Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member
You've seen me selecting objects on pages throughout all the earlier movies. But let's take a moment to really look at the details of selecting objects because there are some subtle and sometimes confusing aspects to the seemingly simple task. The basic tools to select object on our page as you know are the Selection tool the black arrow and the white arrow Direct Selection tool. We can do almost everything we need with the Black arrow Selection tool, so let's start there. You know that you can select objects and you know you can select more than one object at a time by Shift+Clicking.
You can also select objects by dragging over an area quick; I will click out here on the pasteboard to deselect all of that. I'll just drag over this area here and you'll see that anything that this marquee touches is selected. In some cases objects get a solid selection line with corner handles. In other cases you'll see dash lines, the dash lines means that these are groups and I'll be covering groups in a later chapter. I can select everything on my spread no matter how many pages are on that spread everything by pressing Command+A or Ctrl+A on Windows.
That selects all the objects on the spread, you'll notice that some of these objects are colored red and some are colored blue. Those colors reflect what layer they're on and layers too is a subject I'll be covering in a later chapter. If you want to deselect everything on your page press Command+Shift+A or Ctrl+Shift+A that's one that you should definitely get into your hands just do that a few times and get used to it that's a really handy one, the ability to deselect everything on your spread with one keyboard shortcut. Now here's something that confuses a lot of InDesign users, if I click on this graphic it's selected right.
But what if I was really trying to select what's behind that logo a different image. Well, you can select through one object to an object behind it by holding down the Command key on the Mac or Ctrl key on Windows and then clicking. I Command or Ctrl clicked once and it's selected through that object to the next object down. I will hold down Command or Ctrl and click again and I will select behind that to this image in the very back. Command+Click or Ctrl+Click again and it goes all way back to the top because there is more objects behind that one.
I have mentioned in earlier movies the ability to double-click to go inside an object. For example, if I click once on this graphic it selects the frame. If I double-click on it expects the image inside the frame. Double-click again and it goes back to selecting the frame. Same thing with text, if I double-click on this text frame it goes inside the frame by switching to the Type tool and going inside and placing the cursor right where I double-clicked. In this case I can't double-click again because it will just select a word.
So to get out to select the frame is again I hit the Escape key. Double-clicking also works for groups. If I click over here in this black area I see that I have selected a group, I'm not sure how many objects there are in that group, but I know that I can go inside it by double-clicking. Double-click once and I select the object inside the group. Double-click again and I go back and select the entire group. Sometimes you can change objects on your page even without selecting them. For example, with the Selection tool I will roll over this image and then start dragging.
Note that that change the image, it actually move the image inside the frame even without selecting the image or its frame. That's because I accidentally clicked and dragged on top of the content grabber. The content grabber is that bagel looking or lifesaver looking thing in the middle of graphic frames. If you click and drag over that content grabber, it will move the image even without selecting it. It's a cool feature, but I have to tell you it drives me crazy because I'm accidentally moving images when I don't mean to.
So I am going to undo this with the Commands+Z or Ctrl+Z on Windows and I am going to go turn that content grabber off. I will go to the View menu, choose Extras and then choose Hide Content Grabber. Now when I move my Selection tool over a graphic I don't see that little bagel and I can't accidentally move it. I could still move the image because as I just mention double-click chooses the image and now I can move it around inside the frame. Double-click again and I go back to choose the frame. Now the other Selection tool that you need to know about is the Direct Selection tool, the white arrow tool.
The White arrow Direct Selection tool lets you select inside objects in a different way. In this case I can choose a single point on a path. You see what happens when I hover over this frame all of the points on the path highlight. Now I can click and drag and I'm moving just that single point on that frame. I can also move segments that is the lines between points. If I move my cursor on top of a segment this line between the points, the cursor actually changes to indicate that if I click and drag it will move that segment.
Well, now that you've got the hang of selecting objects in your documents, let's explore how to format those objects, starting with how to assign a Fill or a stroke color.
Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.Become a member
119 Video lessons · 51382 Viewers
117 Video lessons · 39223 Viewers
113 Video lessons · 81719 Viewers
65 Video lessons · 12036 Viewers
Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.
Search within course videos and transcripts, and jump right to the results.
Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.
Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.
Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.
Your file was successfully uploaded.