Lesson 3

In this lesson, you will work with polygons and use them to create compound paths and anchored objects.

Sample Solution

Lesson:  Create polygons, circles, and lines

  1. (On the Tools panel), set the fill color to black and the stroke color to None, then double-click the polygon tool (on the Tools panel)
    [TIP:  The Polygon tool may be hidden beneath tool, or the ellipse tool]
  2. Type 8 in the Number of Sides text box, type 70 in the Star Inset text box, then click OK
  3. Drag anywhere on the page to create a polygon of any size
  4. Click window on the application bar, point to Object & Layout, then click Transform to show the Transform panel
  5. (On the Transform panel), verify that the center reference point on the proxy is selected, type 1.25 in both the Width and Height text boxes, press [Enter], then position the polygon in the top-right corner of the page
  6. Deselect the polygon, change the fill color on the Tools panel to yellow, click the Ellipse tool, then position the pointer at the center of the black star
  7. Press and hold [Shift][Alt], then drag a circle within the star but leave some of the tips showing
    [TIP:  Pressing and holding [Alt] allows you to draw a circle from its center—pressing and holding [Shift] constrains the shape to a perfect circle]
  8. Click the Selection tool, click the pasteboard to deselect all, click the Swap Fill & Stroke button (on the tools panel), click the Stroke button to activate it, then change the weight on the Stroke panel to 4 pt. and the type to Solid
  9. Click the Line tool, position the pointer on the top edge of the page where the orange clouds graphic meets the blue clouds graphic, then drag a diagonal line along the base of the orange clouds triangle

Summary:  You created an eight-pointed polygon, a circle, and a line.


Lesson:  Place graphics in polygons

  1. Open the Halloween witch file that you created, select the witch graphic, copy it, click Window (on the Application bar), click Halloween Invitation.indd, click Edit (on the Application bar), then click Paste
  2. Position the witch polygon in the location as shown in the Sample Solution
  3. Verify that the with is still selected, click File on the application bar, click Place, navigate to the drive and folder where your Chapter 7 Data Files are stored, then double-click Orange clouds.tif
  4. Click the Swap fill & Stroke button on the Tools panel, change the stroke weight to 2 pt, then deselect
  5. Select the star polygon, then place the Blue clouds.tif graphic in it
    [TIP:  When you place a graphic into a polygon that has a fill, the fill remains, even though it may not be visible because of the placed graphic]
  6. Click Object on the Application bar, point to Fitting, then click Fit Content to Frame
  7. Change the fill color of the star polygon to None, deselect
  8. Select the small ten-pointed polygon in the pasteboard, then place Orange Clouds.tif into it
  9. Click Object on the Application bar, point to Fitting, then click Fit content to Frame

Summary:  You placed three graphics into three polygons.


Lesson:  Create compound paths

  1. Click the Selection tool, select the yellow “eye’ polygon on the pasteboard, click Object on the Application bar, point to Arrange, then click Bring to Front
  2. Position the eye on top of the witch polygon
  3. Verify that the eye polygon is still selected, press [Shift], then click the witch polygon so that both polygons are selected
  4. Click Object (on the Application bar), point to Paths, then click Make Compound Path—the eye polygon becomes a “hole” in the witch polygon through which you can see the Blue clouds.tif graphic
  5. Select both the yellow circle and the star polygons in the top-fight corner of the page
  6. Click Object on the application bar, point to Paths, click Make Compound Path, then deselect all

Summary:  You created two compound paths.