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Part 2: Building Pages > Fills and Strokes

Chapter 14. Fills and Strokes

As we mentioned in Chapter 10, InDesign uses a different dialect than QuarkXPress when it comes to describing page objects: QuarkXPress works with a box’s background color, while InDesign lets you manipulate a frame’s fill color. What XPress calls a box’s frame InDesign calls a stroke. Every object on a page has a fill and a stroke, even if the color is “None” (transparent) or the stroke is set to zero points.

In QuarkXPress you can apply a background color and frame width using the Modify dialog box; to change text you can use the Style menu. In InDesign, however, you usually change an object’s fill or stroke color with the Swatches palette (which looks sort of similar to XPress’s Colors palette). We’ll discuss in detail the use of the Swatches palette and other methods of applying color in Part 8, Color and Transparency. To change an object’s stroke width, you use the Stroke palette.


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