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What you learned: Create and edit frames
- Frames can be created and used as placeholders (a frame without content) and as graphic elements.
- The tools used to create frames are located in the Tools panel. Click and hold the Rectangle Frame tool or Rectangle tool to reveal other tools.
- The Rectangle tool creates unassigned frames, which contain neither text or graphics to start and can be used for drawing a colored shape, for instance.
- The frame size can be changed numerically in the Control panel above the document.
- With a frame selected, you can edit the corner radius by clicking the yellow box in the upper-right of a frame, then dragging a corner. The corner radius can also be edited for a selected shape by choosing Object > Corner Options, setting the options, then clicking Ok.
What you learned: To transform content
- To rotate content, select an object with the Selection tool. Move the pointer just off a corner and when the rotate arrow appears, drag around the shape to rotate it.
- To flip content, select the content with the Selection tool and click Flip Horizontal or Flip Vertical in the Control panel above the document.
- Setting a reference point in the Control panel allows you to transform content around a point other than the center.
- Temporarily locking content can prevent it from being accidentally edited. To lock content, select the content with the Selection tool and choose Object > Lock or press Control+L (Windows) or Command+L (macOS). A lock icon appears on the frame edge. To unlock content, click the lock icon.
- You can temporarily hide content by selecting the content with the Selection tool and choosing Object > Hide. Hidden content is not printed or exported and can’t be selected. To show content again, choose Object > Show All On Spread.
What you learned: Align and group content
Smart Guides (View > Grids & Guides > Smart Guides) are temporary snap-to guides for alignment.
- Select the Selection tool in the Tools panel. Drag across content or Shift-click to select it. Choose Object > Group, or press Control+G (Windows) or Command+G (macOS), to group the objects.
- With the Selection tool, double-click an object in a group to edit it individually. Press Escape to stop editing and regroup the objects.
- Select multiple objects. Click an align option in the Control panel or in the Align panel (Window > Object & Layout > Align) to align objects to one another.
- You can choose to align content to the page, margins, or other from the Align To menu in the Align panel.
What you learned: Create guides for alignment
- Guides are nonprinting objects used for aligning content that can be positioned anywhere. There are two types of ruler guides: page guides and spread guides.
- Choose View > Show Rulers to show the page rulers. Drag from either the horizontal or vertical ruler into the page or pasteboard area to create a guide. Guides can be edited by dragging them or editing the X or Y value in the Control panel above the document.
- The edges of objects will snap to (be pulled toward) a guide when you drag objects close enough to a guide.
- Dragging the zero, zero point on the rulers, allows you to start the zero on each ruler from somewhere besides the default upper-left corner of the page. Double-clicking the zero, zero point resets the zero on each ruler to the upper-left corner of the page.
- To lock guides, choose View > Grids & Guides > Lock Guides. To hide guides, choose View > Grids & Guides > Hide Guides.