Creating a Dynamic Autofit Effect for Image Grids With the Gap Tool
If you’re like many InDesign users, you might not use the Gap tool very much. But here’s one very fun, creative way to make use of it: creating dynamic Auto-fit effects for photo grids. You can make creative collages with interesting and unexpected looks very quickly this way.
Placing your photos in a grid
Load multiple images with the Place command, then hold Command+Shift/Ctrl+Shift as you drag to place them all at once. Youe your keyboard arrow keys to change the number of rows and columns if needed.
To make the images butt up against each other, press Command+Left Arrow/Ctrl+Left Arrow and Command+Down Arrow/Ctrl+Down Arrow until the gap between the rows and columns of images is zero.
Alternatively, before you start dragging to place the images, you can set the gap between the rows and columns to zero, by choosing Layout > Margins and Columns, and setting the Gutter value to zero.
Turn on Frame Fitting and Auto-Fit
With the image frames touching, click the buttons in the Control panel to Fill Frame Proportionally and Auto-Fit.
Adjust the grid with the Gap tool
Then, take the Gap tool and position it between any two images (make sure no image gets highlighted), and click and drag to resize the rows and/or columns.
Watch how it’s done
Want to see the technique in action? Watch the video below!