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1.1 Introduction to Creative Magazine Layout Design

Welcome to this Envato Tuts+ course, Creative Magazine Layout Design. In this course, you will learn the essential elements that are necessary in an article layout. We’ll look at how to create Master Pages to produce consistent layouts and add Paragraph Styles to style content such as the heading, intro, copy, folios, pull quotes, and bylines. We’ll look at how to create grids to place elements in the magazine and how to break the rules to create interesting layouts.

We’ll focus on the basics of working with copy: how to lay it out, create multiple columns, and thread text. We will complete our design by creating a cover design that’s captivating and will attract viewers. In this course, you’ll learn everything you need to get started on your own publication design project.

1.1 Introduction to Creative Magazine Layout Design

We see magazines everywhere and they're becoming more and more relevant. And the magazines have challenged traditional visual styles while communicating social and political themes. Special editions and limited run magazines are highly sought after because of their forward design. In this course, we honor that and show you how to experiment with design elements. This is Creative Magazine Design Layout from Environ Tuts+, and I am your instructor Laura Kim. In this course, we will walk you through the process of setting up an InDesign magazine file and how to use the different panels to create an organized system. We will show you the ins and outs of the layers panel, how to create grids, set up a baseline grid. How to use master pages for consistency and how to design a preliminary magazine article. We'll use the paragraph and character style panel to show you how easy it is to format an entire magazine. We will design a cover, table of contents page and a very simple article. Last, we will show you how to break the rules of design with a few experimental spreads. These last few spreads are inspired by Davey Carson, who brought a new approach of type and gridless page design. He let the content dictate the design of the layout. You'll walk away from this course with essential knowledge that is sure to help you design your next project. So join us in this course and let's design something creative.

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