Rounded Corners

How to Round Corners in InDesign (prior to CS5)

For a contract job with a large local retailer, the Creative Director asked me to come up with ways to make the lives of the art directors a little easier. Part of the new branding requires a colored box with only one rounded corner. Also, the coupons need to have a Japanese dotted stroke with one rounded corner. In CS5 and up, this is no problem. All you need to do is draw a rectangle, select the corner you want to round, hold down the shift key (if you do not hold down the shift key, all the corners will round), then drag toward the center of the rectangle and voila! You now have a rectangle with one rounded corner. It’s not quite so simple in previous versions of InDesign. What do you do if your company hasn’t upgraded its Creative Suite software? Like most Adobe apps, InDesign has more than one way to skin that rounded corner cat! Let’s examine a couple, shall we? Continue reading

InDesign Easter Egg

Alien Easter Egg in InDesign

Friendly alien from InDesign waves to youFor those of you designers who are long in the tooth, you may remember the great Easter Egg in Quark Xpress. If you had a tough day and needed to add some humor to your workflow, you could select an object or text box that you wanted to delete. You pressed the keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + Option + k, (k for “kill”) and out marched a little Martian who would zap your selected item with his ray gun. Poof! Away went the offending text box or object and all was well! Unfortunately, the Martian is no longer with us. The killjoys at Quark XPress took him out. Come to think of it, Quark XPress is almost no longer with us! Coincidence? Who knows.  Continue reading