Working with Adobe InDesign – Part 13

Explanation of Object Menu in Adobe InDesign – Part 2

Below Text Frame Options there is an option called Fitting, which is the continued part of a command in Edit Menu called Paste Into. This has options to fit the content in a frame according to the users wish. There is also an option to convert a Content from Graphic to Text and back.

Next comes the options which stylizes or changes the Effect of the text to various forms.

  • Transparency – Which reduces the percentage of colour of the given element making them transparent.
  • Drop Shadow – This gives a show below the selected object. It has options to customize the depth, darkness and length of the shadow. We can even change the colour of the shadow.
  • Inner Shadow – This creates a shadow inside the selected object to make it appear like a shadowed outline
  • Outer Glow – This creates a glow outside the selected object
  • Inner Glow – This is same as Inner Shadow but with different options.
  • Bevel and Emboss – This is a special command which gives an effect that the object to which this is applied appears to come out of the artwork. This has various options like soft emboss, sharp emboss and others. It has options to increase the depth of the emboss and also change the density of colours of the emboss.
  • Satin – This is little darker form of inner glow, with other options.
  • Basic Feather – This feathers the edge of the object to which it is applied.
  • Directional Feather – This feathers all the four directions of the object with percentage which we define.
  • Gradient Feather – This feathers the selected object or element in any one direction we specify.
  • Clear all Effects – This removes the effects described above which is applied to an object.
  • Clear all Transparency – This removes any transparency which is applied to an object.

We also have an option to convert a square or rectangle box with little rounded corner with the option called Corner Options, which can be customized according to the user. This can be applied to any one direction and also to all four directions.

There is an option called Paths which is used while drawing some complex drawings and we need to join 2 nodes. InDesign itself looks after the artwork. There is another option called Pathfinder, which will be explained later.

We also have an option to Convert Shape of any object to anything:

  • Convert to Rectangle – This makes the object which is selected to a rectangle
  • Rounded Rectangle – This makes the object which is selected to a rounded cornered rectangle
  • Beveled Rectangle – This makes the object which is selected to rectangle with cut corners
  • Inverse Rounded Rectangle – This makes the object which is opposite to rounded cornered rectangle
  • Ellipse – This makes the object in the shape of ellipse
  • Triangle – This makes the object selected in the shape of Triangle
  • Polygon – This makes the object selected in the shape of 6 sided object
  • Line – This converts the object selected to a line which is tilted to 45 degree
  • Orthogonal Line – This converts the object selected to a straight line Horizontally

There is also an option to change the Display Performance which helps while working on high resolution images. The images makes the file to read slowly. At that time we can change the display performance to Fast Display, Typical Display or High Quality Display according to our requirement.

Working with Adobe InDesign – Part 13

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