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40 Top-Notch Print Based Tutorials

There don’t seem to be enough print related tutorials online, so in this round up I wanted to cover as many print specific articles as possible. I also wanted to mix in some that weren’t directly print related, but that help create print related products like movie posters, ads, cd covers, etc.

The tutorials in this post cover the use of Photoshop, InDesign, and even Illustrator. I think when learning about print it is important to understand how to use the programs that are designed for print such as InDesign, and not just using Photoshop as a default application for everything. That’s why I tried to round up as many good InDesign tutorials as possible.

Print Related Tutorials

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Create a Five-color Magazine Cover using a Spot Metallic

This is a great tutorial that shows you how to create a professional looking magazine cover and not one of those lame fake magazine cover that doesn’t even look like a real magazine. You know what I am talking about.

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Create a Vibrant Drink Ad

This is some text describing the image if needed, and why it was chosen. Usually 2-3 sentences in length.

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Planet Terror Style Movie Poster

Create a grungy movie poster that mimics that of the popular movie, Planet Terror.

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Design a 6 Panel CD Package Tutorial

In depth tutorial on how to create a full 6 page cd booklet and not just the cd case cover.

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From Dull Digital Photo to Sweet Old School Album Cover

Simple tutorial that shows that you can take even the most boring picture and turn it into a cool retro cd cover.

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Design a Cool Outlaw Flyer with InDesign Tutorial

A InDesign tutorial that walks you trough the process of creating a flyer using stock graphics, InDesign, and other elements.

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Prepare your InDesign files for print production

An older article by Adobe, but still provides a number of timeless tips for getting your files ready for print production.

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Create and Print a Brochure with Photoshop, Indesign and – Part 1

A multipart tutoiral that shows you how to use Photoshop and InDesign together to create a print brochure.

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Your Own Crazy Movie Poster

In this tutorial you learn how to create a mock movie poster of the popular movie Pirates of the Caribbean.

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Preflight checking in InDesign

Tips for using and tweaking things with Preflight in Adobe InDesign.

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Rich black versus plain black

A nice article/tutorial that covers the difference rich blacks and plain blacks. If you don’t know the difference, you should check out this post.

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Printing in Photoshop CS4

This is a really good video tutorial about how to properly print files from within the new version of Photoshop CS4.

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Design a Ready to Print Brochure in Photoshop

This is another tutorial that teaches you how to create a print ready brochure using nothing more than Photoshop.

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Political Poster Art in Photoshop

This tutorial shows you how to create an artistic and political poster with Photoshop.

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Design Business Cards in Adobe InDesign

A simple tutorial that shows you how to use InDesign to create your business card layouts and designs.

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Creative Uses for Paragraph Rules in InDesign, Pt 1

This is a really neat article that shows you some clever tricks for using paragraph styles in InDesign.

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Creative Uses for Paragraph Rules in InDesign, Pt 2

Part Two of the really cool article from above! More cool ideas for paragraph styles.

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ACE InDesign and a Few Tips I Picked Up Along the Way

A great article that has some basic tips and advice to make you a star at InDesign and create amazing print media.

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Design a Professional Laptop Advert

A popular tutorial that shows you how to create a magazine style laptop ad with a pretty cool end result.

Print Tutorials

InDesign Project — Bleed and Layering Master Pages

This is part of a series by Creative Curio covers how to use the various areas of InDesign properly and professionaly.

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InDesign Project — Lists, Tabs and Final Details

This is part of a series by Creative Curio covers how to use the various areas of InDesign properly and professionaly.

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InDesign Project — Working with Text and Images

This is part of a series by Creative Curio covers how to use the various areas of InDesign properly and professionaly.

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InDesign Project — Setting Up Master Pages and Styles

This is part of a series by Creative Curio covers how to use the various areas of InDesign properly and professionaly.

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How to use Photoshop to create Product Box?

In this tutorail you learn how to create the infamous product box that you see all over the web. This seems to be one of the better ones out there.

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CD Cover Design

Here is another cd cover tutorial that uses Photoshop to help you create a graphically powerful cd cover.

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Sleek Phone Advertisement Flyer>

Im not sure when cell phones ads starting looking like this, but here is a good tutorial that shows you how to mimic this style.

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Linkin Park Album Cover

Here is a cd cover tutorial that shows you how to create a cd cover simialr to one of the Linkin Park cds.

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Gig Poster Design

Here is a high quality tutorial with an awesome end product. Leanr how to create a retro look concert poster.

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Cardboard And Torn Paper Business Card

With this tutorial you learn how to create a professional business card with a rough paper texture look to it.

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Making a grungy business card

Who says grunge can’t look professional? This business card tutorial shows you how to create a slick grunge business card.

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Designing a Cover Using Spectrograms>

The name says it all. this photoshop tutorial shows youhow to create a cool album cover using spectograms.

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Stencil Poster Effects

Here is another high quality tutorial that shows you how to create a really cool effect. The end product is an awesome looking poster.

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How to Create a Hannibal Style Movie Poster

A simple movie poster tutorial that shoes you how to create a Hannible like movie poster in just a few steps.

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Design a Print Ready Business Card for Designers

Chris shows you how he created his very own business card, front and back. A neat tutorial witha coolfinished result.

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Business Card Design Project Walkthrough

Another interesting tutorial by Chris that covers the business card design process from start to finish.

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B Movie Post Art

One of my favorite tutorials on this list; this tutorial shows you how to make a really cool vinatge b-movie style poster.

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Abstract Poster Effects

This is a cool poster tutorail that shows you how to make some cool abstract effects.

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Create an Inspirational Vector Political Poster

Here is a popular poster tutorial that shares with you the secret to recreating to popular Obama poster.

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Create New Business Card

Tutorial master Abduzeedo shows us how to create a web 2.0 style business card that is super slick.

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Design a Sleek Nature Themed Phone Advert

Lastly, we have another cell phone ad that uses a nature theme and abstract elements.

Be sure to check out some of our own Photoshop Tutorials for more print based articles.


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    useful stuff! thanks – simon at Pixmac

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    hi I am from Iran
    I used
    your site is beautiful

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    Amazing tutorial lot of useful content, grate for beginers who starts to learn print desing.

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    Career Outlook (1 Point) August 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Awesome post, it will take time for me to complete all the tutorials anyway thanks for sharing these tutorials.

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    Graphstock (1 Point) August 6, 2010 at 3:32 am

    Looks great. I like this collection very much.

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    Janesse Leung (1 Point) July 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Yikes, great collection!

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    Tiyo Kamtiyono (2 Points) April 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I like this list!
    I often having a project to design CD Cover, my solution when using Photoshop is by increase the resolution up to 300 dpi which resulting really big file size. Hoping one of the list let me walk out from that trouble.

    Many thanks :D

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    Port119 (1 Point) April 22, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Hi! Great post, but the link to “Prepare your InDesign files for print production” seems to be broken. Thanx!

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    Michael (1 Point) April 22, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Thanks for this great list. I am a webdeveloper and I should learn the print stuff. Sometimes I have to do some print ads in the agency but it’s hard work for me, so thank you :-)

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    Thanks for that. Should help a lot!

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    โค้ดเพลงhi5 (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    thanks for sharing. So mush123

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุดเดือนนี้ (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 2:33 am

    thanks for sharing. So mush116

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    โหลดเพลงใหม่ฟรี (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 3:49 am

    thanks for sharing. So mush111

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (1 Point) January 30, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    great i never seen before.

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    handbags (1 Point) November 17, 2009 at 1:29 am

    I admire your ability! very comprehensive.

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    Great to see some print related stuff online – plenty of web tuts around but print seems to get forgotten :-( and some of us are still doing a lot of print – 90% of my workload is print). So a BIG thank you for sharing!

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    nicknames messenger (1 Point) August 24, 2009 at 10:12 am

    wow pretty awesome .. thanks

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    Multimedia Design (1 Point) August 6, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Stunning collection. I have some learning to do – thanks!

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    design (1 Point) July 25, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    great blog thank you for sharing

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    WilhelmR (1 Point) July 19, 2009 at 5:14 am

    You could probably trim the list to 30, or even 20 tutoriales and will be just as great.

    I’m a sucker for anything indesign, and those tutorials don’t dissapoint :D

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    Some great examples of brilliant Print tutorials here guys. Thanks.,

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    Nicholas Z. Cardot (1 Point) July 6, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Wow. Those are great. I really like the red brochure with the yellow tassel and I like the laptop one. Great collection here!

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    Ashley Adams : Postcard Printing (1 Point) July 6, 2009 at 1:52 am

    What a brilliant collection. The Planet Terror style poster is a real killer! I love posters and find long hours collecting them, viewing them (wherever I can) and talking about them. I have often wished if I knew how they were created. Your post answers many of my queries.

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    Helen Hunt (1 Point) June 28, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    This is one of the most complete tutorial list I’ve seen anywhere on the web. Have just bookmarked it and will definitely find time to go through them all.

    Thanks for sharing :)

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    Just to let you know, there are a few typos in this entry.

    Other than that, this was extremely awesome! Very useful. I need as many reminders about print as I can get.

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    Grafpedia (1 Point) June 22, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Great inspiration. I like this post very much

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    Andre Price (1 Point) June 22, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Great list! However you forgot to change the description for the second one on the list (Vibrant Drink Ad) ;)

    An inside look at your styleguide! muhahahaha! :D

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    LaurenMarie – Creative Curio (1 Point) June 21, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Danny, many thanks for including so many Creative Curio articles! I’m honored! I wish there were more print tuts online and I’m glad you’ve done such an excellent round up of what is out there.

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    Elinix (1 Point) June 20, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Wow these are amazing thanks for the post
    looking through them now

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    TheUglyVector (1 Point) June 19, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Great…. nothing like being sick and having a long weekend ahead of me. Looks like i’ll be busy restin & readin. Cool!

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    Cláudio Barbosa (1 Point) June 19, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Hello =)
    I’d like to know how to make such beautyfull color buckets with that tint splashes like the one’s on the post “40 top notch print tutorials”

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    Chris Collins (1 Point) June 18, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Retro designs and fonts seem to be quite popular these days. I am a fan.

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    Michiel Ebberink (1 Point) June 18, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Print… Whats that? ;-)

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    T-Law (1 Point) June 18, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Thanks for these tutorials, they’re awesome.

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    Tom Ross (1 Point) June 18, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Great roundup, thanks so much for including 3 tutorials from PSDFAN. Just a heads up – you need to fix the description on the second tutorial (my refreshing drinks ad).

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    Dainis Graveris (2 Points) June 18, 2009 at 7:32 am

    great article, I enjoy print-based tutorials the most, because in my opinion, that’s one of the hardest parts, to get printed everything just a way you want.

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    larusso (1 Point) June 18, 2009 at 4:08 am

    *haven’t forgot about print* …oops

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    larusso (2 Points) June 18, 2009 at 4:07 am

    This is the post i’ve been waiting for! Thank you so much. Its nice to hear people having forgot about print.
    I’m just about to finish my first large print project, a 50-page book, so these tuts will make for great reading!

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    Binoj Xavier (1 Point) June 18, 2009 at 2:58 am

    Wow. Great Post :) Thanks. Tweeted.

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