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Our beginner InDesign tutorials walk you through the most essential InDesign skills, giving you the confidence to create and edit print-ready designs and documents like a pro.

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5 Essential Tools for InDesign Beginners

Opening up Adobe InDesign for the first time? As a complete beginner the interface...
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InDesign Basics: Creating your First Document

In this Bitesize tutorial, you will learn how to create a New Document in InDesign, and how...
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InDesign Basics: Creating Arrows

Whether you're creating a newsletter, infographic or chart in InDesign, arrows are an essential...
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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...
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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,...
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InDesign Basics: Wrap Text around Shapes and Images

In this Bitesize tutorial, you will learn how to apply a Text Wrap to Shapes and Frames in...

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

If you’re relatively new to typography, the sheer choice of fonts out there can be overwhelming. This ‘capsule’ collection...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...