Adobe InDesign CS5: Rounded Corners

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!

  1. Select any frame (text, graphic or unassigned) with the Selection tool.
  2. 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.)
    Adobe InDesign CS5: Click the yellow square to edit the corners
  3. 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.
    Adobe InDesign CS5: The corner diamonds show that the frame is ready for editingAdobe InDesign CS5: The corner diamonds show that the frame is ready for editing
  4. Drag any one of the diamonds in towards the middle of the frame and all four corners are rounded simultaneously.
    Adobe InDesign CS5: Drag one of the corner diamonds towards the center to round off all four corners
  5. 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!
    Adobe InDesign CS5: Shift + drag one corner diamond back out to square off that corner

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.
Adobe InDesign CS5: Option (PC: Alt) click one diamond to try out the 6 different corner options

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12 Responses to Adobe InDesign CS5: Rounded Corners

  1. Sunshine Runner says:

    would there be a reason extras would not be in my view tab? Im special thanks for the help :)

  2. Barb Binder says:

    Hi Sunshine Runner: It is possible to remove a command from any of the menus in Adobe InDesign. If you go to Edit > Menus and set the Category to Application Menus, you can use the little eyeballs in the Visibility menu to turn individual commands on and off. This can’t happen by accident, though. Did you upset a co-worker? ;)

  3. Jun says:

    “yellow handle” not appearing in my laptop in CS5. I cant apply the rounded efffects.

    Would appreciate if you can help me to solve the issue on how that yellow small square thing to appear after doing the ctl+a.

    Thank you in advance.

  4. Barb Binder says:

    Hi Jun:

    Try this: select the edge of the frame with the Selection tool (the black arrow). If you still don’t see the little yellow square, go to View > Extras > Show Live Corners.

    ~Barb

  5. Jun says:

    Barb,

    I did,but i only have View, Extras. After that I dont have “Show Live Corners” menu. Maybe I was doin it incorrectly but I really cant find a way to let that yellow square appear on the screen.

    Thank you for your prompt reply. Appreciate it really!

  6. Barb Binder says:

    If you have CS5 or CS5.5 installed on your laptop, the Show Live Corners should be available the Extras submenu. If you have the right version and it really isn’t there, you might need to reinstall the software. In the meantime, you can get the same results using Object > Corner Options.

    ~Barb

  7. Jun says:

    I will re-install it and will try the Object-Corner Options.

    Again, Maraming Salamat! (Thank you so much!)

  8. Beth McNabb says:

    Hi!

    On the same page, I have frames that show the little yellow box to change the corners and frames that don’t show the little yellow box to change the corners. Any ideas what I did or can do to make them all viewable?

    The only option I have on the above mentioned is “Hide Live Corners”.

    Thanks!

  9. Barb Binder says:

    Hi Beth:

    Only rectangular frames can show the yellow square, and only when selected with the Selection tool (the black arrow). If some of your frames are showing the yellow square, then you have successfully activated View > Extras > Show Live Corners command. Now you need to make sure that:

    1. you are selecting the frames without the yellow square with the Selection tool (and not the Direct Selection tool);
    2. that they are actually rectangles, and not ellipses or polygons (Object > Convert Shape > Rectangle).

    ~Barb

  10. darkdirk says:

    Beth and Jun, I had the same issue (only some frames showed the yellow handles) and it was because the ones without them were actually ‘Rounded Rectangles’ instead of ‘Rectangles’. Change them back to ‘Rectangles’ via Object > Convert Shape > Rectangle

  11. Pip says:

    Ahh this is awesome! exactly what I wanted to do!!!

  12. Michelle says:

    This was really helpful! Will be bookmarking your blog!

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