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  • Raphaël Freeman

Boxes and Lines in Complex Layout


One of the more challenging tasks in multi-story layout is the handling of the horizontal rules, ornamental lines and commentary headings in InDesign. In the above spread on a Haggadah that I’m working on, the commentary at the foot of the spread has an ornamental line above that must remain a fixed amount over the commentary even though the commentary box height will vary from page to page.

Recently Adobe announced new features including shading and borders which would have mitigated some of the challenges, but alas the borders feature never appeared (yet – we all live in hope).

I have solved this problem partially by anchoring the rule to the top of the box. Although it can be fiddly, it’s worth the effort.

In the below video I demonstrate how to achieve this in InDesign as well as quickly showing another favorite typesetting trick of mine of how to create a background rule for a title. Incidentally, this exact same trick can be used to create a live border around a single line paragraph. I will let you work it out.

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