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Creating Corner Effects

InDesign's Corner Effects dialog box makes it possible to create simple rounded-cornered rectangles as well as "fancy" cornered frames—a nice if somewhat frivolous addition. The default corner effects, like end shapes, can be supplemented by installing third-party plug-ins.

  1. Select a path.

  2. Choose Object→Corner Effects. The Corner Effects dialog box includes six corner types.

  3. Specify a size for the effect (Figure 3.43). The Size field specifies the radius of the effect.

  4. Click OK. Applying an effect does not alter a path's anchor points. The path remains editable. This means you can apply an effect and change it at any time (Figure 3.44).

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If you are familiar with other applications' Rounded Rectangle tools, consider the size of a corner effect as the same as the corner radius used with that tool.

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Changing a path's stroke width changes the corner effect. This is especially noticeable when the Fancy effect is applied (Figure 3.45). See Chapter 9 for details on applying stroke to paths.

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