InDesign 2.10 [text as a frame]

“Placing an image within text”


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  1. Begin with a new InDesign document. (File>New Document…)
  2. You will first need to create a text box using the text tool.
  3. Next, write, paste, or place the desired text into the text box and adjust the character and paragraph styles so that the text looks exactly as you would like it to look. You will not be able to go back and edit the text after the next step.
  4. Now, with the text box selected, navigate to Type>Create Outlines… (This will outline your text which makes it more of a frame/object than text).[premium content]
  5. With your newly created outline selected, navigate to File>Place… and select the image you wish to place into your drawing.[premium content]
  6. You may wish to adjust the fitting of the image (especially if the image is large). You can do this by right clicking and selecting “Fitting” from the contextual menu that appears. There are several types of fitting:
    • Fit Content to Frame: Fits placed image to the frame without regard for aspect ratio which can result in distorted images.
    • Fit Frame to Content: Re-adjusts frame to fit content without changing content size.
    • Center Content: Centers content within the frame
    • Fit Content Proportionally: Fits entire content into frame, may result in blank space.
    • Fill Frame Proportionally: Keeps placed images’s aspect ratio and fills frame with content.

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