Fantastic InDesign Tuts from Vectortuts+


At Vectortuts+ we love your feedback, it helps us bring you the very best tutorials and articles about the things that you want to learn. One request that’s been coming though loud and clear has been that you would like to read more fantastic tutorials and Quick Tips about InDesign. So today, I bring you a selection of Vectortuts+ Tutorials, Quick Tips and Premium Tuts all about InDesign.

Take a moment to browse the many InDesign Tutorials already in the Vectortuts+ library. If you’re a beginner, you may find the Basix section helpful. If you’re looking for a challenge the Premium Tutorials is where you will find our most advanced tuts. No matter what skill level you’re at there’s sure to be a tut or two that takes your fancy, and if you like what you see, there will be plenty more to learn about this great piece of software in 2011!


    Basix

  • A Look Inside InDesign CS5

    A Look Inside InDesign CS5

    InDesign CS5 has arrived with lot of new tools, panels and features. Let’s have a closer look at these changes and discover how they can improve our workflow, productivity and, best of all, our creative process. Time to also think outside of the box, since InDesign is starting to explore new grounds of interactivity and digital publications with growing enthusiasm. So, what’s new?

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  • Quick Tip: Creating New Documents, InDesignCS5

    Creating New Documents, InDesignCS5

    This Basix tutorial will give readers with no or limited InDesign experience the basic knowledge on how to set-up a document for print.

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  • Quick Tip: Color and InDesign

    Color and InDesign

    For this tutorial I will list a selection of my favorite InDesign shortcuts when working with color. Once memorized these shortcuts will help you become more efficient and give you more time to be creative. First, I would like to share some general color advice that I regard as essential.

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  • QuickTips

  • Quick Tip: How to Create Mixed Ink Swatches with InDesign

    Quick Tip: How to Create Mixed Ink Swatches with InDesign

    Today’s financial situation has led to more clients asking for better value for money when setting budgets for design and print. A common request for a designer is to cut the number of inks from four down to two. Although this does cut print costs, it also cuts the designer’s color palette down dramatically. This tut will give you the knowledge to create more colors from a two color brief.

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  • Quick Tip: Using and Sharing Files With the InDesign Library

    Quick Tip: Using and Sharing Files With the InDesign Library

    In this Quick Tip tutorial you will learn how affective the InDesign Library palette can be for storing and reusing objects. Once a library has been established it is independent of InDesign documents and saved objects are stored in one place. Using a library is a convenient way of accessing these objects quickly for reference, using and sharing.

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  • Quick Tip: Using Nested Styles with InDesign

    Quick Tip: Using Nested Styles with InDesign

    You probably use Paragraph Styles to format text. Nested Styles takes it a step further by allowing you to set up multiple styles within a paragraph, based on criteria that you specify. Taking some time to create a Nested Style upfront will save you lots of time in the long run.

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  • Quick Tip: Basic Page Numbering with InDesign CS5

    Quick Tip: Basic Page Numbering with InDesign CS5

    Most of us have experience using the Adobe Suite, but how much do you know about InDesign? This powerful program has an entire host of features that you wont find in Illustrator or Photoshop, it’s for this reason that it has remained one of the most popular programs for graphic design and typography. The thought of learning InDesign may seem daunting to some, but there’s some really useful functions that are easy to learn and will save you hours of work. In this tutorial you will gain experience working with the page palette and special characters to make a basic page numbering system. You will also learn a few shortcuts that will help you work faster with InDesign.

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  • Quick Tip: Paragraph Styles in Adobe Illustrator

    Quick Tip: Paragraph Styles in Adobe Illustrator

    A lightweight version of the paragraph styles you would find in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator’s Paragraph Styles help you set your type in many different ways. Learn more about how to save time styling your type in this Video Quick Tip.

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  • Quick Tip: Creating a Custom Text Box using Type and InDesign

    Quick Tip: Creating a Custom Text Box using Type and InDesign

    Setting type using InDesign doesn’t have to be about drawing simple square and rectangle boxes. In this tutorial you will learn how you can use the actual type to create a custom shaped text box.

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  • Quick Tip: How to Make Running Headers in Adobe InDesign

    Quick Tip: How to Make Running Headers in Adobe InDesign

    There are running headers in dictionaries, telephone lists, catalogues, guides and many other publications that need to inform the first and last instance of a list of terms on each page. That quick and useful way of finding words can be made with InDesign in a simple way, by uniting text variables with paragraph and character styles. Let’s see how!

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  • Tutorials

  • Design a Coffee Shop Menu Layout from Scratch with Photoshop and InDesign – Part 1

    Design a Coffee Shop Menu Layout from Scratch with Photoshop and InDesign – Part 1

    Hi everyone, this time I’ve got for you a practical tutorial about creating a ready to print booklet menu for an imaginary coffee shop named "Violet Coffee." In this tutorial you’ll learn to mockup a ready to print background and a couple of additional objects, which will be imported later on in Adobe InDesign to finish the piece. Are you ready?

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  • Design a Coffee Shop Menu Layout from Scratch with Photoshop and InDesign – Part 2

    Design a Coffee Shop Menu Layout from Scratch with Photoshop and InDesign – Part 2

    This is the second part of this tutorial series about creating a ready to print booklet menu for an imaginary coffee shop named "Violet Coffee." In this final part of the two part series, you’ll learn to create a ready to print booklet on InDesign, work with master pages, text, tabs, paragraph and character styles, import external files and actually print the booklet. Let’s move on!

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    Create a Quick One Page Portfolio in InDesign

    In this tutorial, we’ll explain how to create a quick portfolio page by using the Step and Repeat, Paragraph Styles and object elements. We will also use Adobe Bridge.

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    How to Use Multi-Layered Illustrator Artwork in InDesign

    Did you know that you can create multi-layered artwork in Adobe Illustrator, and then turn layers on and off in InDesign? Learn how in this quick tutorial.

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  • Create and Print a Brochure with Photoshop, Indesign and UPrinting.com – Part 1

    Create and Print a Brochure with Photoshop, Indesign and UPrinting.com – Part 1

    Years ago when I first decided that I’d like to try out print design (my background is in web and screen work), I had this impression that there was some magically difficult things you had to know to get stuff printed. The reality is that for simple projects it’s actually very easy. In this tutorial I will walk you through the complete process of designing a simple brochure, getting it ready for print and then actually uploading it to a commercial online printer, checking the proof and seeing the finished product.

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  • Create and Print a Brochure with Photoshop, Indesign and UPrinting.com – Part 2

    Create and Print a Brochure with Photoshop, Indesign and UPrinting.com – Part 2

    The great thing about the Adobe product range is how easy it is to combine your work from one program to another. In this tutorial we’ll take the Photoshop work from Part 1 over on Psdtuts+, and place it into InDesign, create a stylesheet and then export a PDF. This workflow can be really useful particularly for larger documents where InDesign’s page layout features really kick in.

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  • How to Create a Professional Magazine Layout

    How to Create a Professional Magazine Layout

    Have you ever wondered how professional designers strike the perfect balance between text and image? Using InDesign’s powerful type tools, you will learn techniques to help you set and arrange a magazine layout.

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    How to Create Interactive PDFs in InDesign Using Hyperlinks

    There are several ways to make PDFs interactive when building them in InDesign. The easiest and probably most widely used way is to make hyperlinks that jump to pages within the current document, to pages in another document or to web pages. InDesign hyperlinks can be confusing, frustrating and even intimidating if you’re just trying to figure things out intuitively, so let’s take a close look at how to create hyperlinks in InDesign and export them into interactive PDFs.

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    Design a Print-ready Ad in Adobe InDesign

    Want to learn how to make an ad that could go into a magazine? Jump into Adobe InDesign with this real-world tutorial on creating a print-ready ad. This tutorial is perfect for you if you’re familiar with Adobe Illustrator and want to get started with a layout program suited toward publication design.

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  • How to Create a Music Magazine Cover in InDesign

    In this tutorial, we’ll look at how to create a magazine cover in InDesign. You’ll learn how to set up a page layout and add text. This is an introduction to InDesign and no previous knowledge is required. This is a simple project put together to help get you started with InDesign. Let’s get to it!

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  • Premium

  • Use Color-Logic Plug-ins to Create a Metallic Magazine Cover – Psd Premium Tutorial

    Use Color-Logic Plug-ins to Create a Metallic Magazine Cover – Psd Premium Tutorial – Part 1

    In this two-part tutorial author Mark Mayers will show how to create a magazine cover with maximum shelf appeal. This tutorial is a little special – because it’s the first one to demonstrate fully how to incorporate the Color-Logic metallic set of plug-ins into your everyday workflow. Color-Logic enables you to add hundreds of metallic colors and special print finishes into your artwork. In today’s tutorial you’ll not only create a stunning piece of cover art – you’ll also use a Photoshop action to convert it into a metallic image, then apply special metallic swatches to take it to another dimension.

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  • Use Color-Logic Plug-ins to Create a Metallic Magazine Cover -

    Use Color-Logic Plug-ins to Create a Metallic Magazine Cover – Vector Premium Tutorial – Part 2

    In Part 1 on Psdtuts+ of this two part tutorial you’ll not only create a stunning piece of cover art – you’ll also use a Photoshop action to convert it into a metallic image, then apply special metallic swatches to take it to another dimension. In Part 2 here on Vectortuts+, we’ll focus on using the Color-Logic design software with Illustrator and InDesign to assemble the metallic print-ready artwork.

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  • Create your own Calendar with Illustrator & InDesign -

    Create your own Calendar with Illustrator & InDesign -” Vector Premium Tutorial

    A calendar is a great way to make something appealing and practical from your creations. In this tutorial you will learn how to create a print ready 12 month calendar using grunge text, the Linked Text tool, master pages and layers.

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    Design a Print-Ready Accordion Fold Document in Adobe InDesign – Vector Premium Tutorial

    If you want to take your InDesign skills to the next level, then we have an awesome tutorial for you. Walk through the creation of an Accordion Fold Document InDesign document. This tutorial is targeted at the beginner to intermediate level designer. Delve into the details of numerous settings and learn a professional workflow for exporting documents for print. Learn more about this informative layout tut at the jump!


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