Use Shear Tool in Adobe InDesign CS6

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    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. Clicking this will bring up a list of your recently used programs.
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    Click "Adobe InDesign" if you see it on the list. 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 type "Adobe InDesign".
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    Then, click on "Adobe InDesign CS6".
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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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    Let's just click "OK".
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    First, click "Rectangle Tool" in the vertical toolbar. It is on the left-hand side of the screen.
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    Now, add a "Fill" color by clicking the fill drop-down menu at the top.
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    Then, create a shape. There are other VisiHow videos on how to do that.
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    Zoom in. You can do that by holding "Ctrl" and using the mouse wheel. Refer to this tutorial for more details: "How to Use Tools in Adobe InDesign CS6".
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    Click and hold the icon that has a dotted rectangle with an arrow. It is in the vertical toolbar. Another menu will appear with similar tools.
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    Select the "Shear Tool". It is the bottom option. You can also press "O" on the keyboard. The cursor will change to a cross. In the top-left corner of the object, there is an aim (or pivot) point. This is the point from which you will shear the object.
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    If you click and drag the shape, the pivot point will remain stationary.
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    Also, you click somewhere where you would like the pivot point to be.
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    You can move the mouse in all directions. It will affect the shape from the pivot. It's recommended to pivot from the corners instead of the center, as you will have more control, depending on the shape. This tool can be used to create spaces into which you can import text.
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    You can click "Rectangle Frame Tool". This will allow you to import certain shapes into which you can import text. You can use "Shear Tool" on several objects at the same time.
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This concludes our tutorial showing you how to use the "Shear 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!

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