• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint

Inline Frames

It was the Dark Age of page layout. The flame of classical desktop publishing knowledge flickered but dimly, kept barely alive by devoted acolytes in isolated monasteries. Pestilence and famine stalked the narrow aisles between our unheated cubicles. And, almost worst of all, page layout programs could not paste graphics into text. Producing publications featuring graphics “anchored” to a specific piece of text was a nightmare. It went something like this. Scroll. Zoom in. Measure. Pull a guide down from a ruler. Select a graphic. Drag the graphic until it snaps to the guide. Sigh heavily. Repeat.

These days, we embed graphics in lines of text whenever the graphics have some defined relationship to the text. You know what we mean—illustrations that should appear immediately after a paragraph (think of the screen shots in a typical manual), or icons “hanging” to the left of a column of text, or graphic symbols in a line of text. If you embed the graphics in the text, they’ll follow the text as it flows through the text blocks or text frames containing the story. In QuarkXPress, these are called “anchored boxes,” but in InDesign they’re “inline frames.”


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint