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Adobe InDesign CS5 : Working with Objects and Layers - Creating Lines, Creating Multiple Objects in a Grid

12/11/2012 6:07:48 PM
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1. Creating Lines

The Line tool draws perfectly straight lines in any direction you drag your mouse. In InDesign, a line is called a stroke and there is a variety of thicknesses, styles, colors, and fills that can be applied to it using the Control, Stroke, and Color panels. You can also create your own line style for specific types of dashed, dotted or artistic lines. You can draw lines at precise 45- or 90-degree angles by holding down the Shift key as you drag.

Draw a Line

Click the Line tool on the Tools panel.

The pointer becomes a crosshair that you can drag on the pasteboard.

Select a line Weight on the Control panel.

Drag to create a line the size you want using the tool tip length.

  • As you drag, hold down the Shift key, and then drag to draw a 45-, 90-, or 180-degree line.


2. Creating Multiple Objects in a Grid

Instead of creating one shape at a time, you can create a grid of equally spaced frames or objects by using one or two shortcut keys while you drag (New!). You can use any of the frame creation tools on the Tools panel, such as Rectangle, Rectangle Frame, Ellipse, Ellipse Frame, Polygon, Polygon Frame, Line, and Type, to create a grid. The arrow keys allow you to specify how many columns and rows of frames or objects you want to create. If you add the Ctrl (Win) , you can adjust the spacing between the frames. If multiple column guides appear on the current spread, InDesign uses the gutter width as the spacing between frames. In addition to creating a grid of shapes from scratch, you can also duplicate existing objects into a grid using a similar technique (New!).

Create Multiple Objects in a Grid

Select any of the frame creation tools on the Tools panel.

  • The tools include Rectangle, Rectangle Frame, Ellipse, Ellipse Frame, Polygon, Polygon Frame, Line, and Type.

Drag to create a frame the size you want using the tool tip width and height.

  • Columns. Press the Left and Right arrow keys to change the number of columns (New!).

  • Rows. Press the Up and Down arrow keys to change the number of rows (New!).

  • Space Between Frames. Hold down Ctrl (Win) and press the arrow keys (New!).

Did You Know?

You can duplicate objects in a grid. Select the Selection tool, select an object, hold down Alt (Win) or Option (Mac) and start to drag, release the Alt or Option key. Press the arrow keys to change the columns and rows. Drag a rectangle to specify the size of the grid (New!).
 
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