Design Projects Using Adobe InDesign

Start-to-Finish Tutorials For Learning InDesign

These projects help you learn the basics and explore more advanced features of Adobe InDesign by creating the same type of projects you might tackle as an in-house or freelance graphic designer. The 12 categories of tutorials include business cards and letterhead, magazines, newsletters, and newspapers, and posters. In most cases, tutorials start with setting up your document (or some start with the initial sketches and planning) and go all the way to printing or saving as PDF or digital publication.

Unless otherwise noted, these tutorials go to sites outside of About.com.

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Ads and Direct Mail

Make the sale in a mag or in the mail.
Make the sale in a mag or in the mail.

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Brochures, Leaflets, Pamphlets

Build a better brochure by learning to use InDesign.
Build a better brochure by learning to use InDesign.
  • How to Make a Print Ready A5 Leaflet in InDesign CS5
    Beginner level tutorial for creating a 4 page leaflet or brochure uses some of the type setting features that were new in CS5. 22 steps. From James Andrew at vector tuts+.
  • Create and Print a Brochure with Photoshop, InDesign, and UPrinting.com
    Part 1: (14 steps)
    Part 2: (9 steps)
    From Collis at psd tuts+ / vector tuts+, artwork is created in Photoshop then placed into InDesign for further work.
  • Pamphlet Project
    Ues InDesign to create a 3-fold pamphlet. From Shield Yearbook.

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Business Cards and Letterhead

Express your unique identity using Adobe InDesign
Express your unique identity using Adobe InDesign

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Digital Publications

Repurpose print content or design specifically for iPad and other digital devices.
Repurpose print content or design specifically for iPad and other digital devices.

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Invitation

You are invited to learn how to use Adobe InDesign.
You are invited to learn how to use Adobe InDesign.

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Magazines, Newsletters, Newspapers

Read all about it! InDesign does beautiful periodicals.
Read all about it! InDesign does beautiful periodicals.

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Menu

On the menu: InDesign Tutorials
On the menu: InDesign Tutorials
  • Design a Coffee Shop Menu Layout From Scratch With Photoshop and InDesign CS5
    Part 1: (24 steps)
    Part 2: (35 steps)
    Intermediate level tutorial by Alvaro Guzman at psd tuts+ using Photoshop to create the artwork to be imported into InDesign for the addition of more text and print to PDF.

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Photo Albums, Photobooks, Yearbooks

Create picture-perfect photo layouts.
Create picture-perfect photo layouts.
  • How to Create a Photo Album Using InDesign
    An About.com basics video tutorial by Herman Mak that shows the basics of setting up a 12" x 12" album and saving it as a PDF.
  • Create Photo Albums for Print
    14-step tutorial from Terry White at Layers Magazine.
  • Designing a Photobook in Adobe InDesign CS4
    A Layers Magazine 11:49 minute Video tutorial by A.J. Wood.
  • Yearbook Project
    Create a photo-heavy spread for a yearbook using Adobe InDesign. Tutorial from Shield Yearbook.

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Portfolio

Strut your stuff in an interactive portfolio.
Strut your stuff in an interactive portfolio.

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Posters

Plaster your walls with posters.
Plaster your walls with posters.

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Resumé or CV

Land a better job with a good-looking resumé
Land a better job with a good-looking resumé

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Other Miscellaneous Projects

You can create almost any kind of graphic design project using Adobe InDesign.
You can create almost any kind of graphic design project using Adobe InDesign.