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Video: Using anchored objects

Take a look at this graphic. I would like that graphic to be anchored to this text here so that if that text moves up and down the graphic moves as well. Currently it's just set in there floating with text wrap around it. So if I come over here and double-click on some text that switches to the Type tool and if I just delete some random text for show, you can see that the text moves but the image does not. So that's not what I want. I want the image to move with the text. Can I do that? I can, but I have to make that image an inline object.

Using anchored objects

Take a look at this graphic. I would like that graphic to be anchored to this text here so that if that text moves up and down the graphic moves as well. Currently it's just set in there floating with text wrap around it. So if I come over here and double-click on some text that switches to the Type tool and if I just delete some random text for show, you can see that the text moves but the image does not. So that's not what I want. I want the image to move with the text. Can I do that? I can, but I have to make that image an inline object.

Here's how to do it. First I'll undo that with a Cmd+Z or Ctrl+Z on Windows to get my text back and now to turn that graphic into an inline object I have to select it with the Selection tool, the black arrow tool. So I'll click once on it and it doesn't select because it's actually behind that text frame so I'll Cmd+Click or Ctrl+Click. That clicks through the text frame to select the image and I'll cut it to my Clipboard by pressing Cmd+X or Ctrl+X on Windows. So now it's on the Clipboard. To turn it into an inline object inside the text, I need the Type tool.

So I cut it with the Selection tool and I paste it with the Type tool. Let's go get that. I'll grab the Type tool, click at the end of this paragraph, press Return and then Paste. Cmd+V or Ctrl+ V on Windows to paste it. So it is now a part of that line. When you make an inline object, the object acts just like a piece of text, like a character of text. For example, I could select over it by clicking-and-dragging to the left and you'll see that it actually selects it. It selected as though it were a character of text.

If I hit Delete, it deletes. I'll undo that, Cmd+Z or Ctrl+Z, to bring it back because I need to play with it a little bit more. Now, even though it's a character of text, I can still select it with the Selection tool. Let's go grab that and click on it and you can see that it's selected now as an object. And then I'm going to just drag it down, and when I drag it down you'll see that it makes more room for it. I can drag it all the way down until it's right in the middle of the paragraph. Now that will flow with this text. Let's try it out.

I'll double-click to get my Type tool, I'll select some text like I did before, delete it, and did you see that? The image moved with the text. If I type some random text in here just by pressing Enter and a bunch of random text, you will see it flows down in the Text column. So it is inline. It even shows up in the Story Editor, sort of. Let's take a look. I'll go to the Edit menu and choose Edit in Story Editor and you can see that the inline object shows up as a little ship's anchor icon. This is handy because I can move it anywhere I want.

Let's say I want it at the beginning of the next paragraph instead. I'll select it by dragging over it and I'm going to drag it down and you can see the little cursor move, so wherever I let it go it's going to end up. I'm going to drag it down to just before the word For. And I let it go, and as soon as I do that it updates on my page. I'll close the Story Editor window here so we can see this better. Now what's going on here? Why is there so much space? There's space because of text wrap. Inline objects can cause text wrap like other objects except there is one important thing you need to know about.

Let me go select that with the Selection tool. Oops, I clicked on the Content Grabber instead so I'll hit Escape to select the frame instead of the content. And now I'm going to open the Text Wrap panel. Let's see what's going on here. This has text wrap applied to it and it's forcing the text to skip past it. Now here's the important thing you need to know about text wrap and inline objects. Inline objects with text wrap only affect lines after the line they are placed on. So in this case the graphic is on this first line, just before the letter F, so it will not affect this line at all.

But it does affect all the other lines after it. If I change this text wrap to something else, like Wrap Around the Frame, you'll see that now the text flows around of the object itself. However, if I push this object up, you'll notice that it does not cause any wrap on the previous paragraph. Only on lines after the line on which it's sitting. Now I've dragged this image up and down, and that's no problem, but why can't I drag it left or right? Well, you just can't do that with inline objects, but you can do it with anchored objects.

What's the difference? Well, let me show you. I'll go to the Object menu and choose Options from the Anchored Object sub-menu. The Anchored Object Options dialog box gives me a bunch of options. I am not going to go into all the details here other than to say that if I want to control how high or low this is, I could type a number in. What I'm really caring about here is this Position pop-up menu. Inline objects can only go up or down, but if I change this to Custom, I get a very different effect. Custom objects, what I call anchored objects, to differentiate them from Inline objects can be moved anywhere on my page.

Now this dialog box is very confusing and I am not going to go into the details of all these options here. What I am going to tell you is once you change this to a custom object you can click OK and then drag this anywhere you want. For example, I could move this out here into the margin. I just dragged it over. Now it's still anchored or placed in the text so if the text flows this will move with it. And I can see exactly where it's anchored by going to the View menu, choosing Extras, and turning on Show Text Threads.

Show Text Threads indicates with this dashed line exactly where it's anchored in. Again, Story Editor would also show me that. I'm going to zoom back to Fit Spread in Window with Cmd+Opt+Z or Ctrl+Alt+Z to move this panel out of the way so we can see things better and I want to point out that this really will flow with the text. For example, if I go ahead and select this text frame and delete it entirely, not only does the text now jump from the left page to the right page but that anchored object came with it.

Now the only problem with this anchored object is that it's too easy to accidentally click and move to some other position. I don't want to allow that, so I'm going to back to the Object menu choose Options under Anchored Options and I want to turn on this checkbox, Prevent Manual Positioning. When that checkbox is turned on I can no longer accidentally move this some place else. You'll actually see a little lock icon next to it to indicate that it's not going to get moved. It will move up and down with the text but I can't drag it to some other location.

For now the important thing is to see that you can set up relationships between text and objects quite easily and quickly when you use the inline and anchored objects.

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InDesign CS5 Essential Training

135 video lessons · 90791 viewers

David Blatner

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  1. 5m 50s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. What is InDesign CS5?
      2m 26s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 51s
  2. 54m 49s
    1. Understanding the Application window
      6m 0s
    2. Navigating pages
      6m 39s
    3. Zooming and magnifying
      6m 57s
    4. Managing more than one document window
      3m 36s
    5. Setting rulers and measurements
      2m 9s
    6. Positioning panels correctly
      6m 28s
    7. Saving time by making workspaces
      3m 24s
    8. Setting the view quality of artwork
      4m 9s
    9. Adjusting View and Preview settings
      4m 56s
    10. Rotating pages and spreads
      3m 2s
    11. Displaying a new view with the New Window feature
      3m 29s
    12. Setting application and document preferences
      4m 0s
  3. 21m 31s
    1. Using the Tool panel
      8m 1s
    2. Learning and editing keyboard shortcuts
      6m 24s
    3. Working with spring-loaded tool shortcuts
      1m 17s
    4. Using contextual menus
      2m 51s
    5. Choosing menu items with Quick Apply
      2m 58s
  4. 45m 25s
    1. Creating new documents
      7m 28s
    2. Saving and reverting documents
      3m 41s
    3. Using multiple Undo and Revert
      4m 28s
    4. Setting margin and column guides
      5m 16s
    5. Using ruler guides
      8m 10s
    6. Bleeding colors or images off the side of the page
      4m 29s
    7. Saving objects in libraries
      4m 49s
    8. Exporting and importing page snippets
      4m 29s
    9. Saving for CS4 with IDML
      2m 35s
  5. 31m 18s
    1. Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
      7m 23s
    2. Changing page size
      6m 14s
    3. Adding page numbering
      3m 43s
    4. Changing page numbering with sections
      5m 58s
    5. Creating and applying master pages
      5m 20s
    6. Overriding master page items
      2m 40s
  6. 1h 21m
    1. Understanding text frames
      4m 6s
    2. Typing and editing text
      4m 36s
    3. Filling with placeholder text
      2m 38s
    4. Inserting special characters
      4m 43s
    5. Importing text
      7m 49s
    6. Threading text frames
      4m 1s
    7. Setting text frame columns and insets
      6m 32s
    8. Setting vertical justification and first baseline position
      6m 9s
    9. Putting text on a path
      6m 51s
    10. Using the Story Editor
      8m 43s
    11. Checking spelling
      7m 42s
    12. Using Find/Change
      9m 25s
    13. Tracking text changes
      8m 1s
  7. 49m 50s
    1. Importing graphics
      8m 11s
    2. Importing from Mini Bridge
      5m 27s
    3. Using the Links panel
      6m 34s
    4. Embedding links
      2m 37s
    5. Editing graphics in their original app
      3m 14s
    6. Fitting graphics to a frame
      6m 12s
    7. Taking advantage of image transparency and clipping paths
      4m 53s
    8. Adding live captions
      5m 56s
    9. Colorizing images
      2m 1s
    10. Turning image layers on and off
      4m 45s
  8. 46m 15s
    1. Selecting objects
      5m 32s
    2. Applying basic strokes and fills
      8m 18s
    3. Using advanced strokes
      3m 28s
    4. Adjusting transparency
      4m 38s
    5. Adding drop shadows
      6m 41s
    6. Applying feathering
      4m 25s
    7. Copying formatting with the Eyedropper tool
      4m 35s
    8. Finding and changing object formatting
      4m 50s
    9. Making polygons and starbursts
      3m 48s
  9. 22m 56s
    1. Making interactive documents
      2m 6s
    2. Adding hyperlinks
      5m 52s
    3. Building bookmarks
      3m 38s
    4. Creating buttons
      8m 57s
    5. Animating an object
      2m 23s
  10. 23m 29s
    1. Creating color swatches
      5m 52s
    2. The danger and power of unnamed colors
      4m 47s
    3. Building tint swatches
      2m 18s
    4. Creating gradient swatches
      3m 56s
    5. Applying gradients
      6m 36s
  11. 50m 0s
    1. Positioning objects with the Page Gap tool
      2m 53s
    2. Stacking objects
      2m 13s
    3. Creating and controlling layers
      3m 53s
    4. Managing objects in the Layers panel
      3m 37s
    5. Nesting objects
      2m 46s
    6. Editing frame and path shapes
      4m 6s
    7. Adding rounded corners and other corner options
      3m 57s
    8. Grouping objects
      3m 14s
    9. Locking objects
      2m 39s
    10. Aligning and distributing
      5m 43s
    11. Understanding text wrap
      8m 13s
    12. Using anchored objects
      6m 46s
  12. 18m 49s
    1. Duplicating objects
      5m 39s
    2. Rotating objects
      3m 3s
    3. Scaling objects
      3m 57s
    4. Mirroring objects
      3m 46s
    5. Using the Transform Again feature
      2m 24s
  13. 25m 52s
    1. Applying basic character styling
      7m 8s
    2. Applying advanced character formatting
      4m 54s
    3. Changing case
      2m 51s
    4. Understanding OpenType features
      3m 19s
    5. Using Find/Change for text formatting
      3m 18s
    6. Using Find Font
      4m 22s
  14. 45m 27s
    1. Applying formatting to a paragraph
      4m 14s
    2. Spanning a paragraph across multiple columns
      3m 5s
    3. Splitting a paragraph into multiple columns
      2m 1s
    4. Using drop caps
      3m 16s
    5. Adjusting text hyphenation
      3m 21s
    6. Fine-tuning justified text
      4m 19s
    7. Setting tabs
      5m 54s
    8. Aligning to a baseline grid
      4m 24s
    9. Controlling orphans and widows with Keep Options
      2m 39s
    10. Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph
      3m 14s
    11. Adding automatic bullets
      4m 39s
    12. Working with numbered lists
      4m 21s
  15. 31m 3s
    1. Creating and applying paragraph styles
      6m 34s
    2. Using character styles
      5m 43s
    3. Applying styles automatically with Nested Styles
      7m 19s
    4. Using object styles
      3m 27s
    5. Using Quick Apply with styles
      2m 49s
    6. Cleaning up a local formatting mess
      5m 11s
  16. 37m 0s
    1. Creating a table
      5m 54s
    2. Adjusting rows and columns
      6m 35s
    3. Formatting a table
      8m 5s
    4. Adding headers and footers
      1m 58s
    5. Applying table styles
      5m 32s
    6. Adding Microsoft Word and Excel tables
      8m 56s
  17. 10m 26s
    1. Checking your document with the Preflight panel
      2m 54s
    2. Creating a custom preflight profile
      4m 45s
    3. Checking color with the Separations Preview
      2m 47s
  18. 31m 7s
    1. Packaging for output
      4m 13s
    2. Using the Print dialog box
      10m 22s
    3. Exporting a PDF
      8m 47s
    4. Exporting an interactive PDF
      3m 59s
    5. Exporting text
      1m 36s
    6. Exporting SWF files
      2m 10s
  19. 1m 32s
    1. Finding more information and help
      1m 12s
    2. Goodbye

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