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In this series, David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción, co-hosts of the web's top resource for InDesign tips and tricks, InDesignSecrets.com, share some hidden and sometimes surprising workflow tips that will make working in InDesign more efficient and more fun. The course covers built-in timesaving features such as Quick Apply and auto-expanding text, but also little-known tricks, such as using the eyedropper to copy and paste character and paragraph text attributes and making accurate selections by selecting through or even into objects.
New techniques will be added to the collection every other week, so check back early and often. Find more tips and tricks at indesignsecrets.com.
I love InDesign's ability to apply corner options to any frame. For example, I can select this frame over here that has a stroke around it, go to the Object menu, and choose Corner Options. The corner options dialogue box lets me change the corners from sharp, to rounded, or any of these other options as well. If I turn on the preview checkbox, I can see it even without closing the dialog box. And of course, as I change the value of this radius here, the corner changes as well. I can even change each corner independently if I first unlock this button.
But that's not what I'm going to show you today. What I want to show you is how you can apply corner options to regular paths as well. This is just a regular path that I drew with a pen tool. I can see that by clicking on the direct selection tool. You can see, it's just a path with a few points on it, nice, sharp edge. But what's really cool is that I can apply a corner option to that, and it'll apply to any corners in this path. In this case, one of them. Instead of going to Corner Options from the Object menu, I'll just use Corner Options in the Control Panel. That's this pop-up menu and field up here.
I'll change this from None to Rounded. And you can see that immediately the path updates, and I get a nice rounded corner. Make this larger, maybe 50 points. And you can see that I get a great bezier curve drawn for me. I'm very happy about that, because I can't draw with a pen tool very well, so it would take me a while to make a curve that cleanly. Of course, it doesn't have to be a rounded corner. It could be any of the options here. The inverse rounded, or an inset, if you want to make little stair steps. Or a bevel, or even fancy. Gotta love that.
And as I said, it's any corner in the path. So if I press the p key to jump to the pen tool. And add another couple points on here. Over here, and now I have a couple extra points on here. Now I'll choose my white arrow direct selection tool, and I can move those points anywhere I want. Move this one down, move this one over. You can see that you're getting all kinds of very complex patterns going on here, because we have the fancy corner option. Let's just set this back to rounded. There we go, much nicer. You get the idea. If you ever find yourself trying to draw bezier curves with a pen tool, stop and remember, corner options is your friend.
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