Let’s Create a 3 Page Magazine Spread in InDesign

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This in-depth tutorial is minimally edited so you can follow along
with my entire workflow for a 3 page magazine article design with a full page ad. This includes goofs we are bound to hit along the way because not everything works the way you expect when you are designing! Enjoy bonus nuggets of info as I make decisions on color, layout and complimentary design elements.

How to set up a 3-page magazine spread with an additional full-page ad.
How to make decisions based on the images available.
How to flow text from one page to another.
How to size an image across spreads.
How to pick up color inspiration from your images.
How to set up a simple magazine footer on a master page.
How to format a two-column text box.
How to style a block-quote.
How to design a full-page ad on the fly.
How to creatively crop and place images.
How to create a gradient fade on light images to place text on top.

Page setup: 00:57
First 2 pages design: 8:29
Third page design: 19:11
Ad design: 27:30


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Anony Mouse says:

No pro would or should design like this. If I designed like this or saw one of my Pro designers designing like this they would be fired. Maybe the title should read, a rough idea on pamphlet design.

Swarilala says:

can u explain to me why I can’t drag page number on top of rectangle 5:31 it just disappear, I’m so stressed out with this, please help me

MrMagJon says:

Your tutorials are amazing, you’re explaining things very well while it’s easy to follow through. Also, you’ve got a nice and engaging voice to listen to 🙂 Subscribed!

Adam Lepp says:

Are you using double returns to separate your paragraphs?

daddydox says:

Thanks for the tutorial.. Where did you get the magazine mock ?.. Id like to see what the final product would like in a real magazine. Thanks

headlesspalace says:

recording a tutorial with 12% battery… living on the edge

Napoleon Escalante says:

Awesome, awesome tutorial! Even better than others I have paid for before. Can’t wait to watch the next one. Good job.

Layout Koran says:


Batshegi Kolantsho says:

Great Tutorial for first Timers in InDesign

blackbird163 says:

thank you for this tutorial!

2nd Hendrix says:

Awesome content! Thanks a lot.

Anna Mellerick says:

Amazing cool thank you

vinod thampi says:

Good presentation with nice voice.

Glad Waite says:

Hello and thank you for this content. I really liked the images. Do you have any recommendations of good sites for images?

Thanida R. says:

Thanks so much. I learnt a lot from you! 🙂

Flanzy Chodkowski says:

Just discovered you. It’s great. Clean, clear, and I can understand you. Half the time other tutorials have muffled sound.

Pillar Machine says:

How does a spread like this project translate into print. I’m working on a stapled brochure that is 6 pages plus a front and back cover but I don’t want to start designing it until I know how each page is oriented for print. I’m trying to avoid any kind of back-tracking if I design it wrong.

kevin quinlan says:

How do I set up my document to “LAYOUT DEFAULT” like you have in tour video? When I open my paragraph pallete it doesn’t look like what is shown in your video. Please help. Thanks _kq

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Mayank says:

Its fun watching your videos. Stuff on GIMP by any chance?

Tariro Coffee says:

I Love you. I was struggling with little issues not mentioned in many tutorials. Good tutorial.

Vivaan Rupani says:

Whenever I am trying to place an image in my document, I lose quality. Can you help?

Augustus Jones says:

I am a brand new fan of Yours! When you put the orange stroke on the image How did you know the cmyk color numbers for orange on the fly?!!!

Ville Paronen says:

This was awesome tutorial, thanks. Your voice is good and tempo is enough slow-fast. Great job! I started to follow you.

Michael Beaud says:

Is it possible to create a text flow on multiple templates ? I have a WIP article (not finished, so it will get longer and spread over more pages) which I would like to be spread on , let’s say, a 2 text columns template A, and a 1text-1 image columns template B, in any order (I.e AABABAAABABB

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