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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.
Skewing, also called shearing, helps give an object a sense of perspective, or dimensionality, or it can draw attention to an object by making it look just odd. I can grab both of these objects on my page, and skew them by going to the control panel, and changing the Skew value. I'll change it to 30%, and it skews it, so that the top goes to the right, and the bottom goes to the left. That looks kind of interesting I suppose, but if I really want a lot of power skewing, then I'm going to undo that, and instead, use the Shear tool. It's underneath the Free Transform tool. There it is: the Shear tool.
First I'm going to go to the reference point in the control panel to make sure InDesign knows which part of this group of objects will be anchored. In this case, it's going to anchor around the center point. Then I'll just start dragging. I'm just going to click and drag, just a little bit. You can see, as I drag, the object kind of almost looks like it is rotating in three-dimensional space. Kind of an interesting effect. I'll click and drag one more time, and you can see that you can really get an interesting sense of warping. Unfortunately, there's no way to do true perspective in InDesign.
If you need that, you're going have to use Adobe Illustrator instead.
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