Text, Font, and Frames in an InDesign CS5 Publication

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Most InDesign Creative Suite 5 publications contain text, placed inside frames. Because your InDesign CS5 documents will probably contain text, it’s important to know how to format, style, and control text in your layouts.

Text is made up of characters, and the characters are styled in specific fonts. You edit and manipulate text inside text frames — containers on the page that hold text content.


Text is usually integral to a publication because it contains specific information you want or need to convey to an audience. However, text and font are quite different from each other:

  • Text: The letters, words, sentences, and paragraphs making up content in the text frames in your publication.

  • Font: The particular design forming a set of characters used to style text. You can find thousands of styles of fonts from many manufacturers, and many are included in the Creative Suite 5 when you install it on your computer.

Frames resemble containers that are used to hold content. There two kinds of frames in an InDesign CS5 publication:

  • Text: Contains text on the page in your InDesign document. You can link text frames so that text flows from one text frame to another, and you can have text wrap around graphic frames.

  • Graphic: Holds an image that you place in your publication.

When you create frames using InDesign, they can contain either text or graphics — so the methods for creating both types of frames are identical. InDesign automatically changes frames to adapt to content, so you can use both the frame and shape tools for designing your layout and creating frames that will contain text or graphics.