Preparing templates in InDesign

With so many more of us on the move, magazines are always available wherever we go - and in huge quantities. With this increase in printed matter, the way magazines have been put together has been refined over time, and fundamental to contemporary magazine layout are templates.

Templates are the basis for a magazine's house style, with type styles and layouts giving it its 'feel'. They enable you to preset pages with layout graphics and text so, if you work on or produce a regular magazine, you can simply open a template and import new content to it. This tutorial will show you how to create a basic template for a magazine using grids and style sheets, emphasising the importance of attention to detail so that, once you've set one up, the most basic template can be used to lay out many different pages.

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