Laying Out Frame Box’s In Adobe InDesign – Ep7/13 [Adobe InDesign For Beginners]
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Laying Out Frame Box’s In Adobe InDesign – Ep7/13 [Adobe InDesign For Beginners]

October 22, 2019

(upbeat music) – Hello and welcome to
this video tutorial, brought to you by In this tutorial, I will be demonstrating how to layout placeholder frames
in an InDesign composition ready to place in images and text. So here I am in Adobe InDesign, and here is my blank document, which I set up in a previous video, and I still have the numbers in each page. If you’ve not seen this video, the link is in the
description under documents setup in InDesign. Before we begin, I’m just
going to delete these numbers as we have no use for them anymore. In InDesign, all elements
contained in a composition such as text, images
and tables are contained in placeholder frames. To layout my composition,
I will be referencing my scamp drawing, which I also
created in a previous video. So basically, I’m going to
copy this drawing and achieve the same layout here in InDesign. Now sometimes, I might not
work from a scamp like this, I’ll bring in elements individually and move them around and into place. But for this example, I’m
going to keep it dead simple and work with my pre-designed layout. Now I’m going to start
to draw my frame boxes, and I’m going to do this in Normal View. This means I’ll be able to
see all my marks and guides, which I’ll be placing my frames into. I can toggle this for you by
pressing W on the keyboard. So if I take a quick look at my scamp. I’m going to start with
the outside spread, the spread featuring the
cover page, back page and inside full page on the far left. Looking at the cover, I
can see the image fills the entire page, with the
page title at the top left and a logo in the bottom right. So back in InDesign, I’m
going to draw a frame box to fit the entire page, then
I’m going to draw another frame in the top left for the text title and a box in the bottom
right for the logo. So if I come over to my
toolbar on the far left, I’m going to select the
Rectangular Frame tool. I’m going to start by making
a frame to fill the page, then I’m going to draw a frame
on top for the text title, then another frame in the bottom, like so. So a box for my image, a box for my text and a box for the logo, great. Now something important to mention here, and something for you to keep in mind, in InDesign, when you draw a frame box and then draw another frame box, the second frame box will
set on top of the first, and if I draw another frame box that will set on top of that. So the most recent frame box you draw, will always be the frame at the top. So as you just observed, I just
composed three frame boxes. First I placed the full frame box, then I placed the top left frame box, and then the bottom
frame box to the right. So now I know that the big
frame box will be behind the others I created after this. So whatever content I place in the frames on top created after, will be seen above, unless of course I change the order. For example, let’s fill the
background frame with a color, and then fill the top
left frame with the color, and we can clearly see
that the top left frame is sitting on top. Though, if I wish to bring a
background frame to the top, I only have to select
the frame, right-click, scroll down to a range
and select bring to front. Kicking this will now
bring the frame to the top and I cannot see the other frame anymore. Now sometimes you will find
yourself with a lot of frames on your composition and
then maybe lots of frames on top of each other, and
it might prove troublesome to select the frame you want. One technique to keep in
mind is the following, so I just brought the
background frame to the top, I know there is another frame below, if I move my cursor over it and click, I will click the big frame
and not the smaller one, this is because the frame is on top. Now if I hold down
Command or Control for PC, and click again, it will
select through the frame and look for the next
frame below it, like so. So let’s say we have five
frames on top of each other, I would have to press and hold
command and click five times to get to the bottom one,
so keep that in mind. So with the top right frame
selected, I will right-click, scroll down to a range and this
time, select bring to front and know the frame is
visible again on top. I’m going to select both
and remove the colors, so I can continue. So back to my scamp, I
can see that the next page to the cover is the back page. So I want to add an image
about a third of the way down, some text to span the width of the page under this to the left some bullet points, and to the right and image and
below this some footer text and another logo to the right. So back in InDesign, I’m going to use the
Rectangular Frame tool to draw my frames for each part, like so. With another quick look at the scamp, I can see on the next page,
I want a big text header on the top and a two-column paragraph text layout under this. So back in the InDesign,
I’m going to draw a frame spanning across the two columns,
and another box under this, but this time just in the
left side column for now. So that completes the frames
on the outside spread. Next, I’m going to take a
look at the inside spread. So back to the scamp, and I
can see on the far left page, we have a simple grid that
will contain some images. So back in InDesign, I will
first draw a frame on the top about a third of the way down,
then I can draw another frame under this down to the bottom of my page, but within the left column guide. Next, I will draw another frame
to the right of this filling the width of the column, like so. Next, I’m going to duplicate this frame, if I press V on the
keyboard, this will pull up my Selection tool, or I
can come over to the menu and select it from there. By pressing and holding
Alt on the keyboard, if I click and drag the frame, this will duplicate the frame. I’m going to place this frame immediately beneath the frame above. So now we have two frames, what
I want to do next is expand these two frames down, so
they fill the page nicely. With the Selection tool active,
I can click and drag over the two frames and now I
have them both selected. Now you can see eight
squares around them both, with these I can select the
bottom middle point like so, and click a drag and
I’m gonna drag this down to fill the page, this will expand the two frames down together. So now we have two frames,
the same size fitting the area we want. But if I look at the
scamp, I can see that below the middle frame, I want
to fill the two frames. So back in the composition,
I want to select this frame below and make it slimmer. I can do this by first
clicking off the two frames that are currently
selected to deselect them, then come back to the
bottom frame and select it, by clicking on the frame and clicking on the right middle point
and dragging it in like so, this will make the frame slimmer. Again like earlier, I’m
going to click on the frame, by pressing Alt, I will drag
and duplicate this frame. So now I have two side by side, if I select them both, by
clicking and dragging over them, again, I can click and drag
the right middle point and pull them out or push in until
I have the desired effect. So now we have a rough layout
of our grid on this page. Back to the scamp, I can
see here in the middle page that we have some text
on the top and three rows of motorbike images in two rows. Back in InDesign, I will use
the Frame tool to draw box on the top spanning the
entire width of my page within the Margin Guides, like so, then below this, I will
draw a frame box spanning the width of my first column on the left, then I will press V pull
up my Selection tool, click on my frame box
and press and hold Alt, and click and drag this
to the right to duplicate my framework like so and I’ll position it within the guides of my second column. Now you can see these two
frames are not aligned. Well, there is a useful trick. if we use the Selection tool, the click and drag to
select the two frame boxes, with them both selected, I can
come up to the control panel on the top, and we can
use the Align Tools here, towards the right, to help
us align the two frames. As you can see, we have a choice, but in this instance, I
want to align to the top. So if I press this, my
bottom box will snap in line with the top box, nice. With the two boxes selected,
I’m just going to click and drag these to expand
the size slightly. Now with the Selection tool,
press V and I’m going to hold Alt on the keyboard and click
and drag these two frames to duplicate them below, like so. So now I have four frames,
I want to do this again so I can get six frame boxes. So again, pressing and
holding Alt and dragging, I can duplicate the frames, so that’s the frames for that page. Back to this scamp, I
can see on the last page I want some text on the top on both sides, a table down the left side and
to the right to bike images. So back in InDesign, I’m
going to draw a frame box on the top about so big,
again within the width of my margins and guides,
then I will draw another frame under this, staying on
the left all the way down to the bottom, then on the
right, I will draw a frame and on the right side about
so big within the margins and guides and I’ll
quickly duplicate this, by pressing and holding Alt
and clicking and dragging like so, I’ll place
this box just under it. Then with the Selection tool,
by pressing V I can select both these frames and drag
them down to fit my page. And lastly, I’ll draw a text frame in the top right hand corner. So after a little while, I
have created a rough layout of my design, at this
point it is not important whether frames are the exact
size yet, as we will be making lots of modifications to
these as I bring in text and images later. In InDesign when you
place content into frames, such as images and text,
upon placing the contents this actually changes
the nature of the frame, which will allow you to
apply various effects and alter various properties
regarding the content. At the moment all these frames are neutral and are ready for elements
to be placed inside. So once I’m finished
with my frame box layout, it is time for me to
move on to the next step. In the next video, I will
be introducing the text and the table into my composition,
and I’ll be demonstrating how we can manage and format this text. So I’ll see you in the next video.

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  1. @OP, can you clarify the difference between the uses of a rectangle tool and a rectangle frame tool?  Thank you.  My point of view now is of putting a picture in them.

  2. We Americans use the word "dummies" as you use the word "scamps".  
    Or a "mock-up".

    And thanks for these videos really have taught me a lot! 😀

  3. Can you tell us what is the next video, its hard to follow without knowing the number list if you don't tell us. This is a great video, I'm a beginner.

  4. @ 7:05 when i highlight both squares and go to drag the bottom one down (to stretch both), only the bottom one expands! what am i missing?

  5. Why do you drag them to the margin lines? I understand the text going to that point, but the images should also stop at the margin and not the bleed lines? What goes between the margin and bleed?

  6. I only know Quark Express, Indesign is completely new to me. So watching your video now.
    Tomorrow on my interview I will do as the Hitchiker's guide to the Galaxy's back says "Don't panic"

  7. Hi Sir, thank you for the video !
    I have a question : is there a command or button to keep the alignment between frame ?
    IE : you align frame 1 & frame 2 vertically for exemple, 5 seconds later you select only frame 2 and move it to the right, frame 1 isn't following.. ;'(

    Any help ?
    Best regards

  8. Question Mr. Tasty Tuts. Do All pages have to have 2 colmuns? How do I do to control each page individually if needed. For example, my cover page and end page won"t have columns. Please help, or anyone? 🙂

  9. I'm using Adobe Indesign CC 2017 and 'W' does not activate the preview mode, does anyone know which one it is?

  10. Hi,
    Could you please recommend some websites or YouTube channels for Indesign tutorials for practice
    thank you so much indeed for your courses 🙂

  11. how can create the math and chemistry equation in indesign cc or cs6 or update version.. in text document in middle right left and center. default size and font in it reply me as soon as possible thanking u . i can't create a equation in it just like adobe pagemaker 5 or 7 thanking u

  12. TastyTuts I am a big fan of your tutorials, everything is organized to the last detail, you make a complete and thorough explanation of every last detail… Love it! Keep up the excellent work!

  13. Thanks a lot for all these man. Much appreciated.
    If possible you could lower the music volume of the intro, but I'm sure you've heard this many times before. 🙂
    Cheers man! Much love.

  14. I use CS4. Is that the reason I can’t move both selections boxes as you show in the video? When I select 2 of them and try to expand together, only the one I’m pulling expands.

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