Chapter 12. Orchestrating Objects


  • Changing the stacking order of objects

  • Working with groups

  • Locking objects

  • Nesting objects

  • Inserting objects within a text thread

  • Anchoring objects to text

  • Setting text wrap

  • Working with object styles

  • Managing source links

Frames, shapes, lines, and paths are the building blocks with which you construct InDesign pages. Becoming familiar with creating and modifying individual objects, which is the focus of Chapters 8 through 11, is a key step in learning how to create publications with InDesign. The next step is to learn how to use several features that let you manipulate multiple objects simultaneously and quickly adjust the relationships among the various objects that make up a page. A good InDesign user can handle individual objects one at a time with ease; a virtuoso user can simultaneously juggle several objects with equal ease.

Think of it this way: As an InDesign user, you're much like an architect. You begin with a blueprint — perhaps a rough, felt-tip pen sketch or maybe just a graphic in your mind's eye — open a new document, and start construction. The settings you establish in the New Document dialog box (choose File

Orchestrating Objects

As a publication evolves, plans invariably change: An advertiser pulls out and a magazine article needs to be stretched an extra half-page by enlarging an InDesign-created illustration. A client loves his company's newsletter ...

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