How To: Make a Flyer in InDesign
Step up your flyer game with these awesome tips.

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There are many tools available to help you make your own flyers, and one of these tools is Adobe InDesign.

Different from other programs, InDesign is a very specialized software aimed at producing files that are 100 percent ready to publish.

If you are a new InDesign user, you will find the following tutorial helpful, and and soon you’ll be able to make your own flyer in just a few simple steps.

Launch InDesign and create a new document (File>New). Set your measurements to 8.5” x 11” in the portrait orientation.

You can set margins and bleeds to prevent issues like blank borders or bad trimming when printing your flyer. Margins can also be set at 0.25”, while bleeds of about 0.125” per side are usually good enough.

If you want to make a double-sided flyer, you can easily do so by changing the number of pages to two, but remember to uncheck the facing pages option.


You can start by defining the different areas on your flyer to know where everything will be positioned. With the rectangle tool, you can create a colored background and other spaces (borders, etc.) to shape the general look of the flyer, while with the frame tool, you can set the placement for your images.

You can try different solutions and move your elements around with the selection tool. You can create different layers for different objects and then rearrange them in the layer panel. To make the task even easier, you can make some preliminary sketches on paper and then reproduce it in InDesign.


You should prepare your images before using them in InDesign, because InDesign is not an image-editing program. You can do this with Photoshop or with another similar program (we have several tutorials on how to edit pictures).

When you have images ready to use, you can import them into your document (File>Place). Resize and move your images with the selection tool to fit them into the document. You can use the same principles to add a logo or other type of graphics to the flyer as well.


With the text tool, you can decide where your text will be, similarly to what you did with the frame and shape tools. Drag the text tool over your document to create areas of text, and then choose fonts and colors that match the style of the flyer.

Be clear about your message and include contact information if needed. Make sure the text is readable. Move around or resize your text until you are happy with the results.


For printing purposes, I recommend saving your file in the PDF format.

To do so in InDesign, you first need to select the right PDF settings from the presets menu (File>Adobe PDF Presets>Press Quality), and then export the file as a PDF (File>Export).


Making a flyer in InDesign requires you to make important choices before actually opening the program and starting to work on it. Because InDesign is a publishing software, you need to prepare your images beforehand in order to import and use them in your flyer. Having a sketch of your layout will also make your designing process more effective.

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