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42 InDesign tutorials to boost your skills

36. How white space can transform your layouts

InDesign tutorials: layouts

Don't be tempted to overfill your layouts

Less is more when it comes to layouts; by incorporating white space into your work you'll transform your designs from crowded and fussy to streamlined and polished. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a simple two-sided flyer in Adobe InDesign, being sparing with placing your elements to create a contemporary, calming design.

37. Create special print finishes

InDesign tutorials: White space

Special finishes can transform a print design

If you're after something really unique, special finishes can transform a print design. In this guide, magazine designer Jo Gulliver talks through the processes for setting up artwork in InDesign for special finishes such as varnishes, foil blocking, embossing and die cutting. Each finish has some best practice guides you should follow, but once you get your head around creating one you should be able to easily apply this knowledge to the other processes.

38. Add interactivity to EPUBS

InDesign tutorials: Interactivity

Add rich, interactive features to your fixed layouts

It is possible to use InDesign to create dynamic and engaging EPUB documents by adding rich interactive features. This tutorial shows you how to include slideshows, add buttons to trigger animation, add hyperlinks to your document, and more. It also explains how the EPUB Interactivity Preview panel can simplify your production process by giving you immediate feedback on how an animation might look when it's exported and viewed on a device.

39. Fix muddy gradients

InDesign tutorials: murky gradients

Learn how to stop your gradients looking murky

A muddy gradient – usually caused by using the default black – can ruin the look of your work. Here you'll learn a few ways to correct it in both CMYK and spot colour gradients.

40. Use a column grid to design a poster

InDesign tutorials: Aligned typography

Master aligned typography with this grid poster design

In this tutorial Mark Bloom, aka Mash Creative (opens in new tab), walks through how to create perfectly aligned typography using a column grid system for guidance.

41. Manage your assets properly

InDesign tutorials: organisation

Organisation is key

If you're combining a lot of assets in your design, it's essential to organise them properly of you'll end up in a pickle. In this InDesign tutorial, Luke O'Neill runs through how to create a poster for an imaginary exhibition called Sirens. This InDesign tutorial covers the creation of a simple logotype and grid, use of typography, image editing and pattern creation.

42. Create a 3D Typographic poster in InDesign and Photoshop

InDesign tutorials: 3D poster

Make a 3D poster

This five stage tutorial teaches you how to make this striking ink-in-water 3D poster. You'll need InDesign and Photoshop for this one.

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Rosie Hilder is Creative Bloq's Acting Editor. After beginning her career in journalism in Argentina – where her blogging prowess led her to become Deputy Editor of Time Out Buenos Aires – she moved back to the UK and joined Future Plc in 2016. Since then, she's worked as Operations Editor on art and design magazines, including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw, and got the 'Apple bug' when working on US title, Mac|Life. In 2018, she left the world of print behind and moved to Creative Bloq, where she now takes care of the daily management of the site, including growing the site's reach through trying to please the Google Gods, getting involved in events, such as judging the Brand Impact Awards, and helping make sure our content serves ours readers as best it can. Her interests lie in branding and illustration, tech and sexism, and plenty more in-between.