Using text within shapes and along shape paths with InDesign

Using text within shapes and along shape paths with InDesign

One of the things that we get asked to do in a design document is to get text to fill a particular shaped gap or follow a path that is not straight. In this article I will cover both of those scenarios. There could be many reasons that you need your text to follow a curved path or to fit inside a particular shape. First up we will start with the shapes and getting your text to fit inside them is really simple. You use the framing tools to set the boundaries for the text and then enter the text within the frame. In the example I have three shapes

Linking from small places on small devices with InDesign

Linking from small places on small devices with InDesign

I thought I would share something that I find useful when creating InDesign documents with links in them for use on mobile devices as they are not always very easy to select. An example is a word in a block of text or a very small image. It is very easy to increase the selection area to more than just the hyperlink item. Here I explain how to do it in a few simple steps so you can still provide a reasonably sized navigation point from a very small place or a tiny navigation item to be hyperlinked. First draw an invisible rectangle around the place you want to show

Internal linking to text areas within an InDesign document

Internal linking to text areas within an InDesign document

Yesterday I was asked how to create an internal hyperlink to a piece of text on a page within InDesign from a graphic. I’ve done it many times before but it had completely gone out of my head until I sat down in front of InDesign myself. I figured I would create a short article as a reminder to me but also if anyone else is interested. I’ll use a similar example as I was asked about yesterday. We had a page with a graphic that looked button-like but was an image and numerous text and graphics spread over several pages (the pictures here are not the real document). So,