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Graphic Design Principles: 8 Basic Principles of Graphics and Layout

Students will learn how to apply the principles of design become proficient in Adobe InDesign. Principles covered: Proximity, Alignment, Repetition, Contrast, Balance, Emphasis, Movement, and Unity.

Lesson Resources

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  • Presentation (PDF)
  • Principles worksheets with keys (PDFs)
  • Thumbnail Sheet for Cover (PDF)
  • Thumbnail Sheet for Page Spreads (PDF)
  • InDesign Example (ID with image links)
  • Example (PDF)
  • Grading Rubric (PDF
  • InDesign Parts Worksheet (PDF)
  • Test Key (PDF)
  • Review (PDF)
  • Test (PDF)
  • Vocabulary Cards (AI)
InDesign Beginner’s Tutorial: Learn to Create a Magazine
1. Opening and saving a document in InDesign
2. Learning the InDesign Layout
3. Managing Facing Pages and Master Page in InDesign
4. Frames in InDesign
5. Layers in InDesign
6. Simple Text Formatting in InDesign
7. Paragraph formatting, placeholder text, and paragraph style in InDesign
8. Creating a Gutter in InDesign: Margins and Columns
9. Rulers and Guides in InDesign
10. How to Align in InDesign
11. Adjusting Frames and Text Wrap in InDesign
12. Copy and Paste in Place in InDesign
13. Adding Images and Understanding Image Links in InDesign
14. Edit Textboxes and Resizing Images in InDesign
15. Adding and Changing Color in InDesign
16. Text Frame Options in InDesign and Using Proximity
17. Principles of Design Definitions
18. Page Numbers and Table of Contents in InDesign
19. How to Make a Magazine Cover in InDesign
20. Special Effects and Drop Shadow in InDesign