Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Gap tool with grids, part of Designing with Grids in InDesign (2013).
The Gap tool is a very useful tool when you're working with a grid-based layout that is primarily pictures. It doesn't work so well with pictures and text frames using the approach that I've been outlining where the pictures have text wraps applied to them. In the case of a layout like this, which is all about pictures designed upon a 12 column grid, the Gap tool can be very interesting, very time saving, and really allow us to experiment with different layouts.
Here's what it does. This is the Gap tool. Let's say I want to change the relationship of not just two images, but several images. So we have an intersection of several different images and a caption here. Now, if I put my Gap tool in the gap and then drag up, I'm going to turn on my Guides when I do this, so that I can see my baseline grid increments and move in those increments. And as I drag up, you can see that what's happening is I'm affecting five different elements, four images and one caption.
Now, I have to point out that in order to use this effectively, I have my Auto-fit set up and applied to all of these pictures. So if we look at the Object Style in the Frame Fitting options, Auto-fit is turned on, and that needs to be turned on for the Gap tool to really work in this very fluid kind of way. It will still work without that being turned on, but it doesn't work nearly as well.
So, that's really all there is to it. You put your cursor into the gutter, into the gap and then you adjust the relative size of all of those affected objects. That's fine, but what if you only wanted, in this case, to adjust this image and this image, but leave these two images and this picture caption intact. Well, you can do that if you hold down the Shift key. And you can see there, I'm now just working on the interaction of those two images with the addition of the Shift key.
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- Determining your page size
- Creating margins and defining your type area
- Setting up a baseline grid
- Understanding the power of InDesign's Gridify feature
- Breaking your grid with images
- Maximizing white space with a grid