We have a few issues with our InDesign project, which happens to contain a very large number of screenshot images. We think the solution is to use inline images, but we want them to be maximum sized, without affecting the text margins. Any ideas how we can do this? After struggling with the layout options, we don't yet have a clean solution.

Here's more background: First, because there are so many images, we want them to be inline so that we don't have to continually tweak the image locations as we edit the text around them.

Secondly, the screenshots have a lot of small details, so we want to them to be as large as possible to prevent eyestrain.

Thirdly, we don't want the text margins to be very small because that just looks bad and changes the page count more than we'd like.

Here's a rough sketch of what we're looking for. Rough sketch of text and inline image frames

Thanks for the help, everyone! Friedman

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It doesn't seem like you've actually tried anything and have merely discussed what you might want do. Most of what you are concerned about are non-issues. InDesign is geared for this type of stuff. It may be beneficial to open InDesign and discover what you can or can't do with related to graphics, inline objects, and anchored objects.

What you seem to actually want are anchored objects and not inline objects.

There's a subtle difference.

Inline Objects are pasted or placed inside a text frame while the text cursor is active in the text frame. This essentially locks the object to the text frame boundaries. Inline objects are treated like a large glyph rather than an object themselves. They adhere to the text alignments, leading, etc. (Although you should be able to extend a graphic frame outside the text frame. Not sure what you are referring to there.)

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Anchored Objects are pasted or placed without any text frame being active. You can then "anchor" the object to a specific piece of text in any text frame. The anchor becomes relative and will move the object when that text moves. Anchored objects pay no attention to text alignment or leading beyond ensuring they remain the same relative position to the text they have been anchored to. Anchored Objects are not restricted to any text frame. You can freely move them around on the page and extend them beyond text frames.

So they are kind of, sort of, similar.

You can convert inline objects to anchored objects by just clicking the anchor icon (enter image description here) and dragging to a place within the text you want to anchor the graphic. (View > Extras > Show Anchored Object Control if you don't see it.

Using anchors graphics with text wraps should make pulling off your sketch a simple thing.

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  • Interesting. We don't actually want the text to wrap around the image, but maybe this won't be a problem - I'm assuming that images larger than the text frame will never have the text wrap in the first place. I'm going to give it a try right now. Update coming in a bit. Thanks Scott!
    – Friedman
    Commented Feb 26, 2016 at 23:02
  • @Friedman You can set the text wrap to be top/bottom so it essentially acts just like an inline object without being restricted to the text frame. With anchored object you must use a text wrap if you want any kind of interaction with text. Text will freely float over graphics if the graphic has no wrap applied to it.
    – Scott
    Commented Feb 26, 2016 at 23:05
  • To be frank, I never use inline graphic because they are so restrictive. Anchors graphics offer the same thing without the restrictions.
    – Scott
    Commented Feb 26, 2016 at 23:10
  • Just finished trying it out. Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks @Scott.
    – Friedman
    Commented Feb 27, 2016 at 4:30

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