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Free Video: Designing with Grids in InDesign

While the notion of chucking it all and going “off the grid” might be appealing when you’ve had more than your share of modern life, it’s not good advice when you’re designing a page layout.

A grid system offers lots of advantages, from giving your design a visual rhythm and readability, to helping you work faster because it shows you where to place items on the page.

And when you want to learn about using grids in InDesign, Nigel French is your man. In his course, Designing with Grids in InDesign, Nigel shows every step of building and using a page layout grid, as well as how and when to add impact by breaking out of the grid in a thoughtful way.

Designing with Grids in InDesign

Here’s the course description:

Take the guesswork out of your InDesign layouts. Whether it’s a business card, a poster, or a book, your design will look better if you use a grid. Join designer Nigel French as he takes you through a brief history of grids—why you should use them and when you should break them. He’ll show you how to establish margins and columns, set up a layout grid, and how to fit text to a baseline grid. Plus, learn how to break the grid for graphic effect and experiment with different types of grids like 5- or 7-column layouts and radial grids.

Topics include:

  • Why grids matter
  • Determining your page size
  • Creating margins and defining your type area
  • Setting up a baseline grid
  • Understanding the power of InDesign’s Gridify feature
  • Breaking your grid with images
  • Maximizing white space with a grid

In the free video below, Nigel describes the components that make up a page grid. Check it out!

The parts of a grid

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Determining your page size

Creating margins and defining your type area

Ensuring that your text columns “bottom out”

Mike Rankin

Mike Rankin

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3 Comments on “Free Video: Designing with Grids in InDesign

  1. I have started working more with grids too and it does take a lot of the guess work out positioning. Though did struggle a bit one what gutter size to have in relation to Point size? Is there any preference setting that can change the gutter to point size, or is it a case of working out say 14pt leading would need 4.93889mm for gutter space when setting up your grid for this to relate?

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