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Working with Objects

Chapter Description

In this sample chapter from Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book (2018 release), learn how to work with layers, create and edit text frames and graphics frames, adjust the space between frames, modify and align objects, create a QR code, and more.

Creating a QR code

InDesign lets you quickly generate and edit high-quality quick response (QR) code graphics. QR codes are machine-readable printed representations of data for various industry uses and have become common in consumer advertising. A consumer with a smartphone can install a QR-code scanner app that can read and decode the URL information and redirect the phone’s browser to a company website. After scanning QR codes, users may receive text, add a business card contact to their devices, open a web hyperlink, or compose an email or text message.

The QR code generated in InDesign is a high-fidelity graphic object that behaves exactly like other InDesign objects. You can easily scale the object and fill it with color, apply transparency effects, or copy and paste the object as a vector graphic into a standard graphics editor tool such as Adobe Illustrator.

Next, you’ll add a QR code to the back page of the newsletter and configure it to open a web page.

  1. Navigate to page 4 of the document (the back cover), and then choose View > Fit Page In Window to center the page.

  2. Choose Object > Generate QR Code.

  3. Choose each of the options in the Type menu to see the possiblities, and then choose Web Hyperlink for this lesson.

  4. In the URL field, enter http://www.adobe.com (or the complete URL for any website you want).

  5. Click OK to close the dialog box.

  6. Click above the caption “SCAN for the latest information from Adobe.” The automatically generated graphic is placed. Adjust its position to left align with the caption.

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