Set an alternate baseline grid in an InDesign document, different to the rest of the document
Baseline grids in InDesign are set on a per-document basis, in preferences. What if I need a different baseline grid somewhere in a document?
Can I override the document baseline grid in one section, frame, page or master page?
For example, you might want a different baseline grid to the rest of a document on a contents page, a references block, or on a master page that is used for a very different type of content e.g. photo spreads with side captions.
As far as I can tell, the only place you can override the document's baseline grid and set a different baseline grid is at the text frame level.
There are a few ways to do this:
- As a one-off: select a text frame, then
Text Frame Options>
- For a class of text frames: in the
Object Styleswindow, create an Object Style, then set the new baseline grid for everything with this style in
Text Frame Baseline Options
- For everything on a page: the only way I can find that prevents multiple frames becoming misaligned to each other is to give everything on one page a common object style with a custom baseline grid set to
Relative to: Top of page
- For a master page: I can't find anything specific to master pages. The most reliable way seems to be the same as pages: have all frames on your master page use a shared object style with a custom baseline grid, set to be relative to the page
For very complex documents, with long sections needing different grids, you could also consider setting it up as a book with different InDesign documents for different sections.