How to make a dotted line, dashed line & borders in InDesign
hi there in this video we're going to look at creating dotted lines and dashed lines, perforation lines, we're going to do wavy lines and stripey lines and all sorts of lines. So let's go and do that now. Alright, so to put the border around the outside, we're going to start with a rectangle. So the rectangle tool, not the rectangle frame tool. Okay. The rectangle tool and what I'd like to do is you saw earlier that I had it kind of like perfectly away from the edge. Now what I can do is I can draw it exactly the right size, remember? And that is actually the edge of the page. This bit on the outside here is the bleed, remember. Okay, so I'm going to draw out the actual size. Okay, my half letter. Okay, so it's a nice big rectangle now we've gotta fill of green and a stroke of nothing. So what I would like to do actually, I'll leave it there for the moment just while we're practicing this because if I grab my selection tool and I try and scale it down proportionately. What are the keys...
That's right. Command and shift on a Mac and control and shift on a Pc if I hold them down right and make them proportionately smaller. Okay, you'll notice that if I put it here in the middle is actually kind of it doesn't scale the way we want, we want equal distances around the outsides. If I scale it down even more, you can see it's a lot bigger on the size than it is in the top and the bottom just because it's scaling that way. So what I'd like to do is I'm going to undo. So it actually fills the outside and what we can do, you can see at the top here it's got a width and height, it's perfect. Okay. Matches my half letter, what I can do here is some basic math. Okay, these little boxes, any of these little white boxes, you can do some little methane which is really handy. So in here I can go minus and I'm going to turn half an inch. Okay, it's a .5. You'll see it just sucked it in half. Yeah, half an inch to the same in here minus 0.5. You can do times okay if I did times two. Okay, so it'll be times two inches. It's that little asterix Okay, And it's a whole lot taller than it needs to be. I'm going to do. Um so I'm going to go minus 0. minus plus, all that sort of stuff works. And to get it in the middle you could use your line tools, there's mine at the top here or there was a panel that we saw earlier but actually it's just easier to grab your black arrow, click hold and you'll notice that it just kind of snaps, you see those two purple pinkie lines, just kind of like saying, hey, there's the middle and you'll see visually it looks like it's in the middle. So it's actually 0.5 half an inch from all the sides and it looks nice and perfect. So now to make the line dotted. Okay so we're gonna give it um no fill so click on my field. I'm going to get a nun and this one here the striker on the outside. I'm gonna make it white paper. Okay and this is the stroke here. Okay, how thick it is at the moment It's one point. It's probably what I want. But let's make it nice and big just as an example so we can all see what we're doing to bump it up to four points and now we need to find our stroke panel. If you can't find it mines there. Hello there. But if you can't find yours go to window, go down to stroke and turn it on. Now yours might look a little different as well. Yours might be. There's a little flat men knew that says hi options and if yours looks like mine, you've got really basic control. Click on this option and say show options the big ugly version with all the details that we need and the one we need the moment is type Okay that's gonna allow us to change it from a solid line. Like we know it to all these other options. There's some weird ones. Okay. The ones that I've never used thick thin, you might like them. Okay. White diamond never used dotted lines and dashed lines are the ones that we're going to look at the moment and there's two kinds of dotted. Okay, there's dotted and some reason the japanese like their dots a little bit closer together. Okay, japanese thing. Not sure. But um okay, so there's my dots around the outside. If you want a dashed, okay, there's dashed, there's a ugly squirrely line, you might like the squirrely line, right, hash there's some weird things in there. Okay, But we're going to go to dotted and we're gonna put the size down. Okay. To something I don't know, I'm putting two points. Um dash lines now. You might use dash lines as a visual thing like I'm doing here. There's nothing this dotted lines just for for pretty sake. Okay, what we're gonna do is maybe it's a snip here, you know the scissors, like cut this bit off for the redeem your coupon. Okay, what you can do is instead of doing it for this rectangle, you can do the exact same tricks with just a straight line. Okay, the straight line here, I can draw. Okay. And what I might do actually is draw it straight up and down if you want to draw a line straight up and down. It's the similar technique we did when we made a rectangle. Sorry circle. Remember we held on shift and it was a perfect circle. That same technique makes it a perfect line. So hold down shift before I start dragging it out. You can see it kind of really wants to go up straight up and down so so that's gonna be my perforation line where I want people to snip it off. It's got a fill. A lion can have a fill. Okay And the line around the outside is going to be white. Okay I'm going to make it two points just so you can see it and then you can see the exact same controls. Hey somebody's calling. Okay let's go to dash lines. Dash. Alright I'm gonna pause there. Go check the phone. I'll be right back. Alright so I'm back and the started line here. Kay this dash line sorry I don't need it. So I've selected with my black arrow and just hit delete on my keyboard. Just tap the key on the keyboard and it's gone. Alright. Dash lines, dotted lines, wavy lines, curly lines, all of that. Okay let's move on to our next video