12 Replies Latest reply on Sep 29, 2014 4:06 PM by Michael J Diederich

# Proportional measurements in InDesign Cs4?

how to make measurements proportional in InDesign CS4? A box 16" proportional to a 30" box, for example.

Thanks in advance for any help on this.

Michael

• ###### 1. Re: Proportional measurements in InDesign Cs4?

We're going to need a clearer explanation, I think...

• ###### 2. Re: Proportional measurements in InDesign Cs4?

Do you mean scaling a frame proportionally?
Or changing the form (= not scaling) of a frame proportionally?

Or do you mean you have two objects A and B.

A is the reference proportionally wise.

And now you want to change the height of B so that it is proprtionally the same as object A without scaling it?

???

Uwe

• ###### 3. Re: Proportional measurements in InDesign Cs4?

Thanks Peter,

Forgive my lack of clarity. I'm designing a layout for a series of photos on a client's wall. I've created a rectangle to represent a 24x30 print on that wall. I want to place varying sizes of prints around the large one and I want them to be proportionately correct. Does that make sense? I suppose I can say 1" equals 1 foot and do the math from there?

Michael

• ###### 4. Re: Proportional measurements in InDesign Cs4?

Thanks for responding, Uwe.

I think you're on to me and my small dilemma.

As I responded to Peter Spier:

Forgive my lack of clarity. I'm designing a layout for a series of photos on a client's wall. I've created a rectangle to represent a 24x30 print on that wall. I want to place varying sizes of prints around the large one and I want them to be proportionately correct. Does that make sense? I suppose I can say 1" equals 1 foot and do the math from there?

Michael

• ###### 5. Re: Proportional measurements in InDesign Cs4?

You repeated only what you said before, but what do you mean with rectangle?

• A document or
• an image frame in the document?
• ###### 6. Re: Proportional measurements in InDesign Cs4?

Still not quite sure what you are trying to do, but it sounds like you are trying to do a layout at reduced scale. You can use any scale you want and any units, if yo are willing to do the math, but you might find Picas to actually make your life easier since there are 6 picas to the inch, and 12 pts per pica so you would be working at 1/6 scale with an easy unit for inches.

• ###### 7. Re: Proportional measurements in InDesign Cs4?

@Michael – I think, the best would be to show us a couple of screenshots.
One before, one after finishing what you want (still I have nearly no idea what are you trying to accomplish here).

Uwe

• ###### 8. Re: Proportional measurements in InDesign Cs4?

Hello,

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Hans-Günter

• ###### 9. Re: Proportional measurements in InDesign Cs4?

Hi Peter,

I'm such noob.

I'm designing the wall layout in an InDesign document. I have a large rectangle in the document that represents the largest photo in a grouping. I want to know if ID has an easy (painless) way of creating a frame for a photo in ID that represents 24x30" and then, when I add another, smaller, frame somewhere else in the grouping, I can make that frame 11x20" in proportion to the 24x30" frame.

Am I making any sense here? If not, I'll start grabbing some screen captures.

Thanks,

Michael

• ###### 10. Re: Proportional measurements in InDesign Cs4?

ah, OK, Peter, I'll use picas and do the math. I was hoping for miracles even though ID is something of a miracle. I recall working with Pagemaker back in the day and that was a nightmare.

Thanks to everyone who responded.

I wish you all good health,

Michael

• ###### 11. Re: Proportional measurements in InDesign Cs4?

You can hold the Alt/Opt key and drag a copy of an existing frame, then type a value in the horizontal or vertical scale fields in the Control Panel, and if the chainlink between them is solid the frame will resize proportionally. If you type just a number, ID thinks you mean per cent in those fields, but if you include the units after the number you can enter an exact dimension and the other one will change proportionally.

• ###### 12. Re: Proportional measurements in InDesign Cs4?

That's it, that's the painlessness I was searching for.

Outstanding, Peter.

You, sir, ROCK.

Michael