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Chapter 1. Workspace > Using the Tools Palette

Using the Tools Palette

If the publication window is the layout board where you collect the galleys of type, illustrations, and photographs you want to use in your publication, the Tools palette is where you keep your waxer, X-Acto knife, T-square, and bandages. (Note to youngsters: the foregoing are tools used by the Classical Greeks in the early days of page layout. You don’t have to understand how they work to use the corresponding tools in InDesign. But it helps.)

Some of the following descriptions of the tool functions aren’t going to make any sense unless you understand how InDesign’s points and paths work, and that discussion falls in Chapter 5, “Drawing.” You can flip ahead and read that section, or you can plow through this section, get momentarily confused, and then become enlightened when you reach the descriptions of points and paths. Or you can flip ahead for even more on points and paths. It’s your choice, and either method works.


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