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Chapter 8. Creating and Editing Shapes > Precise Shapes with the Pen Tool

Precise Shapes with the Pen Tool

To be honest, when we’re creating a frame or path, we always use the Pen tool (press P; see Figure 8-3), 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 CS covers the drawing tools in more detail). Instead we’ll focus here on just the basics.

Figure 8-3. The Pen tool and associated tools



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