Today we were given a tutorial on how to create an effective double-page spread using Adobe InDesign.

We started off creating a new document with 230mm x 230mm dimensions with three columns/margins (pictured). Two of these pages are needed with the master page untouched you can do this by simply copy and pasting the master page again.


I then inserted a text box to the top left corner in order to create the title which we named ‘Graphic Design HND’ for relevancy (pictured). I settled for a basic font that’s large like most titles. This then lead onto creating some paragraphs using the placeholder text tool which just adds in random paragraphs (pictured) to show where relevant article text would be. I did this between all six of the columns as this is an effective method of showing large amounts of text look more appealing.


The next step was the design process meaning we needed to add the image named ‘cityscape’ which is done by a simple drag and drop (pictured) I made sure to scale the image so it would cover the entirety of the double-page.


The next step was to amend the text so it can flow along with the buildings below from the inserted ‘cityscape’ image. To do this we needed to use the pen tool this allows us to create lines in which we did by following above the buildings below (pictured) making sure to make straight lines as its works more effectively. Once this is done we set the text to be able to collide with the shape aka the line by changing the layout of the text to ‘with shape wrapping’ this makes the text alter in location with any collision with the shape which gives a really nice looking effect.


The next thing we were taught was the usage of drop caps this allows the first letter of the article to be larger while also being embedded within the paragraph. This is done by highlighting the first letter and giving it the ‘drop caps’ and ‘nested styles’ tool (pictured) under the paragraph drop down selection menu.


The final step in the tutorial was to create a special feature tab in the top right corner of the double-page spread (pictured). We did this by going back to our blank master page and creating a rectangle shape with rounded off corners. Then a text box was added inside with the name ‘special feature’ which was then coloured blue and green. Now because this was added to the masters page this now consists between all pages that are created with the document this saves time if you have many pages something very similar is done with page numbers also.


Final Outcome: