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3 easy steps to keep your text and graphics in per

Added on Tuesday 16th of February 2010 12:59 am EST

Imagine that you just finished placing hundreds of portrait photos next to their bios in an InDesign document. Then, your boss gives you a few new entries to add at the beginning of the thread. Okay, now wake up from that bad dream and read this article! We’ll show you how to avoid that panic and save yourself from hours of repositioning photos beside reflowed text, by anchoring objects.

Understand your options
To explain the differences of each method, let’s consider the layout shown in Figure A. Currently, the graphics are free-floating, so we can move and align them any way we like, independently of the text. The only problem is that if we moved the text or it reflowed, we’d have to reposition the graphics manually. Alternatively, we could position the graphics inline with the text, so they flowed together. Unfortunately, inline graphics have limited mobility and often skew text composition. If we convert the graphics to anchored objects, however, we’ll gain complete control over their placement and ensure they stay right where we want them in relation to the associated text. That sounds good, so let’s give it a try.


To follow along with our example, download the folder from the URL given at the beginning of this article and extract the sample files directory.indd and the supporting images folder. (Images provided by PhotoSpin. Some images mo...


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