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Uneven column gutters

Community Beginner ,
Apr 23, 2023 Apr 23, 2023

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I will create a magazine layout but I couldn't manage to have uneven gutters between columns. Please see the attached screenshot. The gutter between the first and second columns is wider than the other one, which allows for using this space for different purposes (image tags etc.)

How can I do that?

Anyone who can explain it step by step?

Thanks in advance.

Olivier

 

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Apr 23, 2023 Apr 23, 2023

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Start by creating a 4 column document, then go to the View menu > Grids and guides (or something similar, I have a French version) and untick the “lock column guides” submenu. You will be able to move the column guides as you want.

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Apr 23, 2023 Apr 23, 2023

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Thanks for answering promptly!

1) Okay with the guides. But how about text boxes? How will I adapt these guides to the text boxes?

2) How will I leave the second (narrow) column empty in the text box?

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Apr 23, 2023 Apr 23, 2023

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You will need to creat individual frames for each column (and link them) rather than a single multi-column frame, unless your naroow column is some even integer fraction of the width of the entire frame and you will not be able to use the span/split column feature with individual frames. If the naarow column is a fraction that works, you can creat a multi column frame and attempt to span columns to get dioffernt widths, but I suspect it won't work out very well.

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Apr 24, 2023 Apr 24, 2023

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That's actually what I thought but I was hoping to find a more practical solution than using at least two text frames for each page. Anyways, thanks for your help !

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