Thanks, Stuart. I'm working with this, and I think it will prove


P.S. -- It would be great if Frame *did* support transparency. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Stuart Rogers [] 
Sent: Friday, May 18, 2007 9:33 AM
To: Pinkham, Jim
Cc: framers at
Subject: Re: Aligning Imported Graphics and Callouts Against the Grid

Pinkham, Jim wrote:
> I'm using FM 7.1p116 and Illustrator 9.0.  It would seem that there 
> should be a way to get beyond/behind the standard white background of 
> an imported Illy file to show only the image. I'm not sure if the 
> problem of the white canvas obscuring the gridlines is an Illy 
> problem/feature or on the Frame side. In any case, the goal would be 
> to take advantage of the gridlines to position and align callouts. I 
> suspect I'm missing something obvious. What I see today is shown at:
>  Any suggestions as to

> what to do?

It's not an Illustrator 'feature' -- it's just that Frame doesn't
support transparency.  But read the Help entry on Using Grids. You'll
find that if you set the visible grid lines and the (snap) grid spacing
to the same value, and turn on Graphics > Snap, your callouts will
snap-align to the grid even though you can't see the grid lines behind
the white background.  (In fact, you can just use the snap feature and
turn off the visible grid lines, for a much less cluttered view.)


Stuart Rogers
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Phoenix Geophysics Limited
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