Lesson 2

Reshape Frames and Apply Stroke Effect

 

OBJECTIVE:

In this lesson, you will use the Pen tool to reshape frames and create stroke effects, including dashed line patterns

Lesson:  Reshape a frame using the Direct Selection tool and Pen tool

Sample Solution

  1. Open ID 7-2.indd
  2. Save it as ID_C7_L2_Halloween Invitation (your username)
  3. Click the Selection tool, click the Orange Clouds.tif graphic, copy it, click Edit on the application bar, then click Paste in Place—a duplicate frame and graphic I placed directly in front of the original
  4. Place Blue clouds.tif, from the location where your Chapter 7 Data files are stored, in the new frame
  5. Click the direct Selection tool
  6. Drag the top-right corner point toward the center
  7. Click Edit on the Application bar, then click Undo Move
  8. Click the Pen tool, then add an anchor point on the top path of the frame, where it intersects with the burgundy guide.
  9. Add an anchor point on the right path of the frame, where it intersects with the burgundy guide
  10. Position the Pen tool pointer over the top-right corner point. The Pen tool pointer becomes the Delete Anchor Point tool
  11. Click the top-right corner point to delete it

Summary:  You used the pen tool to reshape a graphics frame.

 

Lesson:  Reshape a frame into an open path

  1. Verify that None is selected for both the fill and stroke colors on the Tools panel, click the Rectangle tool, then create a rectangle that snaps to the inside of the four margin guides
  2. Click the Pen tool, then add an anchor point anywhere on the left segment of the frame
  3. With the new anchor point still selected, click Edit on the Application bar, then click Cut—when the anchor point is cut, the two segments connected to it are also deleted
  4. Click the Default Fill and Stroke button on the Tools panel
  5. Click the Stroke panel name tab to display the Stroke panel name tab to display the Stroke panel
  6. Click the Weight list arrow on the Stroke panel, then click 4 pt.
  7. Place the Pen tool pointer on the top path of the frame, where it intersects with the blue guide; then, when it changes to the Add Anchor Point tool pointer, click to add an anchor point
  8. Add an anchor point on the right path of the frame, where it intersects with the blue guide
  9. Click the Delete Anchor Point tool, then click the top-right anchor point

Summary:  You created a simple rectangle, then reshaped it into an open path.

 

Lesson:  Use the stroke panel to add end shapes to a path

  1. Press [W] to switch to Preview, click the Selection tool, then click the blackstroked path
    [TIP:  All objects, even open paths, are selected within a rectangular bounding box]
  2. Click the Start list arrow on the Stroke panel, then click Circle Solid
    [TIP:  Click the Stroke panel list arrow, then click Show Options]
  3. Click the end list arrow, click CircleSolid
  4. Press [W] to return to Normal view, click the Pen tool, then position it over the location where the diagonal section of the black path intersects with the yellow guide.
  5. When the Pen tool pointer changes to the All Anchor Point tool pointer, click
  6. Add another anchor point where the black path intersects with the horizontal burgundy guide
  7. Add a third new anchor point approximately halfway between the two new anchor points
  8. Click the direct Selection tool, select the third anchor point you added in Step 7, click Edit on the application bar, then click Cut
  9. Click the Selection tool, deselect all, click the top black path, click the Pen tool, point to the anchor point where the top black path intersects with the yellow guide, then stop when a diagonal line appears beside the Pen tool pointer—the diagonal line indicates that the Pen tool is being used to reconnect to the path.
  10. Click the Pen tool pointer on the anchor point, press and hold [Shift], then click where the yellow guide intersects with the blue guide
  11. On the Stroke panel, click the Start list arrow, then click Triangle
  12. Click the Selection tool, select the bottom black path, on the Stroke panel, click the End list arrow, then click Triangle

Summary:  You added end shapes to a path, split the path, then noted that the end shapes were applied to the two new paths.

 

Lesson:  Create a dashed stroke

  1. Click View on the Application bar, point to Grids & Guides, then click Hide Guides
  2. Click the Selection tool (if necessary), then select both black paths
  3. Click the type list arrow on the Stroke panel, then click Dashed
  4. Type 14, 8, 3, and 8 in the dash and gap text boxes on the Stroke panel
  5. Click the Round Cap button on the Stroke panel, deselect all

Summary:  You used the Stroke panel to format a path with a dashed stroke using round caps.