Use Tools in Adobe InDesign CS6
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You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you a brief overview of tools in Adobe InDesign CS6 in Windows 7.
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.
Click "Adobe InDesign CS6" if you see it on the list.
InDesign has a pink-and-purple icon with the letters "ID" on it.
Otherwise, click the search bar at the bottom of the screen and manually type "Adobe InDesign".
Click "Adobe InDesign CS6" to open it.
A dialogue box will appear every time you open InDesign.
You can check the "Don't show again" box in the bottom-left corner to hide the dialogue box in the future.
In this video, a document under "Open a Recent Item" is clicked.
There are other VisiHow tutorials on how to create or open documents.
Zoom in to where you like.
In this video, there will be an image and text.
You can change the one-column vertical toolbar to the two-column one by clicking the arrow at the top of it.
By default, this tool bar has only one column. You may want to have one column to have more working space.
Click the "Selection Tool" black arrow.
This is the first tool you'll be using a lot.
Click an object.
"Selection Tool" works in the same way as Illustrator where you can click and select something which will then become selected with a thin blue line.
You can use your "Selection Tool" to enlarge or shrink your object by simply clicking and dragging the blue frame by the corners or middle points.
If you hold "Shift", then the image will keep its proportions.
Alternatively, you can click and drag the area outside the edges of the object to rotate it.
You can undo the action by pressing "Ctrl" + "Z".
You can click and drag the mouse across the objects to create a marquee.
This will select objects under it. In this video, we can select both the text and the image.
If you want to edit text, then simply double-click the text.
Double-clicking the text will automatically take you to the "Type Tool", which has the capital "T" on the vertical toolbar. You will be able to change the font, the size, the intensity, etc. There is another VisiHow video on that.
If you want to go back to "Selection Tool" from "Type Tool", press "Esc" first.
When you hover over certain parts of the vertical toolbar, different keyboard shortcuts will appear.
Some of the tools on the vertical toolbar have a small arrow key next to them. If you press the shortcut on the keyboard, you will start using the selected tool.
Clicking on the icons with a small arrow key will take you to another dialogue box with further options for that tool.
Familiarize yourself with the "Zoom Tool" by clicking it.
"Zoom Tool" used by simply clicking to zoom in and right-clicking to zoom out.
If you want to create another text box, click the rectangle symbol with a cross through the centre.
This is the "Rectangle Frame Tool". You can press "F" to activate it.
Now, you can start creating a frame by clicking and dragging the cursor across the canvas.
Within the frame, you can start typing by clicking the "Type Tool" first.
Next, if you want to insert general text, click "Type" at the top in the toolbar.
Then, you can click "Fill with Placeholder Text".
Finally, click the "Selection Tool" black arrow to move around the canvas.
This concludes our tutorial showing you a brief overview of 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!
Video: Use Tools in Adobe InDesign CS6
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