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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.

Changing the shape of a frame

When you resized a graphics frame using the Selection tool, the frame maintained its rectangular shape. Now you’ll use the Direct Selection tool and the Pen tool to reshape a frame on page 3 (the right page of the center spread).

  1. Choose 3 from the page box at the bottom of the document window. Choose View > Fit Page In Window.

  2. Click the Layers panel icon, or choose Window > Layers. In the Layers panel, click the lock icon for the Text layer to unlock it, and click the Text layer to select it if it’s not selected.

    Next, you’ll change the shape of a rectangular frame and, by doing so, change the background of the page.

  3. Press the A key to switch to the Direct Selection tool (directselecttool.jpg). Move the tip of the pointer over the right edge of the green frame that covers the page, and click when the pointer appears with a small diagonal line (diagonal_line.jpg). This selects the path and reveals the four anchor points and the center point of the frame. Leave the path selected.
  4. Press the P key to switch to the Pen tool (pentool.jpg).
  5. Carefully position the pointer over the top edge of the frame path where it intersects with the vertical ruler guide in the first column on page 3. When a plus sign is displayed at the lower right of the pointer, click. A new anchor point is added. The Pen tool automatically changes to the Add Anchor Point tool when it moves over an existing path.

  6. Move the pointer to where the horizontal guide below the two-column text frame intersects with the bleed guide. Using the Pen tool, click again to add another new anchor point, and then choose Edit > Deselect All.


    This point and the point you created in the previous step will form the corners of the irregular shape you’re creating. Repositioning the anchor point at the upper-right corner of the green frame will complete the reshaping of the frame.

  7. Switch to the Direct Selection tool (directselecttool.jpg). Click to select the upper-right corner point of the green frame. Drag the point down and to the left. (Pause before you drag so you can see the frame change as you drag.) When the anchor point snaps into place at the intersection of the right edge of the first column and the first horizontal guide from the top of the page (at 40p9 on the vertical ruler), release the mouse button.

    The graphics frame is now properly shaped and sized for the design.

  8. Choose File > Save.
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