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Author Anne-Marie Concepción gives a comprehensive demonstration of the latest features in Adobe InDesign CS5, including desktop publishing tips, workarounds, and practical applications of each feature. InDesign CS5 New Features covers creating interactive documents, tracking text changes with Word, a number of object selection and transformation enhancements, and the ability to mix page sizes. Exercise files are included with the course.
A lot of what Adobe has done with InDesign CS5 has been adding new features and new ways to manipulate items so that you don't have to click so often, you don't have to open so many dialog boxes and one example that is corner effects. You can still create corner effects, interesting things that happen to the corners of selected frames, the normal way or the way that you're used to. So I'm going to select this first image and zoom in a bit with Command+Plus or Ctrl+Plus and we'll just go right up to Object and choose Corner Options. What is somewhat different here is that now you can change each individual corner separately.
So if I turn on Preview and, let's say that I just want to change the left corner, Right now it is an angle and I want to make it Rounded and I want to increase the amount, then it goes ahead and does that. So you can see what's happening in the layout is that just one corner's being affected. So you can still do it from the dialog box. I'm going to switch it back to regular, None, for now. But the Live Corner Effects means that I can actually edit to the corners of these frames without having to go to the dialog box. That's what this little yellow box is that you'll see on any frame that you click on.
Clicking on that yellow box means put this frame into corner editing mode. So you can just click once. What happens is a little yellow diamond appears on each corner and now I can take this diamond and just drag it to the left or toward the inside of the image and all four corners change at once. Now this rounded corner, that's the default corner effect. So in a very quick way I can just change all of these images and make them look really cool. Of course, these can be saved as an object style so that you can reapply them quickly.
But more than that what's interesting is what if you didn't want rounded corners? What if you wanted a different shape? So I'm going to click again on this frame, click once more on the little yellow box to turn it into corner editing mode, and this time I'm going to hold down the Option or the Alt key and click right on the yellow diamond, and now we are cycling through all the other corner effects that can be applied to a frame in InDesign. It's a fast way to get it back to normal; just Option+Alt+click, click, click, click, click enough times to get it back to the corners. In addition to being able cycle to through the different corner shapes right directly on the object, you can also affect just on corner at a time by remembering to hold down the Shift key as you drag one of the corners out or hold down the Shift key and the Option or Alt key as you click on that diamond to change just that one corner.
So for example let's say that I drag without holding anything down to the left to make them all curved and then I'm going to Shift+Drag this one back out to the edge to turn it into the corner and Shift+Drag this one out to the edge to turn that into the corner and that's a cool looking effect. Let's look at in the Preview Mode. I like that. You may have noticed that as I'm changing things there is something flashing up here in the Control panel and that's because we now have a corner effect widget in the Control panel. So when you have selected a frame, you can see that even without turning it into corner editing mode, you can go ahead and change the corners right from the Control panel.
So if I want them to be rounded, I can go ahead and do that and then I'll swipe over here and type in 6p to make 1 inch rounded corner rectangle or I can say Oh, I think I'd rather them be Fancy. Oh! Isn't that lovely? My client will love that. I'll go back to None. Now let's say that you're looking at this and you're like, "Okay, well, that's fine, but I can't remember that last time I ever changed the corner of any frame ever and I'm going to be annoyed by always having to deal with that yellow box. Because sometimes you might accidentally select it or drag on it thinking it's a normal handle.
So you can turn that off so that you don't see that anymore just by going up to the View menu, going down to Extras and choosing Hide Live Corners. That doesn't mean that you can't make cool corner affects anymore. You still have the widget and you still have the dialog box. It's that just now you won't be able to do it directly on the object. So if you're the kind of person that likes to play around with the corners of your frames, you'll find that using the Live Corner Effects feature is a lot of fun.
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