How To Make A Grid In Indesign

If you are looking for the perfect guide to place elements when using InDesign, a great way to get started is by using a grid. Grids help you create consistent elements that are properly aligned and consistently spaced. In fact, one of the best facets of an excellent grid is that you can create aesthetically pleasing layouts in no time. But how do you get a grid in InDesign?

There are many different ways that you can create a grid on InDesign, including the built-in grid preset tool that is available on the software. Aside from this, you can also use the create grids command to set a new grid. Finally, and perhaps the most painstaking method, is to create a grid manually. However, this can be useful for specific layouts.

If you are interested in creating a grid and want to learn what options are available on InDesign, you are reading the right resource! In this article post, we will look at the different methods and why they are helpful when creating attractive layouts in InDesign. So keep reading if you want to know more about grid making!

How To Create A Grid In InDesign

You can choose to create grids on InDesign in a variety of ways, depending on what your requirements are. In this section, let’s look at three methods, which can vary on the basis of complexity, and the end result you are looking for.

Here is a video explaining grid making in InDesign:

Using The Preset Command

The first method here is pretty simple to use and results in a basic grid. Here is the process for making this happen:

  1. Run InDesign on your computer.
  2. Create a new document by selecting the ‘Create New…’ Button.
  3. From here, you can choose the prest details command to select a grid.
  4. Type in the number of columns you would like in your document.
  5. Select the option ‘Create’ to make your new document.
  6. Now, you will need to add horizontal guides manually.

Alternatively, you can use the Layout menu in an existing document to create the same guides. From the layout menu, choose margins and columns and select the number of columns you want to add to your document. 

Using The Guides Command

Next, you can also create a new guide using the command that is built into the software. To do this, you will need to follow the steps outlined right here:

  1. Run InDesign and then create a new document.
  2. Go to the Master page area of the document, and select ‘A-Master.’
  3. From the layout menu at the top, choose the option ‘Create Guides…’
  4. The guides menu will open up.
  5. You can now select the number of rows and columns that you need.
  6. You can also adjust the gutter space, the spacing between the rows and columns.
  7. If you want them to be even in reference to the page, select the option ‘Fit Guides to Margins’ and watch the page be evenly divided according to the size.

You can also edit the guides at any time using the same process to get to the Create Guides menu, and even select the ‘Remove Existing Ruler Guides’ option to get rid of the grid you created in this section.

Using Manual Creation

Finally, the last way to create a grid in InDesign is to make one manually, depending on exactly what you need. This can be a little more complicated, but it is a good method to use if you are looking for something precise that doesn’t fit with the built-in options on InDesign.To do this, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Launch InDesign on your computer and then choose ‘Create New…’
  2. From the new document menu, select to switch on Facing Pages, and just choose one column in your new document.
  3. Once you click on Create, the document will be made.
  4. From the Master Page area, select ‘A-Master’ and start building your grid.
  5. Choose the Rectangle Frame tool and drag it so it covers the whole page.
  6. Duplicate this onto the next page, making sure it is perfectly aligned. 
  7. You can now add grid lines as necessary to cover your page by dragging them out from the ruler on the side of the page. 

Final Thoughts

Creating grids can be a great way to ensure the items in your layout are evenly spaced and spread out, and it works as an excellent foundation for building amazing projects. We hope this article helped you see some of the many ways grids can be useful on InDesign!