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Dear community, 

 

When InDesign (2018) measures the distance between two parallel lines, it doesn’t measure the distance between the center of those lines but includes the stroke (two lines with no stroke weight are at 20 mm distance, I add 2 mm stroke on each line, now distance is 22 mm).

 

For things like crop marks, it would be handy to have InDesign measure the distance between the line centers instead. Is there a way? 

 

Thanks so much!

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Have you tried setting this

 

Top right of applcation you see 3 lines

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Does toggling the Dimensions Include Stroke Weight, help?

Eugene_Tyson_1-1590990211313.png

 

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distance between lines

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Dear community, 

 

When InDesign (2018) measures the distance between two parallel lines, it doesn’t measure the distance between the center of those lines but includes the stroke (two lines with no stroke weight are at 20 mm distance, I add 2 mm stroke on each line, now distance is 22 mm).

 

For things like crop marks, it would be handy to have InDesign measure the distance between the line centers instead. Is there a way? 

 

Thanks so much!

Adobe Community Professional
Correct answer by Eugene Tyson | Adobe Community Professional

Have you tried setting this

 

Top right of applcation you see 3 lines

Eugene_Tyson_0-1590990171863.png

 

Does toggling the Dimensions Include Stroke Weight, help?

Eugene_Tyson_1-1590990211313.png

 

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Are you using the Measure tool? How about adding guides to the center before measuring?

 

~Barb

 

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And you don't need to draw crop marks in InDesign. It's a function that's it you can enable when you're printing to paper that's larger than your document size.

 

~Barb

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Hello Barb, thanks! 

 

It's not actually about measuring the distance but rather about setting the distance using e.g. the transform panel. What I'm working on is a complex cutting pattern for someone who will make his own cutting tool accordingly, so I need to set it up by hand. I could use guides, yes, but given the complexity (alternating distances, many marks …) that would be far less efficient. Hence my asking for the direct way. And I would be surprised if there was no such uption, but well. 

 

Thanks again!

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Have you tried setting this

 

Top right of applcation you see 3 lines

Eugene_Tyson_0-1590990171863.png

 

Does toggling the Dimensions Include Stroke Weight, help?

Eugene_Tyson_1-1590990211313.png

 

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Totally excellent! That's what I was looking for! Thanks so much!

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