How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Looking for an eye-catching poster style to promote a club night, festival, or music gig? This Memphis-inspired design is quick to create in InDesign and has a stylish, on-trend look that would work for any event.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

If you’re a relative beginner to InDesign, this tutorial is a great introduction to a range of print design techniques. It’s also super easy to customise the design to your own text and color scheme.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

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Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need to Create Your Poster

As well as access to Adobe InDesign, you’ll also need to use vector software, such as Adobe Illustrator, to edit the pattern graphics.

You’ll also need to download the following pattern and font files from Elements:

Install the fonts on your computer, and you’re ready to start designing your poster.

1. How to Create Your Poster Document in InDesign

Step 1

Open InDesign and go to File > New > Document.

Set the intent to Print, and the Units to Inches. Set the Width of the page to 24 in and Height to 36 in, and uncheck the Facing Pages box.

Set the Top and Bottom Margins to 5.4375 in, and the Right and Left Margins to 4.25 in. Add a Bleed of 0.5 in, before clicking Create.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Step 2

Expand the Layers panel (Window > Layers) and double-click on the Layer 1 name. Rename this Background Color and click OK.

Create two more new layers, first Memphis Patternandthen Type. Lock both of these, leaving Background Color unlocked and active.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Step 3

Expand the Swatches panel (Window > Color > Swatches) and choose New Color Swatch from the panel’s top-right drop-down menu.

With the Type set to Process and Mode to CMYK, set the levels below to C=0 M=94 Y=17 K=0. Click Add and Done.

Repeat the process to create four more new CMYK swatches:

  • C=2 M=19 Y=83 K=0
  • C=75 M=1 Y=40 K=0
  • C=0 M=51 Y=0 K=0
  • C=83 M=45 Y=2 K=0

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Step 4

Select the Rectangle Tool (M) and drag across the whole page, extending it up to the edge of the bleed on all sides.

From the Swatches panel, set the Fill of the shape to your yellow swatch, C=2 M=19 Y=83 K=0.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

2. How to Format Typography on Your Poster

Step 1

Lock the Background Color layer and unlock the top layer, Type.

Use the Rectangle Tool (M) to create a shape that extends up to the margin lines. Set the Fill Color to [Black] and Stroke Color to [Paper].

Expand the Stroke panel (Window > Stroke) and increase the Weight of the shape’s outside stroke to 61 pt.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Step 2

Switch to the Type Tool (T) and drag to create a text frame across the top of the black shape.

Type in ‘LAUNCH NIGHT’ (or your own intro text), and from either the top Controls panel or the Character panel (Window > Type & Tables > Character), set the Font to Bw Modelica Bold, Font Size to 82 pt,andTracking (letter-spacing) to 130.

Adjust the Font Color to [Paper].

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Step 3

Create a second larger text frame below, typing in the main title of the event and setting the Font to Bw Modelica Black. Size the text to allow it to fill up most of the black shape, and use hyphenation to break up longer words across lines.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Set each word of the title in one of your new swatches.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Step 4

Create a break between the two text frames by creating a short horizontal line using the Line Tool ().

Set the Stroke Color to [Paper] and increase the Weight to 35 pt from the Stroke panel.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Copy and Paste the line, moving the second below the main title.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Step 5

Add the day of the event to the bottom of the black shape, setting the Font to Bw Modelica Bold, Size 69 pt, and setting the ‘TH’ of the date to Superscript (which you can find to the right of the Font Size menu on the top Controls panel).

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Add the month and year of the event next to this, set in Bw Modelica, Size 81 pt.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Step 6

Select the black rectangle shape, and go to Object > Effects > Drop Shadow.

Click on the colored square to the right of the Mode menu, and switch the Effect Color to C=0 M=94 Y=17 K=0. Click OK.

Back in the Drop Shadow options, bring the Opacity down to around 60%, and increase the Size to 0.725 in, Spread to 40%, and Noise to about 25%.

Then click OK to exit the window.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Step 7

Once you’re completely happy with the formatting of the text on your poster, you can vectorise the main header, which will allow you to fill it with a decorative vector pattern.

Select the title text frame and go to Type > Create Outlines.

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Step 8

Minimize the InDesign window for now, and open up the ‘simplechic_hellomart-14.eps’ vector file from the patterns packin Illustrator.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Switch the Fill Color of the pattern to white, and then select the whole pattern and Edit > Copy it.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Head back to your InDesign document, select only the first line of the main title, and Edit > Paste Into the pattern.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

If the same word continues over onto the next line, repeat the same pattern inside this as well.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Step 9

Open the ‘simplechic_hellomart-02.eps’ file in Illustrator, and switch the Fill Color to white, as before. Edit > Copy, as before also.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Head back to the InDesign document, and Edit > Paste Into the next word of the title.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Use the ‘simplechic_hellomart-13.eps’ file to fill up any remaining text on your title. First, as before, open it in Illustrator, adjust to a white color, and then copy and paste it inside the text outline.

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3. How to Add a Memphis Pattern to Your Poster

Step 1

Open up the ‘simplechic_hellomart-04.eps’ file in Illustrator.

Right-Click on one of the shapes overlapping the edge of the artboard, and Right-Click > Release Clipping Mask, to be able to see the whole shape.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Repeat the process, working your way around the whole edge, until all the shapes are visible.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

When you’re done, select all the shapes on the artboard and Edit > Copy.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Step 2

Head back to your InDesign document and lock the Type layer. Unlock the Memphis Pattern layer.

Edit > Paste to drop the vector pattern directly onto the page. Scale so that it fills roughly a quarter of the page.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Give the shapes a [Black] Stroke Color, increasing the Weight of the Stroke to 12 pt.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Select each shape individually and adjust the Fill Color to one of your color swatches.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Step 3

For some of the shapes, select them individually and File > Place, dropping in one of the unedited pattern EPS files, to add a bit of texture and interest.

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Step 4

Copy and Paste the whole section of pattern, moving it over to another section of the page, and rotating it to fit.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Repeatedly paste sections of pattern, until you’ve filled up the whole background.

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4. How to Export Your Poster for Printing

Your poster artwork is finished—nice work! Now all that’s left to do is to export it to a format that’s press-ready.

Step 1

Go to File > Export.

Name your file, and choose Adobe PDF (Print) from the Format drop-down menu at the bottom of the window.

Click Save.

In the Export Adobe PDF window that opens, choose [Press Quality] from the Adobe PDF Preset menu at the top of the window.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign

Step 2

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.

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Conclusion: Your Finished Poster

Your Memphis Style poster is finished—great job!

In this tutorial, we’ve covered a wide range of skills for creating print designs. You now know how to:

  • Create an 80s-inspired color palette for your poster designs.
  • Format professional typography for your layouts.
  • Import and format vector patterns to create interest and texture in your designs.

If you’re on the hunt for more poster designs, a poster template is a quick and easy-to-edit alternative. Track down more great club and music event flyers on GraphicRiverand ThemeKeeper Elements.

How to Create a Memphis Style Club Poster in Adobe InDesign