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Simple Shapes

Simple shapes are the ones we create the most, so InDesign has specialized tools for making specific shapes.

Line Tool

Unlike QuarkXPress, there is only one tool dedicated to creating straight lines in InDesign. (You can also create creates lines with the Pencil or Pen tools, described below.) You use the Line tool exactly like QuarkXPress’s tool of the same name. When you finish dragging, you’ll see the bounding box of the line (unless the line is horizontal or vertical, in which case you only see the two end points). Dragging while holding down the Shift key is the equivalent of drawing with XPress’s Orthogonal Line tool—it constrains your line horizontally or vertically. Plus, if you hold down the Option/Alt key while you drag, you can draw the line from the center.


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