How to Use InDesign


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InDesign is professional publishing software used to create magazines, pamphlets, textbooks, postcards, even web pages and apps. 
The purpose of this guide is to introduce the basics of using  InDesign.

Computer programmers, publishers, writers, graphic designers, and others all use InDesign to create high-quality professional publications. The image at right is an example of the type of work done in InDesign.


What You Can Do

UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff have access to Adobe's powerful media creation software, the Creative Suite. InDesign is one application of the software.



Example of a magazine made using InDesign

How You Can Do It

UMass Lowell  students, faculty and staff can access InDesign several ways. Faculty and staff can download the Adobe Creative Suite, (which includes InDesign) from this web page. You will need to sign in with your UML  e-mail and password.

Students, faculty and staff can access Adobe software, including inDesign, via V-Labs. UMass Lowell vLabs allows students, faculty and staff to access the university's software anytime from anywhere, including residence halls, libraries, and even from home. You now have access to any tool or application available in an on-campus lab on your Laptop, home PC, and even your tablet or smartphone.To connect, and for more informtion on V-Labs, click here.  To connect to the University Vlabs portal, click here.

University of Massachusetts Lowell Accessibility Statement

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodations in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. 

"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect." -Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web.

If you require a reasonable accommodation, please direct your inquiries to:

Students - please contact Student Disability Services at 978-934-6800 or email

Faculty, staff, and visitors - please contact the ADA Deputy Coordinator at 978-934-3566 or email