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Adobe InDesign CS3

Adding Fill and Stroke to Objects

InDesign allows you to adjust the border of an object or fill objects with color. InDesign refers to the border of an object as the Stroke. This document explains how to add fill and stroke to objects. For information on drawing objects, please refer to Drawing Objects with InDesign.

return to topAdding Stroke

InDesign allows you to change the attributes of an object's border (stroke). You can choose to change aspects such as the color, thickness, and line style of an object's stroke.

  1. From the Toolbox, select the Selection ToolSelection Tool icon

  2. Select the object you want to add the stroke to

  3. If the Stroke palette is not already displayed, from the Window menu, select Stroke
    NOTE: A check mark appears next to Stroke when the Stroke palette is displayed.
    OR
    On the Dock, click STROKEStroke icon
    The Stroke palette appears.
    Stroke palette

  4. In the Weight text box, use the nudge buttons or pull-down list to select the desired value
    OR
    In the text box, type in the desired value

  5. To specify the location of the stroke relative to the object's edge, from the Align Stroke section, select CenterAlign Stroke Center Button, InsideAlign Stroke Inside Button, or OutsideAlign Stroke Outside Button

  6. From the Type pull-down list, select the desired Stroke type
    NOTES:
    If Dash is selected, a set of options appears to let you create custom gaps.
    If you do not see the type of stroke you selected, increase the stroke's weight.

  7. Select additional options as desired

Option
Effect
Weight Thickness of the stroke
Cap Types of effects displayed at the endpoints of the stroke
Miter Limit Specifies a width when stroke corners are beveled instead of pointed
Join Types of effects displayed at the corners of the object
Align Stroke Draws the stroke on the inside, outside, or center of the object
Type Style of the stroke (e.g., a solid or dashed line)
Start Effects at the beginning of the stroke line
End Effects at the end of the stroke line
Gap Color Color that appears within gaps in the stroke
Gap Tint Opacity of a color
HINT: Smaller percentages causes paler colors

 

return to topAdding Stroke Color

You can change the color of the stroke using the Swatches Palette or the Color Palette. After applying a color, you can change its opacity.

Adding Stroke Color: Swatches Palette

  1. If the Swatches palette is not already displayed, from the Window menu, select Swatches
    NOTE: A check mark appears next to Swatches when the Swatches palette is displayed.
    OR
    On the Dock, click SWATCHESSwatches icon
    The Swatches palette appears.
    Swatches palette

  2. From the Swatches palette, select a color

  3. Click and drag the swatch over the stroke you want to color

  4. Release the mouse button
    The stroke changes to the selected color.

Adding Stroke Color: Color Palette

  1. From the Toolbox, select the Selection ToolSelection Tool icon

  2. Select the desired stroke

  3. If the Color palette is not already displayed, from the Window menu, select Color
    NOTE: A check mark appears next to Color when the Color palette is displayed.
    OR
    On the Dock, click COLORColor icon
    The Color palette appears.
    Color palette

  4. On the Color palette, select Stroke
    Fill and Stroke indicator

  5. Adjust the color parameters appropriately by sampling the desired color from the Color SpectrumColor Spectrum
    OR
    Move the sliders for each color until the desired color is achieved
    HINT: To select a different color mode (LAB, CMYK, or RGB), use the MENU buttonMenu icon

Changing the Opacity of the Stroke

  1. From the Toolbox, select the Selection ToolSelection Tool icon

  2. Select the desire stroke

  3. If the Color palette is not already displayed, from the Window menu, select Color
    NOTE: A check mark appears next to Color when the Color palette is displayed.
    OR
    On the Dock, click COLORColor icon
    The Color palette appears.
    Color palette

  4. On the Color palette, select Stroke
    Fill and Stroke indicator

  5. If the Effects palette is not already displayed, from the Window menu, select Effects
    NOTE: A check mark appears next to Effects when the Effects palette is displayed.
    OR
    On the Dock, click EFFECTSEffects icon
    The Effects palette appears.
    Effects palette

  6. To set the opacity for the stroke, in the Opacity text box, type a value
    OR
    Click the Opacity arrowOpacity arrow icon and drag the slider bar

return to topAdding Fill

To add color to a document, you can fill the inside of objects with colors.

  1. From the Toolbox, select the Selection ToolSelection Tool icon

  2. Select the shape you want to fill

  3. If the Color palette is not already displayed, from the Window menu, select Color
    NOTE: A check mark appears next to Color when the Color palette is displayed.
    OR
    On the Dock, click COLORColor icon
    The Color palette appears.
    Color palette

  4. In the Color palette, select Fill
    Fill and Stroke indicator

  5. Adjust the color parameters appropriately by sampling the desired color from the Color Spectrum
    Color Spectrum
    OR
    Move the sliders for each color until the desired Fill color is achieved
    The object is filled with the selected color.
    HINTS:
    To select a different color mode (LAB, CMYK, or RGB), use the MENU buttonMenu icon

Removing Fill

  1. From the Toolbox, select the Selection ToolSelection Tool icon

  2. Select the object to remove fill from

  3. If the Color palette is not already displayed, from the Window menu, select Color
    NOTE: A check mark appears next to Color when the Color palette is displayed.
    OR
    On the Dock, click COLORColor icon
    The Color palette appears.
    Color palette

  4. In the Color palette, select Fill

  5. From the Color Spectrum, click NONENone
    Color Spectrum

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