I have to make a lot of forms in InDesign. Not interactive forms, just forms that need to be printed. It's really a pain making all the checkboxes, radio buttons, lines and text fields and ensuring they all line up properly. Is there a simple mechanism or toolset for creating standard forms?

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    Forms are a pain. It's a penance imposed on graphic designers for having too much fun on other jobs. :) Commented Feb 23, 2012 at 10:03

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Tables! Laying out in tables in InDesign is awesome for forms. You can stroke the bottom of a cell for the text field, make small uniform stroked cells for checkboxes, and use a character or paste in an image for a radio button. Unless you merge cells weirdly, everything has to line up.

  • AFAIK, you can make custom bullets. Make a checkbox bullet (etc) and then apply the proper paragraph style.
    – horatio
    Commented Feb 22, 2012 at 15:13
  • tables is definetlythe way to do it, google for a tutorial on how to use tables in InDesign Commented Feb 22, 2012 at 20:15

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