How To Create Paths And Compound Shapes Using Adobe Indesign Cc

 create paths and compound shapes using Adobe InDesign cc

Since its founding in 1982, Adobe has stood out for its web-editing tools. To this day, offers its users a wide range of programs, most notably Photoshop, Acrobat and Illustrator . In this way, it has brought to its users, the Adobe InDesign.


The presentation of InDesign

On the other hand, no Illustrator or Photoshop (with capabilities such as install fonts and typefaces) provided the necessary tools for development and potentiation of graphic design. Several tests were performed until, in 1999, appeared Adobe InDesign.

 presentation of InDesign

This new program was introduced under the premise: the new standard in professional layout for the next millennium . Since then, after each update incorporates increasingly innovative and important for creating multimedia files for both web pages and mobile tools.

Tools Adobe InDesign

creating covers, newspapers or magazines, books, interactive PDF, editorial design . This program has extraordinary tools. Since the creation of paths and compound shapes one of them.

What are the compounds strokes?

The compounds strokes are only the combination in various ways to form one.

Creation Process

Once you have already inserted the ways you want to combine, you will proceed to select to begin the process of combining. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Go to the ‘Subject’ tab on the Ribbon InDesign.
  • Select the «Path» option.
  • Click on ‘Create Compound Path. «

Inverted Selection

The combination of forms takes place before the existence of 2 or more ways, so if you want to operate on a specific way, you should follow these instructions:

  • Use the direct selection tool in the options bar located to the left of your screen.
  • Select the object you want to take action.
  • Go back to the ‘object, path’ and select the inverted selection.

In this way, it will be a vacuum within the shape you have selected and you can start editing you want to achieve it.

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Separation of Objects

If you do not feel too certain about how you created, no problem. The peculiarity of this program is that lets separate them and try the new idea you’ve had . There is a simple method for this:

  1. Select the compound path using the selection tool InDesign.
  2. Go to the «Object» tab.
  3. Enter the section «Paths».
  4. Click on «Release Compound Path.»
  5.  object separation

    Pathfinder Tool

    Another very interesting option that gives InDesign is to Pathfinder . If you do not have visible on your program, you can activate it as follows:

    • Click on the option «Window».
    • Go to the section «Objects and layout».
    • Click on «pathfinder».

    Pathfinder menu

    This tool, unlike that allows creation, combination and separation of various objects, which makes it another alternative providing welding type and unify elements . Within buscatrazos menu, you have these options:

    • Add or join : Take the contours of all objects to make it in one piece. So, for example, if several objects of various colors, this option eliminates lines and converts it into a form without strokes and unicolor. Solid
    • object.

    • Remove items : In the presence of a main object and a secondary, this option deletes the object that lies ahead. Basically, remains an option for the design and leaves or objects that are at the bottom.
    • Intercept : Removes larger portions within the design and leaves only the intercepts that had the combined
    • .

    • Exclude overlap : In contrast to the previous option, this tool eliminates interceptions and leave the rest of the object
    • .

    • Delete background : It removes the shape of the pieces that are ahead and leave a small portion of the combined
    • .

    Path compound and buscatrazos

    Notably, the difference between the option pathfinder and compound paths is that the first can not separate objects.

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    This is why during use of the tool buscatrazos , is the term welding , since, uses once an action is taken, this you can not be undone. Also, if you also need to insert text in a curved path , it is also possible with Adobe InDesign support.

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