InDesign Quick Tips: Creating Compound Path Frames

Posted by Marti Wedewer on April 28th, 2014

InDesign Quick Tips: Creating Compound Path Frames

In this article, I am going to show you an easy trick to create a nice visual effect with image frames in InDesign. Everyone that uses InDesign knows that you can place a graphic inside one image frame, but very few know that you can place one graphic across multiple image frames. To create a compound path, you can use a combination of different shapes and arrange and space them in any way you like.

Once you have your image frames in place, select them all, then go to Object > Path > Make Compound Path.

Creating Compound Path in InDesign

Creating Compound Path in InDesign

After you have made the Compound Path (above), go to File > Place and select your image.

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Result of Compound Path Frame

This quick and easy trick will give you many ideas of how to utilize images in new and exciting ways inside Adobe InDesign!

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Compound Path Frame Result #2