Tag Archives: InDesign

Text Overlay in InDesign

In this tutorial a graphic is placed on top of an image in InDesign. Using the Effects Panel, the transparency of the graphic is modified so that the image can still be visible through the graphic.
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Going 3D in InDesign

In this tutorial, you will create a little fake 3D in InDesign using a photoshop image that has been separated out into layers. There are a number of ways to do this – some a little less cumbersome – but I prefer this method as it gives you full control over how the image blends with the graphics in InDesign.
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Designing with a Modular Grid in InDesign

With this tutorial, you will create a layout that utilizes a modular grid. A modular grid uses consistent horizontal and vertical divisions creating modules that can be used for placement of text, pictures or graphics. This grid is highly flexible and modules can be combined and divided to further design possibilities.
The content of this layout is 10 design principles that all designers should consider; make sure to read through them, they are extremely informative.
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Create an graphic overlay in InDesign

Overlaid graphics in InDesign lend layering and texture to layouts and is great way to mix in disparate elements to create depth and meaning. Continue reading

Wrap text around a figure in InDesign

This tutorial will show you how to create an InDesign layout where text wraps around a figure on a neutral, low contrast or seamless background.
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An InDesign List with Anchored Graphics

This tutorial will show you how to make a list in InDesign with an anchored graphic of your choosing instead of the default bullet shapes. This tutorial also provides you with a great last minute wedding card. (The original text comes from a poster my wife found hanging up in a Chinese restaurant.) Continue reading

Nested Styles for By Lines and Paragraph Leads

Nested styles have huge advantages because you can use a paragraph style that is a collection of individual character styles, apply it to quickly format large amounts of text and then – if necessary – make changes to one of the character style and see your result cascade throughout the document.
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Low Contrast Images for use as Backgrounds

A lot of times I have students propose putting an image behind text in order to give the page interest. Its a fair enough request, but one that introduces a lot of problems in comprehending the text. Sometimes, they will lower the opacity of the background or throw a lowered opacity white fill under the text but it usually doesn’t help. Full color Images have a variety of tone and color and as a background makes reading the text extremely difficult. The difficulty arises because in order for text to be legible it needs a consistent background that offers decent separation between the positive space (the text) and the negative space (the page), if you have a variety of contrasts as the background it acts counters to comprehension¬†. One way to remedy this is to prepare a low contrast image with a single color.
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Vintage Music Poster – Mr. Hi De Ho!

For this InDesign tutorial we will be making a vintage music poster for Cab Calloway. Now, first off, if you don’t know the music of Cab Calloway I suggest you check out these links – Minnie the Moocher, St. James Infirmary, Hi De Ho Man. – and put them on in the background while doing this tutorial.
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recipeIn this InDesign tutorial we will create a layout that includes a series of recipes. The tutorial uses paragraph and character styles to format the recipe and establish a hierarchy of information. It also gives you three delicious recipes for cupcakes!
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