Creating a baseline grid involve extra work when you are setting up your InDesign document, but it will save you a lot of time once it’s in place…
1. To set up a baseline grid in InDesign, you have to define where the first baseline of your body text will sit and what the increment will be (it needs to correspond to the leading value in your body text). Start by creating a new document and go to InDesign>Preferences>Grid.
2. You don’t have to convert from points to millimetres to define the increment – type your leading value in and InDesign will convert it to millimetres. Before deciding where the grid will start, you need to make sure the last line sits on the bottom margin, so click OK to close the Preferences dialog box.
3. To show the baseline grid go to View>Grids $ Guides>Show Baseline Grid. Zoom in using the maximum magnification over the bottom margin, which is unlikely to align to a baseline. To deal with the mismatch, we need to know how far to move the first baseline down by.
4. Draw a frame between the baseline above the bottom margin and the margin guide. Take a reading for the height of the box. return to InDesign>Preferences>Grids. InDesign will carry out the calculation if you add the height of the frame to the start point value.
5. Now a baseline should be sitting on the bottom margin. Finally, return to the Grid Preferences to adjust the start point, increasing or decreasing it in increments of your leading value until the first baseline sits where you want your body text to start.
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