I want some of my children’s picture book images to fill the 8x8-inch page. My problem is that I didn’t take into account that I would be putting text over the images and now I have to squeeze the text in somehow. I’ve tried to make the text readable on dark backgrounds by giving the the characters a 6-pixel white stroke, but it looks really amateurish. Today I read enough of the inDesign documentation to learn how to set a paragraph’s background color, and how to outline the paragraph with a stroke. By setting the background transparency to about 80% I can place the text frame into most images without obscuring important details. A one-pixel black stroke keeps the white background from bleeding into any light areas in the image.
To set the inset (padding) for the paragraph, select the text frame using Command-B* to open the Text Frame Options box. I using an inset of 0p8 (8 points). In the Paragraph Properties box I’m choosing the beveled corners and a black stroke.
In the exported PDF, everything beyond the trim line has been removed. There’s a .25 inch margin on the left (inner) margin where the page will be attached to the spine. I think this looks good, better than putting a heavy white stroke on the text.
The Mac “command” key is the equivalent of the Windows “control” key.