- 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 this time, we're only going to be changing the object corners. I have my BookCover document open from my Exercise Files folder and I'm gonna change the corners of this white box right in the middle. So, I'll select it and then, head up to the Object menu and choose Corner Options. The Corner Options dialog box lets me change the corners of any object I have selected.
Now, if this button, in the middle of the dialog box, is turned on, then all four corners will always be the same, but if I click again, to deselect it, or break that link, now all four corners can be different. For example, I want my upper left corner to be a sharp corner, so I'll leave that alone, but down in the lower left, I'm gonna change this one. I could choose Fancy, Bevel, Inset, Inverse Rounded, or Rounded. Now, most people just go with a Rounded corner, so I'll choose that one.
I'll also set the upper right corner to be rounded as well. Now, even though the Preview check box is turned on, I can't see any rounded corners and that's because the radius setting, here in this field, is currently set to zero. You can think of this number as the radius of a circle that's placed in that corner. So, for example, if I change this to say, quarter inch, .25in, and then hit Tab, you'll see that now I have a small circle, a small curve in that corner.
Let's change the radius in the lower left. I'll make this one larger, .5in, hit Tab, and now I have a larger radius in that corner. Now, I'll click OK and look at my work. That looks pretty good, but there's another, more interactive way to change the corners too. To do that, what you need to do is click on this little yellow box in the upper right corner of the frame. When you do that, you get four diamonds, one for each corner and that indicates that it's changed into the corner editing mode.
These yellow diamonds determine how each corner is going to appear. For example, if I drag this yellow diamond in the upper right corner, now it changes the radius of all of the corners. Of course, the upper left and lower right are still sharp because there's no radius at all, so it doesn't affect them. If you want to change the radius for one single corner, hold down the Shift key. Shift + drag let's me change the radius of a single corner without affecting the others. The Opt or Alt key does something different.
If I Opt or Alt + click on one of those diamonds, it changes the corner type. Remember all those types we saw, Fancy, Beveled and so on? So, when I Option or Alt + clicked on that little diamond in the corner, you'll see that it changes all four corners to Fancy, that's kinda silly, so, let me undo that with Cmd + Z, or a Ctrl + Z on Windows and instead I'm going to shift + opt + click or shift + alt + click. Remember, the Shift key means apply it to just this one corner. There's Fancy, and I'll do it again, and there's Beveled, there's the Inverted, there's the Inverted Rounded.
That looks kind of nice, let's try that, but let's change the radius again by Shift + dragging this over to the right. Cool, but one of the neatest things about this Corner Options feature is that it doesn't only work on frames, you can use it on open paths as well. Here let me show you. I'm gonna press the "w" key to get out of preview mode and now I'm going to draw a path, over here on the Pasteboard, with the Pin Tool. I'll just choose the Pin Tool and then click a path. With four clicks I have sort of a lightning shaped path.
Let's make this thicker, by changing the size of this path to something large, like 6pt. Now I'll choose the Selection Tool and go back up to the Object menu and choose Corner Options. You'll notice that three of these fields are greyed out, because InDesign knows that this is not a rectangular frame. So, I'll go ahead and change this first one to Rounded and I'll increase the radius to say, 3 picas, 3p. I'll click OK and you can see that all of these corners are now rounded. Now, technically these are still sharp corners.
I'll switch over here to the Direct Selection Tool and we can see the points on here. That's a little bit hard to see, so I'm gonna go to the View menu and I'm going to turn off Match Pasteboard to Theme Color, just so that we have a little bit better contrast. There we go, you'll see that we have sharp corners here. If I wanna make them more rounded, I could go back to the Object menu or I could just use the Control Panel. You see, the Corner Options feature is up here too. Right now, you can see that we have a 0.5in corner, but I'm gonna make this larger.
Let's make it 1in and I'll hit Return or Enter. Now, the best part about this, is if I click out here on the Pasteboard to deselect that object, I could then hover on top of this end point and then drag it and you'll see that, as I change the path, the curve changes too. These kind of corner effects make it so easy to create great looking layouts fast and even better, update or edit them later.
Want to learn InDesign in just 20 minutes? Watch the first chapter, which concentrates on the most essential skills: editing text, adding graphics, moving objects, and creating PDFs. Once you're ready to move on, InDesign insider David Blatner will show you the rest of what InDesign has to offer. Learn how to navigate and customize the workspace, manage documents and pages, format text and graphics, experiment with color and gradients, draw and transform shapes, create interactive documents, package your designs for print, and much more.
- Getting started with InDesign in just 30 minutes
- Setting up a new document
- Inserting text
- Placing graphics
- Formatting objects
- Creating color and gradient swatches
- Organizing InDesign projects with layers
- Transforming objects
- Incorporating drop caps, bullets, and numbering
- Applying character and object styles
- Building tables
- Creating an interactive PDF and exporting to EPUB
- Printing and exporting
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 01/12/2016. What changed?
A: We added one new movie covering the revised InDesign CC interface, including the new Start workspace, released in November 2015.
InDesign: Beyond the Essentialswith David Blatner4h 54m Intermediate
1. Learn InDesign in 30 Minutes
2. Working with InDesign Documents
3. Creating a Document
4. Managing Pages
7. Formatting Objects
9. Frames and Paths
Creating text outlines5m 10s
10. Managing Objects
11. Transforming Objects
12. Character Formatting
13. Paragraph Formatting
16. Interactive Documents
17. Packaging, Printing, and Exporting
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