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:
- Create a new (Print) document using the default settings in the New Document dialog box.
- Use the Ellipse Frame tool () to create a small circular text frame, approximately 12p0 × 12p0". (Press the Shift key as you drag to constrain the shape to a circle.)
- Select the Type tool and then click within the frame to convert it to a text frame.
- Choose Type > Fill With Placeholder Text to fill the frame with text.
- 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.
Select Edit > Deselect All, and then select the Polygon tool (). 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.)
Select the Selection tool (), select the text frame you created earlier, and then choose Edit > Copy.
- Select the polygon frame, and then choose Edit > Paste Into to nest the text frame inside the polygon frame. (If you choose Edit > Paste, the copied text frame is not pasted inside the selected frame.)
- 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.
- Use the Selection tool to move the polygon frame and its content by positioning the pointer outside the content grabber and then dragging.
- Choose Edit > Deselect All.
Select the Direct Selection tool (), use it to select the polygon frame, and then drag any of the handles to change the shape of the polygon.
- When you have finished experimenting, close the document without saving.