Produced for About.com by a variety of InDesign experts, these short videos demonstrate basic tools and palettes. Get familiar with the interface and the most-used tools and features. Each video (click the linked video title after the bullet) includes a written transcript to help you review what you just learned. Where available you'll also find links on this page to text-based tutorials to provide more in-depth instruction on these tools. Most of the videos use Adobe InDesign CS6 however these tools are present in one form or another in older versions of InDesign as well.
Take a quick tour of the top bar, control bar, and side panels where you'll find the tools you'll be using in InDesign.
Learn about what you'll find in the Tools Palette, how to access it, and some of the basic tools that it includes.
Want to make a button
to add some interactivity to your PDF? Frank Bayless shows how to create one, give it an action (make it do what you want when the button is clicked), and shows some sample buttons.
Frank Bayless shows you how to open the color palette and briefly goes over what it does.
The eyedropper works on photos and text for easily copying and applying colors or other attributes from one object to another. For more detail, see this tutorial on copying colors
and copying character attributes
using the Eyedropper tool.
The sheer, scale, and rotate tools are combined into the free transform so you can make complex alterations with just one tool. You can read more about it in this tutorial
quickly by just moving your hand around. Use the Hand tool as an alternative to the scroll bars.
Andrew Hyland shows you how to measure anything on the page quickly with the measure tool in InDesign. Measure lines and angles. Elisabetta Bruno has this pre-CS6 tutorial on using the Measure tool
Natasha Levitan demonstrates how to create anchor points and lines, remove and add points, and create curves using the InDesign Pen tool.