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Lesson 5 - InDesign CS Tools, Part 2


In lesson 4 we started to go through the tools of the Tools palette. We will finish our overview with this lesson. Keep in mind that this is a basic course that might not cover some features of the tools.
Although written for CS2/3, many of these basic tools will work much the same in newer editions of InDesign

Navigating This Lesson:

There are 7 separate tutorials for lesson 5. The Rotate, Scale, Shear, Free Transform Tools tutorial, the Eyedropper and Measure Tools tutorial, the Gradient Tool tutorial, and the Scissors tutorial all have 2-10 steps each. You'll find a shorter single page description/tutorial for the Button tool, the Hand tool, and the Zoom tool. Navigation among the steps in the multi-part tutorials of Lesson 5 is found at the bottom of each step.

To navigate from one tutorial to the next, use the links in the sidebar under "Tools Tutorials" or bookmark this page and use the links below.

Lesson 5 - The Tools in InDesign CS, Part 2:


To get the most out of this lesson, click on each tool as it is discussed, and try it out quickly. Do any practice exercises described in the tutorials.

Next Steps:

This course will not be continued at this time. Watch the blog or sign up for the About.com Desktop Publishing newsletter for news on when all new tutorials are added.

Adobe InDesign Basics Class Outline


As with Part 1 of the Tools, you have leeway in this assignment. Let loose and have fun. Using the various tools explained in this lesson, draw a shape and rotate, scale, and transform the shape. Use the Eyedropper to copy colors and text attributes. Add a gradient fill to your shape using the Gradient Tool and the Gradient Palette, noting how they differ. Use the scissors tool to cut up your shape. Simply exercise the use of all the covered tools and post what you have done in the DTP Classroom thread titled Lesson 5 - Assignment, with an explanation of what you have done. Be creative. Ask questions you have concerning the use of the tools covered in this lesson.

Don't forget to practice navigating and viewing your document using the Hand and Zoom tools, including various Zoom shortcuts.

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