8 Replies Latest reply on Jun 14, 2017 6:29 AM by corky23

    Corner frames


      Hi all,


      I want to add corner frames to each page (CC) something like the mockup image below -






      what is a good way to do this? I can do this with rectangle tool and stroke -



      So should I now be adding a clipping path to this rectangle (If so I haven't worked out how to do this yet)? Or should I make the corner graphic elsewhere eg Illustrator and then import it into InDesign? These corners will be on numerous pages so I guess I am also thinking about efficiency.



        • 1. Re: Corner frames
          BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          You should create a master page for it, if it's being used on multiple pages. As for the corners, draw one with the pen tool, then copy/paste it, rotate it, position it, lather rinse repeat.

          • 2. Re: Corner frames
            amaarora Adobe Employee


            I dont know if there is a way to get this kind of exact border style but i can share a way to get a somewhat similar "corner frame"...

            1. From strokes menu choose "New Style"

            2. Click on "New"

            3. Set the dialog options something like. Choose Corners pop-up menu to Adjust Gaps so that gaps fill the space that the stroke doesn’t fill. Pattern length>length of side of any text frame on which you want this corner frame

            4. This would give you something like...

            I agree the style is not the same as yours but i guess you can still explore this way.



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            • 3. Re: Corner frames
              BarbBinder Adobe Community Professional

              Interesting question. Do you have a CC subscription and access to Illustrator?


              Taking Aman's idea to Illustrator—because InDesign lets you have the two lines OR dashes, not both—you could create the rectangle using two strokes, one offset from the other and then set up the custom dashes. Copy the object, paste in InDesign and off you go.

              Adobe Illustrator CC 2017ss_004.png

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              InDesign CCss_002.png

              • 4. Re: Corner frames
                Obi-wan Kenobi Level 5



                Totally simple! 

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                As you see, even if you play with the width/height of the text frame, the angles are the same!

                I let you find how [for fun!] and I'll tell you in 1 hour if not found!



                • 5. Re: Corner frames
                  Obi-wan Kenobi Level 5

                  Well! … No winner! 


                  I do it simply! As we talk about "text frame", one ID feature we can use is "Anchoring"!


                  So, draw a square and delete one point:

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                  Apply a "stroke style":


                  Capture d’écran 2017-06-06 à 18.10.41.png

                  Then cut it and paste it at the beginning of the text as anchored object:


                  Capture d’écran 2017-06-06 à 15.47.33.png


                  Copy the anchor and paste it 3 times to make the 4 angles.

                  Play with position and "miroir" [french] effect to have the good view.


                  This tip is cool because you can easily add stroke effects:

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                  Just for fun! 



                  • 6. Re: Corner frames
                    amaarora Adobe Employee


                    That looks great. So flexible and simple to achieve.

                    All this while, I was thinking of ways to somehow modify new strokes, scripting, paragraph shading, and gap color.


                    Your idea is fantastic!



                    • 7. Re: Corner frames
                      Obi-wan Kenobi Level 5

                      This tip is funny because you could apply these corners [1, 2 , 3 or the 4] with/without same effects to all the text frames containing text with a same para style just using … GREP!





                      • 8. Re: Corner frames
                        corky23 Level 1

                        Hi all,


                        Thanks to all for your replies. I used BobLevine's answer (Master page / pen tool / stroke) because it was the first reply and it worked fine on my document.


                        I will still be trying the other methods in order to improve my InDesign skills.