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Adobe InDesign

InDesign is a powerful design and production tool that offers precision, control, and seamless integration with other Adobe professional graphics applications. 

Using InDesign you can produce professional quality, full color output on high volume color printing press, or to a wide range of output devices and formats, such as desktop printers, PDF files.

Default file Extension:  .indd (InDesign Document)

To Set the Units:

Edit—-Preference—-Units (Horizontal & Vertical)

Line tool (\): To draw lines.

Shift Key: for straight line.

Selection Tool (V): To select text and graphics frames, work with an object using its bounding box.

Alt Key: Copy object.

Shift Key: Move object in straight line (horizontal or vertical)

Pen tool (P): To draw a path that you can not draw with the simpler drawing tools. The pen tool lets you create straight lines and smooth. 

Add Anchor point tool (=): Add anchor point tool add anchor point to path.

Delete Anchor point tool (-) : Delete anchor point to path.

Convert Direction point tool (Shift + T): To converts a smooth curve to a sharp curve or to a straight segment and vice versa.

Type tool (T): To type in text box.

Font, Style, Size, leading, all caps, small caps, Superscript, subscript, underline, strikethrough, tracking (two letter), Vertical scale, baseline shift,  Horizontal scale (two words), skew (inclined).

Type on Path tool (Shift + T): To type on a path.

Pencil tool (N): To draw open and closed paths as if you were drawing with a pencil on paper. (to draw freehand sketches).

Smooth Tool: To remove excess angles from an existing path or a section of a path. The smooth tool retains the original shape of the path as nearby as possible. Smoothed paths generally have fewer points, which can make them easier to edit, display and print.

Erase Tool: To remove a part of an existing path or stroke. You can use the erase tool on paths, but not on text.

Frame tool (F): Frames are identical to paths, with only one difference-they can be containers for text or other objects. A frame can also exist as a placeholder. There are three types of frames rectangle, Ellipse and polygon.

* To  Import(place) Image:   File—place

Direct Selection Tool (A): To select the contents of a frame, such as a placed graphic, or work directly with editable objects, such as paths, rectangles, or type that has been converted to a text outline.

Rectangle tool (M): To draw rectangle 

Shift Key: To draw Square

Ellipse tool (L): To draw ellipse 

Shift Key: To draw Circle

Polygon tool: To draws polygon.

(*Don’t release mouse button, press up arrow key or down arrow key to set the steps of polygon)

Rotate tool (R): To rotate selected objects around a point of origin that you specify.

Scale Tool (S): Scaling an object enlarges or reduce it horizontally (along the x axis), vertically (along the y axis), or both horizontally and vertically, relative to the point of origin you specify.

Shear tool (O): Shearing an object slants or skews it along its horizontal axis, and can also rotate both of the objects axes. Shearing is useful for

a) Simulating some types of perspective, such as isometric projection.

b) Slanting a text frame.

c) Creating cast shadow when you shear a copy of an object.

Free transform tool (E): To move the object, rotate and also change the scale.

Eye dropper tool (I): To copy fill and stroke attributes, such as color, from any object in an InDesign files, including an imported graphics.

Measure tool (K): Measurement is an important aspect of laying out pages.

Gradient tool (G): A gradient is a gradual blend between two or more colors or between two tints of the same color. Gradient tool helps to change direction of gradient.

Button tool (B): You can create buttons in InDesign that trigger certain actions to occur, such as jumping to a different page or playing a movie clip.

When document is exported to Adobe PDF, these buttons are active in the PDF.

Scissors tool (C): To split a path, graphics frame or empty text frame at any anchor points, or along any segment.

Hand tool (H): To moves the document window by dragging.

Zoom tool (Z): Magnifies and reduces the view of an image. Magnification level can vary from 5% to 4000% in Indesign and Illustrator upto 3.13% to 6400%.

The Pasteboard:  When you select the pages option in the file—Document setup dialog box, document pages are arranged in spreads. A spread is a set of pages viewed together, such as the two pages visible whenever you open a book or magzine. Every InDesign spread includes its own pasteboard, which is an area outside a page where you can store objects that are not yet positioned on a page. Each spreads pasteboard provides space to accommodate objects that bleed, or extend past the edge of a page. Indesign spread can have up to 10 pages.

Pages Palette (F12): The pages palette provides information about and control over pages, spreads (Sets of pages seen together) and masters (pages or spreads that automatically format other pages or spreads).   Facing pages are two pages displayed side by side. In InDesign, objects behind paper-colored object won’t be print.

Control Palette (Alt + Ctrl + 6): The control palette offers quick access to options, commands, and other palettes related to the current page item or objects you select. When you select a text or graphics frame, the control palette displays options for resizing, repositioning, skewing and rotating the frame. When you select text inside a frame, the control palette displays options for adjusting text attributes, such as font style, size, leading, baseline shift.

Align palette (Shift + F7): To align selected objects along the axis you specify (horizontal or vertical). Left, center, right, top, center, bottom.

Character Palette (Ctrl+T): To contains the basic options for formatting individual characters in your documents. (Font with options) 

Paragraph Palette (Ctr+M): Use the paragraph palette for attributes that apply to an entire paragraph. Align left, center, right, justify left, justify center, justify right, justify all lines.

Story Palette:  Punctuation marks and letters such as “W” can make the left or right edges of a column appear to be misaligned. Optical Margin Alignment controls whether punctuation marks (such as periods, commas, quotation marks and dashes) and edges of letters (such as W and A) hang outside the text margins, so that the type looks aligned.

Table Palette: A table consists of rows and columns of cells. A cell is like a text frame in which you can add text, inline graphics, or other tables.

Tab Palette: Tabs position text at specific horizontal locations in a frame. The default tab settings depend on the unit of measurement selected in the Units and Increments preferences dialog box. You set tabs using the Tabs palette.

Text Wrap Palette: You can wrap text around any object, including text frames, imported graphics, and objects you draw in InDesign, when you apply a text wrap to an object, InDesign automatically creates a boundary around the object that repels text. The object that text wraps around is called the wrap object. 

Libraries : Object libraries help you organize the graphics, text, and pages you use most often. You can also add ruler guides, grids, drawn shapes, and grouped images to a library. You can create as many libraries as you need–for example, you can create different object libraries for varied projects or clients. 


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