How to Create an Ice-Cream Script Poster in Adobe InDesign
Looking for a summer fix? This pastel poster evokes long, hot days eating ice cream in the park. It’s also super simple to create in Adobe InDesign and is a great way of picking up some new techniques for creating print layouts.
Ready to bring the sunshine in? Let’s get started!
What You’ll Need to Create Your Poster
You’ll need access to Adobe InDesign to create the main layout of your poster. We’ll also dip into Adobe Illustrator to briefly edit some vector graphics. You can use alternative vector software, such as Inkscape or CorelDRAW, for this step.
You’ll also need to download the following image and font files from Elements:
Select the circular sparks illustration pictured below, and Edit > Copy it.
Minimize the Illustrator window and head back to your InDesign document.
Lock the Type layer and unlock the Sparks layer.
Edit > Paste the sparks vector directly onto the layer. Then Right-Click > Ungroup the vector.
Delete about two-thirds of the vector shape, and move the remaining third into position to the right of the ‘e’ in ‘Ice’.
Copy and Paste this shape, and move the second over the top of ‘C’.
Paste two more shapes, moving one next to the ‘i’ in ‘idea’ and the second to the bottom-right of the exclamation mark.
Adjust the Fill Color of the top shape to C=29 M=49 Y=65 K=7, to match the brown color of ‘Ice’.
Then adjust the colors of the other shapes to match the letters they are nearest to.
Lock the Sparks layer and unlock the top layer, Texture.
Use the Rectangle Frame Tool (F) to create an image frame across the whole page. Go to File > Place, and navigate to the vintage grit textures images you downloaded earlier.
Go into the PNG folder and choose the second texture, ‘Grit02-byGhostlyPixels.png’, before clicking Open, and allowing it to fill the image frame.
With the image frame selected, go to Object > Effects > Transparency. Choose Screen for the Mode, and bring the Opacity down to 70%.
Click OK to exit the window.
4. How to Export Your Poster
Your poster is finished—great job! If you want to share your poster online, you can simply go to File > Export and choose JPEG or PNG from the Format menu.
If you want to get your poster printed professionally, read on to find out how to make a press-ready file.
Go to File > Export. Choose Adobe PDF (Print) from the Format menu, name the file and click Save.
In the Export Adobe PDF window that opens, choose [Press Quality] from the Adobe PDF Preset menu at the top.
Click on Marks and Bleeds in the window’s left-hand menu. Check both All Printer’s Marks and Use Document Bleed Settings, before clicking Export.
And there we have it! Your poster is exported, and this PDF file is ready for sending straight off to be printed.
Conclusion: Your Finished Ice-Cream Poster
Your poster is finished—great job!
In this tutorial, we’ve covered several techniques for creating print designs in InDesign, including how to set up a flyer layout and format typography. We’ve also looked at how to use fonts, textures, and colors to bring a vintage, mid-century vibe to your design.