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Creating Basic Shapes

You use the rectangle, ellipse, and polygon frame tools to create graphic frames into which you place images.

To create a rectangular graphic frame:

  1. Click the Rectangle Frame tool in the Tools panel square_2.gif.

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    square_2.gif The Rectangle Frame tool in the Tools panel creates rectangular graphic frames.

  2. Drag across the page to create the rectangle.

  3. Release the mouse button when the rectangle is the correct size.

To create an elliptical graphic frame:

  1. Click the Ellipse Frame tool in the Tools panel square_3.gif.

    04_ellip_frame_tool.jpg

    square_3.gif The Ellipse Frame tool in the Tools panel creates elliptical graphic frames.

  2. Drag across the page to create the ellipse.

  3. Release the mouse button when the ellipse is the correct size.

You can also create rectangles and ellipses by specifying their size numerically.

To create objects numerically:

  1. Click with either the Rectangle or Ellipse Frame tools. A dialog box appears square_4.gif.

    04_ellipse.jpg

    square_4.gif The Ellipse and Rectangle dialog boxes let you create frames with precise width and height.

  2. Enter the width and height amounts.
  3. Click ok. The frame appears where the mouse was clicked.

To create a polygon graphic frame:

  1. Double-click the Polygon Frame tool in the Tools panel square_5.gif. This opens the Polygon Settings dialog box square_6.gif.

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    square_5.gif Use the Polygon Frame tool to create polygon and star graphic frames.

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    square_6.gif The Polygon Settings dialog box creates either polygons or stars.

  2. Enter a number in the field for the Number of Sides to the polygon.
  3. To create a star, change the amount in the Star Inset field from 0% to a higher number.

  4. Drag across the page to create the polygon or star.

  5. Release the mouse button when the polygon or star is the correct size.

InDesign is definitely the program for anyone who says they can’t even draw a straight line. The Line tool makes it easy.

To create straight lines:

  1. Click the Line tool in the Tools panel square_7.gif.

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    square_7.gif The Line tool in the Tools panel creates straight lines.

  2. Position the cursor where you want the line to start.

  3. Drag to create a line.
  4. Release the mouse button where you want the line to end.

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