indesign question : lines of text surounded by black box

omar's picture

hey everybody,

i have a litl question regarding adobe indesign,and i can't figure it out for myself, been looking in the manual but don't really know what to look for.

i have say 40 lines of text, what i want to do is place some lines of the text in a black box, i don't want the entire text frame in a black solid collor...just some lines of text so that there is still a thin line of white space between every line...

i not really good in excplaining myself here since i don't know anny specific name for this but i hope you guys know what i mean.

anny help would be greatly appreciated

have a nice day everyone

Theunis de Jong's picture

InDesign doesn't support this directly, so you have to work around that.

If you want an entire paragraph boxed, cut the text and place it into a frame of its own. You can paste this frame back into its position inbetween the other text (note that it will not break at the end of a page), or place it on its own with text wrap applied. You can also create a table of 1 cell and 1 row, although the same page break restriction applies -- ID will not break a table row.

If you want several lines boxed inside an otherwise regular paragraph, create a character style with Underline and Strikethrough. Move the Underline position down and the Strikethrough up to good positions. This does not create vertical lines at the left and right positions; you can fake these by inserting a pipe "|" symbol, adjusting its thickness and height with the Vertical and Horizontal scaling and moving it up or down with Baseline shift. You might want to offset the following/preceding text with a hair or thin space (also with the underline/strikethru applied).

[Added] It seems you may also be referring to "inverse text" :-) That's also possible; create a very thick Underline -- about the same as your leading --, and set the text color to "Paper".

omar's picture

hey Theunis, it worked, i appreciate the help !

Syndicate content Syndicate content