In InDesign I've created a text box outlined with a double rule which overlays a graphic that I'd like it to knockout entirely from the underlying graphic. Unfortunately the knockout traps to the interior rule, not the exterior rule. Is there a way to control or establish an outset so the entire text box with outlined rules traps to the underlying graphic?

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    The fastest and simplest way I can think of would be to create two boxes. First the outside border one with the fill set to a color blocking the background image. Then, on top add the inner border one.
    – nocturns2
    Feb 5 '20 at 18:18
  • Thank you very much--that will certainly work. I was hoping there was a setting I could control because I have multiples of this design at different sizes. Automating this (if it's possible) would save me greatly.
    – orttu
    Feb 5 '20 at 19:10
  • Yup.. 2 boxes is generally the easiest way. You can't control the space between INDD's double/triple style border strokes. You could use an anchored text frame inside a shape frame.. that way it sort of stays together without the need for a group.
    – Scott
    Feb 5 '20 at 22:01
  • My bet is that the truth lies under stroke alignment options ;-) and possibly this script might come handy (not tested): scriptopedia.org/component/phocadownload/file/…
    – Vinny
    Feb 6 '20 at 9:47
  • Thank you all--will give it a go.
    – orttu
    Feb 6 '20 at 22:07

Make sure the frame has the same fill color as the background and set Stroke > Align Stroke to Align Stroke to Inside.

See here how a double stroke should react with the available 3 settings:

  • Beyond excellent--thank you WOLFF!
    – orttu
    Feb 11 '20 at 14:57

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