#17. Creating Text Frames
Most of the text you see in an InDesign layoutheadlines, articles, figure captions, ad copyis contained by invisible, rectangular text frames. You can, however, draw text frames of any shape, and you can use the master text frame you specify in the New Document dialog box.
Drawing Text Frames
To create a rectangular text frame, select the Type tool on the toolbox. Click and drag to draw a text frame. Use the rulers and values in the Control palette to judge the size and placement of the text frame (Figure 17a).
Figure 17a. While dragging with the Type tool to create a rectangular text frame, you can use the rulers and Control palette to judge its size and placement.
To create a round or variable-shape text frame, use any of the drawing tools to create a frame (see #49 for more information). Then, simply click it with the Type tool to enter text (Figure 17b). You can also click any frame using the Selection tool or Direct Selection tool and choose Object > Content > Text to convert it to a text frame.
Figure 17b. To place text in a round text frame, draw an elliptical graphics frame with the Ellipse Frame tool, click it with the Type tool, and then start typing.
Using the Master Text Frame
If you're importing long blocks of text onto pagesfor a book chapter or annual report, for exampleyou don't have to draw a text frame on each page. You can automatically place a text frame on each document page by checking Master Text Frame in the New Document dialog box (File > New > Document). The values in the Columns and Margins areas control the number of columns in the master text frame, the amount of space between columns, and the placement on the page (Figure 17c).
Figure 17c. Checking Master Text Frame in the New Document dialog box automatically places a text frame on document pages according to the values in the Columns and Margins areas.
To enter text in the master text frame on document pages, select the Type tool and Command+Shift-click (Mac OS) or Ctrl+Shift-click (Windows) on the text frame.
The master text frame is placed on pages that are based on the default master page, A-Master. If you create new master pages, they will contain the master text frame as well (although you can delete it). See #79 for more information about master pages.