6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 11, 2013 11:04 AM by stage3design RSS

    Can images "flow" from frame to frame?

    stage3design

      I am wondering if an image can flow from one frame to another without losing any image in the space between frames? I am making an image "flow" across a gutter, and I want to be able to work with it inside a merged set of frames where one is on the recto page and the other is on the verso page and there is space between the frames to account for the loss of image in the binding process. Is there a way to make an image flow from frame to frame without losing any image inbetween?

       

      Here's the example I'm working with. Even though I've combined these frames using Pathfinder, part of the image (shown faded back) is lost between the frames. Any thoughts?

       

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        • 1. Re: Can images "flow" from frame to frame?
          Peter Spier ACP/MVPs

          Add inside bleed. That bleed is actually the gutter edge of the opposite page, so that part gets duplicated on both halves when you export with the bleed.

          • 2. Re: Can images "flow" from frame to frame?
            stage3design Community Member

            Hi, Peter. Thanks for the insights. What I'm looking for is something a bit different that I probably didn't explain well enough. What I'm hoping to do is unite the two frames and work with the image inside both frames—without losing any of the image that's between the frames. In essence, "flowing" an image from one frame to another—just like text can be done without losing any text between the frames. Any idea if this is possible?

            • 3. Re: Can images "flow" from frame to frame?
              Peter Spier ACP/MVPs

              So you are saying the frames don't run to the gutter? I misunderstood that.

               

              You cannot flow the same image across two frames that make a compound shape without losing part of it in the gaps, but you can place the same image twice in two frames, or copy the frame after palcing once, and adjust the cropping and image placement inside those two frames so the area that fall in the gap moves into view. That won't help if the total image width is wider than the combined widths of the two frames, of course -- somthing would need to be cropped off someplace.

              • 4. Re: Can images "flow" from frame to frame?
                stage3design Community Member

                Thanks, Peter. You are right: I was hoping to make a compound shape that an image could sit in without losing part of it in the gaps. But alas InDesign hasn't implemented that cool trick. Here's hoping it does some day. Thanks for your help.

                • 5. Re: Can images "flow" from frame to frame?
                  John Mensinger MVP

                  You can make an image live across two frames by converting them to a compound path first, but I don't think that does what you want either. If there is a space between the frames, there will be a portion if the image unseen across that space.

                   

                  My method for gutter-jumping an image doesn't necessarily deliver the functionality you describe either, if I understand you correctly.

                   

                  I simply use two copies of the image. Place the image across the spread in one big frame that straddles the gutter. Edit > Copy.

                   

                  Edit > Paste in Place to paste a copy directly on top of the original. Now just drag frame side-boundaries to crop each copy so that half the image shows on each page. Spread apart at the gutter as needed.

                  • 6. Re: Can images "flow" from frame to frame?
                    stage3design Community Member

                    Hi John. I was hoping to make a compound shape that an image could sit in without losing part of it in the gaps. But alas InDesign hasn't implemented that cool trick. Here's hoping it does some day. Thanks for your help.