Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Add rounded corners and corner options, part of InDesign CC 2018 Essential Training.
- [Instructor] In the last movie, I discussed how to change the shape of objects on the page. Well, here's one more way to change a shape but this time, we're only going to be changing the object corners. I have my magazine spread document opened from the exercise files folder and I'm going to work on this white box over here. I'm going to turn on the preview mode by pressing the W key on my keyboard so I'm not distracted by all those other frame edges. Now, I want to change the corners on this white frame, this box, so I'm going to select it by clicking once on it and now, I'm going to go to the object menu and choose, corner options.
Up comes the corner options dialog box, so currently, all four of these are set to sharp corners. But if I click on this little pop up menu here, you can see that I can change this to fancy, bevel and so on. Now, most people just go with this last one, rounded corner, so I'll choose that and you can see that when I do that, it changed all four of these popup menus. That's because, I have this little link icon in the middle, turned on. If you want to affect some corners and not others, you have to turn that off just by clicking on that.
So now, for example, I can change the upper right corner to none or sharp corner. Now I can't see any of those changes until I turn on the preview check box here. And even now, it's really difficult to see those rounded corners and that's because the radius is set to small. That's this number in here. Right now, it's set to one pica. You can think of this number as the radius of a circle that's placed in that corner. So for example, if I come up here and change this to say, three picas, now, I'll hit the tab key to jump to the next field.
You'll see that in the lower left corner here, the radius has gotten larger. Okay, that looked pretty good so I'll click the okay button. Now, there's another more interactive way to change the corners as well. What you do is, click this little yellow box, right corner of the frame and when you do that, you suddenly get four diamonds, one in each corner. These yellow diamonds determine how each corner is going to appear. For example, if I click this yellow diamond and drag it, it changes the radius for all four corners.
Now, if you want to change the radius for just one single corner, hold down the shift key. Shift drag, let's me change the radius for a single corner. Okay, on the other end, if I option or alt click on those diamonds, it changes the corner type. Remember all those corner types we saw, fancy, beveled and so on? There's fancy and there's beveled. Well, that looks like kind of silly so let me undo that, by pressing cmd Z or ctrl Z on Windows and I'll press it again and instead, I'm going to option shift or alt shift click on this little diamond on the upper left corner.
Remember the shift key means, apply it just to this corner. So there's fancy, there's beveled, there's the inverted and there's inverted rounded, so good, you get the idea. Now, one of the coolest things about this corner options feature, is that it doesn't work only on frames, you can use it on open paps instead. Here, let me show you. I'm going to pan over to my pasteboard here so I have a little bit of room to work with and then I'm going to jump out of preview mode by pressing the W key. Now I'm going to grab the pen tool and I'm going to draw a nice sharp jagged line, just with four clicks.
Let's go ahead and select this with a selection tool, head back to the object menu and choose, once again, corner options. You'll notice that some of these fields are grayed out now and that's because in design knows that this is not a rectangular frame. But in this case, I'm just going to change this to rounded and I'm going to increase the radius to let's say, three picas. I'll hit enter on my keyboard to click okay and now you can see that all the corners have been changed. They've been rounded, now, technically, these are still sharp corners.
For example, I'll switch to the direct slashing tool up here and you can see the points on my path, I'll deselect this by clicking on the pasteboard and I'll click anywhere on the path. Now I'll click this point and now, I can drag that around and you'll see that even though I moved the point, it automatically updated the rounded corner. These kinds of corner effects, make it so easy to create great looking layouts, fast and even better, update or edit them later.
- Creating a new layout
- Inserting pages
- Adding text
- Inserting graphics
- Applying color and transparency
- Drawing and editing frames and paths
- Formatting objects
- Formatting text
- Creating styles for uniform formatting
- Building tables
- Adding links and interactivity
- Printing and exporting InDesign documents