Explanation of Object Menu in Adobe InDesign – Part 1
Object Menu is a special menu where we can transform (move or even change the position and shapes) any element or objects. Transform has many other sub options. There is Move an option which opens a dialog box which has an option to copy and paste an element and place it in a given distance. There is an option called Scale, which gives an option to enlarge the selected element according to the given percentage. We have an option to Rotate the element which is selected to a given degree. There is also an option to Shear the selected element to a given degree. We can also rotate an element to 90 degree or 180 degree and also flip it to Horizontal or Vertical. There is also an option to Clear all transformations. There is also an option Transform Again which transforms an element even more.
We have an option to send a selected element Bring to Front, Bring Forward, which makes it to bring it to front if it is placed on a background or any other element which behaves like a layer placed in front of it. We also have an option to Send Backward, Send to Back, which places the selected element to backward. We also have an option to Select First Object Above, Next Object Above, Next Object Below, Last Object Below. There is also an option to select an object which is in a container (this is told in Edit Menu, when an object is Placed Into). Also to select an object which is Previous and Next Object.
We use a Keyword called Spread, which denotes the page and the pasteboard on an active page. We have an option to Group and Ungroup Multiple Objects. There is also an option to Lock an individual object and also Multiple Objects. There is also an option to Unlock all on Spread which unlocks all objects on a page which is active. We can even Hide a selected object on page and also Show all on Spread. We have an option to Insert HTML code into InDesign page.
We have an option to Generate QR Code into InDesign, which has multiple options to convert Web Hyperlink, Plain Text, Text Message, Email and Business Card. We can use this option to place QR code into our design, which can be scanned by all scanners, including mobile phones, which have the option to scan QR codes.
We have an option called Text Frame Options, which gives a control to convert a given paragraph text box to multiple columns, including the ability to inset spacing and other text options. There is also an option to insert a stroke between the columns and define even the position and height of the stroke. Even the ability to change the colour of the stroke and its thickness. There is also an option to resize the text block to vertical and also horizontal blocks. There are also other options, which are not so useful in designing space.
The options in Object menu is defined by effects which can be applied to a paragraph text block. There are many ways which can be used in InDesign to arrange it. These are explained briefly in this article and will be continued in next article.