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InDesign Templates and Beginner's Guide

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Presented here are InDesign Templates and Beginner's Guide useful to make PDFs for the DMsGuild!

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Inside you will find:

  • 1 Letter template
  • 1 A4 template
  • 6 backgrounds options
  • 3 frame style options
  • 3 page decorators style options
  • 43 paragraphs styles with light GREP and nested styles to make redundant formatting faster
  • 16 character styles
  • Stat blocks
  • Class features frames for non-casters, half-casters and full casters
  • and more!
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And the beginner's guide covers:

  • Importing and manipulating text
  • Importing and manipulating graphic files
  • Export to PDF from InDesign
  • And more, check the full preview to see what's inside!

Compatible with InDesign CC 2019+ and InDesign CS4+

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Check out the video for a walkthrough of laying out at race with the template!


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Ewol N February 03, 2022 5:44 pm UTC
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Hello! I was wondering if this template is available for publication use? Can we use it to create modules and books to sell on this site?
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Nathanaël R February 04, 2022 9:26 am UTC
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Hello, yes you can use this template to create modules and books to sell on the DMsGuild, or elsewhere.
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Ewol N February 04, 2022 2:43 pm UTC
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Thank you so much!
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Terrelle S January 06, 2022 2:52 pm UTC
Wondering if anyone here would know if i could import this template and use it in Scribus (1.5.7) ?
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Nathanaël R January 06, 2022 3:04 pm UTC
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I would love to tell you it's compatible, but I won't lie to you. I am not a Scribus user, so I just downloaded Scribus (1.5.7) to test importing the .idml file in it, and sadly the software crashed.
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Terrelle S January 06, 2022 6:03 pm UTC
oh well thanks for trying it out for me.
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Wesley K November 17, 2021 11:21 pm UTC
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Hello there. So I've recently purchased this pack but I'm unfortunately very new to Indesign so I'm having some trouble getting to grips with it. Would you be able to recommend some resources to help get me started or do you have any means yourself?
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Nathanaël R November 18, 2021 2:46 pm UTC
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Hello Wesley, thank you for your purchase!
If you don't mind video learning I highly recommend checking out the "Free Adobe InDesign Course for Beginners" on the "Bring Your Own Laptop" Youtube channel.
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Wesley K November 18, 2021 2:54 pm UTC
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Thank you for the response.
Hope it's alright if I still have one or two issues if I respond again, but this is still a big help.
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Nathanaël R November 18, 2021 3:06 pm UTC
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Of course, you can message me here or via email at: contact (at) barkalotdesigns (dot) com and I'll do my best to answer your questions.
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Wesley K November 26, 2021 4:58 pm UTC
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So for Heading 2 (the one with an underline), how would you change the colour of the the underline? I'm using a slightly different colour page for the background and the default colour doesn't look quite as nice on it.
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Nathanaël R November 26, 2021 5:05 pm UTC
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Right-Click on Heading 2 in the Paragraph Style panel and go to Edit "Heading 2...", then in Paragraph Rules click on the drop down menu to select Rule Below. You can now select a new color swatch in the color field. If there is no color swatch if the color you would like, you can create a new swatch in the swatches panel.
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Wesley K November 26, 2021 5:31 pm UTC
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Thanks again.
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Jesse S May 10, 2021 1:49 pm UTC
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Hey Nathanaël, I only seem to get a B&W template on your latest update. I checked out job options but they export the same. For example, boxed text only shows a line at the top and bottom but no color background. I also don't see the page background textures. Could you help?
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Nathanaël R May 10, 2021 1:58 pm UTC
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Hi Jesse, this is odd, I haven't updated the template since your last questions in February of this year.
Would you mind contacting me via email at: contact (at) barkalotdesigns (dot) com with the names of your version of the template and if possible screenshots of your file before exporting, after exporting and the export settings and I will take a look.
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Nathan T March 13, 2021 6:49 am UTC
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I'm currently learning to use this template as I put together a homebrew sourcebook my friends & I are using for our campaign. I'm finding all kinds of useful things! One thing I can't see in the template is how to make a colour text (read-aloud text) box, only the sidebar. Page 6 of Rime of the Frost Maiden has the type of box I'm looking for at the bottom of the right column. Am I missing something, or is it not in the template? Any instructions how I can change the top bars to side bars of the different design? Thanks!
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Nathanaël R March 13, 2021 7:00 am UTC
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Hi, for simplicity's sake to make a read-aloud text box I made the paragraph style "Boxed Text", it will give the text a background color (by default light green) and and black borders on the left and the right. It doesn't look exactly the same as what you find in official books, but it far easier to use.
If you're really set on editing the sidebar bars to a different design, feel free to email me at the address provided in the guide and I will go over how to do it with you.
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Nathan T March 13, 2021 10:15 pm UTC
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Thanks very much for the quick reply! I'm not set on the bars matching perfectly, the sourcebook is just for my group. The design WotC uses is almost indistinguishable from plain bars anyway, so it doesn't really matter! So long as it's easily distinct from sidebars is all that matters.
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Jesse S February 16, 2021 5:13 pm UTC
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Hey friend, I recently started using this template again and looks like there have been some updates. I just had a couple issues. For the sidebar, whenever I change the text on the template, the top and bottom borders disappear, you know the things that give it that ribbon look? Also, I don't see where to get the stat block backgrounds? Thanks!
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Nathanaël R February 17, 2021 9:31 am UTC
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Hi Jesse, the top and bottom borders of the sidebars are anchored at the beginning of the text frame, if you remove ¥ characters the borders will disappear as explain in the "Sidebar Text Box" section on page 2 of the guide:
"Be careful not to remove the anchors for the top and bottom graphics, they are symbolized by a ¥ when you show Hidden Characters (Ctrl+Alt+I)."
If you wish to change the stat block background color you can do so by editing the object styles. In the Object Style panel [Window -> Styles -> Object Styles (Ctrl+F7)], right-click one of the Stat Block styles and choose "Edit", in the "Fill" tab of the new window you can pick a color swatch to assign to the background. If none of the existing colors fit your needs you can go to the Swatches panel [Window -> Color -> Swatches (F5)] and create your own color swatches.
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Jesse S February 17, 2021 7:04 pm UTC
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Ah I see, thanks! I appreciate that you are always available to answer questions. Do you have a shading and border recommendation to match the rulebook as closely as possible?

Also, I found your YouTube video on adding watercolor graphics to the rulebooks, very helpful! Only problem I'm having is that when I go to export as PDF, it just exports a bunch of blank white pages. Have I maybe done something wrong?
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Jesse S February 17, 2021 7:35 pm UTC
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I figured it out, wasn't using the right job option!
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谢 ? December 05, 2020 8:36 pm UTC
Hi there, do you have or know of a template for producing a front and back cover complete with spine text for hardback printing?
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Nathanaël R December 06, 2020 2:17 pm UTC
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Hi, I do not have one, but I know of this one https://myaccount.lightningsource.com/Portal/Tools/CoverTemplateGenerator
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Alexander G September 22, 2020 6:54 pm UTC
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Hi, quick question. I'm a bit confused and tried different approaches, but can't determine why it won't open properly. I have a screenshot here how it opens for me, what am I doing wrong exactly? https://imgur.com/a/GqpuXTT

also, while I open it there is a warning "4 links to sources that are missing" that aren't fonts
as well as Freight Sans, Adobe Garamond Pro and Classic Comic Regular fonts not being in the pack, but seem to be used in the template
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Nathanaël R September 22, 2020 8:01 pm UTC
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Hello Alexander, first thank you for your purchase.
From the screenshot the only issue I see are the missing fonts. Freight Sans, Adobe Garamond Pro and Classic Comic Regular are fonts available through the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, I am not at liberty to include them in the download file. If you don't have a subscription, you can replace them with free alternatives: Freight Sans by Lato, Adobe Garamond Pro by EB Garamond and Classic Comic by Comic sans (or other fonts to your liking).
For the 4 links to sources that are missing issue, everything should be included, but can you check your Links panel and tell me which ones have either a red question mark icon or a yellow exclamation mark?
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Alexander G September 22, 2020 8:19 pm UTC
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in the Links there are two "Page Decorator-Arches" it seems
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Nathanaël R September 23, 2020 5:27 am UTC
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Okay, I just checked the folders uploaded to the DMsGuild, the file should be inside the links folder, it's an Adobe Illustrator file called Page Decorator-Arches.ai, if you don't find it on your computer, have you tried re downloading the files?
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Alexander G September 23, 2020 3:37 pm UTC
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Just found them, were not extracted from zip somehow. Thx for timely answers, the templates are great, as well as beginners guide being very usefu!
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Ben W August 26, 2020 12:19 pm UTC
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Hello - thank you for such a comprehensive and useful template. I notice that in the letter-sized template, the same graphic is used for the left- and right-hand master page backgrounds, while in the A4 template, different graphics are used for each, and for some of the options the right-hand background is noticeably darker than the left-hand one; I'm not sure whether this is intentional. While it is simple enough for users to fix, I thought I'd bring it to your attention, in case this really is an error and you wish to correct the A4 template for future downloaders.
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Nathanaël R August 26, 2020 2:44 pm UTC
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Hello Ben, thanks for the kind words and for taking the time to let me know about the graphics. I can't seem to be able to see the issue you are talking about, could you send me screenshots to the email address listed in the beginner's guide?
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Dwayne H July 11, 2020 4:08 am UTC
Is this something that I could use to make my own encounters and adventures to be uploaded for others to download? Me and my friend have been using The Homebrewery site to make our own but we want a template set and a guide to making modules, mini adventures and encounters that are quality downloads. If so I will purchase this and any other ones you have to help us. Thank You for your time.
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Michael H January 13, 2020 9:32 pm UTC
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Hello! For some reason, I am unable to open the templates zip. Is there something I need to open them?
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Nathanaël R January 14, 2020 8:18 am UTC
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Hello Charles. This is peculiar, the zip shouldn't need anything special. In case your operating system cannot open .zip on it's own, might I suggest a program like for example 7-zip.
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Jesse S November 23, 2019 11:23 pm UTC
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Hey my friend! I was wondering what happened to the printer-friendly version?
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Nathanaël R November 24, 2019 8:43 am UTC
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Hello Jesse! I removed the printer-friendly specific template and instead added how to export your file in a printer-friendly manner in the beginner's guide (How to Export as PDF, page 11).
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Brendan O October 07, 2019 10:34 pm UTC
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I've been looking through this and the video walkthroughs, but I can't tell if there's a boxed text option. I see the sidebar option, but I'm wondering if there's both.
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Nathanaël R October 08, 2019 9:13 am UTC
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Hello Brendan, boxed text is an option the template offers. It is setup as a paragraph style. I updated the quick and full-size previews to show the various paragraph styles available in the template.
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Alexandros T August 02, 2019 9:38 am UTC
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Such an amazing and useful product! Honestly, it is an amazing work! Congratulations! Could you also write a beginner's guide? It would be really useful to newbies like me!
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Nathanaël R August 02, 2019 11:00 am UTC
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Thank you Alexandros! The beginner's guide is in the works, I don't have an estimate of when it will be added, but I am on it.
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Alexandros T August 06, 2019 9:59 am UTC
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I look forward to it. I have one quick question, if you don't mind. Is there any way that I could add extra backgrounds, other than the 5 you have already? I have bought some really nice page backgrounds that fit thematically to a adventure I am writing and I don't know how to add them to your InDesign template. I would really appreciate it if you could assist with that.
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Nathanaël R August 06, 2019 11:12 am UTC
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I don't mind at all. To add a new background you need to edit the Master Page. Double click on the Master Page, unlock the Background layer, then Place (Ctrl+D) the background you wish to import on both pages of the spread. Once that's done you can go back to you document and enjoy your new background.

I don't know if I can share a external link here so I won't, but I just added a small video showing the process on my youtube, you can find it in the playlist at the end of the video above.
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Jes B March 15, 2019 5:34 pm UTC
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[5 star] Pub account, unable to post review. Definite recommend for all creators, beginners and old alike. The font/paragraph styles alone are worth the money - easily make your investment back with this purchase.
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Dyer R December 14, 2018 4:54 am UTC
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okay i was just setting down to use this finally and im uhhh... really confused.

What is the difference betwen each of the folders? i assume PF is printer friendly, i have no idea why each of the 4 folders has "letter" on it but as they are all marked that way i doubt that matters. However is the unmarked or the V15 the one i want to use? whats the difference between all 4 folders...?
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Dyer R December 14, 2018 6:48 am UTC
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Okay, i think i got it figured out, looks like v15 is the most recent. Just as a heads up when you try to enter a 20 (+5) into the statblock, that entire row vanishes (i assume its too big for the entry area), ive been trying finagle around with it to fix it but i have yet to be able too! Any support you can offer would be helpful :)
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Nathanaël R December 14, 2018 8:22 am UTC
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Hi,

PF is indeed Printer Friendly, "letter" is the format of the page as opposed to A4 for exemple, the class and race folder is for people not wanting to start from a blank canvas or want to check out how I approach them, the last folder might just be an old version I forgot to remove.

Thank you for the feed back on the statblocks, this can be fixed by removing the left and right indents for the line. I have an updated version of the files ready to be uploaded with the fix, but will wait to put it online until monday in case you notice more things to fix over the weekend. Do not feel bad for putting a lot of messages, I'm happy to fix issues I missed during testing.
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Dyer R December 14, 2018 6:24 pm UTC
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thanks for the info, i'll see if i can fix the indent thing on my own haha, im sure it all makes sense once you get the hang of it, but there alot of weirdness in the prog to get used too! Thanks for the quick and efficient reply (this place is terrible for messages)

However despite getting this all figured out taking a bit of a learning curve i can already see how much easier this is all gonna be, ive been using photoshop for design, layout and text all the way xD
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Nathanaël R December 17, 2018 9:58 am UTC
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Alright, monday is here and the update is on the site!

I used to do it in photoshop too, it works, but it's really not made for it.
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