How to Create a Grid in InDesign: 3 Fast Tutorials

By Tata Rossi 13 days ago, Software Reviews

When working with InDesign documents, I pay special attention to grids and always advise my students to use them as well. Grids in InDesign make it easier to create a well-structured layout. Once you have created a layout, you can quickly add text and images.

While they are always visible in InDesign, you won’t see them on a printed version. If you used grids in the right way, it will allow you to quickly organize various elements of your design and align them in the right way to make your design look consistent.

Top 3 Step-by-Step Tutorials

You can create grids in InDesign in several ways. First, you need to think about whether you want to create a basic or complex layout. Then, you can use the available tools to create grids.

Keep in mind that this software allows you to automate routine tasks by using a variety of InDesign scripts.

1. Basic Grid Creation in 2 Clicks

how to create a grid in indesign

You need to create a new document and indicate the number of the columns on the right. Then, the program will automatically generate grids. For my projects, I needed 4 columns. Once you select the number and click on Create, your grid will be ready.

2. Creating Grids with the Help of Guides

If for some reason you didn’t manage to create a basic grid in one click, take a closer look at this tutorial. By following these steps, you can create a grid in InDesign by using the Guides tool.

STEP 1. Create a document with one column instead of 4 like I did in the example above. Then, go to Layout> Create Guides.

indesign grid layout

STEP 2. Fill out empty fields to indicate the number of rows and columns. Select the number that you need.

creating a grid in indesign

STEP 3. If you want to delete the grid, go to Layout> Create Guides, and check the option «Remove Existing Ruler Guides».

grid indesign tutorial

3. Create a Grid Manually

This method is the most difficult one, but it allows you to master advanced InDesign features. It is suitable for those who have already watched countless InDesign tutorials and want to discover something new.

STEP 1. Create a new document, check «Facing Pages», and indicate that you need to create a single-column InDesign grid.

create a grid in indesign with facing pages

STEP 2. After opening the file, you will see that there is no grid yet. You need to go to Master Page and choose A-Master.

how to make a grid in indesign

STEP 3. Select the Rectangle Frame Tool.

grids in indesign tutorial

STEP 4. Use the Rectangle Frame Tool to draw X on all the pages. I used the option that is available by default. Now, I will use it as a reference when building a grid.

indesign grid creating

STEP 5. Draw another Х, but this time, make it horizontal. You can drag it from one page to another.

how to create an indesign grid

STEP 6. Drag ruler guides so that they reach the intersection points. Now, your InDesign grid is ready.

grid in indesign tutorial

Bonus Tools

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