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Chapter 12. Creating and Editing Shapes > Precise Shapes with the Pen Tool

Precise Shapes with the Pen Tool

When we’re creating a frame or path which isn’t a simple shape, we always use the Pen tool (press P; see Figure 12-5), not the freeform tools. The reason: Despite the freeform controls we just told you about, it’s almost impossible to create a precise path with those tools. InDesign uses a Pen tool and other path editing tools which are similar to those in XPress, and virtually identical to those in Illustrator or Photoshop. If you’ve learned to use the Pen tool in another Adobe product, you’re home free! This section doesn’t pretend to be a complete course in making precise paths (Real World InDesign 2 covers the drawing tools in more detail). Instead we’ll focus here on how InDesign’s path creation tools are similar to and different from those of XPress.

Figure 12-5. The Pen tool and associated tools



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