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What You'll Be Creating

Ready to take the next step in layout design? In this tutorial, we show you how to make a booklet in InDesign. For this stylish design, we’ll use essential tools for setting up pages that will help you in your future projects.

Booklets are a form of brochure containing more than four pages and not more than 48 pages (the page count should be divisible by four). This non-periodical publication is great for marketing purposes because it allows you or your client to show their business in detail.

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This InDesign print booklet has a landscape layout and is ready to use from Envato Elements.

In this tutorial, we show you how to make a booklet in InDesign CS6 and above. You can also keep this as a four-page document to create a brochure in InDesign. Regardless of which you choose to do, you'll be learning essential tools that will help grow your layout skills. We'll be touching on Master Pages, Paragraph Styles, Color Swatches, and many smaller tips and tricks. 

In a hurry? We’ve got amazing InDesign brochure and booklet templates and other InDesign templates over at Envato Elements and GraphicRiver. Go check them out! 

Or get up to speed with InDesign by watching a free two-hour InDesign tutorial video.

What You Will Need

You'll need access to Adobe InDesign; if you don't have the software, you can download a trial from the Adobe website. You'll also need the following assets to create your booklet template for InDesign:

Download the assets and make sure the font is installed on your system before starting. When you're ready, we can dive into this tutorial on making a booklet in InDesign! 

1. How to Create a Booklet in InDesign

Step 1

In InDesign, go to File > New. Name the document Booklet. We'll create a letter size InDesign booklet template. Set the file to the following dimensions:

  • Width to 8.5 in
  • Height to 11 in 
  • Orientation to Portrait
  • Units to Inches
  • Pages to 12
  • Check Facing Pages
  • Margins: 0.75 in
  • Bleeds to 0.125 in (it's best to seek your professional printer’s preference)

Click Create.

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Step 2

For this tutorial on making a print booklet template in InDesign, we'll work with different Layers. Organising layers is an important practice to keep all the elements in the file organised. Bring up the Layers panel by going to Window > Layers. Double-click on Layer 1 and rename it Copy (Back). 

In the Layers panel main menu, select New Layer. Name it Background. Click OK. Create two additional layers named Images and Copy (Front). 

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Step 3

Head over to Window > Color > Swatches to expand the Swatches panel. Choose New Color Swatch button from the main menu. Set the Swatch Name and values to the following: 

  • Light: C=15 M=35 Y=45 K=0 
  • Medium: C=35 M=80 Y=80 K=40
  • Dark: C=65 M=70 Y=70 K=75

Click Add and OK after you input each of the color values.

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Step 4

For this tutorial, we'll create a list of Paragraph Styles that we'll use to format parts of the InDesign layout for our booklet design. 

Head over to Window > Styles > Paragraph Styles to open the Paragraph Styles panel. In the main menu, select New Paragraph Style, and set the Style Name to Title. Select the Basic Character Formats option from the left side menu. Use the following settings:

  • Font Family: Bw Modelica
  • Font Style: Black Condensed
  • Size: 30 pt
  • Tracking: 25
  • Case: All Caps

Select the Character Color option from the left side menu. Set the color to the Medium swatch. Click OK.

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Create a New Paragraph Style, set the Style Name to Deck. In the Basic Character Formats option, use the following settings:

  • Font Family: Bw Modelica
  • Font Style: Regular Condensed
  • Size: 18 pt
  • Tracking: 25

Select the Character Color option from the left side menu. Set the color to the Medium swatch. Click OK.

Create a New Paragraph Style, set the Style Name to Copy. In the Basic Character Formats option, use the following settings:

  • Font Family: Bw Modelica
  • Font Style: Regular Condensed
  • Size: 9 pt
  • Leading: 12 pt
  • Tracking: 10

Select the Indents and Spacing option from the menu on the left and set the Space Between Paragraphs Using Same Style: 0.1 in. 

Select the Character Color option from the left side menu. Set the color to the Dark swatch. Click OK.

Create a New Paragraph Style, and set the Style Name to Pull-quote. In the Basic Character Formats option, use the following settings:

  • Font Family: Bw Modelica
  • Font Style: Bold Condensed
  • Size: 20 pt
  • Tracking: 10

Select the Character Color option from the left side menu. Set the color to the [Paper] swatch. Click OK.

Create a New Paragraph Style, set the Style Name to Folio-Page number. In the Basic Character Formats option, use the following settings:

  • Font Family: Bw Modelica
  • Font Style: Bold Condensed
  • Size: 8 pt
  • Tracking: 100

Select the Character Color option from the left side menu. Set the color to the Medium swatch. Click OK.

Create a New Paragraph Style, set the Style Name to Folio-Section. In the Basic Character Formats option, use the following settings:

  • Font Family: Bw Modelica
  • Font Style: Harline Condensed
  • Size: 420 pt
  • Tracking: 10

Select the Character Color option from the left side menu. Set the color to the Light swatch. Click OK.

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2. Setting Up Guides and Master Pages for Your Booklet Design

Step 1

On the Pages panel, double-click on the A-Master pages. Head over to Layout > Create Guides. In the Create Guides option window, set the Rows Number to 5 and Gutter to 0. Set the Columns Number to 8 and the Gutter to 0.1875 in. Under Options, select Fit Guides to: Margins. Click OK.

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Repeat this process on the opposite page of the booklet design.

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Step 2

On the Layers panel, select the Copy (Front) layer.

Using the Text Tool (T) from the toolbar, create a text box under the bottom left corner margin. Right-click on the text box and select Insert Special Character > Markers > Current Page Number. A letter “A” will represent the page number. On the second line, you can add the title of your booklet. 

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Select the text and head over to the Paragraph Styles panel. Format the text with the Folio-page number style. 

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Select the text box and press Command-C to Copy and Command-V to Paste. Place this duplicated text box on the opposite page. Press T to activate the formatting tools on the Control panel. Select the paragraph formatting tool and set the text box to Align Right.

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Step 3

On the Layers panel, select the Background layer. Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a small rectangle with a Width of 0.7 in and Height of 0.4 in. Using the Swatches panel, set the color to the Medium swatch. 

Place the rectangle on the left margin of the left page. Duplicate it by pressing Option and drag. Place the newly duplicated element on the right margin of the right page. This is a great anchor for the title in the InDesign layout of your booklet.

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Step 4

Head over to the Pages panel, right-click on A-Master and select Apply Master to Pages. Under To Pages, type 2-11. Click OK. These are the pages the A-Master page will be applied to.

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3. Creating the Cover of Your Booklet Design

Step 1

On the Layers panel, click on the Background layer. 

Head over to Page 1. Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a shape on the top portion of the cover of your print booklet template for InDesign.

While selecting the rectangle, press Command-D to Place the Close up of coffee seeds image. Select the image with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and resize the image on the Control bar to 20%.

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Create another rectangle of the same size as above. Head over to the Swatches panel, select the Dark swatch, and set the Tint to 60%. 

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Step 2

Create a rectangle for the bottom portion of the cover with the Rectangle Tool (M). Using the Swatches panel, set the color to the Dark swatch.

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Using the Line Tool (\), create a line that goes across the width of the page. On the Swatches panel, set the stroke color to the Light color swatch. On the Control panel, set the Stroke Weight to 5 pt. 

Place the line between the image and the bottom of the cover. 

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Step 3

On the Layers panel, lock all the layers and leave Copy (Front) unlocked. 

Using the Text Tool (T), add a title and a deck to the booklet and place it in the top left corner of the page. 

Open the Character panel (Window > Type & Tables > Character). For the title, set the Font to Bw Modelica Bold Condensed, Size 55 pt, and Leading 50 pt. 

For the deck, set the Font to Bw Modelica Light Condensed and Size 18 pt.

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Step 4

Using the Text Tool (T), add a text box to fit the width of the page and place it over the bottom margin. While selecting the text box, press Command-B to open the Text Frame Options window. Under Columns, set the Number to 3. Click OK. 

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Add contact information to the text frame. On the Character panel, set the font to Bw Modelica Light Condensed and Size 9 pt. 

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4. Creating the Inside Spreads of Your Booklet Design

Step 1

Let’s work on Pages 2-3 of the booklet. On the Layers panel, unlock the Images layer. 

Head over to Page 2 and using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a rectangle that measures 10 in in Width and 11.25 in in Height. This element will go over the gutter of the page. 

Select the rectangle and press Command-D to place the Coffee cup with roasted beans image inside it. Using the Direct Selection Tool (A), move the image to find a good placement. 

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To make the page number visible, we need to change the color. Press Shift-Command and click on the page number to unlock it from the Master Page. Using the Swatches panel, change the color of the type to [Paper].

Lock the text frame by pressing Command-L. 

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Step 2

On Page 3, add a text box using the Text Tool (T). Place the text box at the very top of the page, and add a title and a deck. Using the Paragraph Styles panel, format the title and the deck with their corresponding styles.

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Create a text box using the Text Tool (T) for the bottom portion of the page—this will house the body copy. This text box should take the remaining width of the page. While selecting it, press Command-B to open the Text Frame Options window. Under Columns, set the Number to 2 and the Gutter to 0.1667 in. Click OK.

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Add content and use the Paragraph Styles panel to format it to the Copy style.

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On the Layers panel, select the Copy (Back) layer (lock all the other layers if necessary). Using the Text Tool (T), draw a text box and add the section number. Using the Paragraph Styles panel, format the text box to the Folio-Section style. Place the section number anywhere on the page—I chose to display it near the title and deck. 

Now we can use this spread as a base for the rest of the inside pages.

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Step 3

For Pages 4-5 of your print booklet in InDesign, we'll create a mirrored layout of what we created on Pages 2-3. 

Select all the elements on Pages 2-3, and press Command-C to Copy. Head over to Pages 4-5 and press Shift-Option-Command-V to Paste in Place. 

The elements will be pasted onto one layer, but it's best to move the elements to their respective layers. You can do so by selecting an element on the page, heading over to the Layers panel, and dragging the square on the right to another layer.

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Using the Selection Tool (V), move the image to the right. Select all the elements on the right side of the page and move them towards the left side.

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Let’s start editing by changing up the image. Select the image and press Command-D to Place the All kinds of coffee on spoons image. Using the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the image followed by R to Rotate the image. 

To add a pull-quote to the booklet template in InDesign, create a text box using the Text Tool (T). While selecting the text box, press Command-B to open the Text Frame Options window. On the window, set the Inset Spacing to 0.375 in on all sides. Click OK. 

Using the Paragraph Styles panel, format the text box with the Pull-quote style. For the quote credit, open the Character panel. Set the Font to Bw Modelica Light Condensed and Size 14 pt. 

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Use the Text Tool (T) to add your own copy on Page 4.

To add a pull-quote on the body copy, create a text box with the Text Tool (T). Format the text box on the Character panel, setting the Font to Bw Modelica Bold Condensed, Size 14 pt. 

On the Swatches panel, set the color to Medium. 

On the Text Wrap panel (Window > Text Wrap), select the Wrap around bounding box. Set all the Offset sides to 0.125 in.

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Step 4

For Pages 6-7, we'll create a resting spread to our InDesign booklet template. This will give the reader a visual break. 

Press Shift-Command, select both of the rectangles on each side at the top of the page, and press Delete. 

On the Layers panel, select the Background layer. Using the Rectangle Tool (M), cover the spread with a rectangle. Use the Swatches panel to set the color to the Dark swatch. Lock the Background layer on the Layers panel and select the Images layer.

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Press Command-D to add the Experienced barista making coffee and Hot drink warm up images. Feel free to arrange them as you wish—here I placed both on opposite sides of the spread. 

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Copy the pull-quote from Page 5 by pressing Command-C. Paste the element by pressing Command-V on Pages 6-7. Use the Text Tool (T) to edit the quotes. 

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Step 5

Pages 8-9 will have a different layout than the rest of the booklet. This interview style spread is a good visual contrast to the rest of the layout. 

Press Shift-Command, select the rectangle on Page 9, and press Delete. 

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), cover the spread with a rectangle and make sure this is on the Background layer. Use the Swatches panel to set the color to the Dark swatch. Lock the layer and select the Images layer. 

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Copy (Command-V) and Paste in Place (Shift-Option-Command-V) the title text box from Page 4 onto Page 8. Use the Text Tool (T) to edit the text. Using the Swatches panel, change the color of the text to the Light swatch. 

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Create a text box using the Text Tool (T). Head over to the Control bar, and set the Width to 2.9 in and the Height to 5.7 in. 

Using the Text Tool (T), add copy, and use the Paragraph Styles to format the text to the Copy style. Select the text and change the color on the Swatches panel to Light. 

Select three words from the beginning of the text box, and head over to the Character panel. Set the Font to Bw Modelica Black Condensed. This is a great way to let the reader know where each interview starts.

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Select the Ellipse Tool (L), and click on the document to open the Ellipse option window. Set the Width and Height to 1 in. Click OK. Place the ellipse over the text frame and use the Align panel to Center both elements. 

Using the Text Tool (T), create a small text frame under the ellipse. This will serve as the name/title text. Use the Paragraph Styles to format the text to the Copy style. With the help of the Swatches panel and the Character panel, create your own combination of styles. Don’t forget to show us in the comments below! 

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Duplicate the text frame and circle three times by pressing Shift-Option and dragging. Repeat these elements on the opposite page.

Select each circle and press Command-D to Place the following images: A person holding a sign, Portrait of pretty young waitress, Barista cafe, and Attractive business owner. Using the Direct Selection Tool (A), select each image within the ellipse to move and resize. 

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Step 6

For Pages 10-11, we'll go back to the initial layout. 

Copy (Command-C) and Paste in Place (Shift-Option-Command-V) the title, deck, section number and copy from Page 4 onto Page 10. Use the Text Tool (T) to edit the copy.  

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To create a copy that extends to the next page, we'll use the threading option. Duplicate the text frame onto Page 11 by pressing Shift-Option and dragging. Delete the text in the new text box. 

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Select the text box on Page 10. If you have overflowing text, you'll see a red plus symbol on the bottom right. If you don’t have any overflowing text, you’ll see an empty blue box. Click on the red plus symbol or blue box, followed by a click on the empty text box on Page 11. This will allow you to continue the text on the next page or anywhere you're threading the text box. 

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Press Command-D to place the Coffee image. Place the image in the bottom left corner of Page 10, and make sure it's bleeding out of the page. Head over to the Text Wrap panel (Window > Text Wrap) and select the Wrap around bounding box button. 

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Press Command-D to place the Barista at work image. This time, place the image in the top right corner of Page 11. Make sure it's bleeding out of the page and covering the first inside column of Page 10. Head over to the Text Wrap panel and select the Wrap around bounding box button. Set the Offset to 0.125 in—this will help with the text frame underneath. 

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Step 7

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), cover the back page. While selecting the rectangle, press Command-D to Place the Coffee beans image.

Create another rectangle of the same size as above. Head over to the Swatches panel, select the Dark swatch and set the Tint to 60%. 

Copy (Command-C) and Paste (Command-V) the contact information from the front cover.

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5. How to Export a File for Printing

Before exporting a file for printing, it's useful to take a look around all the edges of the design. This is to make sure all the images and vectors bleeding out are touching the bleeds.

Step 1

To export the file, go to File > Export. Name the file Booklet and choose Adobe PDF (Print) from the Format dropdown menu. Click Save. 

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Step 2

In the Export Adobe PDF window, set the Adobe PDF Preset to Press Quality. Under Pages, select Export As Pages.

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On the left side of the panel, select Marks and Bleeds. Check All Printer’s Marks and Use Document Bleed Settings. Click Export. You'll have a ready-to-print PDF file.

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Great Job! You’ve Finished Your Booklet Design!

In this tutorial, we learned how to make a booklet in InDesign CS6 and above. We covered important tools that will help you set up a multi-page InDesign template. If you lowered the page count, you can use this as an InDesign brochure template. Today, we learned to:

  • create a ready-to-print InDesign file
  • set up Master Pages with folios
  • organise Paragraph Styles to format text
  • add Color Swatches 
  • format text boxes into columns
  • use the Text Wrap tool on images and text

If you're new to InDesign and need booklet templates or promotional marketing templates right away, head over to Envato Elements and GraphicRiver. We’ve got many options to explore! 

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Top InDesign Booklet Templates From Envato Elements

Making a booklet in InDesign is a valuable skill to have. It can also be a time-consuming skill to put into practice. If you need to create a handout quickly, you'll want to find a premade InDesign layout for a booklet from Envato Elements. 

There are a few thousand print booklets for InDesign to choose from, but we'll look at five here:

1. Square Booklet (INDD, IDML, AI, EPS, PSD)

This square booklet design is a top option for your next project. It lets you showcase your images across 14 unique pages. This InDesign booklet template can also be used for all types of businesses.

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2. Damelan Case Study Booklet (INDD)

Looking to highlight some case studies? There are few booklet templates for InDesign that can handle them, like Damelan. It features professional layouts that draw attention to your written and visual content. There are 36 pages in this print booklet for InDesign, but you can always add or remove some.

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3. Furniture and Household Lookbook Gallery Booklet (INDD, IDML, PNG)

If you want to sell furniture, you'll need to have a stunning lookbook. This InDesign booklet template has a contemporary style that will hold up for years to come. There are two sizes included here, so you can select the one that fits your content best. Modern and minimal, it's the ideal InDesign layout for your next booklet.

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4. Green Lifestyle Brochure (INDD)

Green Lifestyle blends artful style and useful features into a booklet template for InDesign. It comes in US Letter size and makes great use of white space for better readability. You'll also be able to make use of features like:

  • automatic page numbering
  • separated and organized layers
  • master pages for editing

Choose this option if you need a versatile booklet design for fashion, business, or art.

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5. Health Insurance Brochure Vol.2 (INDD, PDF)

Let's wrap up our list with this InDesign print booklet that's landscape. It has a health-oriented theme, but you can customize it to fit your needs. There are 16 custom pages included in this print booklet for InDesign, as well as placeholders for your photos.

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Conclusion

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