Selection Tools and Fill Strokes


In this chapter, you will learn about the various selection tools in Adobe InDesign and how to apply fill and strokes colors.

Selection Tools

There are two types of selection tools in InDesign. The commonly used Selection tool (black arrow selection tool) and the Direct Selection tool.

You can perform a selection either by selection and drawing along the document to select desired frames or simply press Ctrl+A on Windows or Command+A on the Mac to select everything. You will notice that the selection shows some frames in red and some in blue and even green. These indicate that these frames are in different layers which you will notice if you have the Layers panel open.

Layers Panel

The Direct Selection tool allows you to select a single point on a path and move just one point. In the following example, just the vertex of the lower right of the frame has been dragged while keeping the other points intact. The contents of the frame reflow automatically.

Frame Reflow

Applying Fill and Stroke Colors

InDesign makes it very easy to change the background color or fill and the border color or stroke of any object – image or text.

Let us discuss fill first. Let us say that you would like to change the background color of the object. First, make sure the object is selected. Go to the Control Panel on the top and click the arrow next to the Fill function. The button directly below Fill is the Stroke.

You can select the available colors from here or create your own custom color value using RGB, CMYK, or any of the many available color profiles. Say, you want to apply a Red swatch. Select it from the menu to see the change.

Custom Color

Now, if you want to change the stroke of the object, simply select the Stroke and decide on the color as before. Let us make it black for this example. We see that the borders of the image have now become black. Of course, you can select or define any color you like and also customize the thickness of the border.

Border Thickness