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Placing a graphic as background in linked text boxes

Community Beginner ,
Jul 31, 2021 Jul 31, 2021

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Using indesign I have a series of linked text boxes. I want to place a eps graphic as a background into the first text box. The graphic is larger then all the text boxes. I want the graphic to appear as the background in all the text boxes and be cropped. Is this possible?

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Adobe Community Professional , Aug 02, 2021 Aug 02, 2021
If I understand correctly, you want the image behind the text, but not in the intervening spaces. You can do that by creating a grid of frames where you want the image, then use the Pathfinder Palette to combine the frames into a compound shape and finally place your graphic into this shape. The areas of the image outside any of the frame areas will be cropped away.

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Does the graphic have to be in the EPS format; it's generally considered an obsolete format?

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No it can be Illustrator format. 

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2021 millwater mag concept.jpg

@Derek Cross Here the background image is placed behind the text layers but then the white spaces in between the text boxes are visible.

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If I understand correctly, you want the image behind the text, but not in the intervening spaces.

 

You can do that by creating a grid of frames where you want the image, then use the Pathfinder Palette to combine the frames into a compound shape and finally place your graphic into this shape. The areas of the image outside any of the frame areas will be cropped away.

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@Mitchell Kivits Can you get what you want by applying the background graphic with the crop you want to a Master/Parent page, and then apply that Master/Parent to the pages where you want the background to appear?

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