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.
- Setting up a template
- Using Paragraph Styles, Character Styles, and Object Styles
- Working with picture treatments
- Establishing hierarchy
- Incorporating white space into a layout
- Using CC Libraries
Skill Level Intermediate
- [Voiceover] Hi, I'm Nigel French. Welcome. In this course, we'll examine the elements of a typical magazine layout. We'll deconstruct the different parts, the body text, the heads and sub-heads, the bylines and credits, and the pull quotes and sidebars. We'll consider their purpose, talk about established conventions for how they should look, and ways to format them logically and robustly in Adobe InDesign. Each movie begins with a definition of a particular layout element and examples of how they're used in popular magazines.
Starting with an unformatted InDesign document, I'll add the elements one-by-one with a strong emphasis on investing in careful document setup, so that future issues of the magazine can be constructed easily and efficiently. Let's get started.