Adobe FrameMaker: Adding an Image in Front of a Paragraph
by Barb Binder
This question came in yesterday from a former Advanced FrameMaker student:
I’d like to insert a graphic each time my document is going to reference a “Note.” How do you suggest I do this? Just insert the graphic each time?
That would work, but here’s what I’d do:
- Add the graphic to the Reference Page.
- View > Reference Pages.
- Graphics > Tools > Place a Graphic Frame tool.
- Draw a graphic frame and give the frame the name “Note”. Click on Set.
- File > Import > File to add the graphic to the frame, then size the frame to fit the graphic.
- View > Body Pages.
- Table > Insert Table and define two columns and one body row.
- Use Table Designer to create a Table format (I called mine “Alert Table”) and set your table up to look the way you want. In my example, I’ve hiding the table title and all of the table rules, and adjusted the column widths.
- Click an insertion point in the first cell.
- Create a new paragraph format. (I called mine “Note Graphic”.)
- In the Advanced properties sheet of the Paragraph Designer, set Frame Below Pfg to “Note” and Update All.
- You many need to adjust the table and paragraph spacing values to put the image exactly where you want it.
- Add the text to the second cell.
- Create a Paragraph format in Paragraph Designer and format as desired.
- When you hide your borders and text symbols, no one will even know it’s a table.
Once you have the first table set up, this gets a lot quicker. And you can also create a series of graphic images on the reference pages so that you can use the same table for any kind of alert: Static, Caution, Danger, etc…