Baseline Grid

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  1. A workaround for this (obviously not the proper proceedure) is: Select the element Cmd + B for Text Frame options Tab + B for Baseline options Check 'Custom Baseline Grid' and enter an increment of 1pt instead of spacing default 12pt. This will allow the text box.
  2. Tutorial – Setting Up a Baseline Grid in inDesign. Our resident grid Guru, Lee, has written this great tutorial on how to set up a Baseline Grid in inDesign: Good, clean typography is a fundamental skill of any designer and is a skill that, in my experience, is developed through time and experience.
  3. Here's how you work with baseline grid: You decide your document's main font size and leading, as well as the document's margins; You go to the Indesign preferences and in the guides and grids sector you change the starting point of the baseline grid to the hegiht of your top margin and the 'increment every' option to your leading.

The baseline grid, vertical grid use for setting type, can be helpful when aligning elements with text in your design. GuideGuide provides two ways to create easy baseline grids. The following examples use a 18px grid.

In addition, Fitbaseline can synchronize your document grid to the newly calculated baseline. This means that it aligns the vertical grid to your baseline and distributes the horizontal grid over your document’s width, based on either the same interval (a square ratio), the golden ratio, or the ratio of your document. Baseline grids are parallel, horizontal lines on your page. You’ll use them to keep everything is in a row. Plus, they’re useful when it comes to placing negative space in your design. Web designers, specifically, can use this grid pattern to create visual consistency.

From the Form tab

To create a 18px baseline grid from the Form tab, fill in 18px in the Row Height field, then click the Add guides button.


If you wish to have your baseline grid in a specific part of your design, select the layers where you wish to put your grid before following the directions above.

From the Custom tab

Baseline Grid

To create a 18px baseline grid from the Custom tab, the first grid notation component you’ll need to create a baseline grid is a variable definition that contains your row height and a guide command.

This tells GuideGuide, “Wherever $row appears, a 18px space and then a guide.” With $row defined, we need to call it in the grid notation. Because we want it to fill the page, we’ll make it a fill by adding the asterisk *.

If we put those two components together, you get the final grid notation.

Fill this value into the grid notation field, then click the Add guides button.

Baseline grid indesign

If you can't see InDesign's Baseline Grid there are a number of possible reasons why. The first thing to check is whether you've asked for them to be visible: check that View>Grids & Guides displays Show Baseline Grid.

If the grid is still not showing, the next thing to check is that you're not currently in Preview Mode, (useView>Screen Mode>Normal) as that will hide anything that won't print, including the Baseline Grid.

If the grid is still not showing, then zoom in, and eventually it should appear. This is because by default it won't display if you are viewing your page at less than 75% magnification. If you have a small screen you might want to change InDesign's preferences so that the grid will appear when you're looking at the whole page. To do this, choose InDesign>Preferences>Grids (Edit>Preferences>Grids on PC) and lower the View Threshold value to around 50%.


Indesign Align To Baseline Grid

Why can't I select my text? Why has the baseline grid ruined my text? How do I make the most of InDesign's many text options? If you've ever asked any of these types of questions, our mini pdf guide to InDesign text issues is written for you. Find the answers to these questions and half a dozen more.