Getting To Grips With Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign is something I have recently started to work with due to an upcoming project I am about to start working on with Design Juices & Lucas Cobb Design. So I thought I best get up to speed with making use of all of InDesign’s key features.

The following resources are just that, and are crucial to anyone starting out with Adobe InDesign like I did.

Please note that clicking on the preview below will take you to the full tutorial.

Layers Magazine Adobe InDesign resources and tutorials via Layers Magazine

Layers Magazine is one of my favourite Adobe resources and there InDesign section is full of up to date content. As an added bonus the majority of the resources are easy to follow videos narrated by Adobe Certified instructors.

Magazine Design with InDesign via Layers Magazine

A 3 part tutorial showing you how to create a simple Magazine. Giving you key experience with the different tools without InDesign.

Preparing InDesign Files for your Print Service via Go Media Zine

We have featured Go Media Zine on several occasions and the reason behind that is they are pushing out fantastic resources. Preparing to get your finished Magazine ready to print? This short tutorial will do just that.

InDesign Style Sheets: How to Use Character Styles and Paragraph Styles in Adobe InDesign via Graphic Design Employment

If you’ve ever formatted large amounts of text in Adobe InDesign or Quark and then had to change the font, colour, character size or leading of all of the headings or body text, you’ll know how time consuming it can be. It takes ages to trawl through large documents changing the attributes for each bit of text.

How to Create a Music Magazine Cover in InDesign via Vector Tuts+

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.

A tutorial for good typography in InDesign – Setting up a baseline grid via Typophile

Good clean typography is a fundemental skill of any designer. Most designers believe they have good typography but in my experience it is something which is developed through time and experience.

Design a portfolio magazine using InDesign via Computer Arts

Follow this step-by-step guide to creating a clever pamphlet which can be used to showcase your work…

Create and Print a Brochure with Photoshop, Indesign and – Part 1 – via PSD Tuts+

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.

Create and Print a Brochure with Photoshop, Indesign and – Part 2 – via Vector Tuts+

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 style sheet and then export a PDF. This work flow can be really useful particularly for larger documents where InDesign’s page layout features really kick in.

These are just a small collection of the resources I have been looking at.

If you have not noticed the many Magazine/brochure themed InDesign tutorials showcased, we are currently working on our own digital magazine! Stay tuned for updates as this project progresses and if you would like to get involved please get in touch!


  1. Awesome awesome set of tuts. I’ve been trying to learn more about InDesign since the trend these days is to create your portfolio using it.

    These will help me get my portfolio into a more compact, portable format.



    • Doing the same dade, i find it so simple to use. Im really glad it was one of the few programs we were taught well enough to use whilst at university. Shame that was one of the few positives they had whilst i was there!

  2. Layer magazine has a lot of resources of Adobe product, and I love the magazine too

  3. I avoid InDesign like the plaque, I always decide to offer some time to it, but never follow through! Now I have no excuse but to read up…

    Cheers :)

    • I have just started to play with InDesign, getting there one tutorial at a time hehe

  4. Great and very useful resource list, thanks for putting it together !

    • thanks for stopping by theo, we hope this is a great list for all the beginners out there!

  5. I’m just getting started with InDesign so this was very helpful! Thanks.

    • Me too :) I was looking for good InDesign resources and ound this article. Daniel, thanks for the great post. It is really helpful for me.

  6. Great blog. Lots of websites like this cover subjects that just aren’t covered by magazines. I don’t know how we got on 12 years ago with just magazines and newspapers.

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