Lesson D: Shape and Frame Tools

If you need some room on page 3 of your exercise document, you may delete the text and image we have there.

About halfway down the Tools panel, you will see two sets of tools: one with an “X” through it, another without. I say “sets” because if you right-click on one of them, you’ll discover more tools behind the ones you first saw. In each group, there is a rectangle, an ellipse, and a polygon. Any shape you draw with these tools can become either a text frame or an image frame. Or you can apply colors to fill the shapes or to stroke their edges.

So why are there two sets? Shapes drawn with the tools with the “X” in them are born with neither a fill nor a stroke. Those “frame” tools exist to give you a quick ...

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