If there’s one kind of InDesign tutorial that’s useful, it’s the kind that teaches about templates. I am personally all for templates, using them, knowing about them, learning how to make them, all that. InDesign templates can be extremely practical to have and can be a great way to shortcut through your design process. This, like many other InDesign tutorials before it, will teach you the art of making InDesign templates.
First of all, for those of you who don’t understand what an InDesign template is, it’s a document preset with all your necessary formatting. For instance, if you want to make a brochure, you use a brochure template. This template will be of two pages about the size of a regular sheet of paper with 3-4 columns on each. The columns translate into each of the folds of the brochure. If you make an awful lot of brochures, then having a brochure template is extremely practical.
It doesn’t take a complicated InDesign tutorial to teach you how to make an InDesign template. It’s a very straightforward process.
The first thing to do is to create a new document. Let’s say you’re making a simple book cover for print, so you enter in the size you want your book to be, the margins, bleed, and gutter spaces, and the columns for the front, back, and spine. Click OK.
When you have made your new document, you should place the guides for the book cover into the document. You can make it as simple or as complicated as you prefer; the important thing is that it’s easy to work with again and again.
Once your guides are placed, all you have to do is save the document as a template in the save as window. Next time you open up the new document panel, you will be able to load your template into the dialog and use it whenever you like.
This is, of course, a very simple InDesign online tutorial for creating a template. You can add a great many things to your template, changing the color settings, adding frames and text, character styles, and much more. For this InDesign tutorial, I kept to the basics so you could get the general idea of how to do it, rather than getting caught up in the details.
Making your own InDesign template like this InDesign tutorial shows is an easy and quick way to ensure that you have something to go to when you need it, but there are also other option out there if you want to save even more time. You can download free InDesign templates in many places, or buy high quality ones from online markets. With what you learn from InDesign tutorials on how to make templates, you can also know how to change and modify the templates you’ve downloaded to make them more useful to you.