The Eagle’s Eye uses a modular layout for its basic page design. Essentially, a page designer will use various rectangles (photos, text, cutlines, headlines, BOBs) to create a page. This type of design eliminates “dog legs” or hard to read text wrapping around ads, etc.
If you are new to modular design, Tim Harrower, the author of The Newspaper Designers’ Handbook, has a tutorial, called Story Design: Step by Step.
Now having said that the Eagle’s Eye is based on modular design, there is no reason why a page designer cannot break the rules now and then. In fact, it should be encouraged!
Of course, you need to know the basics of InDesign and Photoshop.
Here’s also 35 Tutorials for various facets of designing magazines and newspapers.