Working with Adobe InDesign – Part 3


As explained earlier, this is the continuation to the list of tools which are used in Adobe InDesign

Gradient Feather Tool

Gradient Feather Tool is used to convert an element in a gradient fashion. After selecting the element (A Text or a box or circle, or any item), just double click on the tool in tool box which is present in the left side of the page. It opens a dialog box, you can select an option (linear or radial) and then adjust the handles in the first position and last position.

We can also adjust the angle, location and opacity of the gradient. We can also change the colour of the element. If required, we can do this activity just by dragging on the element according to our choice.

Eye Dropper Tool

Eye Dropper Tool is a short cut method which copies the properties of an existing element to another. This makes us easier to keep the properties uniform all over the file.

Just click on the element which is the target using Selection tool, and then click on the source element. The properties will be copied to the target element automatically.

You can copy the colour, font properties, stroke, paragraph settings, object settings and (optional) transform options, which can be achieved by first double clicking on the tool and selecting the property.

Hand Tool

Hand Tool is used as a substitute to the ruler bars which is in the right and bottom of the page. While working just click on the tool and drag the mouse on the page.

Zoom Tool

Zoom Tool is used to enlarge on a particular area of the page. It is enhanced more compared to PageMaker. We can enlarge even a stroke to the height of the page. Using the tool, click on Alt button in the keyboard. You can decrease the enlarge percentage.

You can also achieve this by use of keyboard command “Control +”. Just go on giving the command and the view enlarges. If you use the command “Control -“, it decreases the view of the screen.

Special Tools

You can see a filling area and an outline area in the tool box. You can select any element and give stroke to it or even fill to it. We can change the text colour or fill colour by selecting the box or letter T in the tool box.

You can also change the colour of your choice by just clicking on the black box which is in the middle of the tool box. We can also do a gradient filling by selecting the option. We can also remove the filling by selecting the white box with a red line. These can be achieved for outline after selecting the outline option in the top area.

There is also other view options by pressing the option which is below the filling options, like toggling the rules in the page and others.

Below is the view area, like normal view which is selected. Even we can get the bleed area, page without pasteboard and others.

Working with Adobe InDesign – Part 3

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