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Let's Create a 3 Page Magazine Spread in InDesign

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Subscribe for more! http://bit.ly/subscribe-design-like-a-pro This in-depth tutorial is minimally edited so you can follow along with my entire workflow for a 3 page magazine article design with a full page ad. This includes goofs we are bound to hit along the way because not everything works the way you expect when you are designing! Enjoy bonus nuggets of info as I make decisions on color, layout and complimentary design elements. #MagazineDesign #InDesign #GraphicDesign YOU'LL LEARN: How to set up a 3-page magazine spread with an additional full-page ad. How to make decisions based on the images available. How to flow text from one page to another. How to size an image across spreads. How to pick up color inspiration from your images. How to set up a simple magazine footer on a master page. How to format a two-column text box. How to style a block-quote. How to design a full-page ad on the fly. How to creatively crop and place images. How to create a gradient fade on light images to place text on top. TIMESTAMPS: Page setup: 00:57 First 2 pages design: 8:29 Third page design: 19:11 Ad design: 27:30 MORE MAGAZINE TUTORIALS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrcXPi8f6j4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKP4nhOfxrM __ RESOURCES: 💎Freebies ►http://bit.ly/design-like-a-pro-freebies 💎Get my go-to Storyboard Template for publications► https://designprocademy.com/product/s... LET'S CONNECT: 💙Join the Pixel Fam on Discord: https://discord.gg/w7A5RfY 💙Follow my INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK: @NICKIHART 💙Follow my TWITTER: @DIGITALHART 💙Follow Design Like a Pro on FACEBOOK & TWITTER: @DESIGNLIKEAPRO EXTRAS: 🔶 Society 6 Shop: https://society6.com/nickihart 🔶 Redbubble Shop: http://www.redbubble.com/people/nicki... __ Business Inquiries: [email protected] Tutorial Questions/Feedback: [email protected] __ WRITE TO ME: Nicki Hart PO BOX 11794 Pueblo, CO 81001
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Design Like a Pro (2 years ago)
Hey designers! This is a longer more in-depth tutorial. Dive right to the how-to sections: Page setup: 00:57 | First 2 pages design: 8:29 | Third page design: 19:11 | Ad design: 27:30
TheLondonForever00 (3 months ago)
You're an absolute star, this had helped me so much. They way you do things is how I would also do them. I'm learning so much from this, thank you very much for sharing
CookieRoosterTM (14 days ago)
sorted by new did you? go back and work on your dmo boy!
dana miller (27 days ago)
I loved this tutorial. It was so helpful. So glad I found this!
Gaalib Muhammad (1 month ago)
Make a tutorial on coverpage and backpage designing
sagar gautam (1 month ago)
Thank you so much
Posita01 (1 month ago)
Thanks so much for this video! it is great! you are great! I'm so new at this it sucks :( i'm having issues adding spaces between paragraphs! i see you just add them with the enter, I assume?. But, when I try to do it the rest of the text just disappears!! so annoying :(
Design Like a Pro (1 month ago)
Use the main Enter key to the left of the numpad instead of the one on the far right corner of your keyboard.
Manasi Snehal (1 month ago)
I think i have OCD and i am not liking this video. No. I'm wrong. its a quick video and i liked some of the tips that you gave like complementing colors and how to fill up the gaps.
Simon Andrews (2 months ago)
Thanks for the tutorial. This was my first look at InDesign, and was pretty easy to follow. I was happy with my final design spread. I do have a lot of experience in other Adobe CC products, but I imagine this would be tricky to follow for a first Adobe CC project of any kind. It would be useful if you used software like Spot the Mouse (Windows) or similar so we can see the keyboard shortcuts as you use them. These notes might prove useful to someone. In 2019 the layout can be sufficiently matched to this vid in Window>Workspace>Essentials Classic Swatches is under Window>Color>Swatches 6.42 Preview key is w 7.13 Hold Shift to keep new block aligned with old. 7.25 Shift + Cursor Arrow to jump the page number across Working with colors is very different from PS, so still have lots to learn!
Kabir Ahmed (2 months ago)
Summer Thunder (3 months ago)
thank you, really helpful!
Suzanne s (3 months ago)
Excellent video thank you ~
Nick S (3 months ago)
Why would you edit down (delete) words in someones article? Unless you wrote the article yourself that just seems very very unprofessional. First as a designer you should use your own tools to fit text, right? Like what typeface, pt size, line spacing, kerning, etc.
Design Like a Pro (3 months ago)
Nick S True you can do things on the design end first, however, I’m often tasked with both design and editing. I’m not suggesting to just remove content at will and there are many different situations in the design and content space. Unless you work for a large agency with a very specific job, you often may be tasked with all of it.
Sylvia Black (4 months ago)
Thank you. You are an awesome teacher : )
JaaNe GhazaL (4 months ago)
Thnks mam☺
Anil Bose (4 months ago)
could you do a demo with flowing text and anchoring images like the design for book. thanks
Sam M. (5 months ago)
The 8.2677 x 11.6929 size is just an A4 (210x297 mm). Pick that from the preset, the units should stay as inches if you have that set. Or enter 210mm and 297mm into the width and height fields, InDesign will conver it automatically.
The Doodling Dino (5 months ago)
Thank you for this! Very helpful.
Jared Larson (6 months ago)
Thanks for the inspiration - I needed help "styling" my design. Your skills will really help me.
Tony Winston (6 months ago)
Awesome tutorials.I have a lot to learn here.
wangzi G (7 months ago)
Thanks for this tutorial and your Beautiful voice.
Tazevinder Rayat (7 months ago)
This is a great tutorial explained in basic detail.
ekebye edwin (7 months ago)
thatspacegrl (7 months ago)
This was excellent and super inspiring, thank you!
Alexander Ardenski (7 months ago)
Thank you! This helped me a lot for my uni assignment.
Daniel Amedoda (7 months ago)
An excellent tutorial!
Dami Smith (8 months ago)
My image comes out a bit huge and i try fitting image proportionally but nothing happens so what do i do?
Ray Cowie (8 months ago)
Tip for placing first and last pages side by side - Select the 2nd page, then hold down 'shift' and select the last page, so all pages but the first are selected. Next, click on the dropdown in the top right of the pages panel and uncheck, 'Allow Selected Spreads to Shuffle'. Deselect the pages. Now you can select the first page and drag it down and place it right next to the last page... This way you won't have an individual page loitering with intent at the top! Cheers...
JayMixx Productionz (8 months ago)
You made this look so easy!!!!!! ... As a newbie .... I appreciate this ... gonna use this concept for a school newsletter
Mayla McKenna (8 months ago)
Hi! First of all, this looks great! I'm taking a digital foundations class, as part of my major, and one of our projects is to create a three-page magazine article. I'm confused with what to do with the first page that sits by itself. Would the heading go there, or on the two facing pages?
Design Like a Pro (8 months ago)
Select the 2nd page, then hold down 'shift' and select the last page, so all pages but the first are selected. Next, click on the dropdown in the top right of the pages panel and uncheck, 'Allow Selected Spreads to Shuffle'. Deselect the pages. Now you can select the first page and drag it down and place it right next to the last page... This way you won't have an individual page loitering with intent at the top! - Tip came from a wonderful viewer! You can also ignore the first page and save out pages 2-4 in your PDF. Depends how you need to present your final design for the class.
Jack Drost (8 months ago)
Excellent tutorial, thank you!!
Judy Tricker (9 months ago)
You are a life saver. I am doing the school Magazine and have never used InDesign before. I've used Photoshop and Publisher which is helpful. I was feeling very overwhelmed and wondering how I was going to do this when i didn't really know where to start. You have given me confidence to go and do it now. Thanks so much
Design Like a Pro (9 months ago)
Thanks Judy! InDesign is so much easier in the long run for publications over Photoshop and Publisher. You have a lot more flexibility and you can easily pull graphics from Photoshop into InDesign.
kyha states (9 months ago)
I am so glad to be tuning in to this video!
Chris Tine (9 months ago)
Did you provide the image files that we can use to follow along? I don't see them
Design Like a Pro (9 months ago)
The image files are under copyright so I'm not able to include them in a download unfortunately.
Daniel Beeler (9 months ago)
Thank you, this was very helpful.
Paty Duet (9 months ago)
QUESTION: my images for some reason look blurry is there a specific format I need to save my images in? thank you!!
AmericanHeroez (8 months ago)
Hi Paty, your images on default look blurry so that the program can handle the workload. When you export it or print it will be at its original resolution. To view this on Indesign, right click on your image and scroll down to display performance > choose high quality performance. Hope this helps!
Anisa Husein (9 months ago)
Thankyou! this was easy to follow with great results
daddydox (10 months ago)
Thanks for the tutorial.. Where did you get the magazine mock ?.. Id like to see what the final product would like in a real magazine. Thanks
Design Like a Pro (10 months ago)
I didn’t use a magazine mock-up for this tutorial. I quickly created something in Photoshop to show the final spread but it doesn’t exist in a full magazine format. There are great magazine mock-up templates online though.
headlesspalace (10 months ago)
recording a tutorial with 12% battery... living on the edge
Design Like a Pro (10 months ago)
My poor laptop wouldn't do well anymore with that. The battery drains much faster as it's aged.
shweta MG (11 months ago)
I have a question with respect to templates, within indesign, how do I delete already created headers like catalog title or issue and date numbers. I want to delete or modify these. which way do I go about this please guide me.
shweta MG (11 months ago)
Design Like a Pro thankyou yes you did mention pages in your tutorial. The A master page where you selected ‘none’ for discontinued numbering, when ad pages were the focus.
Design Like a Pro (11 months ago)
It's not accessed via a menu drop down unless you don't have your Pages panel open. That is accessed under Window->Pages and the Master Pages is at the top of that. Double-click them and you will bring them into view in order to edit what's on them. You might also want to check your layers panel to see what content is on what layer. I don't use layers often, but some templates use them.
shweta MG (11 months ago)
Design Like a Pro thankyou It is on the x master page as laid by in design . Which menu draw down do I choose please?
Design Like a Pro (11 months ago)
I would first look to see if the headers/footer info is in a master page. This is an area that you can design and apply to more than one page. You can access your master pages by going to the Pages panel (usually on the far right) and scrolling to the very top of that panel. From here you can see what is on your master page and identify if it's your header and footer content that you wish to delete or modify.
Mathias M (11 months ago)
have you made a udemy course?
Design Like a Pro (11 months ago)
No, but I do have several on Envato's Tuts+ https://tutsplus.com/authors/nicki-hart
shweta MG (1 year ago)
I love the narrative explanation you offer here. its so pleasant and easy to follow and I will always refer to this video henceforth
Mac Smith (1 year ago)
oritvision (1 year ago)
Thankkks ;-)
Faisol Zulqowim (1 year ago)
Thank a lot for that tutorial and nice voice greeting from Bali
blackbird163 (1 year ago)
thank you for this tutorial!
Napoleon Escalante (1 year ago)
Awesome, awesome tutorial! Even better than others I have paid for before. Can't wait to watch the next one. Good job.
Batshegi Kolantsho (1 year ago)
Great Tutorial for first Timers in InDesign
Anony Mouse (1 year ago)
No pro would or should design like this. If I designed like this or saw one of my Pro designers designing like this they would be fired. Maybe the title should read, a rough idea on pamphlet design.
Anony Mouse (2 months ago)
Rather than go for a personal attack, which it sadly seems you prefer, why not be better than that and ask for help? I can offer you personal design help if you wish, just let me know what areas you need help in and I can give you one to one free personal tuition. I hope that helps? @JNike Or if you wish you could spend more time bashing me with assumptive slurs. Your choice.
JNike (2 months ago)
@Anony Mouse I love watching people like you, you crib, complain and compliment yourself all the while being of ABSOLUTELY no profit to others or yourself. Did I mention you lack thought process?
Simon Andrews (2 months ago)
@Anony Mouse So, someone takes time to make and post a video that attempts to help those trying to learn. You say it's no good, then don't say why. That is the definition of a troll. Unless you're prepared to share a better way, I'd suggest you take a seat away just far enough from your keyboard.
Anony Mouse (5 months ago)
Where would you like me to take [email protected] I.
Vinod Thampi (1 year ago)
Good presentation with nice voice.
Yara's Gallery (1 year ago)
Thank you so much, this is awesome and super helpful!
Jorge R. C. (1 year ago)
Never use InDesign, but your tutorial helped me a lot! Thank you for your time, I am subscribed to your channel now!
kevin quinlan (1 year ago)
How do I set up my document to "LAYOUT DEFAULT" like you have in tour video? When I open my paragraph pallete it doesn't look like what is shown in your video. Please help. Thanks _kq
Design Like a Pro (1 year ago)
Hi Kevin. This is a custom workspace that I arranged and then saved. You can see my custom workspaces in this video: https://youtu.be/yuJuKCo4i34
Thanida R. (1 year ago)
Thanks so much. I learnt a lot from you! :)
Elvira Heredia (1 year ago)
Marcial Marmolejo (1 year ago)
i love this tutorial!! i'm actually able to follow and understand it!! :)
Design Like a Pro (1 year ago)
Thank you Marcial! :)
Swarilala (1 year ago)
can u explain to me why I can't drag page number on top of rectangle 5:31 it just disappear, I'm so stressed out with this, please help me
Design Like a Pro (1 year ago)
Awww yes, text wrap will affect that big time :)
Swarilala (1 year ago)
already set arrangement, already in different layer, hahaha i dont know what happened, but what i did is check "ignore text wrap" n it works, thank you so much! literally thank you so much
Design Like a Pro (1 year ago)
If the text is appearing behind the rectangle, you can right-click on the text box go to Arrange and then Bring to Front. That should bring the text box in front of the layer. Alternately, you can do the same thing with the rectangle and instead choose Send to Back. If that doesn't work, are you using layers? If so, check that the page number text is above the layer with the rectangle. Also understand that if you have a page number on a master page and then a rectangle on your other pages and aren't using layers, you'll also have issues with how objects stack. I sometimes create a layer just for the elements that need to be at the very front to avoid issues like this while I'm designing. This is actually a good topic for a future tutorial! :)
Hazel Ivy (1 year ago)
I'm designing a magazine and you are a great help! Please keep making more indesign videos.
Design Like a Pro (1 year ago)
Thank you Hazel! I run a creative agency by day so it's hard to find the time, but I do plan on rolling out more videos.
Augustus Jones (1 year ago)
I am a brand new fan of Yours! When you put the orange stroke on the image How did you know the cmyk color numbers for orange on the fly?!!!
Design Like a Pro (1 year ago)
I use orange a lot in my designs but more than likely I made this design before filming and had it written down. ;)
Sheldyn Murray (1 year ago)
Glad Waite (1 year ago)
Hello and thank you for this content. I really liked the images. Do you have any recommendations of good sites for images?
Design Like a Pro (1 year ago)
I get most of my images from Adobe Stock with my CC subscription. I also subscribed to Death by Stock photo that sends images each month.
Terrific tutorial... I'm familiar with InDesign - but it has been some time since I used it. You were able to capture this video in a simple and understanding way. Very much appreciated!
Flanzy Chodkowski (1 year ago)
Just discovered you. It's great. Clean, clear, and I can understand you. Half the time other tutorials have muffled sound.
Design Like a Pro (1 year ago)
Thanks! Glad this helped you. :)
Gopal Shrestha (1 year ago)
I am first to InDesign. Your tutorial really helped me. Thanks.
Design Like a Pro (1 year ago)
Thanks for watching! Glad it helped you too! :)
Rayeen (1 year ago)
i was concentrating on your battery more than tutorials 😂😂😂
Design Like a Pro (1 year ago)
LOL! Livin on the edge with 20% or less :)
Brigitte Benson (1 year ago)
Great job. I really liked the thought process you shared to get to the end product. Thank you!
Brittney P. (1 year ago)
Thank you! That was a great tutorial... I learned a lot.
Design Like a Pro (1 year ago)
Thanks for watching! :)
Ville Paronen (1 year ago)
This was awesome tutorial, thanks. Your voice is good and tempo is enough slow-fast. Great job! I started to follow you.
Design Like a Pro (1 year ago)
Thanks for watching and the follow :)
Team Saturday (1 year ago)
... what about those people who thumb down? shame on them. the lesson it is so helpful, Keep good going Sis,, & May our God bless you
Layout Koran (1 year ago)
Mayank (1 year ago)
Its fun watching your videos. Stuff on GIMP by any chance?
Michael Beaud (1 year ago)
Is it possible to create a text flow on multiple templates ? I have a WIP article (not finished, so it will get longer and spread over more pages) which I would like to be spread on , let’s say, a 2 text columns template A, and a 1text-1 image columns template B, in any order (I.e AABABAAABABB
Pillar Machine (1 year ago)
How does a spread like this project translate into print. I'm working on a stapled brochure that is 6 pages plus a front and back cover but I don't want to start designing it until I know how each page is oriented for print. I'm trying to avoid any kind of back-tracking if I design it wrong.
Ahammed Mashhood (1 year ago)
Thanks a lot for giving this time saving ideas
Design Like a Pro (1 year ago)
No problem! Thanks for watching!
Vivaan Rupani (1 year ago)
Whenever I am trying to place an image in my document, I lose quality. Can you help?
Design Like a Pro (1 year ago)
Make sure you are viewing your document in the highest quality by going to View->Display Performance ->High Quality Display. Your images should now look crisper. If they don't, make sure the images you are using are print quality resolution meaning at least 300DPI, not 72DPI.
Info NightOutTacoma (1 year ago)
What do you use to actually view and publish the magazine?
Anna Mellerick (1 year ago)
Amazing cool thank you
2nd Hendrix (1 year ago)
Awesome content! Thanks a lot.
Adam Lepp (1 year ago)
Are you using double returns to separate your paragraphs?
Malena Lew (1 year ago)
Thank you very mucch for this tutorial!
MrMagJon (1 year ago)
Your tutorials are amazing, you're explaining things very well while it's easy to follow through. Also, you've got a nice and engaging voice to listen to :) Subscribed!
Design Like a Pro (1 year ago)
MrMagJon Thank you and welcome! Hope to release more vids soon.
Masum Sharif (2 years ago)
Hi, I have been watching your indesign tutorials since 2016. I have learn lots of thing from your tutorial. I am really grateful to you. At you are the master of Adobe Indesign.
Design Like a Pro (2 years ago)
Masum Sharif thanks for following since 2016! Glad my tutorials have helped you. 🙂
Candies 4Christ (2 years ago)
Thank you so much. I enjoyed this tutorial and learned a lot. 😊😁👍❤️💕
Design Like a Pro (2 years ago)
Super! Thanks for watching! :)
Elvis Monero (2 years ago)
Thank you so much, these steps helped a lot, you are the best. :)
Design Like a Pro (2 years ago)
Glad to hear it! Thanks for watching :)

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