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Part 3: Building Pages > Fills and Strokes

9. Fills and Strokes

As we mentioned in Chapter 6, InDesign and PageMaker use 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 InDesign, you usually change an object’s fill or stroke color with the Swatches 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 or Control palette.


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