Typefi Elements are one of many building blocks you can use to build a Typefi-ready template in Adobe InDesign. For more intricate layouts, you may want to use nested Elements, or Typefi Elements that are "nested"—or contained—within other Typefi Elements.
For example, consider a figure that contains an image, caption, and image credit.
All three function together as a unit, and should never be separated—you wouldn't want the image on one page and the caption and credit on another page. To design this in a Typefi-ready template, you would create a nested Element. You might also create nested Elements when designing sidebar boxes containing images (commonly used in travel guides), or step-by-step instructions with a corresponding image.
There are many different ways to create a nested Element, depending on your specific design needs. This step-by-step example will create a nested Element that holds three images and their corresponding captions.
Each image is an Element Image Frame, and each caption is an Element Content Frame. The Element Image Frame is grouped with its corresponding Element Content Frame, and a Typefi Element is applied to both. The Element should have the type Fixed. NOTE Since these Fixed Elements are going to be nested within a Floating Element, they must exist on a master page that is not part of a Typefi Section.
Then, a container Element contains the three Fixed Elements. The container Element should have the type Floating. NOTE Elements within the container Element cannot be Floating; they can only be Inline or Fixed.
TIP You can also connect the Element Image Frame and the Element Content Frame with an AutoFit relationship.
To create this nested Element:
1. Create a master page.
- Create a master page to build the nested Element.
- Name it X-Elements.
2. Create Typefi Elements.
In the Typefi Elements panel, create four Elements:
- Create a Fixed Element and name it Figure A.
- Create a second Fixed Element and name it Figure B.
- Create a third Fixed Element and name it Figure C.
- Create a Floating Element and name it Figures A-B-C.
3. Create text and image frames.
- On the X-Elements master page, use the Rectangle Frame Tool to create an image frame.
- Below the Element Image Frame, use the Type Tool to create a text frame.
4. Apply Typefi Elements to frames.
- Apply an Element Image Frame to the image frame you just created (Object →
Typefi Frame Type → Element Image).
- Apply an Element Content Frame to the text frame you just created.
- Select the Element Image Frame and the Element Content Frame and apply Figure A.
- Repeat steps 1-3 (Apply Typefi Elements to frames) for Figures B and C.
- Select Figures A, B, C and apply Figures A-B-C to it.
Nested Elements can be complex—if you have questions, please contact us. We're here to help.