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Learn Adobe InDesign: Getting Started Tutorials and Lessons

Adobe InDesign is the industry-leading software for designing page layouts, both for print and digital. It’s extremely useful for multi-page publications like magazines, but it can also be used on single-page items like resumes and invoices. Photoshop and Illustrator users will find that InDesign works nicely with these applications, and having skills in Photoshop and Illustrator will help to make your layouts in InDesign more effective.

Like any advanced software, learning how to use InDesign can take some time and effort. With that in mind, we have compiled this collection of tutorials that are great for those who are just getting started with InDesign, or for those who are looking to improve their familiarity with it. The tutorials found here focus on the basics, things that will be foundational to your work with InDesign.

You may also be interested in:

  • Learn Photoshop
  • Learn Illustrator
  • Learn Web Design

Intro to InDesign:

  • Review: Adobe InDesign CS5

Getting to Grips with InDesign from Spyre Studios:

Getting to Grips with InDesign from Spyre Studios

  • Part 1: Document Basics and Master Pages
  • Part 2: Working with Text and Graphic Frames
  • Part 3: Importing Text and Playing with Typography
  • Part 4: Working with Color
  • Part 5: Playing with Styles
  • Part 6: Importing Images
  • Part 7: Working with Book Files

Tutorials on InDesigns Basic Functions and Tools:

Placing Images in InDesign CS5

Placing Images in InDesign CS5

InDesign CS5: Layers Panel

InDesign CS5: Layers Panel

Using Layer Comps in InDesign

Using Layer Comps in InDesign

Tips on Using Guides in InDesign

Tips on Using Guides in InDesign

Other Tutorials on Basic Functions and Tools:

  • Fitting Pictures in InDesign
  • InDesign CS5: Multiplace Images
  • Basic Page Numbering with InDesign CS5
  • How to Create Interactive PDFs in InDesign Using Hyperlinks
  • Creating Percentage-Based Styles
  • Using Object Styles in InDesign
  • Color and InDesign
  • Setting Margins Using InDesign
  • Using and Sharing Files with the InDesign Library
  • Adding Bleed to a Document
  • Bleed and Layering Master Pages

Working with Text in InDesign:

Text Wrap and Text Format in InDesign

Text Wrap and Text Format in InDesign

Span Columns in InDesign

Span Columns in InDesign

Mastering Text Threading in InDesign

Mastering Text Threading in InDesign

Other tutorials for working with text:

  • Formatting Typography and the Use of Styles in Adobe InDesign
  • Nested Line Styles in InDesign
  • InDesign Type Tips
  • Using InDesign Drag and Drop Text

Designing Publications and Covers in InDesign:

InDesign is commonly used to design covers and page layouts for various publications. The tutorials in this section walk you through this process.

Using InDesign to Publish Your iPad Magazine

Using InDesign to Publish Your iPad Magazine

How to Create a Music Magazine Cover in InDesign

How to Create a Music Magazine Cover in InDesign

Book Cover Design in InDesign CS5

Book Cover Design in InDesign CS5

InDesign Front and Back Pages Face to Face

InDesign Front and Back Pages Face to Face

Magazine Cover Design in InDesign

Magazine Cover Design in InDesign

How to Create a Professional Magazine Layout

How to Create a Professional Magazine Layout

For more design tutorials please see:

  • The Best Photoshop Tutorials
  • Outstanding Tutorials for Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
  • Photoshop Tutorials for Amazing Lighting Effects
  • Outstanding Poster Design Tutorials for Photoshop
  • Cinema 4D Tutorials for Impressive Results

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