Setting Up and Adhering text to a Baseline Grid for Print Layout
Baseline grid directly relates to leading. Using the baseline grid ensures that there will be consistency in the document text (as expected in proper print layouts). Using multiples of the baseline grid values can be used on all elements of a page to make sure the text lights up properly between columns and from page to page even if the text sizes need to be larger or smaller in different areas. It is also useful when you have several columns side by side, you can align to baseline grid to ensure proper consistency.
To turn on viewing of baseline grid: Click on the ‘view options’ button > baseline grid
Indesign > preferences > grids (or Edit > Preferences > Grids on PC)
Here’s where you change the settings for baseline grid:
For this example I have made the grid spacing 14.4 pt starting from the top margin
(threshold is just what viewing percentage you have to be at to see baseline grid)
You can also change the grid colour here.
Click OK when you are finished.
Now that my baseline grid settings are set, I need to make my text adhere to the grid. In this example I only want one portion of the text to be spaced at 14.4 point, the other text I want to be larger. I have selected the text to align to the grid.
Select the text, in the paragraph pallet, click the “align to baseline grid” button. (This button is located in the context sensitive bar at the top of the screen. Once this is clicked, the text will adhere to the baseline grid.
Here is an example before, and after the text is set to alight to baseline grid:
Grid Inside of a Text Frame:
It is possible to have a baseline grid on top of another baseline grid (or a grid inside of a text box)
This could be useful if you wanted to have a portion of the text a multiple of the original baseline grid or at a different grid size altogether. To do this, create a text box full of text. With the text box still selected choose:
Object > Text Frame Options
Next, click on the “Baseline Options” Tab
Here you can set different grid options for the contents of the text box.
In this example I doubled the original grid size.
Next I checked “OK” to accept the changes, then I lined up my text box along side of the other text.
Here’s what the two texts look like side-by-side (the first paragraph at 1/3 of the size would likely look a lot better but you get the point)
Other Useful Text Frame Options:
Text frame options are also the best way to easily set up text columns. To test this out, start a new InDesign Document. Next draw a large text box on the page. Make sure the text box is selected and choose:
Type > Fill With Placeholder Text
You will get a page full of text like this:
Setting up Automatic Columns
Next we can tell InDesign to split the text box into columns.
Choose: Type > Fill With Placeholder Text
On the ‘General’ tab, make sure “Preview” is checked
Change the number of columns to 3
Your text should now be split into three columns with automatic spacing like this: