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Designing a restaurant menu is a great way to learn how to set up a layout, create hierarchy, and master the most essential tools in Adobe InDesign. Menus are straightforward, but they allow you to bring in your creativity and add your own design style.

In a rush? Learn how to quickly customise a menu design template from Envato Elements.

Ready to design your own menu? Get inspired and learn how to create a menu from scratch.

In this course you’ll learn how to create two restaurant menus, a basic menu card and a trifold brochure. You'll also learn how to:

  • successfully set up an InDesign file as a template
  • tell a story through a visual narrative
  • set up a one-page document
  • set up a trifold brochure
  • add paragraph styles, colour swatches, and tables

Don't miss Laura's menu design ideas—she shares her top tips and tricks for creating effective menu designs, all the way through to printing!

New to Adobe InDesign? Learn how to use InDesign in our Adobe InDesign for Beginners course.

Need a menu template for a project or some layout inspiration? Check out the print templates available as part of an unlimited Envato Elements subscription.

1. Introduction

1.1 Introduction

Hi there, and welcome to this course, Restaurant Menu Design. The design of a menu can make or break a diner's experience. Menus come in all shapes and sizes, with folds and without. There's also a wide variety in styles, all depending on the type of restaurant that you're designing a menu for. In this course, we'll show you how to design a restaurant menu template. The design process and also to the printing and packaging phase. We will start by showing you how to edit an existing template from an extensive library from Envato Elements. This is great to see how other restaurant's menu design templates are set up. We will move on to designing a simple one sheet menu template. How to set up the essentials and what you need to use for your design to be easy to edit. Last, we will show you how to set up and design a trifold brochure menu design template. Trifold projects can be scary to set up because of defaults. Here, we will show you an easy way to do this that can help you in any of your future projects. Let's get started.

1.2 Design Assets and Software

Hi there and welcome back. Before diving into the course, we will take a look at the software and the assets we will be using. The software of choice for this course is Adobe InDesign. This is a page design software that is perfect for laying out and mixing images and typography. You can download a trial version from the Adobe website. You're more than welcome to use a software of your choice but keep in mind that some of the options might not be available. Now let's take a look at the design assets of Envato Elements. Here they offer many assets containing images, videos, fonts, and many more. You're sure to find anything you need in their extensive library. I will search here for restaurant menu design. Let's select Adobe InDesign, so we get a template that works without software. We can find a template to download and this is the one that we will be using on the first lesson. Here I have it downloaded as a zip file, double-click to unzip it. We can delete this, and I have two other folders for my menu cards in the trifold brochure. Let's open the template folder and here we will find the Links. The actual file in two sizes. Let's open the menu card. Here I have the font I will be using, Carters. I've already installed this font. I have some paper textures here. All of this will be linked in the description below. For the trifold brochure, we'll be using three images and Scarlett Serif. And here I can show you how to install it. Select the two files, open font book, and drag the two files into the font book window. And that's it, perfect. So now we're ready to get started. I'll see you in the next lesson.