Free InDesign Templates

Where can you find over twenty folders full of professionally-designed publication templates created in InDesign?

On your hard drive, if you have InDesign CS2 (the only version that comes with templates). (Edit: We’ve secured permission from Adobe to offer them for downloading on our own site. See their descriptions and links on our Free InDesign Templates page. )

The easiest way to find them and preview them is from within InDesign. You’ll need to re-open the InDesign Welcome screen (which you stopped from automatically appearing long ago) by choosing Welcome Screen from the Help menu, and when the splash screen appears click the New from Template button.

new from template

What happens next is a bit of surprise; Adobe Bridge starts up and shows you the contents of your InDesign Templates folder. Didn’t know you had a templates folder, did you? It was installed automatically with InDesign.

The InDesign Templates folder contains a bunch of Collections (saved Bridge searches) and further down, 21 subfolders with names like Menus, Presentations, Newsletters, and Forms. Double-click one of the folders or one of the Collections, and Bridge shows you thumbnails of the templates it contains.

InDesign Template in Bridge

If you change the view to Filmstrip (from the View menu in Bridge) you can investigate each template page by page without having to actually open them. In the screen shot above I’m looking at page 1 of a 2-page newsletter template in Bridge. The “Business Sets” folder I’m browsing contains six sets of branded business collateral for a total of 48 templates! Double-clicking a template opens an untitled copy of it in InDesign.

Even if you’re not the type to use a template, they’re great for investigating how a savvy InDesign user might put together a piece. The files contain interesting uses of custom colors and blends, and all make intelligent use of layers, guides, paragraph and character styles. Linked images are embedded, but you can use the Unembed command in the Links palette menu if you want to open them up in Photoshop or Illustrator.

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112 Comments on “Free InDesign Templates

  1. Just been searching for my old templates since upgrading to CS 5 (the New from template command has gone) and eventually found them:
    /Library/Application Support/Adob/Templates.
    For some reason searching for .indt file only turned up two files.

  2. Found your blog while I was searching for templates – thank you for the great info! (Had a giggle at the foreign language post … (: ) I will use your blog again and tell others.

  3. COOL STUFF ANNE MARIE. I WAS LOOKING FOR INVITATION TEMPLATES THIS MORNING AND SEARCHED THE NET AND FOUND YOUR SITE. I FOLLOWED IT AND OPENED MY TEMPLATES. I AM USING CS2.
    LOL.

  4. Hi,

    I’m finishing up my degree in communication and only have 2 more classes after this one. It’s indesign, and I’m lost. Does anyone know a site that has a detailed- step by step of the indesign process. I can’t even get a good start. I do ok on MSWord, but this is beyond me. Please help!!!!!!!!!!

    Jenny

    • Best solution is to buy the Lynda.com InDesign cs6 (or whatever version you’re using) and learn the software. It’s fast and intuitive. You should be able to get up and running in a few weeks provided you own Adobe’s software. Go Luck.

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