Use Frames in Adobe InDesign CS6
Standard Frames vs Various Shapes

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Method 1: Standard Frames

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Steps

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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.
    Clicking this will bring up a list of your recently used programs. You might see "Adobe InDesign" here. It 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 type "Adobe InDesign".
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    Then, click "Adobe InDesign CS6".
    You'll be taken to the workspace. You may have a dialogue box appear every time you open InDesign. It's a shortcut to open recent documents or create new ones.
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    You can check the "Don't show again" box in the bottom-left corner to not show it again if you prefer.
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    Click "Document" under "Create New".
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    Click "OK".
    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.
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    Then, click "Type Tool".
    It's a capital "T".
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    Draw a frame for your document by clicking and dragging the cursor.
    This is used for magazine pages, for example.
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    You can type text.
    You will be contained within the frame.
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    Alternatively, click "Type".
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    Click "Fill with Placeholder Text".
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    Now, to add images, press "Esc".
    You must ensure that you have not selected any of the frames in the document. It will take you back to the "Selection Tool" black arrow.
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    Then, click any place of your document without an object.
    This will deselect the object. This works similar to Illustrator, where when an object is selected, every action will edit the object.
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    Next, click "File".
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    Then, click "Place...".
    You can also use the shortcut "Ctrl" + "D".
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    Now, find an image to add by clicking it.
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    Click "Open".
    The cursor has changed. The image is now attached to the cursor.
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    Click the document.
    The image will be inserted at its full size.
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    After that, press "Ctrl" + "Z" to undo the action.
    The image will back into the cursor.
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    Instead, click and drag the cursor over the document to draw a frame where you want the image to be.
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    Let go of the mouse button.
    The image will be transferred into the frame you've created.
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    On the right-hand side on the vertical toolbar, there are several icons that you can click.
    They will change how the image fits within the frame.
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    Then, If you want to make the image bigger or smaller, you can click the anchor points around the edges.
    To keep the image in proportion while resizing it, hold "Shift".
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    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.
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    Next, click "Rectangle Frame Tool".
    It can be found halfway down on our vertical toolbar. It looks like a square with a cross through the center.
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    Click and drag the cursor to draw a frame.
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    Alternatively, you can click your document.
    This will bring up a dialogue box.
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    As before, you can put inches or centimeters into "Width" and "Height" fields.
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    Click "OK".
    This will create a frame with your exact dimensions.
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    You can also click "Rectangle Tool" in the vertical toolbar to create frame.
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    Click the document.
    A dialogue box will appear.
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    Now, enter the dimensions and click "OK" or "Cancel".
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    You can also draw a frame with "Rectangle Tool".
    Note, that if the frame is selected, a stroke color is automatically added at the top.
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    You can also add a fill color.
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    Press "W" on the keyboard.
    The document will go into the preview mode. The first "Rectangle Frame Tool" rectangle has now vanished. This is how the "Rectangle Frame Tool" differs from other shape tools.
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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!

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Method 2: Various Shapes

You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to use the frame tools in Adobe InDesign CS6 in Windows 7.

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Steps

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    To begin, you should open Adobe InDesign.
    You can do that by clicking the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner. This will bring up a list of your recently used programs.
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    Click "Adobe InDesign" if it's on the list.
    InDesign has a pink-and-purple icon with the letters "Id" on it.
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    Alternatively, click the search bar at the bottom of the screen.
    Then, type "Adobe InDesign".
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    Click "Adobe InDesign CS6" to open it.
    You'll be taken to your workspace.
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    Click "File" on the bar at the top-left of the window.
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    Move the cursor to "New" and click "Document...".
    Alternatively, you could click "Open...". 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.
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    Click "OK".
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    First, click the "Rectangle Frame Tool".
    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.
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    Click and drag your shape from the corner.
    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.
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    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.
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    Then, click "OK" to create your new shape.
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    Click and drag "Rectangle Frame Tool".
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    Select "Ellipse Frame Tool".
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    Click and drag the cursor to draw an ellipse.
    You can hold "Shift" while dragging to get a perfect shape (a circle, equilateral polygon, or square).
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    Click and drag "Ellipse Frame Tool".
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    Select "Polygon Frame Tool".
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    Click and drag the cursor to draw a polygon.
    Hold "Shift" if you want an equilateral polygon.
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    Click the "Selection Tool" black arrow.
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    Select all of the objects by clicking and dragging the cursor over them.
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    Press "Delete".
    This will remove the objects.
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    Click the "Polygon Frame Tool" in the vertical toolbar again.
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    Click the document.
    It allows you to specify the width and height and the number of sides and the star inset.
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    You can change "Polygon Width", "Polygon Height", "Number of Sides", and "Star Inset" by typing the values.
    You can also click the up and down arrows or type values into the text boxes.
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    Let's click "Cancel".
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    Click and drag the cursor to draw a shape.
    You can hold "Shift" to get an equilateral polygon.
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    You can also change your height and width settings in the upper-left corner of the window while using the tool.
    As you click and drag the cursor to create your shape, the numbers in the top-left corner of the screen will constantly change.
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    Click and drag the "Rectangle Frame Tool".
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    Select "Ellipse Frame Tool".
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    Draw ellipses by clicking and dragging the cursor.
    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.
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    Press and hold "W" on the keyboard to enter preview mode.
    The frames will disappear. You will only be able to see a frame for the selected object. If no objects are selected, you will see only the contents of the frames.
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    Click the "Selection Tool" black arrow.
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    Click away from the objects to deselect them.
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    Press and hold "W" to see the preview.
    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.
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