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We've looked at text flow methods, but the way some people like to work is wire framing their documents using the Frame tool; blocking out different areas of content, and then when the content is ready, putting the content into those frames. So here is a suggested approach, and this might work well for a magazine type scenario. Now, I have a five column layout here, and I'll be talking in later movies about different column strategies, but of these five columns, I'm only going to be using four of them on each page to hold the text. The remaining column is just going to function as white space.
And I've also divided the page into rows, and I'll be talking more about why this might be a useful thing in upcoming movies. If we look at the Layers panel, I have two layers; one for text, and one for pictures. Just as a personal convention, I like to have my text layer be color coded blue, and my pictures be color coded red. And the reason I like to do that is so that when I get my Frame tool, and draw out a frame, like so, I know that if it's blue, then this is going to contain text content.
So I'm now going to duplicate this frame over to the right-hand page. I could just draw another one, but it's marginally easier to just duplicate the one I have. So with it selected, I'll hold down the Option or Alt key, and the Shift key, so that I can constrain the movement of that copy, and then drag that over to the right-hand page. Now I'll press my F key to return to my Rectangular Frame tool, and I'll come to my Layers panel, and I'll switch to the pictures layer, and I can now draw myself a picture, which is going to go right there, and another picture which I'm going to have right there.
So just by glancing at this, I've got an idea of how this page is shaping up. I'm just going to adjust the size of that frame. Make sure it snaps exactly to that guide. But as I mentioned in an earlier movie, even though these frames, the ones that are blue, I intend to hold text, they are technically graphic frames, and I'm going to make them into text frames by choosing my Type tool, and clicking in the first of them. You'll see the X will now disappear.
I would now like to thread that frame to the other one, so that the text, when I place it, or when I type it in, either/or, flows from the first text frame into the second. So to do that, I'm going to switch to my Selection tool, and I'll come and click on the out port, and then I'll move over the other frame, and click, and now I've established a text thread, even though I have no text actually there. So you can set up your text threads without necessarily having any text in the text frames.
Earlier on, we saw the use of this viewing option, Show Text Threads. Not really necessary, but I'm just going to turn it on anyway, and we can see that arrow indicating the flow of the text. Now, with either one of these frames selected, it doesn't matter which one, or it could be any text frame in a text thread, I can come and place my story. But what if my story isn't yet ready, but I do want some text content? Well, a very commonly used technique is to work with placeholder text.
Now, you don't need to use this specific approach to work with placeholder text; it works in any context. It's the last, but one, option under the Type menu, and we can see my text will now flow into all of the frames of the text thread. Both of these frames I would now like to convert to multicolumn frames. They're both going to have two columns, and I'm just going to adjust the size of this picture frame, because I also want to do something else. And you can see, at the moment, that my text is actually flowing over my picture frames, and that's not going to be very useful to me.
So what I want to do is I want put text wraps on both of these picture frames. I'm going to select them both. Select one, hold down the Shift key, select the other, and then come to the Text Wrap panel, which I've incorporated as part of my workspace. Click on this second option, Wrap around bounding box; we can now see that that pushes the text out of the way of the picture frames. One additional thing I need to do, and that is establish an offset amount. I have Points set up as my unit of measurement, and I'm going to change that to 12 Points.
I have an unbroken chain here, so it's going to become 12 points for all four offsets, and that's going to push the text away. I digress a little, but when I now select this picture frame, I can resize that, and it's going to move the text out of its way. So it's a sort of fluid layout that we have going on here, but the point of this movie really is about you have the option, if you wish, of wireframing, mocking up your documents using frames, and to make that really work for you using separate layers, the layers themselves being color coded, you know at a glance by looking at the document, looking at the wireframe, the blue boxes equal text, the red boxes equal pictures.
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