Use the Scissors Tool in Adobe InDesign CS6
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You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to use "Scissors Tool" in Adobe InDesign CS6 in Windows 7.
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.
Click "Adobe InDesign CS6" if you see it on the list. InDesign has a pink-and-purple icon with the letters "ID" on it.
Alternatively, click the search bar at the bottom of the screen and type "Adobe InDesign".
Then, click "Adobe InDesign CS6".
From the workspace, click on "File" in the top-left corner.
You can 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, you can 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
Click "Line Tool" in the vertical toolbar on the left.
Make the line thicker by clicking the "Stroke" setting at the top of the screen.
Now, click the canvas to create a line. There is another VisiHow video on how to do that.
Next, click "Selection Tool" in the vertical toolbar. This tool is useful when you work with several objects in a document.
Make sure you click the object that you want to edit. A blue frame will appear around the edge of the object, which means that it is ready to be edited.
Now, click the "Scissors Tool" icon in the vertical toolbar. This acts like a piece of string that cuts objects.
Then, double-click the line to break the path of the selected object. Let's do it twice.
Finally, click "Selection Tool".
Click the lower-right part of the line. You will see the line has been cut by the tool.
Now, you can move and separate the paths accordingly. This is useful when working with particular shapes or when you want to apply different effects or attributes to different parts of the line.
Then, select the middle part of the line.
Next, click the style drop-down menu and select a dashed line.
Click the right part of the line.
Next, click the style drop-down menu and select a dotted line.
Then, you can move the parts back together.
This concludes our tutorial showing you how to use "Scissors 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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