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Another InDesign question

Discussion in 'Adobe' started by CES020, May 17, 2010.

  1. CES020

    CES020 Very Active Member

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    Had a customer supply me with an InDesign file and it's got me baffled. It's a layout with shapes and colors, etc., and then text. I can click on the text and delete it or move it fine. However, the shapes, I cannot click on or move. It's as if they are locked, but I'll be darned if I can find what's got them locked. In the locked dialog, it's grayed out.

    I've looked at every menu, every option I can think of and I'm just stumped.

    Any idea on what's causing them to be locked and how to unlock them (knowing that they might not be locked, it might be some other feature).

    Thanks-
     
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  2. royster13

    royster13 Very Active Member

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    Have you looked in the "layers" pallet?...
     
  3. CES020

    CES020 Very Active Member

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    I sure did. Only one layer and it's not locked or invisible.

    Darnedest thing I ever saw.

    It's not complicated artwork, I can recreate it in Illy if I need to (which I will do shortly), but I'm just curious now, and it's becoming personal :)

    I did see something that had an eps file name on it somewhere. Made me think the shapes were an embedded type eps file of some sort. I don't use the program, so I wasn't sure how to get that shape to the front and editable.
     
  4. Rooster

    Rooster Very Active Member

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    The items are probably on the master page.
     
  5. jfiscus

    jfiscus Map Wraster

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    Look at the pages pallette if all the layers are unlocked.
     
  6. GypsyGraphics

    GypsyGraphics Major Contributor

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    The elements are most likely on a master page, so unless you're on the master page you won't be able to do anything to it. Oh, wait... not true... you can select the object while holding down the shift key to override the master. But usually better to edit the master.*

    Are you familiar with master pages? If not, they are the page icons you see at the top of your page pallet. If still named with default, they'll be named:

    (None)
    A - Master
    B - Master

    One of those will correspond with each page in your palette.

    Just double click the icon to access the master pages and when your done editing there, double click the page icon to get back to your working page.

    * Edit the master for global change throughout entire multi-page document. Opting to "override" will remove the link to the master, for just that specific element, text or graphic.

    FYI: I LIVE BY MASTER PAGES!!!
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2010
  7. CES020

    CES020 Very Active Member

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    Yup, that was it! Master pages! Who knew? It's all new to me, so I learned something from you all. I have an application coming up soon that I kept saying "this is the perfect job for InDesign" and Master pages will let me do even more than I was planning on doing, so thanks!
     
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