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Intro to Adobe InDesign

Lesson 6 of 10

Drawing Lines and Properties Panel


Intro to Adobe InDesign

Lesson 6 of 10

Drawing Lines and Properties Panel


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Drawing Lines and Properties Panel

drawing lines. Not a whole bunch of line use, an illustrator and in design here. That's why this is fairly sparse right here. But the reality of it is we do use lines for call outs, things like that. I even actually put a line there for you. So we do have basic drawing tools here. But again, this is not for illustrating things. This may be something that I want to use in order to go in and get kind of the use of just the basic shapes. So lying tool here. It's pretty simple. We have one line tool. That's it when I draw the line tool here, if you want a straight line again, hold down your shift key and get the line in our properties panel. I can go into the stroke, and I can set the color of the stroke. I can set the weight of the stroke as well, and I can choose the style of line that I'd like a swell and in a stroke panel, I can also go be in and do a little bit further editing of the lines if I don't want square ends and I want hot Dog dens. I can go ahead and hot dog the ends right t...

here. And so they don't end in round ones right there. They hot dog the ends right there. Yeah, I call it Hot Dog in the end, because it looks like a hot dog. One thing I can dio with that as well. Other things that I can do in the stroke panel by clicking on the link right there in the stroke is I can put end caps on here and we don't have many of these. I call these ding blurs because they're not just arrow heads and tails. So I can add these little ding blurs to the ends of lines and you can see that they're huge. Now they do adjust with the size of the line here, but I've never found them to be in proportion with line at all. So you can scale these down so that you can make them larger and smaller here. And you don't need to use a little upper down arrows here. You can simply put your cursor right in here and then use your upper down arrows in here just like that. If you're impatient, shift up or down Arrow will make them go down in increments of 10. Right there. Okay. Makes it really nice if you're going the wrong direction. Simply click on the little flip it arrows right there and you can flip the ends right there. Awesome. If you'd like a dash line when we got a dashed line as well, So you can set that you can set the dash. And there you get all these other cool, funky things, no matter what in the end, Zehr right there. So don't feel like you. You know how run out of options here? Actually, they're pretty cool options that you can have. I use these as pointers and stuff. I'm not a big arrow fan, but I like to go ahead and use those circles right there and be able to draw things that you can point things out. So line feature works pretty good. Now, the thing with lines we're talking about an open line here. We can also talk about a stroke as well. So if I go in and I draw shape here and I have a stroke around my object, So let me go ahead and I'm going. Teoh make that red as well. I'm going to fill that with nothing. I can also go into my stroke panel, and I can use the stroke panel for the stroke around my object as well. It's not just an open line. I can also use the stroke type to put this around a container as well. And then I also have kind of like the little corners here are sorry, little corners where I can go in and this is not really rounding the corners. This is rounding the strokes. You see here I can have square edges like a knife around edges. He knows how it only rounds the outside and not the inside. That's kind of like a softened up. So this is one of the things I can do in the stroke there as well. So it's not just a open line, but I can also put these lines around this to very simple, very basic lines right there. Selection tool. Do that. If I do want to draw some basic stuff here, I do have my pen and my pencil tool. My pencil tool. I can go in and draw here. It's gotta fill. Fill it with nothing that I can just do a stroke again. Very rough, very crude stuff. But if you do want to do some type of freeform thing, you certainly can. Right there with a pencil tool, you can double click on the pencil tool, and you can control how nice it's going to look or how accurate it's going to look. So if you do want to draw something with a pencil tool set that to be very smooth, and when you draw something, it's going to come up very smooth. Fill it with nothing here and that stroke. Do it. It kind of smooths the whole thing out. Course we want Hot Dog the end because it always looks better if you do want to do some freeform drawing in there, not what in design is used for. But you can if you needed to. Okay, jumping over to the Properties panel now we've used this quite a lot here, but there's a lot more that goes on in the Properties panel. Then we've actually talked about. Now the properties panel is always gonna change based on what tools we have selected, and that was always a frustration with control bars. People would say, Oh my gosh, I can't see what I'm looking for. Well, if I've got nothing selected, my properties panel now shows me everything with the document here. And here's where I can go in and change the orientation and the page sizes and my margins and my columns and whatever it is that I want. I can also go under the file menu, and I could go under my documents, set up window and change all of the same things. But they just made it that much easier in the properties panel. Now I can also go through, and I can also navigate through my pages a little bit easier. I can turn on my grand guides. I can turn on my rulers and that kind of stuff is well, and it's like, Okay, this is, you know, this is getting pretty good here. So instead of trying to hunt this all down, they try to put this together in the properties panel. If I were to click on a container, whether it hasn't image or text in here, then I can go in here and I can see my transform panel, which allows me to go in and allows me to set the size and the width, and I can also rotate. And I can flip these things as well, using the transform Panel two, which is really nice and handy that's there. If I have my text container selected, then I have all of my text attributes here. You can see I can go through and just changed it by running over the fonts right there. If I have an image container, then I can go in here and I have other options here, Phil and Stroke of the container. If I've got multiple things selected, here's where I can begin to a line things and space things right here, which is really nice. I can also control my auto fitting, and the auto fitting is what I showed you. If I have a text container that's too large or too small here, I can go in and I can just double click. That's the quick way of doing it. But I could also go through, and I could set my fitting options here so that I could go through and automatically fit them to whatever shape I want. So don't overlook the Properties panel. If you're not seeing what you want to see in the properties panel, it probably is based on whatever tool and objects you have selected, whether you have your type selected, whether you have a container selected or if you have nothing selected properties panels Really good. That's taking the place of the control bar. Definitely check it out.

Class Description


  • Navigate the InDesign CC Workspace
  • Create a new document from scratch
  • Create, Add and Edit Text
  • Place images and graphics into your page
  • Apply Color Swatches
  • Add and manipulate pages
  • Save a packaged pdf of your document


Adobe® InDesign® is the go-to software for making layouts that combine images and text. In this beginner’s guide to InDesign basics, Jason walks through the most efficient and simple ways to start and create well-designed layouts for your publishing needs.

Armed with step-by-step video tutorials, you’ll learn how to navigate the InDesign workspace, work with text, add images and play with color. Jason will show you how to build layouts that work and where to save them for your publishing or printing needs.

In Intro to Adobe InDesign, get a quick start to creating eye-catching and professional layouts with ease, whether for mobile apps, print, or digital publishing.


This class is designed for beginners; no prior Adobe InDesign experience is required.


Adobe InDesign CC 2019


An Adobe® Certified Expert and Adobe® Certified Instructor, Jason Hoppe has accrued more than 17 years’ experience in high-end production training, photo retouching, color correction, and creative workflow management. Active in high-end electronic production since the industry’s inception, he’s also taught prepress and electronic design to hundreds of Seattle-based creative professionals and aspiring designers in various settings, including one-on-one tutoring, classroom instruction, live webcasting, and large group training. A founding Instructor at Creative Live, he currently teaches the Adobe® Creative Suite at The School of Visual Concepts, Luminous Works and Seattle Central College.

You can find Jason’s website and blog with Adobe Illustrator tutorials at jasonhoppe.com.


  1. Class Introduction

    Jason orients you to the InDesign interface in this lesson. Learn the essential components of the interface, how to use the properties panel, how to nest panels to work efficiently, navigate pages, access preset workspaces, and save your own custom workspace for future use.

  2. Zooming and Navigation

    Efficient navigation will allow you to hone your InDesign skills: Jason advises on how to best use the zoom tool and teaches you helpful shortcuts in this lesson.

  3. Creating a New Document

    All InDesign projects start with a new document; see the options and presets you have for print, web, or mobile purposes.

  4. Choosing Fonts and Editing Text

    Choosing and manipulating type is the heart of InDesign and essential to any page layout. Jason demonstrates how to choose type, select text, format text, and use the text wrap feature. Learn how to use shortcuts to navigate with ease and efficiency, and increase your type know-how with an overview of formatting type size, lettering, kerning, and tracking. Jason shares valuable advice regarding how and when to format text.

  5. Text Container Options

    How do you create a clean and sharp magazine layout? Effective page design begins with text frames. In this lesson, learn how to create and format text containers, wrap text, add columns, adjust inset spacing, and manage text overflow and text flow. Jason models the power of the text container and shares key shortcuts that will speed up your workflow.

  6. Drawing Lines and Properties Panel

    InDesign may not be the graphic designer’s choice for drawing as it is layout-centered and other Adobe applications offer more drawing options, however, some projects may require simple graphics work within the application. Jason gives you quick tips on how to use the line, pen, and pencil tools, draw lines, and edit strokes.

  7. Transform Containers

    In this lesson, Jason models how to rotate, resize, duplicate, change, and group shapes to create your desired layout. He demonstrates how to use the direct selection tool and how to make edits to an isolated object without ungrouping it other containers.

  8. Create and Apply Color Swatches

    How do you create a library of preferred colors to access across the creative cloud? Jason shows you how to work efficiently with color swatches: using the color swatch panel, creating new colors, and applying and editing colors. Learn how to edit all instances of a specific color in one step.

  9. Working With Images and Artwork

    How do images integrate into an InDesign document? Jason explains the difference between image previewing vs. the original file, and how to avoid and manage missing and broken links. How can you quickly edit an image in Photoshop through InDesign? How can you import text quickly from a Microsoft Word document? Jason gives you tips on how to integrate text and images seamlessly.

  10. Managing Pages and Saving Files

    In this final lesson, learn how to navigate pages using the pages panel and make formats like adjusting page size. Jason explains the different file formats available to you, exporting file formats, and very valuable - packaging your file for editing and publishing purposes.


- Emma -

Love this class! Very well explained, easy and clear instructions. The instructor is cool, knowledgable and fun. Very engaging. Highly recommend to those new to InDesign!

a Creativelive Student

Such a great class to get up and running with InDesign quickly. Straightforward, to the point, easy to follow and understand. Class materials also great reference.