1Today’s Assignment: Transform Command and toolbar – InDesign

Step 1: To start- we will explore these simple exercises. To start, create a simple design object that is NOT symmetrical or find an object on the internet and paste it into a frame on your page. Keep the image small: we will be repeating this image many times and rotating and flipping it to create a larger design.



Example: a squirrel on a white background I found


Step 2: Copy your chosen design and paste it repeating it at least 12 times. Use your alignment tools to align your columns both horizontally and vertically to adjust their positions equally.

Step 3: select every other squirrel and use the flip horizontal command




Step 4: Now select every other row and flip it vertically so it is upside down. Slide the horizontal rows so they are no spacing between the rows. Than slide the vertical rows so there are no spacings between them.




5Step 5: Select the block of squirrels you have made as your stamp design by drawing around the entire group with the selection tool. Once selected, COPY the block and than paste it and slide it next to the original block. Repeat this process adding blocks and deleting parts until you fill the page with an entire design of your repeating motif.

Step 6: Your final motif may look something like (provided you used squirrels!)

Step 7: Now let us try another simple design project.
Create a new page but make sure margins are 0 and set it to 4 columns with 0 gutters. In layout, create guides and make sure it has 4 columns and 6 rows for guides. This will break your page into 24 sections of equal size.

Step 8: In the top left most section draw in a graphics frame in which we will place an image that will become our repeating stamp.


Go online and find an image that will fill this frame to each edge. For this example I will use a small picture from a sunset.


Step 9: Now, for the next step, use the place command to place this image into the top left graphics frame you created. Use the Object > Fitting commands to fit the image into the square frame.

Step 10: Now copy this object frame with the image and paste it. It will appear in the screen center. Drag the pasted copy into the waiting space next to the first image.


Step 11: Now, with the image you just pasted still selected, select the flip horizontal command to make the image mirror the image next to it.





Step 12: Now select both these frames and copy them. Again, paste after you have copied and both frames will appear. Drag them up so they connect to your first two frames and make a repeating motif going across.








Step 13: Now copy all 4 squares and paste them to the row underneath so they now become a block of 8. Take this 2nd row and select them all and now use the flip vertical command to flip them all upside down create a mirror image that goes vertically as well as horizontally.


Step 14: Select these 8, copy again and again paste as a new larger block placing against the previous group. Repeat the process until all squares are filled (one more paste). The images flipping back and forth mirroring will create a more complex pattern.

ASSIGNMENT: Now create your own design from scratch by selecting a simple object and copying, pasting, rotating, flipping horizontal and vertically to create a more complex repeating pattern. You may use an image off the internet or create a simple object in InDesign using the text-on-a-path tool and use this as your starting block from which to create your larger design.