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Some graphic designers like to use Photoshop, and I suppose that works for them. But, I come to design from a book design background. And there’s no way in hell I’m going to layout an entire book or magazine in Photoshop!

As a result, I typically use Adobe InDesign to layout the various print products that I prepare as a photographer. I’ve used it to create custom photo greeting cards, modeling comp cards, mini accordion books, and full fledged books. Since there’s little point in re-inventing the wheel, I’ve decided to share some of these blank documents so that other designers or photographers can use the templates to jump start their own projects.

Here are a selection of the free InDesign templates I’ve shared on this website. You can find a complete listing of all templates I’ve developed by browsing the “Free InDesign Templates” tag.

One Sided, Four Image Comp Card for Models

Olinda Comp Card (Small)Here’s a layout for a modeling comp or zed card. It is one sided, 5.5″ x 8.5″. It includes frames for a larger headshot and three smaller images. There are also text frames for the model’s name and stats.

Read the original post for more information: Free InDesign Template: 4 Picture Model Comp Card.

Or download the InDesign template directly: One Sided, Four Image Comp Card (IDML).

Two Sided, Five Image Comp Card for Models

Two sided comp card with five pictures of a skinny, black model on the runway.This is a more traditional layout for a modeling comp or zed card. It is two sided, 5.5″ x 8.5″. The front includes a frame for a headshot and the model’s name. The back has four frames for full body shots and a text frame for the models stats.

Read the post for more information: Free InDesign Template: Basic 2 Sided Model Comp Card.

Download the Adobe InDesign File: Two Sided, Five Image Comp Card (IDML).

Two Sided, Five Image Comp Card with Background

Comp card with five images of a black, male model outside in the park.This comp / zed card design is a bit more flashy. The yellow background was just the first decent thing I found at sxc.hu – you can feel free to change that to another texture or design that you have.

The card has a large image frame on one side, and four smaller, overlapping image frames on the other. Both sides have a background image frame. Read the post for more information: Another Comp Card: Two Sided with a Background.

Download the Adobe InDesign File: Two Sided Comp Card with Background (IDML).

“Thank You” Photo Greeting Card

This is a design for a thank you card that I had printed at Costco. It includes frames for six photos and a text frame for a short message.

Read the post for more information: Free InDesign Template for a Photo Thank You/Greeting Card

Download the Adobe InDesign File: Thank You Card, Six Images (IDML)

A Few Parting Thoughts

As a legal formality, let’s say that all of these designs are released under the Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0 Unported license. Follow the link and read for the details, but in short that means you can re-use these designs for any purpose (including commercial). However, please include some kind attribution along with it. If you are using or sharing them online, then include a link to this website (Digital Photography How To) or to my photography studio (Olinda Gibbons Photography).

I enjoy working up designs in InDesign, and if you’re looking for something that I haven’t posted yet leave a line in the comment box. I can’t promise anything, but if it isn’t too complex I’ll see if I can put a template together and upload it here for public use.

Finally, a note on file formats. I’ve used several different versions of InDesign throughout the years (CS4, CS5.5, CS6), and file formats are rarely backwards compatible. For that reason, the files you download are IDML (InDesign Markup Language) files. These are stripped down versions of INDD files that are more likely to be backwards compatible. They should definitely be compatible with versions back to CS4, but I can’t guarantee anything beyond that.

About Digital Photography How To

Digital Photography How To is intended to be a guide to people learning how to use their digital SLR cameras. Three years ago, I had never picked up a camera; now, I produce a yearbook every year and I moonlight as a professional photographer.

I write this website to share what I've learned in that time. The topics will range from truly beginners topics, to tutorials for post processing, to resources for yearbook and graphic design, to thoughts on transitioning from a hobbyist to a professional. Keep up to date by subscribing to the RSS feed.

About the Author

Digital Photography How To is written by Brian Rock. In addition to being a photographer, he's an educator. He teaches high school history, he's the advisor of the school yearbook, and he trains his kids to do all of the photography for the yearbook.

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