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How to Work with Frames in InDesign CS

Chapter Description

In this self-paced lesson, you'll work on a two-page article for a magazine about origami paper folding. In the process, you'll learn how to use Adobe InDesign CS to resize and reshape text and graphic frames, crop graphics, scale an image contained in a graphics frame, wrap text around an object, and more.

Modifying Text Frames

In most cases, text must be placed inside of a frame. The size and location of a frame determine how the text appears on a page.

Resizing Text Frames

You’ll resize a text frame using the Selection tool. The size of the text characters inside the frame remain unchanged, but when you resize a frame, the text flow will wrap differently or display more or less text after you change the frame size.

This document includes two layers: Art and Text. You’ll confirm that the objects on the Art layer are locked so that you won’t accidentally select the shapes while you resize the text frames.

  1. Click the Layers palette tab (or choose Window > Layers if you do not see the Layers palette), and do the following:
    • If necessary, click the lock box to the left of the Art layer to lock the layer.
    • Using the Selection tool (select.gif), click to select the text frame on the left page. Notice that the text frame has eight hollow handles and a solid center point.
  2. Drag the center top handle upwards to resize the height of the frame until it snaps to the horizontal guide immediately above the frame (near 22 picas on the vertical ruler). When you release the mouse, text reflows throughout the entire frame.

Using Anchor Points to Reshape a Text Frame

So far, you’ve dragged a handle to resize the text frame, using the Selection tool. Now, you’ll use an anchor point to reshape the frame, using the Direct Selection tool.

  1. If the text frame on the left page is not selected, use the Selection tool (select.gif) to select it now.
  2. In the toolbox, click the Direct Selection tool (dirctsl.gif). Four very small anchor points now appear at the corners of the selected text frame. The anchor points are hollow, indicating that none of them are selected.
  3. Select the anchor point in the upper left corner of the text frame and drag it downward until it snaps to the horizontal guide below it. (After you start dragging, you can hold down Shift to restrict any horizontal movement.)

    Make sure you drag only the anchor point—if you drag just below the anchor point, you’ll move the text frame.

  4. Press V on your keyboard to switch to the Selection tool (select.gif).

    Next, you’ll change the text frame on the right page of the spread so that it mirrors the text frame on the left page.

  5. Click a blank area of your document to deselect the text frame, or choose Edit > Deselect All.
  6. Press A on your keyboard to switch back to the Direct Selection tool (dirctsl.gif) and click the large text block on page 5. Select the upper left anchor point of the text frame and drag it up to the same horizontal guide you used to reshape text on the left page. You can hold down Shift as you drag to ensure that the change is only vertical.
  7. Deselect all objects and then choose File > Save.
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