Shaping Text Frames

Text frames typically start off as rectangles, but they don't need to stay that way. With your Direct Selection Tool, pull on the anchor points of a text frame to change its shape. You can also add or subtract points to the text frame using the Pen Tool.

Figure 18.22. Pen Tools.

Figure 18.23. An anchor point was added at the center point of the top edge of the frame. The top left and top right anchor points were then deleted, creating a triangle shape. The text is fully justified with line breaks adjusted to fix bad word spacing.

The Free Transform Tool

The Free Transform tool is your one-stop shop for moving, scaling, reflecting, rotating, and skewing. The tool behaves differently depending on what modifier keys you are holding.

To move: Click anywhere within the bounding box and drag.

To scale: Drag any bounding box handle (shift+drag to preserve the object's proportions). To scale from the center outward, hold the Option (Alt) key as you drag.

To rotate: Position the pointer anywhere outside the bounding box and drag.

To reflect: Drag a handle of the object's bounding box past the opposite edge or handle.

To shear: Start dragging a handle on the side of the bounding box (not a corner), and then hold down Cmd+Option (Ctrl+Alt) as you drag. Shift+drag to constrain the tool. To shear type you first have to convert it to outlines: Type > Create Outlines.

Sheared Type

Part I: Character Formats

Getting Started

Going with the Flow

Character Reference

Getting the Lead Out

Kern, Baby, Kern

Sweating the Small Stuff: Special Characters, White Space, and Glyphs

OpenType: The New Frontier in Font Technology

Part II: Paragraph Formats

Aligning Your Type

Paragraph Indents and Spacing

First Impressions: Creating Great Opening Paragraphs

Dont Fear the Hyphen

Mastering Tabs and Tables

Part III: Styles

Stylin with Paragraph and Character Styles

Mo Style

Part IV: Page Layout

Setting Up Your Document

Everything in Its Right Place: Using Grids

Text Wraps: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Type Effects

InDesign Type. Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign CS2
InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign CS2
ISBN: 0321385446
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 186
Authors: Nigel French © 2008-2020.
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