Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Modifying graphic properties, part of FrameMaker 10 Essential Training.
Whether you import graphics or draw your own shapes or lines, you always have access to the Graphic Properties from the Graphic tools. So in the previous lesson for example, we drew a rectangle around our logo on the cover page and then on subsequent pages we decided that we would add a rule in between the body and the footer area of each page. Well, these are graphics that can have their properties altered, and we are going to start on our cover page here by first clicking the graphic itself. That's the border that goes around the outside of our logo.
Now you need to use the Graphic tools here, so if you're not seeing the toolbox just go up to Graphics and select tools at the top. Now we do have our tools in the top section here for drawing things like rectangles and ovals. We can draw polylines and freehand curves using a pen type motion. Straight lines, et cetera. The lower half is where we see the properties, where we can adjust the properties and see the current properties. For example, if we were to go down over here on the right-hand side where it says selected color, you can see it's black.
Over here on the left is where we set the color. A little further up, you can see the Line Width is where we can set that line width and the Current Line Width. So if we want to change the Line Width all we have to do is click the Set Line Width button. We can select from presets here. For example, if we want to bump it up to 4 points, we could do that and you can see what that looks like. Or we could go back to that button and use the slider, so you can see we can bump it up or down and as we move that we don't really get to see what we're setting it at until we let go and look over here on the right-hand side.
So let's go back here and try something different which is Set, and this allows you to put in exact values. Notice its value is between .015 and 360 points, so you have a lot of leeway here. But we'll click Cancel and we'll just go back to setting the Line Width and we'll go to 3. 3 is a good one for this particular logo. Now let's change the color so it kind of matches what we see in our text on the cover page. The current color shows up here on the right as black. If we go to the left and click Set Color, we can go to our custom color that we created a number of lessons ago, the Pantone 292 color, select that and now it matches perfectly with our text.
Let's deselect by clicking off in the margin to see the end result a little bit better without those handles on it. Okay great, let's see if we can make some changes now to the rule that appears at the bottom of every page. That entails going into the masters. So we'll click the View menu and choose Master Pages. Let's go to the left one here and when we click the master page line here at the bottom of our left page, you can see as it's selected, we need to go get our Graphic tools again, so Graphics > Tools.
And over here we can start making changes. For example, let's go to the thickness and set it to 1 point. Well, that's probably what it is, so let's go to 3 points. That's a little bit thicker. I'm thinking maybe 2 points would be better. So let's go back here. We'll go to 1, click again and use the slider just to bump it up visually to 2, and when we let go we now have a 2 point line. Of course we'll want to do the exact same thing for our other master, so we'll scroll down to the bottom of our right master, click that, and do the exact same thing.
So we can just click the 2 in this case instead of having to change it because it's already there. All right, so that's the last value we used. It's there, available to us, so we can create some consistency in a little bit more efficient manner and now when we go back up to the View menu, go to Body Pages, and scroll down to the bottom of those pages so you can see that looks a little bit more prominent, easier to see, and really separates our body text from our Footer text area. So that's all there is to changing the properties of a graphic. Now that can be done after the fact like we're doing, or if you're going to be drawing shapes and so on, you can do this before the fact.
So you could start making changes here and then after you've selected your tool just go and draw using those properties. That's up to you. Personally I'd like to get the shape drawn ahead of time and then I can manipulate the properties and see those changes without trying to guess what it's going to look like. It's up to you, but that's how it's done.
- Working with panels, visual guides, and rulers
- Using templates to create a new document
- Adjusting headers, footers, and master pages
- Creating custom master pages
- Defining custom colors and tints
- Using anchored frames
- Finding and replacing text
- Checking spelling
- Customizing table formatting
- Formatting a table of contents
- Page numbering in a book file
- Formatting an index
- Including hyperlinks in a TOC and an index
- Saving a book as HTML or PDF files