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Tip of the Week: Convert Corner Effects to Paths

This InDesign tip on how to convert corner effects to paths was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on July 28, 2016.

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You can convert any object that has Corner Effects applied to it to actual Bezier lines and points by choosing Object > Paths > Closed Path for a closed object, or Object > Paths > Open Path for an open path.


This way, you can combine different corner effects to create new shapes that would otherwise be impossible to make in InDesign.

For example, start with a starburst.

Apply a corner effect like Bevel.

Convert the corner effects to paths by choosing Object > Paths > Closed Path. Then you’re free to apply another corner effect, like Inverse Rounded, to create a cool flower shape.


Cari Jansen

Cari Jansen

Cari Jansen is based in Perth, Western Australia and works throughout Australia as a technical writer/editor, print, electronic (EPUB, Kindle, Tablets, Adobe DPS) and eLearning publishing consultant, software trainer, course developer, and public speaker. She's an Adobe Certified Instructor (Adobe Acrobat, Digital Publishing Suite, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop), Adobe Certified Expert (Adobe Captivate and Muse) and an Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Training Partner based in Australia. In 2008 she founded the Perth inDesign User Group, which she ran until late 2013. You'll meet Cari at industry events, both as an attendee and speaker, speaking on a range of print and digital publishing technologies and trends. To learn more about Cari, visit her web-site: You can also follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and YouTube
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