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InDesign is an essential tool for design firms, ad agencies, magazines, newspapers, book publishers, and freelance designers around the world. This course presents the core features and techniques that make this powerful page layout application fun and easy to use. Author David Blatner shows how to navigate and customize the workspace, manage documents and pages, work with text frames and graphics, export and print finished documents, explore creating interactive documents, and much more. He also covers popular topics such as EPUBs and long documents and includes advice on working with overset text, unnamed colors, and other troublesome issues that may arise for first-time designers.
In the last movie I discussed how to change the shape of objects on your page. Here's one more way to change a shape, but here we are only going to be changing Objects Corners. I have my roux_flyer document open from the Exercise Folder. I'm going to zoom in here on the upper right corner and I want to change the shape of the corners on this object. I'll select it, go to the Object menu and choose Corner Options. The Corner Options dialog box let's me change the corners on each of the four sides of this rectangle.
For example, right now all four sides are set to sharp edge corners. But if I click on this pop-up menu, you can see that I could change it a Fancy, a Bevel, Inset, Inverse Rounded or Rounded. Most people just go with Rounded and when I change that it affects all four sides because I have this Link button turn on. If you want it to affect some corners and not others, you can turn that off. So, for example, I'm going to have a sharp edge in the upper left, in the lower right and I'm going to have Rounded corners in the upper right and the lower left.
Currently it doesn't look like any thing is rounded, because all of these are set to 0 Picas. You can think of this number as the radius of a circle that's placed up in that corner. For example, this one would be in the lower left corner. So if I change this to let's say 2 picas, it changes the radius of the curve to 2 picas. Let's change the upper right corner as well to the same value. That looks pretty good. I'll click OK, and take a look at my work. There is another more interactive way to change the corners as well.
To do that click on this little yellow box in the upper right corner of your frame. When you do that it changes into a corner editing mode and you can see four yellow diamonds. Those yellow diamonds determine how each corner is going to appear. For example, if I drag this yellow diamond in the upper right corner of this frame to the left, you can see that it changes the radius for all four corners, including the one in the lower left corner. Of course the upper left and lower right is still sharp, there is no radius, so it doesn't affect them.
If I want to change the radius for one single corner I hold down the Shift key, Shift+Drag lets me change the radius of a single corner without affecting the others. If I hold down the Option key or the Alt key on Windows, it changes the corner type, remember all those types we saw Fancy, Beveled, and so on. So if I Option+Click or Alt+Click on this diamond in the lower left corner it's going to toggle through each one of those in order. Now because I Option or Alt clicked, it changed all four corners.
Let me the Undo that with the Command+Z or Ctrl+Z on Windows and instead I'm going to use Option+Shift or Alt+Shift, remember the Shift key means apply it to just this corner. There is my Fancy, there is that Beveled shape and in this case I am going to go all the way back to a Sharp Corner. One of the coolest things about this Corner Options feature is that it doesn't work only on frames; you can do it on open pads as well. Here let me show you. I am going to pan over to my Pasteboard here with Option+Spacebar or Alt+Spacebar on Windows, press W to jump out of Preview mode and I am just going to use the Pen tool to draw a nice sharp jaggy line.
But may be these corners are little bit too sharp for my taste. So with the object selected with the Selection tool, I'll return to the Corner Options dialog box. And I can see that I can change this to a different value. Once again I'll choose Rounded and increase the radius to something large like 3 Picas. Now you see that InDesign makes those sharp corners rounded. Technically these are still sharp corners. I'll switch to the direct Selection tool and you can see that each of these points is still very sharp.
I'll deselect it and then selected just that point and move it around. And you can see that even though it's sharp InDesign is constantly updating it to make it Rounded. These kinds of Corner Effects make it easy to create great looking layouts fast and even better, update or edit them later.
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