by Barb Binder
Back in the day, if you wanted a frame with just one or two rounded corners in Adobe InDesign, you had to be pretty darn good with the Pen tool or you had poked around the obscure Scripts panel long enough to locate the CornerEffects script in the Applications folder. Anyone on CS4 or earlier, stop reading now and go find the script. CS5 folks, continue reading. You are going to love this!
- Select any frame (text, graphic or unassigned) with the Selection tool.
- In CS5, you will see the eight standard sizing handles that you have come to know and love, along with a new yellow handle, just under the top right corner. (If you don’t see it, choose View > Extras > Show Live Corners.)
- When you hover over the yellow square, you will see a tooltip stating “Click to edit corners.” Don’t be shy: click it! The four corner handles change to yellow diamonds.
- Drag any one of the diamonds in towards the middle of the frame and all four corners are rounded simultaneously.
- Now for the fun: hold the Shift key and drag one of the corners back out. Repeat for another corner and you are good to go. Pretty painless!
Too excited to stop playing? Click the diamond one more time, and then try Option clicking (Windows: Alt clicking) on one of the diamonds. Keep clicking until you cycle through all the options. Oh, the possibilities.