After you have learned how to use the basic tools in InDesign, watch these videos for tips on setting up documents and creating specific projects. Created for About.com by InDesign experts, these short videos cover topics such as master pages
, page numbers, business cards, and digital publications. Click on the linked title after the bullet to view the video. Each page also contains a transcript of the selected video. Text-based tutorials, where available, are described and linked in the description of each video.
Frank Bayless covers the basics of setting up your master pages for new documents in this video. Use master pages to help maintain page-to-page consistency
for repeating elements in your document.
In this pre-CS6 video presentation Natasha Levitan covers adding items to master pages, adding more master pages, adding new document pages, and applying a master page to an existing document. For more details on using master pages, see this 3-page tutorial
for About.com by Elisabetta Bruno.
How to Set Up Guides
You can put guides on master pages (Master Guides
) and document pages (Local Guides
). Use them to create the framework for holding the text and images of your layout no matter what kind of document you create. This video shows you the basics of working with guides in InDesign.
PDFs can be put online or printed. Turn your InDesign document into a PDF easily in pre-CS6 versions of InDesign.
Related: PDF Tutorials
These simple instructions help you get started on a very simple, basic document — a business card. It's a two-sided card in this InDesign video by Herman Mak.
Related: Business Card Design Tutorials
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- InDesign Templates
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