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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.
Having all your objects straight up and down on the page is no fun; let's learn how to rotate them. I'm going to rotate this image, this piece of artwork here, and the easiest way to do that is to go up to the control panel, and click on one of these two rotation buttons. These rotate objects in 90 degree increments, either clockwise, or counterclockwise. If I want to rotate it in more fine increments, I'll move to the left a little bit to the rotation field inside the control panel. Here I've a pop-up menu, and I can choose one of these rotation amounts, or if I know exactly what angle I want to rotate it by, I can type it here into this field.
I'll type 25 degrees, and hit Enter or Return. But why did it rotate around the upper left corner? Why was it anchored there, and not some place else? Well the answer to that can be found on the far left side of the control panel, way over here. That's the reference point, and it tells InDesign where the anchor should be. Let me undo that with a Command+Z or Control+Z, and I can see that the anchor point is set to the upper left corner. If I click in the center point of that reference point instead, then go back and change this to 25 degrees, you'll see that it rotates around the center.
Now, if you want even more control over how you rotate objects, you can do it with the rotation tool. You can find the Rotate tool down here in the tool panel underneath the Free Transform tool. I'll just click and hold for a moment, up comes the pop-up menu, and then I'll choose Rotate tool. You'll notice that in the center of this object there is a tiny little crosshair. That reflects the reference point that was up in the control panel, but with the Rotate tool, I can put that anywhere I want, just by clicking. For example, I'm going to click in this little orange blobby space that, to me, looks like kind of like an eyeball.
I'll click there, the crosshairs move there, and now I can click and drag anywhere on my page to see this rotate. You'll notice the background changed colors, sometimes dramatically, as you're dragging. That's not a big deal; it's just a screen redraw problem, and when I let go, it's going to go back to the way it was. But here's what you should notice: as I'm dragging, I see a little tiny readout to the right of my cursor that shows me exactly what angle this object is at. Then, when I let go, you can see that the object rotated exactly around the point that I wanted.
Now that we know how to rotate objects, the obvious question is how to scale them larger or smaller. That's what I'm going to cover in the next movie.
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