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InDesign Template Essentials: Sidebars and Pull Quotes

Another month, another free template for our Premium members! (Not a Premium member? Sign up here.)

I’m excited to announce that this month we’re offering a whole new kind of template. Instead of giving you a complete document built for a specific purpose—like a newsletter, brochure, or book—we have created a set of page elements that can be used in all kinds of projects. We call them Template Essentials, and the first one is a collection of sidebars and pull quotes.


In all, there are a dozen different sidebar designs and eight kinds of pull quotes, all formatted cleanly with paragraph, character, and object styles. Just copy and paste them into your documents and to tweak them to suit your needs. Sure beats creating all this stuff from scratch!



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Mike Rankin

Mike Rankin

Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and Author of LinkedIn Learning courses on InDesign, Illustrator, GIMP, Inkscape, and Adobe Dimension.
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16 Comments on “InDesign Template Essentials: Sidebars and Pull Quotes

  1. WOW…what a great resource. Although I appreciate them, I frequently have no need for most of the templates that you post because I don’t make those types of documents–but this, this is EPIC! (Does “Epic” date me?)

    • Can you try again with a different browser? Folks have been downloading the template, and we’ve tested the link a few times so we know it’s there and working.

      • Wasn’t a browser thing–my membership had run out. Updated my payment information and all is now right with the world again.

  2. Hello: Any chance you could make the screen shots bigger or perhaps open in a viewer, please–I’d like to know what I’m missing out on? Thanks!

  3. Unfortunately I can’t seem to access them because I only have CS6 – even the idml file is non responsive when I open it up into InDesign. Any chance you can save as a CS6 file for download?? It would be really useful for me :)

  4. Our corporate internet filter is blocking me from access. I believe it is because of the tiny URL link. Is there another way I could gain access?

  5. Thanks for this. The IDML does open in CS6. This is written in the template: “The vertical rule on the left that separates this pull quote from the text will automatically get taller or shorter as you change the text! For instructions on how this was done, visit this InDesignSecrets article.”

    Is there a url for this? Many thanks for all that you do.

  6. Mike,

    Thank you for this resource and all the wonderful tutorials you have written over the years. I am a long-time subscriber to InDesign Secrets and knew of you from your podcast before this gig. The template downloaded just fine for me.

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