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Tips & Tricks:- How to work with Frames and Objects in InDesign

Adobe Employee ,
May 04, 2023 May 04, 2023

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Adobe InDesign objects include any item you can add or create in the document window, including open paths, closed paths, compound shapes and paths, type, rasterized artwork, 3D objects, and any placed file, such as an image. The tips shared in this article will help you to get a better understanding of how to work with frames & objects in InDesign.

Tips and tricks to work with Frames and Objects:-

  • To paste two or more objects inside a frame, group them first because a frame can contain only one object.
  • To paste a text frame inside another frame and preserve its current appearance, select the entire text frame using the Selection tool or Direct Selection tool, not the Type tool.
  • To move multiple objects simultaneously, select multiple objects with the Selection tool and then drag them.
  • Only the item you drag is affected if you use the Direct Selection tool to select multiple objects.
  • With an imported graphic, you can also create a mask by using the drawing tools to change the shape of the graphic’s existing frame.
  • You can quickly enlarge a frame equally around all sides by using the Transform or Control panel. Select the frame with the Direct Selection tool, set the panel reference point locator to the center point, and enter new values for the width and height.
  • For efficient printing, only the data for the visible parts of cropped or masked images are sent when you output the document. However, you still save disk space and RAM if you crop or mask images to their desired shapes and sizes before importing them into your document.
  • If an object is hyperlinked, it would be supported on export.



Bonus tips to fit an object to its frame :- 

  • To fit a frame to its content quickly, double-click any corner handle on the frame. The frame resizes away from the selected point. If you select a side handle, the frame resizes in that dimension.
  • Content-Aware Fit isn't available on Windows 32-bit.
  • Content-Aware Fit removes the transformations, such as Scale, Rotate, Flip, or Shear, applied to the image. However, the transformations applied to the frame are not removed.
  • The fitting commands fit the outer edges of the content to the center of the frame’s stroke. If the frame has a thick stroke weight, the outer edges of the content will be obscured. You can set strokes to adjust the frame’s stroke alignment.
  • If you resize an image frame when Auto-Fit isn't selected, the frame resizes with the image size intact.
  • If you select Auto-Fit and resize and image frame, the image resizes with the frame.
  • If you want to crop or transform the image, use the Direct Selection tool to transform the image itself. Or, uncheck Auto-Fit, transform the image, and select Auto-Fit again.
  • The fitting action is applied only when content is placed into a frame. If you resize the frame, the fitting option is automatically reapplied only if Auto-Fit is selected.




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