Best Tools for Beginners in Adobe

Best Tools for Beginners in Adobe

Posted on: 09 Oct, 2021

Best Tools for Beginners in Adobe

The Selection Tools

Top beginner tool number one – The best tools for beginners have categorized the top tools (shortcut: V, Esc), which is the tool that is enabled by default when you first open InDesign. You can find it at the very top of the "Tools" panel. Use this tool, you guessed it, choose something! It's your tool of choice when you want to move or zoom things. Use this tool to grab text boxes, image boxes, and shapes to move them to other places, or click and drag the corners of objects to resize them. Top tip: Hold down Shift while using this tool to keep the proportions of an element fixed.

The Type Tool

As a beginner to InDesign, you’ll want to get to grips with creating text. InDesign is a publishing program, and as a result is perfectly designed for creating pro-standard typography. The Type Tool (T) is your gateway tool to putting together your very own text-based designs. Select the Type Tool and drag onto the page to create a new text frame, or click into an existing text frame to activate editing. You can also transform any shape into a text frame by simply double-clicking your type cursor onto the shape.

The Frame Tools

The Frame Tools are all marked out by the ‘X’ across their symbol in the Tools panel. These tools are essential if you’re a beginner looking to create image-based designs. Frames are used to insert photos, illustrations or backgrounds into InDesign (which can be done using File > Place). The Rectangle Frame Tool (F) is the most commonly used frame creator, but you can also choose from an Ellipse Frame Tool and Polygon Frame Tool, both accessible from the Rectangle Tool’s drop-down menu.

The Shape Tools

Although vector software like Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape are perfectly tuned for designing vector illustrations, you can do a lot of vector work directly in InDesign too. The simplest way to create vector shapes is to use the Shape Tools. These can be found at the bottom of the second section of the Tools panel, just below the Frame Tools. As with the Frame Tools, you can choose from a Rectangle Tool (M), Ellipse Tool (L) or Polygon Tool. Click and drag onto the page to create a shape, holding Shift to create perfect proportions.

You can also create simple lines using the Line Tool (\). Using Shift alongside the Line Tool creates perfectly straight horizontal or vertical lines.

The Page Tool

Our final essential beginner tool is the Page Tool…it’s hands-down one of the most useful tools, and has been a lifesaver of mine many a time. Ever wanted to switch a document to landscape? Or quickly change an A3 page to Letter size? The Page Tool allows you to quickly change the orientation and/or size of pages. Select the Page Tool (Shift+P) and click onto the page you want to change. The Controls panel at the top of the workspace will adjust, showing you options for size, orientation and how you would like the content on the page to be repositioned. I think one of the handiest options in InDesign must be the Scale option from the Liquid Page Rule menu. This allows you to keep the proportions of your content intact, and scales it up or down to suit the new page size. All elements, including images and text, will be resized to fit. When you’re short on time and somebody wants the document at a different size, this can save hours of work.

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