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Lesson 6. Working with Color > Creating dashed strokes

Creating dashed strokes

You’ll now change the black line that borders the ad to a custom dashed line. Because you will be using the custom dashed line on only one object, you will create it using the Stroke palette. If you need to save a stroke for repetitive use throughout a document, you can easily create a stroke style. For more information about saving Stroke styles, including dashes, dots, and stripes, see InDesign Help, “To define custom stroke styles.”

1.
Deselect any selected objects and Zoom out to fit window. Choose the Selection tool () and select the black outline that borders the ad.

2.
If the Stroke palette is not already visible, choose Window > Stroke to open it and drag the tab onto the page for better visibility.

3.
For Type, select Dashed.

Six dash and gap boxes appear at the bottom of the Stroke palette. To create a dashed line, you specify the length of the dash, and then the gap, or spacing, between the dashes.

4.
Type the following values in the Dash and Gap boxes: 16, 4, 2, 4 (press Tab after you type each value to move to the next box). Leave the last two dash and gap boxes empty.

5.
Select Brown from the Gap Color to fill the gap with brown.

6.
Deselect the line and close the Stroke palette. Then choose File > Save.


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