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Auto-sizing text frames

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Here's another cool thing that text frames can do in InDesign CS6. Check out this sidebar here that's on that darker gray background. I am going to zoom in a bit. Well, let's say that we wanted to add some text to this. I am just going to select a sentence and copy it and then maybe paste it right here. It's overset, right? We all know what overset is. Now, though, I'm going to leave it overset but change a setting for the frame itself. So I will select the frame with the Selection tool, Object > Text Frame Options, look here, Auto-Size.

Auto-sizing text frames

Here's another cool thing that text frames can do in InDesign CS6. Check out this sidebar here that's on that darker gray background. I am going to zoom in a bit. Well, let's say that we wanted to add some text to this. I am just going to select a sentence and copy it and then maybe paste it right here. It's overset, right? We all know what overset is. Now, though, I'm going to leave it overset but change a setting for the frame itself. So I will select the frame with the Selection tool, Object > Text Frame Options, look here, Auto-Size.

Text frames can be set to automatically resize on their own, without you having to drag them all the time. So by default, they are off for all text frames, but I'm going to say that I would like this sidebar to change its height. So I have the Preview checkbox turned on, and I turned on Height Only and look at what happened; it automatically resized itself to fit the new text. The height can be set--just like this is kind of like the little canvas-size interface in Photoshop, if you have seen that before. What this is saying is that I would like the top part of the frame to stay where it is and it can grow downward.

If you wanted to grow the opposite way, you'd select this one. So if I selected that one, then it would go the other way. If you said you want it to stay centered, vertically, you would choose that one, which could come in very handy if you have things like, you know, pull quotes right in the middle of the page or something. You'd want it to grow both up and down to stay centered in the page. But in this case I want the top to stay hammered there. Now you can set a Minimum Height, if you'd like, but you cannot set a Maximum Height. Apparently, it got too complicated, because they would have to take into account what about if there is another object there and so on.

In fact, if I went ahead and selected some text and pasted, it just grows right on top of the object below here, only because, you know, it's on a stacking order above this picture. Right now, in the shipping version it will just stop at the pasteboard. So you can't set a maximum height or a maximum width; it'll just keep growing to the end of the pasteboard. So it's just something to keep in mind. It's not something that you would set for every single text frame, but for things like sidebars, oh, it's perfect! I mean, take a look at this.

Let's get rid of that last bit that we added and maybe the one before that. So here is a normal resizing. What if I said that I wanted this text frame to be, you know, two columns? It automatically resizes itself appropriately. What if I said--you know, let's get rid of some of this more, there we go, like that. How often have you ever been working on a page and you thought, you know what, I'd like to change the inset here. I am going to press Command+B or Ctrl+B to get the Text Frame Options and increase the size of my inset.

I have the Preview box checked on. So as I tap the up arrow, I am increasing the size of the inset, but the text frame is growing. Isn't it great? I love this feature. I am going to be using this feature all the time. Let's take another look at it. So you can set Auto-Sizing for Height Only, Width Only, both Height and Width, or Height and Width and it'll keep proportions, so that if you have a very tall, narrow thing, it'll go ahead and grow both height and width in proportion, but still be looking kind of tall and narrow.

Now this No Line Breaks is interesting, but it only applies to Width. So, I have another example. Further down on this page here, we have a photo credit. Let's zoom in here. A photo by Joseph Schmoe. And the text frame completely hugs the text. But if I wanted to increase this, and I said Joseph Allen Schmoe, well, we have that happening. And then how difficult is it to resize this tiny, little frame without changing the depth? You know, how often does that happen? So, instead, a perfect example of where to apply our friend Auto-Resize is this, our Auto-Size.

So we go to Auto-Size, and we want this to go Width Only, and it automatically increases in size. Now if we said No Line Breaks then that means that even if text originally wrapped, that it wouldn't wrap. So let's say that I did something like this. Photo by Joseph Allen Schmoe, like that, but then I came back up here and I said, under Auto-Size, No Line Breaks, so it refuses to break any lines, and it will just keep everything on one line.

I suppose that would be useful for a photo credit. Now I don't want it growing to the left as well, so I am going to change that to this. No Line Breaks, and that all looks good. So we'll put it right here, and then I will double-click this to squeeze it in. So let's say he had another middle name, Octavio. It's great for small bits of text, for things like pull quotes and sidebars and photo credits. Just turn on Auto-Size. And like the flexible-width columns, you can include Auto-Size in an object style, so that would make perfect sense for something like a photo credit, text frame, that under Text Frame Auto Size options, we keep it at Width Only, growing from the left, no line breaks.

There you have it, one of my favorite new features in InDesign CS6.

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      57s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 14m 23s
    1. Exploring interface tweaks
      6m 56s
    2. Examining the new tools and dialog boxes
      7m 27s
  3. 32m 41s
    1. Working with the Conveyer tool
      10m 7s
    2. Linking objects
      12m 11s
    3. Mapping styles
      10m 23s
  4. 50m 5s
    1. Understanding flexible layouts
      8m 16s
    2. Working with Alternate Layout
      12m 52s
    3. Understanding Liquid Layout rules
      7m 30s
    4. Using the basic Liquid Page Rule options: Scale, Re-center, and Based on Master
      6m 52s
    5. Applying guide-based Liquid Layout rules
      8m 10s
    6. Applying object-based Liquid Layout rules
      6m 25s
  5. 14m 51s
    1. Working with flexible columns
      3m 27s
    2. Auto-sizing text frames
      5m 28s
    3. Exploring the primary text frame
      5m 56s
  6. 8m 15s
    1. Accessing recently used fonts
      2m 9s
    2. Applying Keep settings to spans and tables
      2m 45s
    3. Fitting frames to different types of text content
      3m 21s
  7. 28m 27s
    1. Using advanced EPUB 2 export controls
      9m 12s
    2. Exporting an EPUB 3
      9m 16s
    3. Inserting HTML and Edge content
      9m 59s
  8. 28m 4s
    1. Reviewing the new Form tools
      7m 21s
    2. Creating and previewing a basic form
      14m 40s
    3. Testing the form in Acrobat
      6m 3s
  9. 21m 24s
    1. Aligning selections to a key object
      2m 17s
    2. Using Save As to create a file for earlier versions of InDesign
      1m 40s
    3. Retaining table headers and footers
      2m 58s
    4. Importing RTFD and exporting to PNG
      4m 38s
    5. Using smart math in fields
      2m 13s
    6. Exporting interactive PDFs as pages
      1m 9s
    7. Previewing and exporting grayscale PDFs
      2m 22s
    8. Using the new world language support
      4m 7s
  10. 1m 6s
    1. Next steps
      1m 6s

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