Designing with Grids in InDesign

with Nigel French
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Designing with Grids in InDesign
Video duration: 0s 2h 12m Intermediate


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


- [Voiceover] 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, you'll 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. Let's get started.

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