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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 letter-b.jpg.
  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 letter-c.jpg.
  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 letter-d.jpg.
  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 letter-a.jpg. This opens the Polygon Settings dialog box letter-b.jpg.
  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 letter-c.jpg.
  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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