- Drawing Objects
- Using the Direct Selection Tool
- Drawing Basic Shapes
- Drawing Stars
- Drawing Simple Lines
- Drawing Straight Paths
- Drawing Curved Paths
- Mixing Straight and Curved Path Segments
- Attaching Curves at Angles
- Adding, Deleting, and Converting Anchor Points
- Extending and Connecting Open Paths
- Splitting Paths
- Creating Corner Effects
- Making Compound Paths
- Creating Paths with the Pencil Tool
- Editing Paths with the Smooth and Erase Tools
- Using Type as a Graphic Element
- Using Outlines as Masks
- Using Outlines as Text Frames
In this chapter you will learn how to...
Use the Selection and Direct Selection Tools
Draw Basic Shapes, Stars, Simple Lines, Straight Paths, and Curved Paths
Mix Straight and Curved Path Segments
Attach Curves at Angles
Add, Delete, and Convert Anchor Points
Extend and Connect Open Paths
Create Corner Effects
Make Compound Paths
Create Paths with the Pencil Tool
Edit Paths with the Smooth and Erase Tools
Use Type as a Graphic Element
Use Outlines as Masks or Text Frames
As a vector-based application, all objects and frames in InDesign are made up of paths. A path is defined as the line between two anchor points (small rectangles). Paths can be open or closeda line is an example of an open path, and a rectangle is an example of a closed path. Anchor points represent either curves (smooth points) or corners. Smooth points have direction lines that enable you to manipulate the curve.
You will find many familiar drawing tools in InDesign. Illustrator users will be particularly comfortable with the various tools, especially the Pen tool. You can use these drawing tools to create paths such as rectangles, ellipses, polygons, and stars, and you can also use these tools to create frames in as many shapes. Using the Pen tool you can create open and closed paths of any shape, providing for creative and adaptable design. InDesign is very flexible with object attributes; you can convert from a path to graphic frame or text frame and back at almost any point. Due to this flexibility, you must pay close attention when selecting objects so that you are changing the desired attribute of the object. Frames and their attributes are discussed in detail in Chapter 4, "Working with Frames."
Using the Selection Tool
The Selection tool selects an object and its content. You can use the Selection tool to move or resize an object.
Choose the Selection tool and click on an object. Where you click on a closed path should be determined by whether the path has a fill or content. If the path has fill or content you can click inside the object. If the path is open or empty, click on the path itself (Figure 3.1 ).
The selected object will be contained in a bounding box, a rectangle with eight handles. These handles will have small dots in them if you have selected a frame.
Drag to move an object, and drag a handle to resize an object (press the Shift key to constrain proportions).
You can choose the selection tools from the keyboard. Press V to make the Selection tool active. Press A to make the Direct Selection tool active.