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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

How to export a PDF in InDesign
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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The Most Popular Standard Book Sizes in the US and UK

Confused about which size you should opt for when designing your book? Although books can be printed in a huge range of sizes, these are the top four most widely used standards in the US and UK. These book sizes are guaranteed to fit snugly on the bookstore’s shelf, and...
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5 Typography Rules All Designers Should Know

New to the world of Typography? Designers swear by these five go-to rules for keeping their typography looking tip-top. From adding optical margin alignment to adjusting tracking, here you’ll find a handy set of guides for lifting your typography skills to a pro level. 1. Balance Classic Typefaces with Cutting Edge...
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How to Export InDesign Documents as PDFs

Once you've finished creating a document in Adobe InDesign, you'll want to export it to a more useful format, which then can be printed, emailed or posted online. PDFs (Portable Document Formats) are one of the most commonly used file types for sharing your artwork with others. Here we'll look...
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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 you can create your own in InDesign, and have them printed cheaply through a POD (print-on-demand) site. So save those precious wedding pennies, and follow this...
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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 at what widows and orphans are, and share some quick and easy tips for banishing them from your typesetting. What is a widow? A widow is a...
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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 your InDesign file, you may need to fix an overset text problem. Here, we’ll look at some quick and effective tips for fixing overset text, making...
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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 to space text evenly across your whole document. Baseline grids are super simple to use and instantly make layouts look ultra-professional. Let’s look at how to...
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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 might be a great fit for you. But how to get started? Here we look at eight quick-start tips for beginning a new career in graphic...
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The Only 10 Fonts You Need to Get Started as a Designer

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 great starting-point for any blossoming designer, and can be applied to almost any type of design with confidence. From the sans serif fonts we can’t live...
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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 elaborate, these text effects don’t take long to put together using Adobe InDesign. This method also keeps the text editable, so you can quickly and...
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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 process of increasing or decreasing the space between individual characters, adjusting the position of letters in relation to others. It's commonly used on prominent...
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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, we’re going to find out more about letter-spacing or Tracking, including what it is and how you can adjust letter-spacing to improve your own design...
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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, we’re going to find out more about leading (or line spacing), including what it is and how you can apply it in your own design...
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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 images. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to draw shapes and silhouettes in InDesign, and apply stylistic effects, like noise, shadows and gradients, to create a...
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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 will always benefit from a well-chosen font pairing. But if you’ve never paired fonts before, where to begin? This guide shows you five easy ways* to create...
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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 easier, while picking up some awesome new design skills along the way. Read on to find out how you can create a light-up neon text...
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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 creating amazing designs straight-away using just these five versatile tools. You’ll find all of these beginner-friendly tools in the Tools panel, which is docked to the...
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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 life easier, while picking up some awesome new design skills along the way. Read on to discover an incredible stone text effect you can create...
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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 create and format vertical text in InDesign. Try it out for your next design project to really give your layouts the wow factor. How to Create and...
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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 to master—once you know the basics you can develop your drop cap designs and create jaw-droppingly beautiful results. Read on to find out how to create...
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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 you'll learn how simple it is to create stylish arrows in a range of styles directly in InDesign. 1. Creating Arrows Using the Stroke Panel The first step...
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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 a fantastic time-saver. To explain how it works, we'll walk you through the process of creating a Table of Contents for a short book. 1. Prepare Your Page Numbers Before you begin putting together the table...
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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 long documents. Here we break down the basics of Masters, and share some tips on how to get the most from one of InDesign’s handiest features. 1. What...
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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 the very best fonts for professional stationery. Striking the balance between professional and creative in your typefaces can be tricky, but these fonts do just...
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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 tricky. Luckily, we’ve put together five top tips for elevating your magazine designs and making sure they look as stylish as they are informative.  1. Wrap Text Around Images...
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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 stunning collage effect that you can add to your own layouts or upload to social media. You can achieve the effect directly in Adobe InDesign—here we...
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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 the most popular print finishes, and how you can adapt your digital artwork for them. What are 'print finishes'?  When you send off artwork to a professional printer,...
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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 favorite fonts. Discover where you can find cool (and often free!) glyph sets...  1. Adobe Caslon Pro  Who knew there were so many gorgeous glyphs hiding away in one of our...
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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 best free and classic typefaces whose ampersands are the star of the show... 1. Classic Italic Ampersands  Looking for elegance, formality and a touch of romance? These ampersands are classically...
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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 other cover projects. As an example, we'll redesign a paperback cover for War & Peace, and give it a distinctively modern design. 1. Before We Begin...  Before we delve into...