Text Frame Options Project:


Step 1: Create a new blank page in InDesign standard paper size and 300 dpi resolution.

Step 2: draw 3 text frames inside the page that resemble the following- they do not have to be exact but roughly look like this.

Step 3: Go to www.nytimes.com online and find a small article to copy into your columns. Highlight the text in the article and copy it.











Step 4: return to your InDesign document and select the T text tool, click inside your top left text frame and paste the text into the frame.

Step 5: Your text will overfill your frame. Remember from the previous lesson how to thread the textframes? Use your top selection arrow to click on the outport of the frame that is overflowing to load your cursor with the rest of the text. Now click inside the top left area of one of your other frames and drop the text creating a text thread between the frames.

Step 6: Repeat this process and select the overflowing text from your second frame and drop into your third frame so all three frames are now linked by text threads.











Step 7: Now take your selection tool and select the top left text box on your page. Go OBJECT > textframe options and a dialogue box will open. Inside this box adjust the number of columns and make it 2. Make sure previous is turned on and you will see you text frame now split into two columns. The gutter will control the spacing between these columns inside the textframe while the inset spacing will adjust how close the text comes to the frames edge. Leave your inset spacing untouched for now. Just break it into two columns and select OK.

Step 8: Now go to the bottom column on the page left side and select that text box. Again open your dialogue box (Object > textframe options) but this time give it 3 columns with a gutter of 0p8 and an inset spacing of 0p6. Set the vertical justification Align setting to justify to spread the text out evenly from the top to bottom of the textframe.











Step 9: Now let us move our textboxes around the page while still leaving them threaded. We will take the bottom left textbox and grab it by its center point and drag it to the top right. It is still threaded to the textbox to its left so any change in text in either will cause text to flow back and forth. We will take the right side text box and drag it to the bottom and grab the side handles with the selection arrow to allow us to reshape it to a shorter but wider textbox. When done it will look like this.











Step 10: Now, we will select this bottom third textbox in our flow of text with our selection tool. Again go Object > Text Frame Options select to get to the dialogue box.

Step 11: In this box let us give this 5 columns with a gutter of 2p0 and an inset of 0p4. Our final product will look like this.












The text is threaded between all textframes and will flow if edited or textwrapped around images BUT each frame has its own setting for the number of columns within it and its own inset and alignment rules.


PROJECT: Now- Your project after you copy this exercise is to create a 3 page spread that resembles a newspaper tabloid with the following characteristics:

A cover front page with a headline and the start of 3 different articles- each in a textframe and each with an image set inside the frame with textwrap applied