Explore some of the many layout permutations of working with a 12-column grid in Adobe InDesign.
- I have a twopage, facing pages spread, and I'm using a 12-column grid. 12 columns and eight rows, and I want to show you some permutations of working with this grid. If I move to my next spread, we see that I have my text just running in two columns. Two columns on each page, with each column occupying six subdivisions. On the next spread, all I've done is move the text down to a hangline indicated by the rows, and this allows for some white space at the top of the page, making the text more approachable. I've now narrowed the text columns, and I've introduced a white space column of two subdivisions on the outside of each of the pages. On the next spread, I'm combining images. The images are each conforming to a width of six column subdivisions, or in this case, to four column subdivisions. In this case, to one. Or, if I'm working with large images, and I want to break out of my type area, I can have those images bleed to the bottom and to the outside edges of the pages. I could add captions in those outside columns. Instead of having the narrow column in the outside of the page, I could move it between the text columns, introducing some more active white space into the layout. Here, I've gone back to just a standard three-column layout, with each of my text columns occupying four subdivisions. As I did before, I've dropped the text down by one row to introduce some white space at the top of the page. Rather than have the text in columns of equal width, I've narrowed the width of the outside column so that we introduce an extra, single column of white space between the text and the caption. And, if the text is larger, we can run it in a single column or eight column subdivisions. And here, on this last spread, I'm combining a three-column layout for the text with a two or four-column layout for the images. So, you see that working with 12 columns, because 12 is divisible by six, four, three and two, we have a tremendous amount of flexibility.
- Why grids matter
- Setting up a modular grid
- Determining margins, page size, and aspect ratio
- Creating a baseline grid
- Creating a cap height grid
- Text wraps and grids
- Object styles and grid
- Using the Gridify feature
- Breaking your grid with images
- Shaping text frames