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InDesign is an essential tool for design firms, ad agencies, magazines, newspapers, book publishers, and freelance designers around the world. This course presents the core features and techniques that make this powerful page layout application fun and easy to use. Author David Blatner shows how to navigate and customize the workspace, manage documents and pages, work with text frames and graphics, export and print finished documents, explore creating interactive documents, and much more. He also covers popular topics such as EPUBs and long documents and includes advice on working with overset text, unnamed colors, and other troublesome issues that may arise for first-time designers.
Over here in the tool panel, hiding underneath the Rectangle Frame tool is a tool called the Polygon Frame tool; and if I choose that and start dragging out on my page, you'll see that it makes hexagons. Technically, to make a true hexagon you'd have to hold down the Shift key to constrain the height and the width, but you get the idea, you draw out a hexagon. To see it, I'm going to change its Fill to something like yellow. Now I don't know about you but I very rarely need hexagons, so I'm going to go ahead and delete that and I'm going to replace it with a different polygon, a more interesting polygon.
I'll select it, delete it, and now to get my more interesting polygon, I'm going to double-click on the Polygon tool. When you double-click on it, it opens the Polygon Settings dialog box, and now you can choose how many sides you want. For example, I'll choose 12 sides, click OK, and now I've got a more interesting shape. Or I'll delete that; I'll double-click on it and change not just the sides, but the Star Inset value as well. When you increase your Star Inset, you're not making a regular shape like a polygon or a triangle or something, you're making a starburst.
I'll increases this to 30%, hit OK, and start drawing, and you'll see that now I have a really interesting polygon, a starburst. Once again, I'll fill it with a color and that's looking pretty good. But what if I want to change that shape, maybe I have more points, so a larger inset, where you can do that by once again double-clicking on the tool. Up comes the Polygon Settings dialog box, I'll then increase this value to maybe 18, and I'll change this Star Inset to let's say 50%, and click OK.
Because this object was still selected on the page, it updates it with the new values. Granted, a fancy starburst like this might be out of place if you're laying out of scholarly scientific journal, but if you're doing a magazine or a catalog, and you want to really catch somebody's eye, these starbursts are just the ticket.
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