Snap to Guides

When working with grids it's crucial that Snap to Guides is turned on (View > Guides & Grid > Snap to Guides or Cmd+Shift+; / Ctrl+Shift+;) so that when you draw, move, or resize an object its edges snap to the nearest guide or baseline grid. Guides must be visible in order for snapping to occur, however, objects can snap to the document and baseline grids whether the grids are visible or not.

The Snap to Zone in Preferences determines the exact range within which an object snaps to guides. If you have both Snap to Guides and the Snap to Document Grid on, the grid takes precedence.

Figure 16.10. Snap to Zone.

Figure 16.11. Using a line scale can make it easier to identify corrections when communicating remotely with a client.


To draw a custom guide from the horizontal ruler that straddles the left- and right-hand pages of the spread, hold down Cmd (Ctrl) as you draw the guide. You can also position guides precisely by selecting them. For vertical guides specify their x coordinate, for horizontal guides, specify their y coordinate.


Text Frames with Different Grids

In addition to a document-wide baseline grid, you can also use a separate baseline grid for each frame. This can be useful if you have sidebar material that flows in multiple columns and uses a different type size and leading than your body text. Theoretically every text frame can have its own baseline grid. It's nice to know you can, but if a document has numerous baseline grids it undermines the whole purpose of a grid: a document architecture based on consistent modular units.

Part I: Character Formats

Getting Started

Going with the Flow

Character Reference

Getting the Lead Out

Kern, Baby, Kern

Sweating the Small Stuff: Special Characters, White Space, and Glyphs

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Part II: Paragraph Formats

Aligning Your Type

Paragraph Indents and Spacing

First Impressions: Creating Great Opening Paragraphs

Dont Fear the Hyphen

Mastering Tabs and Tables

Part III: Styles

Stylin with Paragraph and Character Styles

Mo Style

Part IV: Page Layout

Setting Up Your Document

Everything in Its Right Place: Using Grids

Text Wraps: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Year: 2004
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