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Converting Shapes

Did you ever need to change the shape of an existing object in your layout? Like if you had to change a rectangle into a triangle while keeping all its visual attributes i.e. color, stroke, width, height, and position. Something like this:

I have seen folks try to accomplish this several ways: using the Pen tool to create a new object then copying the attributes using the Eyedropper tool, using the Pathfinder, using the Polygon tool, etc. But there’s a much easier method than all of these that most folks aren’t aware of: the Convert Shape option in the Object menu.

This feature can convert to/from any of the listed shapes while keeping any attributes intact. Only the Orthogonal Line cannot be converted to other shapes.

Just select any object (like the rectangle above), go to Object menu, choose Convert Shape, and click on the desired shape style from the list, (e.g. Triangle). Done! Try it sometime!

Masood Ahmad

Masood Ahmad

Masood Ahmad has been working on InDesign since v2.0 and mostly with the Middle East version. He started his career as a Linguistic Operator in 1996 and presently working as an Associate Service Delivery Manager at Express KCS, India. Client communication, understanding requirements, distribution of jobs and monitoring of service delivery are part of his daily schedule. He assists his team in their works and also tries to educate them the best possible and efficient way. He is more interested in giving trainings within and outside the company. With his trouble-shooting skills, he tries to deal with all sorts of work. Visit to see his articles or email him at
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6 Comments on “Converting Shapes

  1. One thing I love about making a polygon, you can select any object, and double click the polygon tool. It brings up the options for a polygon. Set your amount of points and insets and it converts it there and then.

    I use it so many times!

  2. Depending on how many sides the polygon has, this won’t give you a geometrically exact result. e.g.: 8 sides works great. But 6 sides won’t, because the bounding box of a hexagon is not a square.

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