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Moving objects around

From: InDesign CS6 Essential Training

Video: Moving objects around

We've just been kind of throwing text and graphics onto this page and it is a mess. So let's go ahead and clean it up and head toward a finished product that we can print. The main tool that we're going to use to move objects around our page is the Selection tool, that's the first tool up here in the tool panel; also called the Black Arrow tool. The Selection tool lets me move objects around my page and even resize them and rotate them. Let's see how to do it. I'd like to move this graphic over. So I am going to click on it to select it and now I can drag it around, and you'll notice as I drag it, I see all these green lines flashing on and off.

Moving objects around

We've just been kind of throwing text and graphics onto this page and it is a mess. So let's go ahead and clean it up and head toward a finished product that we can print. The main tool that we're going to use to move objects around our page is the Selection tool, that's the first tool up here in the tool panel; also called the Black Arrow tool. The Selection tool lets me move objects around my page and even resize them and rotate them. Let's see how to do it. I'd like to move this graphic over. So I am going to click on it to select it and now I can drag it around, and you'll notice as I drag it, I see all these green lines flashing on and off.

Those are called Smart Guides and Smart Guides are a great way to make sure that objects are aligned or distributed on your page properly. So I am going to drag this over until I see a green vertical line that shows me that this graphic, this logo is centered with the frame underneath it. When I let go of the cursor, you'll see that it's lined up perfectly. I will do the same thing with this logo down here; drag until I see the green line, and let go. Now I am going to move this image down in the lower-left of this photographer.

If I click in the image out here, around the edge, and drag, you will see that the image actually moves. Now, it's different than if I click on this little icon in the middle, that's called the Content Grabber; the thing that looks like a bagel or a lifesaver. The Content Grabber actually lets me move the picture inside the frame. For example, if I click and drag, you'll see that the image moves but the frame doesn't. That's actually a very important thing for you to understand about InDesign. Images and frames are two separate things.

There is another way to select the image inside the frame, and that is, by double-clicking. Double-click with the Selection tool and you select the image inside the frame. You'll notice that the highlight changed, and also the cursor changed to a hand cursor and that means I'm now moving the image around, not the frame. I will move that down to more or less where I want it, so I can see the picture, and now I will double-click again and the frame is selected; the frame that contains that image. So when I click and drag, I actually move both the frame and the image.

The Selection tool also lets me change the size of frames. For example, I may want to change the size of this text frame. I will move it down a little bit, and then I will drag over the lower-right corner, this corner handle, and as I drag that down, it resizes the frame. Of course, by doing that, some of the text ended up going behind the image. That's not so good. I really wish that the text could see where the edge of the image is, and wrap around it. To do that, I am going to select the graphic, this image that I want the text to flow around and I am going to open the Text Wrap panel.

All the panels live up here in the Window menu, so I will choose Text Wrap from the Window menu, and I am going to choose the third button in the Text Wrap panel. The Text Wrap panel has lots of options that I am going to be covering in a later chapter. But for right now, I will just go through this quickly, just the basics, remember. I am going to select that third one, and then I'm going to come down here to the Contour Options pop-up menu and I'm going to choose Detect Edges. That tells InDesign to draw a line, a text wrap line around the image itself.

It's a little bit too close to the image, so I better increase this amount to let's say 9 points, p9. Now, you will see that blue line that it drew is slightly outside. That line won't print. It's just there to indicate where the text should go. I will select the text frame again and resize this until I can make sure that I see all the text that I want. There you go! Now, there are two other problems that I see on this page. One is that this graphic does not fit inside the frame. I can make it fit by selecting it, going to the Control panel and choosing the second button up here in the Fitting field called Fit content proportionally.

And when I click that, the entire graphic will be resized so that it fits inside the frame. Finally, I see that down here, this photograph is obscuring even more text. In this case, I'm not going to make it wrap, I'm just going to move the stacking order, what's on top of what. I will select this text frame, and then I will Shift+Click on this text frame down here and I want to move them up above the image of the photographer. So I will go to the Object menu, choose Arrange, and then choose Bring to Front.

Bring to Front means stack these frames on top of everything else on the page. Okay, this is finally really coming together, and there is so much more that I will be talking about in later chapters about grouping, and distributing objects, and organizing them onto layers, making starbursts, anchoring them into text. We are going to have great fun. But before we jump into all of that, there are two more things that we need to do to this document; print it and export it as a PDF.

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InDesign CS6 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 23s
    1. What is InDesign?
      1m 23s
  2. 2m 38s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 38s
  3. 21m 19s
    1. Getting started
      3m 33s
    2. Adding or editing text
      3m 23s
    3. Adding or replacing graphics
      4m 31s
    4. Moving objects around
      4m 55s
    5. Printing and creating a PDF
      4m 57s
  4. 26m 6s
    1. Exploring the application window
      6m 25s
    2. Navigating and magnifying pages and objects
      6m 24s
    3. Setting rulers and measurements
      2m 35s
    4. Working with panels
      3m 58s
    5. Setting the view quality of artwork
      2m 31s
    6. Adjusting view and preview settings
      4m 13s
  5. 27m 52s
    1. Creating new documents
      7m 39s
    2. Saving and reverting documents
      4m 2s
    3. Saving for CS4 and CS5 with IDML
      2m 24s
    4. Setting the margin and column guides
      4m 29s
    5. Putting ruler guides on the page
      5m 7s
    6. Bleeding colors or images off the side of the page
      4m 11s
  6. 23m 37s
    1. Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
      4m 32s
    2. Changing page size
      4m 38s
    3. Creating and applying master pages
      5m 18s
    4. Overriding master page items
      2m 43s
    5. Adding page numbering
      2m 22s
    6. Changing page numbering with sections
      4m 4s
  7. 52m 47s
    1. Understanding text frames
      3m 38s
    2. Typing and editing text
      4m 48s
    3. Inserting special characters
      4m 1s
    4. Importing text
      3m 47s
    5. Threading text frames
      3m 12s
    6. Setting text frame columns
      4m 31s
    7. Setting text inset and vertical justification options
      3m 48s
    8. Allowing text frames to grow and shrink
      4m 5s
    9. Putting text on a path
      5m 50s
    10. Using the Story Editor
      5m 10s
    11. Checking spelling
      5m 12s
    12. Using Find/Change
      4m 45s
  8. 28m 19s
    1. Importing graphics
      8m 20s
    2. Using the Links panel
      7m 17s
    3. Editing graphics in their original app
      3m 10s
    4. Fitting graphics to the frame
      5m 1s
    5. Taking advantage of image transparency and clipping paths
      4m 31s
  9. 35m 49s
    1. Selecting objects
      5m 2s
    2. Applying basic strokes and fills
      5m 6s
    3. Colorizing images
      1m 59s
    4. Adjusting transparency
      4m 4s
    5. Adding drop shadows
      3m 33s
    6. Using other transparency effects
      5m 15s
    7. Copying and formatting with the Eyedropper tool
      5m 59s
    8. Finding and changing object formatting
      4m 51s
  10. 18m 34s
    1. Creating color swatches
      4m 33s
    2. Understanding the danger and power of unnamed colors
      5m 46s
    3. Creating gradient swatches
      3m 53s
    4. Applying gradients
      4m 22s
  11. 15m 27s
    1. Editing frame and path shapes
      5m 8s
    2. Adding rounded corners and other corner options
      4m 8s
    3. Making polygons and starbursts
      1m 59s
    4. Creating text outlines
      4m 12s
  12. 37m 56s
    1. Positioning objects with the Gap tool
      3m 54s
    2. Stacking objects
      2m 5s
    3. Creating and controlling layers
      5m 27s
    4. Managing objects in the Layers panel
      3m 33s
    5. Grouping and locking objects
      3m 10s
    6. Nesting objects
      3m 23s
    7. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 20s
    8. Understanding text wrap
      5m 51s
    9. Using anchored objects
      6m 13s
  13. 26m 16s
    1. Duplicating objects
      5m 37s
    2. Collecting, conveying, and placing content
      8m 58s
    3. Rotating objects
      2m 22s
    4. Scaling objects
      4m 21s
    5. Skewing objects
      1m 8s
    6. Mirroring objects
      3m 50s
  14. 24m 19s
    1. Applying basic character styling
      7m 31s
    2. Applying advanced character formatting
      4m 28s
    3. Changing case
      3m 23s
    4. Using Find/Change for text formatting
      5m 3s
    5. Using Find Font
      3m 54s
  15. 32m 51s
    1. Applying formatting to a paragraph
      4m 4s
    2. Spanning a paragraph across multiple columns
      2m 10s
    3. Splitting a paragraph into multiple columns
      1m 52s
    4. Using drop caps
      3m 26s
    5. Setting tabs
      7m 36s
    6. Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph
      3m 23s
    7. Adding automatic bullets
      4m 10s
    8. Numbering paragraphs
      6m 10s
  16. 19m 47s
    1. Creating and applying paragraph styles
      6m 10s
    2. Using character styles
      4m 45s
    3. Editing and redefining styles
      2m 20s
    4. Using object styles
      2m 47s
    5. Applying styles with Quick Apply
      3m 45s
  17. 39m 59s
    1. Creating a table
      4m 29s
    2. Adjusting rows and columns
      4m 36s
    3. Adding and deleting rows and columns
      3m 0s
    4. Formatting a table
      4m 32s
    5. Formatting cells
      6m 2s
    6. Applying table styles
      5m 33s
    7. Placing graphics in cells
      3m 1s
    8. Importing Microsoft Word and Excel tables
      8m 46s
  18. 16m 45s
    1. Building a multi-document book
      7m 27s
    2. Creating "continued on..." jump lines
      3m 51s
    3. Constructing a table of contents (TOC)
      5m 27s
  19. 23m 8s
    1. Exporting EPUBs
      6m 12s
    2. Creating an interactive PDF
      12m 49s
    3. Building a Flash SWF
      4m 7s
  20. 28m 1s
    1. Checking a document with the Preflight panel
      5m 26s
    2. Packaging for output
      3m 34s
    3. Using the Print dialog box
      4m 52s
    4. Printing a small booklet
      2m 46s
    5. Exporting a PDF
      7m 56s
    6. Exporting text
      3m 27s
  21. 1m 25s
    1. Next steps
      1m 25s

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