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Indesign’s custom baseline grid

As I said in the past, Adobe Creative Suite’s applications are guilty of a lack of order. The case of the baseline grid is a great example. Why is this option in Indesign‘s general preferences instead of in the document’s configuration window? Why is it not available a submenu within the menu composition, as there is for margins and columns and so forth?

Hoping that someone comes to put some order on the menu, we will see what they are and how to use baseline grids.

The grid is based on a set of horizontal tracks that are born from the y coordinate (vertical), repeated at regular intervals defined by the designer. This interval can be calculated easily to constitute the proper spacing for the body of text. You only have to enter the point value, or, in millimeters, taking into account that 1 point in typography = 0.376 mm.

All those paragraphs of text that fulfill the following conditions will be aligned to the grid, this means that the baseline of the font will take the guidelines as a startingpoint, no matter if the text is outlined by a object:

  • Paragraph’s property align to the grid base is activated.
  • The spacing of the text is less than the interval of separation defined in the preferences of the baseline grid.
  • The text’s container object is within the area bounded by the page, it has no custom base enabled andits rotation is 0.

To activate or set the baseline grid go to InDesign/Preferences/grids. You can set the following options: starting grid on the top of the page or the top margin, color, increment and visibility.

As with libraries, to edit the baseline grid with no active document, InDesign will interpret the parameters as new default settings. To remove this configuration, you must delete the user preferences

Or, as mentioned above you can define a custom baseline grid for each text box. Custom grids are used when a text object with a grid’s alignment other than the defined document’s baseline grid is needed.To configure a custom grid you must invoke the object’s option window using command+b (Mac) and then define the parameters in the custom grid tab.

The text into the customized text object will ignore the general base grid and adapt to the new grid, as an added bonus you can rotate the text object without losing its custom grid’s alignment. In the picture below there are three text objects, the first does not align to baseline grid because it is rotated 1.75 °, second is aligned to the document’s baseline grid while third text object is rotated and aligned to its own custom grid.


Links: wikipedia


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