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Will QuarkXPress 2015 tempt you to ditch InDesign?

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The ability to create fixed layout interactive ebooks is a headline feature

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3 things you didn’t know you could do with InDesign

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Adobe InDesign is well-known for its publishing capabilities. With this powerful tool, you can create books, magazines, posters, brochures, flyers – more or less anything you can think of when it comes to print design. But did you known that InDesign has some other cool features?

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How to create type effects with InDesign

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I’m writing this on the heels of Adobe releasing their latest wave of powerful new Creative Cloud applications onto the the creative community. Obviously each release adds more features and capability to our applications, and when that happens, sometimes we see duplication of features from one program to another. This is not a bad thing. So for example, the modern Photoshop is far more type-savvy than it used to be. Illustrator is a bit more pixel savvy than it used to be. And InDesign is far more everything than Quark used to be.

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20 great InDesign tutorials to become a layout master

Nobody is born perfect but you have to learn to be perfect and InDesign tutorials are great to progress in that field. Likewise, if you want to be pro in the field of InDesign then you have to learn first. There are tons of InDesign features which is not possible to remember and make its use by own. You need some tutorials instead to make its full utilization. It’s essential in order make everything from brochure design to exclusive posters, newsprint publications and many more. Whether you are a newbie or experienced one, tutorials are always a very good companion to you and your design. Below are 20 such great InDesign tutorials that help you to become a layout master. Have a look!

1. What is InDesign?

What is InDesign?’ is a 30-minute of tutorial on industry standard publishing application, InDesign, for print designers, interactive designers, digital designers and epubs.

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2. How to get started with InDesign

How to get started with InDesign’ is also a 30-minute tutorial that teaches and demonstrates 10 things beginners want to know about how to get started with InDesign CS6.

3. Working with tools

Working with tools’ is a short tutorial by Kelly McCathran who will introduce you to the primary tools of InDesign such as select, rotate, edit text, create frames, switch tools using your keyboard, and navigate with the hand and zoom tools.

4. Create a 3D calendar with InDesign

In this tutorial, Jo Gulliver will show you how to create a 3D calendar in InDesigns by creating and manipulating cube net.

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5. Adobe InDesign tips I wish I’d known when starting out

In this tutorial, Lisa Valuyskaya reveals some tips for you which she wishes she had known it when she started out with InDesign.


6. Alignment in InDesign CS6

Jeff Witchel teaches you about the alignment features, starting with the basics and moving on to new features like the ability to align selected objects to a key object, in this InDesign tutorial.

7. Create PDF forms

Create PDF forms is a downloadable InDesign tutorial by Michael Jarott which shows you the basics of creating PDF forms using the new Buttons and Forms panel in InDesign CS6.

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8. A Web Developer’s Guide To Adobe InDesign

This tutorial gives the web designer a look at some of the tools in InDesign that translate directly into what web designers and developers currently use.

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9. Creating Wireframes and Prototypes with InDesign

This tutorial takes InDesign one step further to produce fully interactive wireframes and prototypes.

Working with type

10. How to design a simple index

This InDesign tutorial explains how to use the Index palette with typesetting using the software’s built-in style sheets.

11. Work successfully with type in InDesign

This tutorial by Computer Arts designer Jo Gulliver shows you some of the most valuable typographic tools in InDesign.

Print projects

12. Design a print-ready Ad in Adobe InDesign

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.

13. Master InDesign’s Page tool

In this InDesign tutorial, Neshantheny Kumana demonstrates an easy way to control multiple page sizes within a single document.

14. Design a custom, print ready pocket folder

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a custom design from setting up a die line and prepare your file for delivery to your printer.


15. Brochure design re-imagined

In this InDesign tutorial, Nick Cannons walks you through how to create neat and consistent brochure spreads using some of the software’s finest features.

16. How to bind a book: a 10-step guide

This tutorial by Karen Lewis explains how to bind a book in a few easy steps, from setting up page spreads and cover templates in InDesign, to the essential tools and techniques you need to bind your own books.


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17. Create striking images using InDesign’s blending modes

This tutorial by Jo Gulliver reveals how to use InDesign’s built-in functionality for producing visual effects in your layout, without switching to Photoshop.

18. Fix muddy gradients in InDesign

This tutorial teaches you a few ways to correct both CMYK and spot colour gradients in a muddy gradient.


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19. Column Grid poster design

In this InDesign tutorial, Mark Bloom, aka Mash Creative, walks through how to create perfectly aligned typography using a column-grid system for guidance.

20. How to create an impactful slab-serif poster

This InDesign tutorial helps you to learn how to set up a suitable grid and how to master kerning with bold, vibrant colors and shapes.

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How to import PDF presets in Adobe InDesign

Some printing companies will make your life much easier by sharing the color profiles and PDF presets they are using. For example Lulu and some other print-on-demand services offer their PDF presets for download. In this post I will show you how to import PDF presets in Adobe InDesign.

Once you have downloaded the presets from the printing company’s, you can go to InDesign and do the following.

1. Go to Adobe PDF Presets management

The path is file > Adobe PDF Presets > Define…, as shown on the image under.


2. Load the PDF presets

Click on the Load… buton as shown on the image.


3. Successful import of the PDF presets in Adobe InDesign

That’s all, your PDF presets were imported in Adobe InDesign. Did you expect more? You can now see the preset in your list, and can use it when exporting files from Adobe InDesign.


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Mastering grids in InDesign CC

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Creating the perfect grid takes a bit of planning, but it’s worth investing this time as it can improve your design by giving it balance. Even basic grids can help bring coherency to a multi-page document by giving your pages structure and providing guides for you to align text and other elements to. And a well-planned grid should in no way limit your creativity.

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The quick and dirty guide to building websites in InDesign

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We all know that to build an all-singing, all-dancing website with Adobe software, you’ll need Muse, Dreamweaver or Edge Reflow. But when it comes to a quick and dirty website, what about InDesign? Ater all, InDesign has had HTML export capabilities for some years now, right? Off the top, I can think of a nice range of appropriate projects for just such a workflow. I’ve no doubt you can as well. First off, any mock-up and presentation work could more easily be produced in ID by a designer who uses that as their main day-to-day application.

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InDesign CC 2014: hands-on review

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The latest update to Adobe’s DTP package, InDesign CC 2014, was released last week.

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The top 5 new features in InDesign CC 2014

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This time last year, Adobe moved from its traditional software sales model, the Creative Suite, to its Creative Cloud subscription model. That meant that, rather than waiting a whole year for a new version, subscribers could get new features on a continuous rolling basis.

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44 brilliant InDesign tutorials

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Adobe’s digital publishing platform InDesign has a ton of features which makes it essential for everything from brochure design to eye-catching posters; newsprint publications to screen printing.

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