InDesign has many free templates that can provide a great starting point for developing the layout design for your report. In this module, we’ll look at the initial set-up of template files and some of the settings and configurations you should use. We’ll also go over some of the basics of working with type.
Notes from the Video
If you don’t have the fonts used in a template installed on your computer, you’ll need to activate them in Creative Cloud or choose to replace the font with a different option. Any fonts that aren’t installed, will be highlighted in pink in the InDesign document.
When using stock InDesign templates, check the following file configurations:
Unit of Measurement — right click on the horizontal and vertical rulers to change the unit of measurement to something you’re familiar withColour Mode — go to Edit > Transparency Blend Space to change colour mode depending on the purpose of of your document (CMYK for print, RGB for web/digital). If you change the colour mode, make sure to change the colours in the Swatches panel to the same colour mode (double click on the swatch to edit it).Document Size — go to Layout > Document Settings then click “Adjust Layout” to change the page size to letter (or whatever size you need)
Check your template for duplicate page designs for different document sizes (like A4), delete any pages or parent pages that you don’t need.
Break up long lines of text using columns — as a general rule of thumb, lines of text should be between 50-75 characters long. To add columns: right click on the text frame & select “Text Frame Options”
Don’t adjust the tracking or kerning — leave these as their defaults
Leading should be at least 2pts bigger that your font size — by default in InDesign, leading will be set to auto, which is 120% bigger than the font size. Manually set the leading to 2pts to avoid the leading becoming too big for larger font sizes.
If using justified alignment for your paragraphs, you can avoid creating rivers or awkward letter spacing by:
Making sure your text isn’t too big for the number of columns you haveUsing left justified instead of fully justified