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Anchored object in InDesign disappears

New Here ,
Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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When I try to anchor a graphic or photo to the text, the image disappears. I'm using the latest version of InDesign and I'm running OS Big Sur.

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Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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I've moved this from the Using the Community forum (which is the forum for issues using the forums) to the InDesign forum so that proper help can be offered.

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Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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The custom anchoring options are confusing at best, and there are many, many variations.

 

Can you share a screenshot with a before (anchoring) and after wth Show Hidden Characters enabled?

 

~Barb 

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Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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I totally misunderstood the issue—your screenshots clear it up. What are your frame fitting settings? Does the Center Content button restore the image?

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It's still not showing up.

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The center content didn't fix it.

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My document has over 100 images to anchor and this is happening to all of them.

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Actually, it's only happening on the first 8 pages. The rest are working properly.

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Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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Can you share a page of the file with the problem? You can replace the content with placeholder text if that is of concern. Put it on dropbox and add the link in a reply here (public) or message it to me (private).

 

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Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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Hi @SCucura:

 

There isn't a clear answer that I can identify. Here are my observations:

  1. If you copy/paste the text frame with the missing anchored image to a new file, the image reappears. (Indicates the issue is in this file. Saving as .idml doesn't fix it.)
  2. If you remove everything else from that spread in the original file, the image stays missing. 
  3. If you release the anchor in the original file, the image returns. 

 

This image really doesn't need to be anchored, because it is not likely to ever flow to a different page. Anchored frames are typically used in longer documents where the they may reflow from page to page during editing. 

 

But let's say you really want it to be anchored and can't figure out why the file is misbehaving (I think it is corruption—but maybe some else can see something I am missing)... I also discovered that it will appear if you change the anchoring position to inline. So if you add a return at the top of the text, create a new style—I called mine Anchor—make it tiny and anchor to the empty ¶ and then shift it down, into the next paragraph, that will work. And you won't have to use the leading tabs to push the first real line of text over. 

 

~Barb

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 15, 2021 Apr 15, 2021

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Hi SCucura,

just inspected your document.

The cause of this issue is a transparency effect that is applied to the text frame where you anchor the graphic frame with the image. Still, I do not know why this effects the anchored object's contents, the image.

 

From my German InDesign 2021 on Windows 10.

Anchored frame not selected, text frame selected and the Effects Panel is open.

Effect for stroke and fill surprisingly is set to 0 % !

 

TransparencyEffectOnTextFrame-AnchoredObjectAffected-1.PNG

 

As soon as I change the value for stroke ("Kontur:" in my German version) from 0 % to something else, the anchored graphic frame with the image and the drop shadow applied becomes visible:

 

TransparencyEffectOnTextFrame-AnchoredObjectAffected-2.png

 

Will come back if I have a good answer for the why in this riddle.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 16, 2021 Apr 16, 2021

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Now after some tests:

[1] All effects on the stroke of a text frame will be applied to all anchored objects in the frame.

[2] All anchored objects are affected with anchor position: Anchored.

Anchor position Inline or Above Line are not affected.

[3] If this is a bug it is a long-standing one. I can see it already with my CS6 version 8.1.0

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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Thank you Uwe! I will see if that works for me.

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