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Working with Objects in Adobe InDesign CC (2015 release)

Chapter Description

In this excerpt from Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release), you'll learn how to work with layers, create and edit text frames and graphics frames, import graphics into graphics frames, import multiple graphics into a grid of frames, crop, move, and scale graphics, adjust the space between frames, add captions to graphics frames, place and link graphics frames, change the shape of frames, wrap text around an object, create complex frame shapes, convert frame shapes to other shapes, modify and align objects, select and modify multiple objects, and create a QR code.

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 (ellipseframetool.jpg) to create a small circular text frame, approximately 12p0 × 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 (polygontool.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. Select the Selection tool (selectiontool.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 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. Select the Direct Selection tool (directselecttool.jpg), use it 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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