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InDesign: Elements of a Layout

via LinkedIn Learning


Learn how to set up and create a magazine template using Adobe InDesign. Graphic designer Nigel French explains body text, headlines, subheads, and images.

Each element of a magazine should support and work in harmony with the other elements. This course deconstructs the elements that make up a typical magazine layout. Looking at examples from newsstand magazines, it examines the purpose of body text, headlines, subheads, captions, straplines, and more, as well as their typical usage. It then shows how such elements can be created in InDesign, with an emphasis on efficient techniques that emphasize flexibility and consistency.

Graphic designer Nigel French shows how to create a magazine layout using a modular approach that improves the ongoing usability of the document template and the appearance of the resulting designs. In this course, Nigel uses a magazine layout to explain the purpose of each layout element and to demonstrate the use of InDesign features. He explores text elements, picture elements, and page elements. He demonstrates how to set up a document and how to format logically with Styles, Layers, and CC Libraries.


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
1. Body Text
  • Body text size
  • Body text alignment
  • Body text indentation and spacing
  • Body text letterspacing
  • Body text last paragraphs
2. Headlines and Subheads
  • Headlines
  • Straplines and kickers
  • Drop caps
  • Subheads
  • Pull quotes
3. Supporting Text
  • Bylines and credits
  • Sidebars and callouts
  • Page furniture
  • White space
  • Captions
4. Picture Treatments
  • Bleeds and crossovers
  • Text wrap
  • Photo collage
  • Picture grid
  • Text on picture
  • Next Steps

Taught by

Nigel French

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