How to add perspective to text in InDesign CS5

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How to add perspective to text in InDesign CS5
Adding perspective to text can help you get your point across. (Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Variety, they say, is the spice of life -- and though most documents you set up in Adobe InDesign will likely use standard, orderly layouts, sooner or later you will need to make a particular page more visually interesting or draw your readers' attention to a particular piece of text. One way to do this is adding perspective to your text -- or rather, slanting and deforming the text to simulate perspective, a process called "skewing."

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  1. 1

    Launch Adobe InDesign and open the document you are working on. If you just want to experiment, create a new document and insert some text using the "Text" tool.

  2. 2

    Click the "Selection" tool in the Tools palette and click the text to which you want to add perspective. To select multiple blocks of text at the same time, hold "Shift" as you click each of them.

  3. 3

    Click the "Free Transform" tool in the Tools palette. Click and hold any of the handles on the bounding box that surrounds your selected text.

  4. 4

    Hold down "Ctrl" on Windows, or "Command" if you're using a Mac, and drag to skew the text. The transformation hinges on the corner or side of the bounding box opposite the handle you clicked.To hinge on the centre of the box, hold "Ctrl" and "Alt" on Windows, or "Command" and "Option" if you're using a Mac.

  5. 5

    Release the mouse button when you are satisfied with the look of your text. When text is transformed in this manner, it remains fully editable -- you can change any aspect of the text after the transformation, including font, size, colour and the text.

Tips and warnings

  • The kind of perspective you can get skewing text in InDesign is relatively simplistic. For more advanced perspective option, consider designing your text in Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop and then importing the resulting image into your InDesign document.

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