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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.

Exploring on your own

One of the best ways to learn about frames is to experiment on your own.

In this section, you’ll learn how to nest an object inside a frame. Follow these steps to learn more about selecting and manipulating frames:

  1. Create a new (Print) document using the default settings in the New Document dialog box.

  2. Use the Ellipse Frame tool (icon56.jpg) to create a small circular text frame, approximately 12p0 x 12p0. (Press the Shift key as you drag to constrain the shape to a circle.)

  3. Select the Type tool and then click within the frame to convert it to a text frame.

  4. Choose Type > Fill With Placeholder Text to fill the frame with text.

  5. Press the Esc key to switch to the Selection tool, and then use the Swatches panel to apply a fill color to the text frame.

  6. Select Edit > Deselect All, and then select the Polygon tool (icon57.jpg). Draw a shape on the page. (Before creating the polygon, you can double-click the Polygon tool to specify the number of sides and optionally a star inset value if you want to create a starburst shape.)

  7. Using the Selection tool (icon1.jpg), select the text frame you created earlier, and then choose Edit > Copy.

  8. Select the polygon frame, and then choose Edit > Paste Into to nest the blue text frame inside the polygon frame. (If you choose Edit > Paste, the copied text frame is not pasted inside the selected frame.)

  9. Use the Selection tool to move the text frame by positioning the pointer within the content grabber in the center of the polygon frame and then dragging.

  10. Use the Selection tool to move the polygon frame and its content by positioning the pointer outside the content grabber and then dragging.

  11. Choose Edit > Deselect All.

  12. Use the Direct Selection tool (Directicon1.jpg) to select the polygon frame, and then drag any of the handles to change the shape of the polygon.

  13. When you have finished experimenting, close the document without saving.

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