As you refine a graphic, you can change the size and shape of objects. Reshaping possibilities are unlimited. For example, you can add a corner to a polyline or polygon, move a corner to change its shape, and smooth a polyline to create a freehand curve.
Original polygon and then with corner added
Corner moved and then smoothed
You can resize all objects, including text lines. When you resize a text frame created with the Text Frame tool , the text remains the same size. When you resize a text line created with the Text Line tool , the font height and width change proportionally.
Before and after resizing a text line (not a text frame)
You can change the shape of lines, polylines, polygons, curves, and arcs as follows:
•Reshape a line, polyline, or polygon by moving its corners one at a time. You can also add and remove corners.
•Reshape a curve by changing the position of its reshape handles (which define the curve and control its location) and its control points (which adjust the curvature). You can also add and remove reshape handles to change the number of points that define the curve.
A. Reshape handle B. Control point
•You reshape an arc by dragging its endpoints or by changing the percentage of a circle that the arc represents.
1)Select the object and do one of the following:
•To change either the width or the height, drag a side handle.
•To change both the width and the height, drag a corner handle.
•To increase or decrease the dimensions proportionally, Shift-drag a corner handle.
The object’s dimensions appear in the status bar as you drag.
1)Select the object and choose Graphics > Scale.
2)Do one of the following:
•To increase or decrease the height and width proportionally, enter a scale factor and click Scale. The scale factor is always relative to the object’s current size (100% means no change).
•To specify the exact dimensions you want, enter the dimensions and click Scale. The dimensions shown when you display the dialog box are the object’s current (unrotated) dimensions.
You can resize imported graphics back to the original size. You can also change the size of imported bitmap graphics.
1)Select the object and choose Graphics > Object Properties.
2)For Scaling Percent, type100%, and click Set.
Changing the dpi value or the scaling factor changes the size of a bitmap graphic.
1)Do one of the following:
•Select the bitmap, choose Graphics > Object Properties, and click Set dpi.
•Select the bitmap, choose Graphics > Scale, and specify a scale factor.
•Shift-drag a corner handle of the bitmap. Holding down Shift while you drag maintains the proportions of the graphic.
note: If the graphic is a TIFF file (or other format that uses dpi settings), scaling must be done through the Object Properties to ensure that the dpi value is not lost when scaled using the Scale dialog.
1)Select the object and choose Graphics > Reshape. Reshape handles appear on the object, replacing the selection handles.
2)Drag a handle. To move the handle horizontally or vertically, Shift-drag.
1)Select the line, polyline, polygon, or curve, and choose Graphics > Reshape.
2)Control-click where you want to add a reshape handle (or corner), or Control-click the handle you want to remove.
1)Select the curve and choose Graphics > Reshape. Reshape handles appear at the locations that define the curve. Control points also appear around one of the handles.
2)If the control points aren’t the ones you want, click the handle where you want to change the curve. Control points appear around the handle that you click—the two control points that correspond to the handle and the next closest one on each side of the handle.
3)Drag a handle to change the position of the curve at the handle, or drag or rotate a control point to change the curvature. When you begin to drag, a lever appears that touches the curve at the handle. You can achieve different effects by dragging along the lever or by rotating it.
Choose Reshape and drag handle.
Drag a control point.
As you drag a reshape handle, the control points move as well, so the result is a smooth curve. As you drag a control point, the curvature changes on both sides of the handle, so the result is also a smooth curve.
1)Select the curve and choose Graphics > Reshape.
2)If the control points aren’t the ones you want, click the reshape handle where you want to change the curve.
3)Drag a handle or control point with the right mouse button.
Crimping a curve.
1)Select the arc and choose Graphics > Reshape. Reshape handles appear on the object, replacing the selection handles.
2)Drag a handle. As you drag, the start and end angle of the arc and the percentage of a circle that the arc represents appear in the status bar.
Drag to reshape an arc.
1)Select the arc and choose Graphics > Object Properties.
2)Enter a new Start Angle and End Angle, and click Set.
You can define the curvature of the corners of a rounded rectangle by specifying the radius of an imaginary circle drawn in the corner of a rectangle. The longer the radius, the more curved the corners.
Radius (r) = .125" and radius (r) = .25"
When you specify a corner radius, you also change the current drawing properties. New rounded rectangles you draw have this corner radius until you change it with the Object Properties command or until you exit FrameMaker.
1)Select a rounded rectangle and choose Graphics > Object Properties.
2)Enter the corner radius and click Set. The largest meaningful radius is one-half the length of the shortest rectangle side. For example, if the rectangle is 2 inches by 4 inches, the largest meaningful radius is 1 inch (one-half of 2 inches).
You can smooth polylines, polygons, rectangles, and rounded rectangles. When you smooth a polyline, polygon, or rectangle, you change its angles to smooth curves. When you unsmooth a curve, you restore its angles.
Before and after smoothing
Each time you smooth a rounded rectangle, you increase the curvature of its corners (its corner radius).
1)Do one of the following:
•To smooth an object, select the object and choose Graphics > Smooth. After smoothing a polygon or polyline, reshape handles and control points appear so you can reshape the curve
•To unsmooth an object, select the object and choose Graphics > Unsmooth. If you later smooth the object, its shape is sometimes different from the original.