InDesign CC Tutorials

Automatic Page Numbers

Here’s how to do put page numbers into your document automatically. It’s easy, and it will save you a whole lot of time!

Linked vs. Embedded Images

Should you link images to your document, or embed them? What’s best? Here are the pros and cons.

Drop caps and nested styles

Drop caps and nested styles can be applied as part of a Paragraph Style to give your text a level of sophistication you won’t believe.

Adding bullets to text

Adding bullet characters to text is not always easy. However, this method is easy. You can add a bullet character from any installed font, and you can format your text exactly the way you want.

Using layers

Layers in InDesign are very different to Layers in Photoshop, but using them can save you loads of time. They’re well worth getting to know.

Paste vs. paste in place

You’re probably already familiar with ‘copy’ and ‘paste’. ‘Paste in place’ is a seriously useful variation. It pastes the copy in exactly the same position that the original came from – even if you’re on a different page…

The Pen Tool

The Pen Tool is probably the most misunderstood and detested tool in the entire CC suite. However, if you spend a little time with it – as little as 5 minutes every day – you won’t believe how much better it gets! Give it a try. It’s really, really worth getting to know.

Master Pages

Master Pages are easy, and seriously helpful – especially in long documents. If you want something to appear on all or just some of your document pages, put it on a master page and apply it wherever you want. They’re great time savers, and a great way to create consistency.

Saving an InDesign document

There are three different ways to save a document: InDesign document, InDesign template, and ‘IDML’. Which one you choose depends on what you need to do with it. Templates and IDML documents are really useful, and it’s well worth knowing about them – and this video will tell you everything you need to know.

Changing Numbering

How can you create more than one page numbering system within a single document? The answer is to create a ‘section start’. You can choose which number you want the new section to start with, and select from a variety of numbering styles – to which you can apply your own Paragraph Styles, of course.


Drawing Shapes

There’s more to drawing shapes than meets the eye – but this video makes it all clear. Rectangles and squares, ellipses, circles, and…polygons. With or without a ‘star inset’. Also, an introduction to the Pathfinder tools, which were first developed in Adobe Illustrator – incredibly useful if you need to draw something a little more complicated.

The Stroke Window

The Stroke window shows you the weight and style of strokes, but it also does a whole lot more. Add arrowheads at the end or beginning strokes. Scale them. Adjust their position. Change the shape of corners. Change the way lines end. And more. You can even apply a colour to the gaps, if you’ve chosen a dotted or dashed line style.

Using Tabs

People don’t seem to like tabs, and it sometimes seems as if they were created just to annoy and confuse us. However, once you get the hang of them they’re really easy. Here’s how.

Making an RGB PDF

Flawlessly export your work as an RGB PDF, either to put on a website or to send to somebody for approval.

InDesign Libraries

If you need to use particular colors, Paragraph Styles and images in more than one document, put them into an InDesign Library. Then you can add them to any document you want.