Design a Tri-Fold Brochure

This tutorial walks you through setting up a standard letter-sized tri-fold brochure document complete with the CORRECT sizes for your individual panels.

Watch Part Two

This beginner tutorial covers the entire design of a tri-fold brochure with practical tips that takes your brochures from boring to gorgeous in under 1 hour.

Planning Your Publications with a Storyboard

Hi designers! I'm super excited to share a behind the scenes look at my current workflow for planning publications. You'll see the tools I use - including my custom storyboard - in client meetings to quickly plan out the content needs for a magazine and how I use this plan to quickly start the design process.

This method has been life-changing for:

There are links and other helpful goodies below!

Storyboard Template
GoodNotes App *

↠ Plan your client photo books before designing them
↠ Create a high or low fidelity mockup of your portfolios

↠ Plan all content aspects of your publications such as magazines, programs, bulletins and more
↠Create a high or low fidelity mockup of your portfolios

↠ Print a blank version of the template pages and hand write your content plan
↠ Use the divider lines to plan available ads sizes, images, text content and more
↠ Drop in photos for a high fidelity mockup
↠ Use colored rectangles to mark ads, images and placeholders

*IOS only. Try Microsoft's OneNote for other tablets. It lets you insert a PDF and write on it in a similar fashion as GoodNotes.

How to Design a Book Cover Jacket in InDesign

Go behind the scenes of how I designed a book cover jacket for my photo book released last November! You'll learn how to use a common book jacket template to start your design process. I also share some custom tips to make the design process super fast and easy.


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Previous Book Jacket design tutorial►

Learn How to Quickly Import Character Styles From any InDesign Document

Did you know you can import character styles from any InDesign document? As long as the document is using character styles, you can import them into any current or new InDesign document. This is a great way to save time recreating styles, allows you to maintain consistency across documents and gets you up and running much faster with the styles you love to use again and again!

You’ll Learn:

Let's Create an Event Program Booklet

In this in-depth tutorial, you will learn how to set up a standard event program, add photos, style text and export your final design for either printing professionally or in-house!

This lesson is perfect for beginners and anyone tasked with designing church bulletins, recital programs or any special event program. This tutorial is full of awesome tips to get you started with InDesign.

You’ll Learn:

Duplicate Elements Quickly in InDesign w/ Step & Repeat

Ever find yourself needing to duplicate a text box or object across your InDesign document? I needed to do this with a set of custom-sized labels and the Step & Repeat function made this process so much easier! Dive into this quick tip tutorial to see it in action.

You’ll Learn:

How to Design a Calendar in InDesign

It's that time again when we prep to say goodbye to one year and welcome the next. Why not enter the new year in style with a custom calendar! In this lesson, discover how to design a calendar in InDesign.

You'll Learn:

Let's Create a 3 Page Magazine Spread in InDesign

Hello designer! This in-depth tutorial is minimally edited so you can follow along with my entire workflow for a 3 page magazine spread with a full page ad. This includes goofs we are bound to hit along the way because not everything works the way you expect when you are designing!

Enjoy bonus nuggets of info as I make decisions on color, layout and complimentary design elements.


Looking for more magazine layout tips? Dive into these in-depth tutorials.

Magazine Feature Article Layout in InDesign
Understanding Magazine Signature & Page Count
— Magazine Article Text Tips

Understanding Page Count & Signatures in Magazines

You start designing your magazine or publication, add pages as needed only to get to the Print to Booklet time and realize you don't have enough pages. What gives right?

This tutorial will drastically change the way you start your publication designs and help you keep your page count in check from the very beginning.

Here's what you'll learn:

Looking for more booklet and magazine tips? Dive into these in-depth tutorials.

— Booklets in InDesign
— Adobe Distiller & Print to Booklet Tips

Tour My InDesign & Photoshop Workspaces

Here's your chance to see how I set up my InDesign & Photoshop workspaces. My method is geared toward the multi-tasking designer, photographer and web designer across a variety of screen sizes and setups.

I have dual monitor setups in my office, a widescreen in my home office and a laptop for on the go. I am also working in a variety of projects from editing photos to mocking up web designs and working on publications. My workspaces accommodate this sporadic work style, offering a complete and efficient workflow.

Watch the video to recreate my InDesign & Photoshop workspaces and continue below for a brief overview of how to create your own workspaces.

Workspace Basics

Working with Panels

Moving Panels

Learn more about workspaces from Adobe.

Let me know your preferred workspace setup in the comments!