These seven icons convert the selected frame into an empty frame
of the desired type. If you have selected a raster area frame, say,
and then click on the Convert frame to text frame icon, the
raster area frame will be converted to an empty (!) text frame.
When designing a layout this allows you to create first raster
area frames in the desired size (placeholders) which will later
contain photographs and graphics, for instance. Once the layout work
is completed and you decide which photographs are to be included in
the document, the raster area placeholder frames can be converted
quickly to raster graphic frames without disturbing your layout.
Or this function can be very useful as well if you prefer to use a
raster graphic in place of a vector graphic that has exactly the same
size and position in a layout.
As the content of the frames is deleted when you click on one of
these functions, an alert box will warn you beforehand. Furthermore,
you should keep some points in mind when using functions in this
With text frames the contents will be lost unless the frame is
part of a text piping chain. In that case the selected frame will be
removed from the text piping chain and converted to the desired frame
type, while the contents (text) remains in the text piping chain.
When you convert selected frames into raster area or line
frames, they will adopt all of the currently valid parameters (line
thickness, colour, fill pattern etc.).
When converting to a text frame, you must have fonts and text
styles loaded, else the conversion cannot be carried out (in the same
way that it is not possible to draw out a new text frame when no fonts
and text styles are available).