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Need to set the color of an object? Well, do you want a color it's background fill or stroke what some people would call the border. InDesign just like Illustrator lets you apply a fill or a stroke color to any object on your page even text. I am going to zoom in on this logo down here and I am going to put a border around it, right on the edge of the graphic frame. So I will select it and go up to the Control panel and right in the middle you'll see two little pop-up menus. The top one is its fill and the bottom is the stroke.
To apply a fill click on the pop-up menu and up comes the Swatches panel. I'll fill this with paper, for example. Paper is what InDesign calls White. Now I will hit the Escape key to close that or just click some place else on the page, and then I'll change the stroke. I am going to give this a big Black stroke. First, I will apply the black color, next I'll choose a stroke width from the pop-up menu, I will make this nice and thick like 6pt, and then I can even choose a stroke style from the Style pop-up menu below it. I will make this Thick - Thick.
The Control panel is the fastest way to make these changes, but you can also make them in the Swatches panel. That's over here in the dock. I will choose Swatches to open it and we can see that it looks almost exactly the same as the one we saw in the Control panel. The one big difference though is the control over fill and stroke is this little tiny icon in the upper left corner. Just like Illustrator whichever icon is on top is the one you're changing. So right now the Stroke icon is on top, so I'm changing the color of my Stroke.
If I wanted to change the feel I would have to click on that icon to bring it to the front. And I can change the Fill color. I can also change the Tint of this color; I will go up here and click on the word Tint, that's just a little shortcut for selecting all the text, that whole number inside the field. And now I can type 50, for example, and hit Enter and it changes to a 50% green. I am going to cover colors and how to create new color swatches in great detail in a later chapter. By the way, if you squint, you'll see another little tiny icon up here by the Fill and Stroke icons.
That's a double headed arrow and you'll see the same thing at the bottom of the tool panel way down here. That double headed arrow means swap the fill and stroke colors. If you click on that, it switches the colors. So what was the fill color becomes a stroke color and vice versa. Now as I am looking at my beautiful masterpiece here I noticed that something strange, the red fill kind of sneaks out in between these two green lines. That area between this double-line is called the gap, right now the gap is set to None or transparent so I can see through it to the edge that little bit of red sticking out.
I don't like, so I am going to change it. The way you adjust your strokes is in the Stroke panel. So I am going to open the Stroke panel and I can see that Type is set to a double-line here and the Gap Color is set to None. I can change this Gap Color to any of my Color Swatches, in this case I am going to choose Paper just to make it white or let me set this back to None for a moment. Let me show you another option. Instead of changing the Gap Color I could change the Alignment, where does this stroke sit on the path itself. Right now I can see that it's set to the center of the path.
So one of those lines goes on the outside and one goes on inside, but if I change this to the third button in the Align stroke area then they get align to the outside. And that I think looks much better. By the way, if you ever need to make arrow heads the Stroke panel is also where you do that. For example, I will grab the Line tool over your tool panel and just draw a line. I am holding down the Shift key to keep horizontal. Now I'll go back to the Swatches panel and make this thicker may be 4 pt.
And I'll go to Control panel to change its color. Let's go for a blue color. To add my arrowhead I go to the Start and End pop-up menus in the Stroke panel. At the end I will put a barbed arrow head, there we go, that looks much better. Now as I mentioned at the beginning of this movie you can also apply fills and strokes to text, let me show you how. I'm going to zoom back to fit the spread in the window, and then I am going to jump to the next spread with an Option+Page Down or Alt+Page Down.
This purple text here looks pretty good, but I'd rather have it stroked with purple not filled. To do that I am going to select it with the Type tool, I will just double-click on it and I am going to zoom in to 400% Command+4 or Ctrl+4 on Windows. Remember how earlier I said that you could swap the fill and stroke. Well, why don't we just do that, that's an easy way to do this. I will click on that little double headed arrow and we can see that now that text is stroked with that color not filled. This is still fully editable text, for example, I could change the color of just one letter here or I could select all that text and replace it.
There's so much more that you can do with Fills and Strokes and I'll be covering more of that later in this chapter. But first I need to talk about coloring a different kind of thing, images.
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