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Editable Templates: How To Anchor Objects

Anchored objects are items, such as images or text boxes, that are attached - or anchored - to specific text. The anchored object moved with the text containing the anchor as the text reflows. Use anchored objects for all objects that you want to associate with a particular (fixed) line or block of text.

The guide below shows how to create anchored objects in InDesign for your editable templates. You can anchor objects in two way: horizontal and vertical - both cases are explained below. 

 

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Horizontal Anchoring (case 1)

This first case is useful when you need to anchor two fields but you want to keep only one of them editable, e.g. first and second part of an email address - 'NameLastName@email.com'.


1. Create two text frames

2. Input text into text frame #1 and #2

3. Apply ‘Fit Frame to Content’ to both text frames

4. Assign Auto-size "width only" to both text frames

5. Cut whole text frame #1. Use type tool, and insert cursor before @ and paste into frame #2

The anchored text frame (name.surname) would be editable and remaining text is locked automatically

 

Now when uploading this template to Gelato Globe, you will be able to change the name.surname in the e-mail address field, but @gelato.com will be locked and anchored to the chosen text you insert before.

 

Horizontal Anchoring (case 2)

This second case is useful when you want to anchor 2 fields but keeping both of them editable, e.g. full name and qualification/role.

 

1. Create three text frames

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2. Input text into text frame #2 and #3

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3. Assign Auto-size “width only" to text frame #2 and #3

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4. Hold the 'shift' key, click on the blue dot top right of the text frame #2 and drag into the main text frame

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5. Do the same for text frame #3. Hold the 'shift' key, click on blue dot top right of the text frame and drag into the main text frame

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6. Assign Auto-size “Width Only” to the text frame #1

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7. Both anchored text frames ('Name Surname') and (', MBA') would be editable. 

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8. Now when uploading this template to Gelato Globe both text frames would be editable and anchored to the chosen text you insert before.

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Vertical Anchoring

This type of anchoring can be used when the text in a field may not fit into one single line and you want the field below to move down accordingly. 


1. Create three text frames

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2. Input text into text frame #2 and #3

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3. Assign Auto-size "height only" to text frame #2 and #3

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4.Hold the 'shift' key and click on the blue dot top right of the text frame #2 and drag into the main text frame

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5.Do the same for text frame #3. Hold the 'shift' key and click on blue dot top right of the text frame and drag into the main text frame

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6. Assign Auto-size "height and width" to the text frame #1

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7. Both anchored text frames (Job title) and (Business area) would be editable. 

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Now when uploading this template to Gelato Globe If a user has a longer name, "Job Title" will be on 2 rows, pushing the "Business area" down.

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