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This is best done in Illustrator. Draw the rectangle, then draw the lines over top of it. Select everything, open the Pathfinder panel, then click Divide (Bottom left button).
I added a little overlap to ensure the frames were properly separated. Clicking with the pen tool removed the extraneous points. Then copy and paste into InDesign.
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Sure, Illustrator is the right tool for this kind of job. But this is an InDesign forum, and what if you don't have Illy installed?
You still can mimic almost the same workflow just in place. Two main differences:
1. Instead of lines, use thin, lines-like rectangles. Place them over the "main" rectangle as you would place the lines in Illy. Select All, open the Pathfinder panel, click Subtract (subtracts the frontmost objects from the backmost object). You'll get a rectangle, divided into pieces. However, it's still the one object - a path, divided in segments.
2. Select each segment one-by-one (with Direct Selection Tool, Alt+click on a anchor point). All anchor points of the segment will be selected. Cut it and Paste In Place. Now it's a separate path/object. Repeat this with every segment, except the last one.
Another, completely different approach - using Document Grid with enabled Snap to Grid. Just draw several figures of desired shape, snap them to each other using Direct Selection Tool and Document Grid.
FWIW they should allow the ability to use Pathfinder > Divide in InDesign also... there is no feasible reason why its not possible or should not be done.
You can submit a feature request here:
Beware... Sometimes wishes come true
You never know what they'll break fixing what's not broken...
True... but this happens anyway with regards to the fixing of things....
Still a valid point.
Thanks for all of your help!
Scott Falkner's answer works great but how do I delete the lines when i'm done placing images?
There's no Divide command in InDesign.
As far as I can see, Obi's method is pretty much the same as mine, just illustrated. Maybe all the process could be fastened by the script, I dunno. Or maybe Obi will correct me.
And about what lines you're talking? There's no lines left, whatever method you use.
First, as you can't play Pathfinder with a line, play with a rectangle whose height equals the stroke weight!
Then, after having created your "puzzle", draw the main rectangle! Select all the frames and play Pathfinder:
Then, to finish: "Annuler le tracé transparent" [in French] (note its shortcut!)!
Done! What else? … Maybe a drink!
Ah, I see now!
Your beginning is the same, but the second action is much quicker and smarter.
Never used this command in ID before, so learned something new today. Thank You!
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With Adobe there is always more than one way to skin a cat.
Filled color rectangle.
Line Tool, draw some overlapping Stroked lines.
Live Paint, Fill paint.
Expand Live Paint. Delete Grouped Strokes.
If you want spaces between Shapes, Effect>Path>Offset paths is your friend here.
Expand Appearances and copy and paste into your InD document.
Copy and Paste
Use each close path as your Clipping Mask.
Drag and drop your photos into.
One and Done.
Scott, love your Illy solution. I'm partial to "Divide Objects Below".
( I guess, I know how your script is working. )
Nevertheless I want to ask you: Did you find a way to divide the frame with pieces that have a distance of 0 to each other like kphotopage is showing this with Illustrator's "Live Paint"/"Fill Paint" feature in answer #14 ?
FWIW: I had no luck doing it the same way Scott Falkner is showing in answer #1.
At least my Illustrator CC 2017 did not do a good job with "Divide" on my samples.
Wheras "Live Paint"/"Fill Paint" worked flawlessly.