Use Scale Tool on an Object in Adobe InDesign CS6

Edited by Freya, VisiHow, Eng

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


Steps

  1. 1
    To begin, you should open Adobe InDesign
    .
    You can do it either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon once. Clicking it will bring up a list of the recently used programs.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  2. 2
    Click "Adobe InDesign CS6" if you see it on the list
    .
    InDesign has a pink-and-purple icon with the letters "ID" on it.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  3. 3
    Alternatively, click the search bar at the bottom of the screen and type "Adobe InDesign"
    .
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  4. 4
    Then, click "Adobe InDesign CS6"
    .
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  5. 5
    Click "File"
    .
    It is in the top-left corner of the window.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  6. 6
    Move the cursor to "New" and click "Document..."
    .
    This will create a new document. You can also do this with the shortcut "Ctrl" + "N". Alternatively, click "Open..." to open an existing document from the "File" menu as well. For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to create a new document and on how to open an existing document.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  7. 7
    Let's click "OK"
    .
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  8. 8
    First, create a shape using "Rectangle Tool"
    .
    The tool is on the vertical toolbar on the left.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  9. 9
    Then, click the "Fill" drop-down menu
    .
    It is in the horizontal toolbar at the top. Click a color.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  10. 10
    Click the "Stroke" drop-down menu
    .
    Click a color.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  11. 11
    Click the thickness drop-down menu
    .
    Click a thickness. Let's click "3 pt".
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  12. 12
    Next, draw the shape
    .
    There are other VisiHow tutorials on how to do that.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  13. 13
    If you're working with more than one object, click the "Selection Tool" black arrow
    .
    it is on the top of the vertical toolbar.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  14. 14
    Then, you can click the objects to select them
    .
    To select more than one object, hold "Shift" on your keyboard and clicking other objects. When the objects are selected, a blue frame will appear around the edge of the object. It confirms that it's ready to be edited.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  15. 15
    After that, click the icon on the vertical toolbar that looks like a dotted rectangle with an arrow
    .
    In the bottom right-hand corner of the icon, there is a small black triangle, which indicates that if you click and drag the icon to the right, a menu of similar tools will appear.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  16. 16
    Choose "Scale Tool"
    .
    It is indicated by two overlapping rectangles. Alternatively, just press "S" on the keyboard. The cursor will change into a cross.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  17. 17
    Now, click and drag the object to scale it accordingly
    .
    Before you let go of the mouse button, a blue line will indicate how your object will be scaled. Consider the small aim point in the corner or in the center of the object. It looks like a gun sight. This is a pivot point. It shows from where the object is being scaled.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  18. 18
    You can just click the shape somewhere to move the pivot point
    .
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  19. 19
    Press "Shift" and click and drag the object to keep the shape in proportion
    .
    "Scale Tool" is especially useful for scaling text and image combinations.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  20. 20
    You can also click "Rectangle Frame Tool"
    .
    This will create a frame that can have text or image inside of it instead of a fill color.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help

This concludes our tutorial on how to use the "Scale Tool" 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!

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

Video: Use Scale Tool on an Object in Adobe InDesign CS6

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

Comments

VisiHow welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.

Article Info

Categories : Software

Recent edits by: VisiHow, Freya

Share this Article:

Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 182 times.

Do you have a question not answered in this article?
Click here to ask one of the writers of this article
x

Thank Our Volunteer Authors.

Would you like to give back to the community by fixing a spelling mistake? Yes | No