Building Great Templates with InDesign, Part 2

Monday, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Seattle (UTC-7)

In Part 1 of this 3-part tutorial, we saw how to find, edit, and—most importantly—begin to customize InDesign templates to your own needs. Now, in Part 2, we’ll dive deeper, exploring:

  • How to set up margins so your text frames will move when margins are adjusted
  • Set up page size, column guides, color swatches and more
  • Add text and image placeholders, as well as reusable elements
  • Create smart paragraph, character, and object styles
  • Make a caption both under a photo and on top of a photo (with a fill transparency), and apply all settings with one click
  • Understand how based on paragraph styles can make a template incredibly flexible
  • Combine separate text frames into one (and why your heads/subheads shouldn’t be a separate text frame from the body, like you see in many templates)
  • How to create tints and gradient from a base color
  • Anchor a graphic into a paragraph

Learn about Part 3 here.

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