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Freeform Shapes

As with QuarkXPress, InDesign offers two types of tools to create Bézier shapes—freeform and precise tools. If you haven’t learned to use the Pen tool in another application, the freeform tools are the easiest to use, and InDesign’s tools definitely give more control than those of XPress. Let’s take a look at the three freeform drawing tools first.

Pencil Tool

The Pencil tool (press N) works analagously to QuarkXPress’s Freehand Box and Line tools (see Figure 12-3). To create a line, you simply draw with it like you would on a piece of paper. But InDesign’s Pencil tool not only draws, it redraws: if, after drawing a line, you draw over part of the line, InDesign deletes from that point to the end and the redraws using the new path you specified. If you want to use the Pencil to create a frame instead of a line, draw the shape, then hold down the Option/Alt key when you get close to the starting point, and a tiny circle cursor appears. Release the mouse button first, then the key, and you make a closed shape.


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