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Corners’ options in Indesign

A few weeks ago a fellow designer made me notice that corners’ options had undergone a change between the v5 (CS3) and v6 (CS4) in Indesign. The change affected the behavior of the object after applying corner options. To this day I have not understand what has changed in that role, as the corner options have undergone no change, apparent, between the two versions. Alteration may be a side effect of other changes made by developers, or the result of a review of the code to solve a problem. If you’re stick to CS4 this would be of your interest.

InDesign v5 allows the possibility of altering one of the corners of the object after applying corner options without disturbing the rest of them by the simple method of adding more control points in the right place. In this way was very easy to create custom shapes in which not all vertices were equal without the need to draw them one by one with the pen tool.

When trying to play this trick on Indesign v6 is impossible to obtain the same effect. Placing a new vertex near one of the original vertex resets the state of all corners of the object to the first state. New form is only achieved if the new vertex is placed at a distance equal to or greater than the size defined in the corner’s options window.

There are different solutions to this problem without having to draw each corner with the pen tool. The simplest of these is to use the script CornerEffects.applescript included in Indesign.

Thanks to this script it’s very easy to define style and size to a corner without affecting everyone else. This script also has the advantage that it is accumulative, that is, to reuse the same object without deleting the previous editions with the same script. Although this does not apply if the object has been edited with the menu Object/Corner options … in this case when you apply the script the object is deformed in an uncontrolled manner, which gives an idea of the big differences between the two types of editing.

Another solution is to use the tool pathfinder to get custom shapes using simple boolean operations between objects, in the same way that we proceed in applications such as Illustrator, Freehand, or any other vector drawing tool. In the same line of work you can achieve the desired result easily by copying an object edited with the desired corner’s options inside another object without editing. Thus a new object is achieved with different corners. In a future publication I will detail this procedure in greater depth for those unfamiliar with these techniques. In advance, you can see how changing a box by following these procedures in the image below.

Last but not least, or cheap, Indesign v7 (CS5) allows you to edit each of the corners of the objects independently thanks to the redesign of the tool.

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3 comments on “Corners’ options in Indesign

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    March 7, 2012

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    March 8, 2012

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