This will create a new document. You can also do this with the shortcut "Ctrl" + "N". For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to create a new document and on how to open an existing document. You will have "Selection Tool" selected automatically. This is the black arrow at the top of the vertical toolbar.
If you prefer, you can click "W" and "H" input fields at the top to edit the frame size by typing the value
If you type it as "4in", then when you click away from the input field, the value will be converted into picas. If you are not familiar with picas, you can type inches or centimeters. InDesign will always convert other units into picas.
This concludes our tutorial showing you how to use frames 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!
It is about halfway down the vertical toolbar. The icon looks like a simple rectangle with an "X" in the center. You can also press "F" on your keyboard to open this tool. In the bottom-left corner of the icon, there is a small black triangle. It indicates that you can click and drag the icon, and a menu of similar tools will appear. Once you've clicked the "Rectangle Frame Tool", your cursor will change to a cross.
You have a lot of freedom when drawing a shape this way, as it allows you to manipulate the width and height as much as you like. Holding the "Shift" key while dragging the cursor will keep the rectangle in proportion. Then, you can use the frame to put an image or text into it.
If you know exactly how big you want your shape to be, click the canvas and type the dimensions into the dialogue box
InDesign works in picas. If you are not familiar with picas, then type your number followed by another measurement unit ("in" or "cm", for example). InDesign will automatically convert the value to picas.
As you click and drag the cursor to create your shape, the numbers in the top-left corner of the screen will constantly change. These help to figure out the proportions of the shape compared to the rest of your document.
You will not see anything. Frame tools require you to add something into the frames, but they do not create a shape. They are good guidance tools. They are good to wrap text around them as it is shown in the tutorial on how to wrap text around objects.
This concludes our tutorial showing you how to use the frame tools 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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