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Designing with Grids in InDesign

Designing with Grids in InDesign

with Nigel French

Video: Introduction

(MUSIC) I'm Nigel French, welcome to Designing with Grids in InDesign. Whether you're designing a business card, a poster, a single sided flyer, a printed magazine, a digital magazine, or a book, your design will be better if you use a grid. Grids provide the structure that underpins good design. They take the guesswork out of where to place content on our page or canvas and establish rhythm and hierarchy.
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  1. 1m 45s
    1. Introduction
      1m 7s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 9m 37s
    1. Why grids matter
      1m 35s
    2. The parts of a grid
      3m 42s
    3. Some permutations of a twelve-column grid
      4m 20s
  3. 33m 4s
    1. Determining your page size
      3m 40s
    2. Creating margins and defining your type area
      8m 51s
    3. Setting up your baseline grid
      5m 24s
    4. Ensuring that your text columns "bottom out"
      4m 8s
    5. Potential problems with the baseline grid
      4m 58s
    6. Controlling the aspect ratio of your type area
      6m 3s
  4. 33m 26s
    1. Using text wraps with grids
      3m 43s
    2. Using layers with grids
      4m 49s
    3. Combining object styles with grids
      6m 28s
    4. Using the Gap tool with grids
      2m 9s
    5. The power of Gridify
      7m 21s
    6. Using the MakeGrid script
      4m 24s
    7. Other grid tools
      4m 32s
  5. 24m 44s
    1. Fitting subheads to your grid
      4m 45s
    2. Halving your baseline-grid increment
      2m 41s
    3. Accommodating paragraphs with different leading
      3m 15s
    4. Using a custom baseline grid
      5m 45s
    5. Working with side-by-side paragraphs on a grid
      3m 58s
    6. Creating a cap-height grid
      4m 20s
  6. 13m 32s
    1. Working with bleeds and crossovers
      2m 20s
    2. Rotating images and text
      2m 55s
    3. Breaking your grid with cutout images
      3m 8s
    4. Breaking your grid with pop-out images
      3m 34s
    5. Overlapping images on your grid
      1m 35s
  7. 8m 20s
    1. Using a five-column grid
      1m 52s
    2. Using a seven-column grid
      2m 48s
    3. Designing posters on a grid
      1m 15s
    4. Maximizing white space with a grid
      1m 0s
    5. Working with radial grids
      1m 25s
  8. 1m 12s
    1. Final thoughts and additional resources
      1m 12s

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Designing with Grids in InDesign
2h 5m Intermediate Oct 23, 2013

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Take the guesswork out of your InDesign layouts. Whether it's a business card, a poster, or a book, your design will look better if you use a grid. Join designer Nigel French as he takes you through a brief history of grids—why you should use them and when you should break them. He'll show you how to establish margins and columns, set up a layout grid, and how to fit text to a baseline grid. Plus, learn how to break the grid for graphic effect and experiment with different types of grids like 5- or 7-column layouts and radial grids.

Topics include:
  • Why grids matter
  • Determining your page size
  • Creating margins and defining your type area
  • Setting up a baseline grid
  • Understanding the power of InDesign's Gridify feature
  • Breaking your grid with images
  • Maximizing white space with a grid
Subjects:
Design Page Layout
Software:
InDesign
Author:
Nigel French

Introduction

(MUSIC) I'm Nigel French, welcome to Designing with Grids in InDesign. Whether you're designing a business card, a poster, a single sided flyer, a printed magazine, a digital magazine, or a book, your design will be better if you use a grid. Grids provide the structure that underpins good design. They take the guesswork out of where to place content on our page or canvas and establish rhythm and hierarchy.

There are several aspects to working with grids in InDesign. Establishing margins and columns, defining a layout grid. Setting up and working with a baseline grid. Sometimes grids can be frustrating and we'll be looking at how we can take control of our grid and not the other way around. Grids impose constraint but they also give us flexibility. Part of using grids well is knowing when to break them. And we'll be talking about when you need to break your grid, either because it's too restrictive or for graphic effect.

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