesign Beginners

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

InDesign Basics: Working with Images

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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...

The Beginner’s Guide to Font Pairing

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Most layouts look best when at least two fonts are used to set text. Magazine spreads, book pages, flyers,...

InDesign Basics: A Quick Guide to Master Pages

What are master pages in InDesign. A guide to using master pages.
Master pages sound scarier than they are—the principle behind them is actually very simple, and they’re incredibly useful for...

InDesign Basics: Wrap Text around Shapes and Images

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In this Bitesize tutorial, you will learn how to apply a Text Wrap to Shapes and Frames in your InDesign document. Become familiar...

The Beginner’s Guide to Leading

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In our typography breakdown series, we look at some of the key techniques which have the ability to transform...

How to Export InDesign Documents as PDFs

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Once you've finished creating a document in Adobe InDesign, you'll want to export it to a more useful format,...

Crash Course: How to Format Text Part 1

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

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How to Make a Zine in Adobe InDesign

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Zines, self-published mini magazines, are a fresh and exciting way to present photos, illustrations...

InDesign Tutorials | 10 Things You Can Create With InDesign

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If you're new to InDesign, or feeling stuck in a rut with creating the...

How to Create Stylish Magazine Pull Quotes

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Pull quotes are a great technique for drawing attention to key items of text...

The Most Popular Standard Book Sizes in the US and UK

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Confused about which size you should opt for when designing your book? Although books...

5 Typography Rules All Designers Should Know

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New to the world of Typography? Designers swear by these five go-to rules for...

How to Export InDesign Documents as PDFs

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Once you've finished creating a document in Adobe InDesign, you'll want to export it...

How to Create a Botanical Wedding Invite in InDesign

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Romantic botanical styles are one of our favorite wedding stationery trends here at InDesignSkills. But...

What are Widows and Orphans?

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They might sound a tad Dickensian, but ‘widows’ and ‘orphans’ are actually terms designers...

Quick Tip: How to Fix Overset Text in InDesign

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If you’re seeing a little ‘+’ symbol at the bottom of a text frame,...

Quick Tip: How to Use Baseline Grids in InDesign

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Remember that pleasing feeling of writing on lined paper back at school? InDesign’s baseline...

The Quick-Start Guide to Graphic Design

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Is it your dream to become a graphic designer? If you have an eye...

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

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If you’re relatively new to typography, the sheer choice of fonts out there can...

Quick and Easy Decorative Lettering in InDesign

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Taking inspiration from retro and circus-style lettering, these decorative drop caps would make beautiful...

The Beginner’s Guide to Kerning

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Find out more about kerning, including what exactly kerning is and how you can...

The Beginner’s Guide to Tracking

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In our typography breakdown series, we look at some of the key techniques which...

The Beginner’s Guide to Leading

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In our typography breakdown series, we look at some of the key techniques which...

Drawing Shapes and Illustrations in InDesign

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It’s surprisingly quick and easy to create illustrated graphics in InDesign, without the need...

The Beginner’s Guide to Font Pairing

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Most layouts look best when at least two fonts are used to set text....

Create a Neon Text Effect in InDesign

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Who’s got the time to do lengthy typography tutorials? Or the cash to splash on...

5 Essential Tools for InDesign Beginners

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Opening up Adobe InDesign for the first time? As a complete beginner the interface...

Create an Engraved Stone Text Effect in InDesign

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Who’s got the time to do lengthy typography tutorials? Or the money to buy...

How to Create Vertical Text in InDesign

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Vertical text is a fantastic technique for giving posters and other layouts a dramatic...

Creating Beautiful Drop Caps in InDesign

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A drop cap adds a professional flourish to any layout, whether you’re designing a...

InDesign Basics: Creating Arrows

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Whether you're creating a newsletter, infographic or chart in InDesign, arrows are an essential...

How to Create a Table of Contents in InDesign

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InDesign has a designated tool for automatically creating contents lists, the Table of Contents...

InDesign Basics: A Quick Guide to Master Pages

What are master pages in InDesign. A guide to using master pages.
Master pages sound scarier than they are—the principle behind them is actually very simple,...

Beautiful Free Fonts for Business Cards & Resumés

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If you’re designing a business card or wanting to refresh the look of your resumé or...

Fresh Ideas for Improving Your Magazine Layouts

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Magazines can be a challenge for any designer, budding or professional. Managing a large amount...

How to Place One Image into Multiple Frames in InDesign

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This is the sort of cool effect you’ll see in high-end magazines and on...

The Essential Guide to Print Finishes

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Want to know your die cutting from your foiling? Confused about the difference between...