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InDesign: Create a Custom Newsletter Layout

teacher avatar Benjamin Halsall, Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses

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2 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Create a Custom Newsletter Layout

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Benjamin Halsall

Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses


For the designer in you I create fun short lessons in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator & Adobe InDesign. I include some creative and technical tips in all my lessons which are always easy to follow. Check out my popular Banksy Yourself Photoshop Class, how to create Polygonal Patterns in Adobe Illustrator or my Photoshop Drawing & Painting Fundamentals.

For Final Cut Pro X editors check out my course Learn Final Cut Pro X in 25 Minutes or learn how to put video inside type, create grunge style text or my basic and advanced split screen tutorials.

I look forward to seeing your projects and am always happy to answer your questions.

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1. Class Introduction: I didn't spend household here and here. We're gonna have a look how we create a custom newsletter layout. So we're gonna look at how we create this custom shape that you can see on the left hand side here how we place an image and text inside that custom shape. And then how we use text wraps to actually create the text wrapping around the shapes that you can see here. I have enjoyed the tutorial on Do I look forward to seeing your work up in the course board ? 2. Create a Custom Newsletter Layout: Okay, So in this tutorial, we're gonna create a customized newsletter Layup on. We're gonna basically be looking at create a custom shape that runs along the left hand side of our design here. So we're going to start by marking out the width of our document and splitting into thirds , which is a really good place to start when you're doing any text, layout or design just so that you have a nice even guide for where your text is kind of flowing. So I'm gonna grab the rectangle tool here in in design on a stretch of box out to the whole whipped of that page. Okay. And now I'm gonna go ahead and just check that in my options to a lot of top here. That my anchor point in my reference point is set to the left hand side of that box. Okay. And then in the width up here, I can type in 8.5, which is the width of this page on. Just type in a slash three, which is gonna divide that by three and make this box exactly 1/3 of that wit. And they're going to use this box to kind of mark out some guys I'm gonna dragsholm guides in from the ruler on the left Him Okay, If you don't see your rulers, just go to view. And instead of hide rollers, you'll have showed rulers, and that will enable you toe show your rulers. So I've made my first guide here, and I just drag this guy across now, okay? And then I drag another guide in. And so there's guide will be guides will be perfectly evenly spaced across my page. Okay, so now I'm gonna zoom out a little bit. I'm gonna use the pen tool to actually make this shape on the left so the mental takes to get a bit of getting used to, but we'll run through it and show you, and then you can have a practice with it later. So basically, with the pencil, we can draw two types of line. One is a straight kind of dr dot shape. Okay. Stupid command said or control is that there's one do on the other is this kind of wavy line where we're drawing on drawing away V shape along here. We're gonna do a bit of both here for this particular design, so it's gonna undo those. Okay, Now Whipped preparing a newsletter on for the web so we don't have a bleed set up on here. But if you were preparing a news, therefore print and you need to have a bleed on your document, so I'm gonna just mark one point here, okay? And then I want my design toe kind of wave out here. So I'm holding down shift as I'm doing this just to keep that line nice and smooth. And then if I come down to around about here, we're just gonna do the same again here, and then just let that line flow out. We're gonna come back to my right there to the corner once, twice, three times, and then I have my shape. I'm so closed off my shape there. If I want to adjust my shape, I'm not perfectly happy with it. Then I can use my direct selection tool time to adjust that. So before I do that, I'm just gonna go to my colors here and select Scion as the background for that. And then just give that a tent off 35%. That kind of drops that back nicely, and you can see if we just diesel ect everything and then you shift in W We're starting to end up with kind of a almost nice looking shape, a little bit of work to do. So I'm just gonna grab this mark and pull this guy up a little bit, and I'm gonna pull this guy in a little bit, okay? I think I'm gonna pull this guy That's not back a little bit. Just toe. Give it a bit more of a deeper way up there. So I'm grabbing these control points, Andi, just adjusting them slightly, and then we'll come out a little bit of the bottom. Okay, so let's have a look at this. So, for the moment on, this is gonna work quite nicely. Will be able to put some text in here and get it to flow around this shape. Okay, so what we gonna do now is we're actually gonna look at how we add some text boxes in these main columns on the right hand side that will then follow the flow of this line. Okay. And so we're gonna go to my layers panel here. Okay. I'm gonna add a new layer, and I'm gonna drop that new layer below. It's wavy line. Okay, so this is gonna be my body text. Okay, now then. That's what My slayer. It's gonna be my left columns. I'm just double clicking on those to set them up. So underbody text here. Okay, I'm gonna lock my left column there and basically gonna add in a text box that fills this whole space. Okay, Andi actually runs a little bit further up to the edge of this. This line here. Okay. So kind of breaking the column layout a little bit, but it's a guide for us on when we're working with customers shape for us rather than a specific rule. So I'm gonna go to type and fill with placeholder text. Then that's gonna fill this layer with place all the Texan at the moment, I'm obscuring a lot that placeholder text with this shape in the layer above. So I'm gonna switch round, lock this body text layer on, unlock the left column layer, and then for this layer. Now I'm gonna go to my text wraps. I have some options for text wrap up here. Okay, on. I'm gonna choose this third option, the wraparound up its shape. And now you can see that my Texas rapping along that wave. Okay, so I'm gonna go to my window. OK, Andi, text wrap and just bring up the text wrap window so I can select the offset for the that text wraps. I'm gonna increase that. That's gonna push my text away from that edge. So you can see now I've got this nice wave and it's the text is following that nicely. Okay, so that's the first step in this design. The next step is to look at how we could maybe put some images in this left hand shape. I mixed up with some texts and that's a little bit mawr involved. So what we need to do here is actually make a duplicate of this shape. So we have the left column here I'm actually going to duplicate on this whole layer. So I'm gonna keep my left column here just as a background color. Andi, In my Jew picket layer, I have another copy off this left column layer. Okay. And said this talk most laying out. I'm gonna call this images, OK, basically what I want to do is remove the text wraps. There's no text rap on that. Now, I'm just using the textract that's pre existing on the layer below to manage that. And I'm also gonna take away this fill color from that talk. Most layer. Okay, so if we turn this below this layer below on, then we can see we still got that blue behind. But we've got another layer above which has no background. It's all OK, so I'm gonna copy this. Okay, let's edit haste in place. I've got a couple of these paths now on this top. Most layer. Okay, so now in these parts. So this left column is my color for that left hand column on these paths checks. I'm gonna place images within. So with one selected, I'm gonna go to edit. That's right. Soil on place. Okay, we'll jump and grab, uh, on Indians here. It's gonna work quite nicely. Open up. Okay. And you can see now I have a nice kind of image shape within that left hand shape. And if I double click on the image or click on the circle in the middle, I can now help downshift and scale that okay. And then also rotate, and I'm holding down shift as I do this too. So I can position that within that box. Okay. And the reason for having those two shapes is that we can now add more than one image in this left hand shape. Okay, so, well, we can add text in the other path. So in this second path down here will actually add some text in for case. I'm gonna de select that and lock this camera layer so I can select the layer below. So the locking the padlocking is really a friend in terms of setting these types of things up on now, in this layer, I'm going to grab my title and just click once and go to type, fill with placeholder text on what we need to do with this text box on the reason this is not the type is not showing up in here is we just need to go to object text frame options and just get to ignore the text rap. Now, before we put the text in there. So in this frame, now, let's just click on this again, okay? So we just go to type fill with price, heart attacks. And I think I made a little mistake there. But basically, now I have a the layer that is filled with text. Okay? I mean, that textbooks might go to ignore the text wrap, pulled it up above the image just so I can see and edit it a bit more easily. And then I'm gonna go to object text frame options on just increase the the inset spacing for that pulls it away from the edge. So for this particular piece of text to actually get it to move away from the image, we're gonna do something that I don't normally do, which is just keep hitting. Enter until I end up with a text about flowing down below that and you can see now we've got a layout that set up where the image and text can flow in these NYT shapes on the left hand side with the color in the background. And then we've got a body of text here. Okay, so now the next step would really be to go on unlock some of these layers begin to work on our body text in the background. Andi, add in some paragraph styles so that we can gets a nice type flowing in here, so we'll just quickly do this, but you finish up. So no preview here, increase the letting a little bit 15 points. Okay, Adjust our in dense and spacing. Still have a little bit space after a paragraphs and actually will drop this down to a 11 points tight. Okay. And then for this, the moment will click. Okay, this could be our main paragraph. Okay. Andi will add in its high cliff top here. 10 title latin text. So we'll click in here making the style it's gonna be our plane heading. Andi will set this to many had pro semi bald and we'll just bumped the point size off little bits to increase the space after that. Just a touch. Now over the text on the left hand side here that we have when we've changed our paragraphs star always call this late. Don't it down there a bit. But one thing we can do here if we just locked down some of these layers and have a look at the color of that left column here is if we increase the capacity of that to say 65%. We could potentially, in that left hand layer, begin to style the text as a white or paper over the top of that. That text. Okay, so you can see your started to end up with kind of a nice, slow and distinction between the different sections of the newsletter. No dealing mostly with the technical side of setting this up and also a lot more design work to do here. But it should give you a good idea of how to set up on these images on the left hand side with this type of flowing line that you often see in newsletters nowadays. Okay, Thanks for watching. I enjoyed it. And I hope that was useful for the technical side of working with some tips and tricks that in design. If you have any questions, then but hesitate Teoh, send me a tweet at been hustle