Add an Anchor Point in Adobe InDesign CS6

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    To begin, you should open Adobe InDesign either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon
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    Clicking it will bring up a list of your recently used programs.
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    Click "Adobe InDesign CS6" If you see it on the list
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    InDesign has a pink-and-purple icon with the letters "ID" on it.
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    Otherwise, click the "Search" bar at the bottom of the screen and manually type "Adobe InDesign"
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    Click "Adobe InDesign CS6" to open it
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    Click "File" on the bar to the top-left of the window
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    Move the cursor to "New" and click "Document..."
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    You will be able to create a new document. If you prefer, you can open an existing document from the menu as well. You can also do this with the shortcuts "Ctrl" + "N" or "Ctrl" + "O". There are other VisiHow tutorials on how to do these.
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    Click "OK"
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    You will have the document.
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    Click "Pen Tool" on the vertical toolbar at the left side of the window
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    The option is about halfway down the menu. In the bottom-left corner of the icon, you may notice a small black triangle which indicates that there is an expandable menu.
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    The cursor changes to a fountain pen, and you can create a shape
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    There are other VisiHow tutorials on how to do that.
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    Click the "Pen Tool" menu on your toolbar and click "Add Anchor Point Tool"
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    It looks like a fountain pen with a plus sign next to it. You can also press the "=" key.
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    Click somewhere on the shape to create an anchor point
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    As the name suggests, this tool creates anchor points to a selected shape. The anchor points are small squares on the corners of the shapes. Lines between them are paths.
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    You can also click the shape to create an anchor point and drag it
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    You will create curves. When you draw a line, you automatically have anchor points. However, you may want to add more to further manipulate the shape. This allows for more freedom when using "Pen Tool" and can give quite a dramatic impact to the shape. You might use it in InDesign only because copying and pasting from Illustrator produces risk of losing some quality.
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This concludes our tutorial showing you how to add anchor points in Adobe InDesign CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or comments regarding this video or the program used, then just add them to the comment section below. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!

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