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Top 5 InDesign Template Tips

Anne-Marie Concepción shares her favorite tips for making awesome InDesign templates

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This article appeared in Issue 80 of InDesign Magazine.

I’ve been producing layout files for my company and my clients for a couple decades now, and I can attest that starting with a workable template (as opposed to a blank page, or a copy of the previous issue or version) makes production go incredibly fast.

However, I’ve found that, oh, about 98% of my clients don’t have templates to give me, and even if I create one for them, it’s a struggle to get them to use it. Believe me, I understand. People feel comfortable doing what they’ve always done.

If you’re not a template user, I think you’ll find these five tips (there’s probably about 80 jammed in there) will help convince you it’s worth a try; and if you do use templates, I’m positive you’ll learn something new that will make them even easier and more useful for production.

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Anne-Marie Concepcion

Anne-Marie Concepcion

Anne-Marie “Her Geekness” Concepción is the co-founder (with David Blatner) and CEO of Creative Publishing Network, which produces InDesignSecrets, InDesign Magazine, and other resources for creative professionals. Through her cross-media design studio, Seneca Design & Training, Anne-Marie develops ebooks and trains and consults with companies who want to master the tools and workflows of digital publishing. She has authored over 20 courses on on these topics and others. Keep up with Anne-Marie by subscribing to her ezine, HerGeekness Gazette, and contact her by email at or on Twitter @amarie
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3 Comments on “Top 5 InDesign Template Tips

  1. Anne-Marie,

    Thanks for the tip re: Collaborative Workflows InDesign, InCopy & Word which you included on Lynda. com. Just what I needed.

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