Learn the basics of editing content in Adobe InDesign CC, including how to create and edit frames, transform content, align and group content, work with guides, and more.

Create and edit frames for graphic elements

Discover how to create and edit graphic frames for design elements

 

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 toolbox. Press 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.

A frame size can be changed numerically in the Properties panel.

  • 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.

Rotate, flip, lock, and hide content

Learn how to transform content with the Selection tool, Properties panel, and transform tools.

 

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. In the Properties panel, to see more options, click More Options in the Transform section of the panel. Click Flip Horizontal or Flip Vertical. 
  • Set a reference point in the Properties panel 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 an individual object, click the lock icon on the bounding box of the selected object. To unlock all locked content on a page, choose Object > Unlock All On Spread. 
  • Hide content by selecting it 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.

Align and group content

Explore aligning content with the Align panel and working with groups of content.

 

What you learned: Align and group content

Smart Guides (View > Grids & Guides > Smart Guides) are temporary snap-to guides for alignment.

Grouping content:

  1. Select the Selection tool in the Tools panel. Drag across content or Shift-click to select it. Click the Group button in the Properties panel to group the objects.
  2. With the Selection tool, double-click an object in a group to edit it individually. Press Escape to stop editing and regroup the objects.

Aligning content:

  • To align objects to one another, select the objects to align, then select an align option in the Properties panel or in the Align panel (Window > Object & Layout > Align).
  • Choose an option from the Align To menu in the Properties panel to align content to the page, margins, or other elements on the page.

Create guides for alignment

Add page guides to your documents for alignment.

 

What you learned: Create guides for alignment

Ruler 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.

  • With nothing selected, click the Show Rulers button in the Properties panel to show the page rulers. Drag from either the horizontal or vertical ruler into the page or pasteboard area to create a guide. Edit guides by dragging them or selecting them to edit using the X or Y value in the Properties panel.
  • Use a guide for alignment by dragging objects close to the guide. When an object is close enough, the edge of the object will snap to (be pulled toward) the guide.
  • Drag the zero point on the rulers to start the zero on each ruler from somewhere besides the default upper-left corner of the page. Double-click the zero point to reset the zero on each ruler to the upper-left corner of the active page.
  • To lock guides, click the Lock Guides button in the Properties panel with nothing selected, or choose View > Grids & Guides > Lock Guides. To hide guides, click the Hide Guides button in the Properties panel with nothing selected, or choose View > Grids & Guides > Hide Guides.

 

Back to: Apply color and effects | Up next: Multipage documents

 

11/16/2018

 

Presenter: Brian Wood

Designer: Martin Hoang

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