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Ok, probably one of the dumber questions on the forum: How do I create a line in gray (or color, for that matter)? No matter what I do, the line stays black. I can create gray boxes, frames, etc. But every line I make is black, black, black. Yes, I'm new to InDesign. Yes, I used to use Publisher and old, old versions of Pagemaker years ago. What's the trick? Thanks for any help. EdB...

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    Default Graying a line?

    Ok, probably one of the dumber questions on the forum:

    How do I create a line in gray (or color, for that matter)?

    No matter what I do, the line stays black. I can create gray boxes, frames, etc. But every line I make is black, black, black.

    Yes, I'm new to InDesign. Yes, I used to use Publisher and old, old versions of Pagemaker years ago.

    What's the trick?

    Thanks for any help.
    EdB
    Ed_Brownson@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Graying a line?

    Make sure you have the stroke selected in the toolbox and then pick a color.

    Bob

    Robert_Levine@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Graying a line?

    Thanks for the reply.

    Well, that's what I expected. But still, all I get is black. Here's what I did:

    Clicked on line tool.
    Set stroke, 4pt
    Set color, 35% (or any other % of black)

    Draw line - and it's black.

    In fact, now when I select rectangle and frame, those lines are black too.

    I know there's something I'm missing a "Duh!" here but...

    EdB
    Ed_Brownson@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Graying a line?

    On the tool box or in the swatches palette there are a couple of overlapping rectangles. The fill one represents the fill; the unfilled one the stroke. If you want to apply a color to a stroke, make sure that the stroke rectangle is at the front.

    Dave
    Dave_Saunders@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Graying a line?

    OK! I think I've got it. Have to do some experimenting with the rectangles, but I finally (!) produced a gray line. I knew I was stuck in a Homer Simpson moment.

    Thanks,
    EdB
    Ed_Brownson@adobeforums.com Guest

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