Tutorial 2: Adobe InDesign, “Learning to Play”

Points: 15 pts
Due date: Friday, Feb. 16 at 11:59 p.m.
Resources: Adobe InDesign
Summary: Combine an image and text to create a flyer using InDesign


Adobe-InDesign-CC-01Adobe InDesign is the industry-standard page design and layout application. You can use it to make posters, books, digital magazines, eBooks, and interactive PDFs.

In the first part of this tutorial, you’ll create a simple flyer layout that includes a single image, a headline, graphic element, and body copy. You’ll learn how to place and size images and text, change and load fonts, create a color theme, add color to text, and generate a QR code.

Then, you’ll create a multi-page document to give you some space to create additional layouts based on what you learned.

Finally, you’ll export your work as a .pdf file.


Step 1: Complete your first InDesign tutorial

Complete the How To Make A Flyer tutorial (Adobe.com)


  • Loading fonts from Typekit may prove to be problematic, so if needed you can use the fonts currently installed on your machine rather than the ones identified in the tutorial.
  • Using the image from Adobe Stock may also be problematic, so if needed you can use an image from Pixabay

But wait! Don’t stop there. This is your chance to experiment using what you’ve learned about InDesign.

Step 2: Add Pages

  1. To create a new page, open the Pages panel (Window > Pages) and click the Create New Page button. A new page is added after the currently selected page.
  2. Repeat this process until you have three new pages, or four pages total.

Step 3: Experiment!

Create a new layout on each of your pages. For each layout, start with a single word or short phrase based on your initial impressions of the Spark building.

Then decide what type of media your layout will represent–is it a magazine advertisement, a billboard, a poster, a website mockup? After you have a theme and media type in mind, begin adding elements to your design.

Your layouts should each include:

  1. At least one image – you can use one of the images you gathered on your visit to the Spark building, or you can use the images from the 2018 WSU Adobe Creative Jam.
  2. A headline that describes the image.
  3. At least one block of copy
    1. You can use the Type > Fill with Placeholder text function to create long passages of nonsense “Greeked” text. Try it out!
  4. At least one icon or logo – use the Royalty-free Media Resources to find logos, icons, and vector art or create your own logo using a tool like Canva
  5. A color applied to at least one element based on colors selected using the Color Scheme Tool.
  6. Once you’ve created your three layouts, reflect on each and give it a name. The name can be the theme you started with or a title derived from your original theme.

Step 4: Make a Cover Page

  1. Create a new page, then in the Pages panel, position it so it is the first page of your document.
  2. Create a text box and type your name, the title of this assignment, the name of this course, and today’s date. You can style the text however you like.
  3. Create another text box. Then type the names of your three original layouts and the How to Make a Flyer tutorial in the order they appear. You can add a heading to identify your work and you can style the text as you see fit.

Step 5: Export Your File

  • Review your document to make sure each of your final designs is error free.
  • Save your InDesign file
  • Select File > Export
  • Name your file using this naming convention:

<your first and last name>_COMSTRAT381_Tutorial-2
(ex. Chris Cooney_COMSTRAT-381_Tutorial-2)

  • Select Format > Adobe PDF (Interactive)
  • Export Your File

Turn it in

  1. Log in to the 381 Blackboard, go to the Assignment Dropboxes section, and locate Tutorial 2: Adobe InDesign
  2. Under the Assignment Submission section, select Browse my Computer, and locate your final document file on your computer
  3. Select Submit

Grading Criteria

Your main goal with this task is accuracy and completion. Using elements of a standard Tutorial rubric – you will be graded on content, completion, and conventions. Your instructor is looking for the following criteria:

  • Content: Meets all the criteria for the assignment.
  • Complete and Thorough: All steps of the tutorial are completed in full. Demonstrated ability to understand and follow requirements.
  • Conventions: No misspellings or grammatical errors. The finished tutorial is properly formatted and is correctly turned in to Blackboard.


You now know just enough to be dangerous in InDesign! Don’t stop here, because you’ll want to learn more about the various features of InDesign before you get to far along on your assignment.

Visit the InDesign Tutorials page and try out some of the Getting Started with InDesign tutorials. Here are some recommended tutorials to try:

  • Getting Started with InDesign
  • Add Text
  • Add and Transform Graphics
  • Organize Content with Layers

Time to level up!