October 21, 2013 / Fall 2013 / InDesign

In Step with InDesign: Using Corner Effects

Written by Jamie Chambers

You can add a simple effect, maybe one that works with your theme, by changing the corners of objects. InDesign provides several options to easily make the change. You can select from Fancy, Bevel, Inset, Inverse Rounded and Rounded to get just the effect you want.

1. With the Rectangle tool, draw a square, or with the Selection tool, select an object in the document.

2. Go to Object > Corner Options. The Corner Options palette will appear. Make sure the Preview box is selected.


3. From the Effect drop-down list, select Fancy. Select a size for the corners. You should see the corners change on the selected object. Click OK.


4. To use this effect with an image, you can paste an image into the object.


5. To add a special effect to the object, go to Object > Effects and select Inner Shadow. In the Effects palette, adjust the Distance, Angle, Size and Choke to your preference.


You can always remove or change the corner effect by selecting the object, then go back to Object > Corner Options and change the Effect to None or another option.  Any special effects you may have added automatically adjust to the new corner shape.

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Jamie Chambers

Jamie Chambers faced two career path choices in college, and lucky for Walsworth he chose art over accounting. He has been a creative influence for Walsworth for 17 years, currently as Design & Creative Concepting Supervisor in the Marketing Department. For 10 years, as an artist and supervisor for the Creative Services Department, Jamie traveled to workshops to collaborate with yearbook staffs to develop their covers and theme packages.