33 InDesign tutorials to level up your skills


Digital publishing platform Adobe InDesign has a ton of features that make it essential for everything from brochure design to creating magazine layouts, to eye-catching poster design.

Here we've rounded up the best InDesign tutorials on the web, which walk you through a variety of design projects. You're sure to find something here to stretch your skills. You can jump directly to a section using the dropdown menu above, or browse them all.

InDesign tutorials for beginners

01. See what you can create with InDesign

This short video explains how InDesign is used and by whom

If you're a newcomer to InDesign, spend a couple of minutes watching this short tutorial that explains exactly what the software is, its purpose and who uses it. It's a really clear explanation that shows off many of the time-saving tools and features of InDesign CC that you'll probably end up using all the time.

02. Get started with InDesign

This series of videos from Adobe will help you get started

This series of short tutorials, created by Adobe, is designed to teach you everything you need to know to start working in InDesign. There's a mini video showing you how to make and save a document and a tour of the InDesign workspace. As you continue through, you'll learn how to add and format text, then move on to working with graphics.

03. Explore InDesign basics

This 5-minute tutorial walks through the tools you need to know

There are many tools to get your head around in InDesign and it's easy to feel intimidated by them all. In this five-minute tutorial, Matthew Pizzi introduces you to the primary tools in InDesign CC and explains what does what, so you won't feel quite so lost.

04. A quick guide to master pages

The basic idea behind master pages is that whatever you place on the master page will all be applied to any other pages that have the master applied to them. They are extremely useful for ensuring consistency within your designs, and once you've got the hang of them they're ideal for streamlining your workflow. Here a basic guide to how to use them.

05. Working with graphics

Master the basics of working with graphics

In just under seven minutes, this tutorial teaches you about placing, which is how you import photos or text into your InDesign page. It covers all the popular image formats: PSD, AI, TIFF and JPEG, as well as explaining how to scale, centre and crop photos.

06. 5 tips for working with images

In this tutorial, Adobe evangelist Terry White picks out five key tips for working with images in Indesign CC. It's a recording of a live session, so there's a bit of faffing about at the start – you can skip the first couple of minutes if you want to get straight to the tips.

07. Pro tips for working with type

Advice for working with type in InDesign

In this tutorial, magazine designer Jo Gulliver shows you some of the most valuable typographic tools in InDesign. In it, you'll learn how to quickly highlight text, control copy flow, align text and insert ligatures. It'll show you how to polish your text so it works perfectly within your design.

08. 5 amazing things you can do in Adobe InDesign

In this video tutorial, Terry White is back, alongside British graphic designer Dave Clayton. The two of them share cool InDesign-made projects they've discovered, as well as tricks and tips they've picked up from Adobe events and their own experience using the design tool.

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