How To Round Corners In InDesign

Are rectangles too bland? Are shapes with edges not appealing to you anymore? Well, maneuver the corners, then! We touch upon how to round the corners in InDesign in this article.

To round corners in InDesign, select the shape, go to Object, and then Corner Options. In the window that opens, choose Rounded after clicking on the arrow next to the corner icon. Click OK. 

To continue further, keep reading. 

How Can You Maneuver Corners?

InDesign allows you to create variation in your document by adding shapes with visually appealing corners. This may help in gaining the viewers’ attention and passing on a message. 

The six options for altering corners are default, fancy, bevel, inset, inverse rounded, and rounded. We shall discuss the latter five effects briefly. 


Using fancy corners for your box creates an intricate design on the corners. This looks like the line took a different path, made a few turns, and joined the line again. Looking at a visual representation of this might help you understand this further. 


As the name suggests, these corners are beveled. That is they turn at the corner and make sharp horizontal edges. Again, go to InDesign and try this out for a better understanding. 


If you use an inset on a square, it will make it resemble a cross. The corners fold in on themselves.

Inverse Rounded

The name is quite self-explanatory. The corners turn inside to form a curve on the inside. 


The corners are rounded on the outside, creating no sharp edges. We will be learning how to make these in this article. 

Making Round Corners In Indesign

To make your shapes look less stark while still attracting attention, rounded corners are a great way to achieve that. 

To make your corners round in InDesign:

  1. Open up the document containing the cornered shape that needs to be altered.
  2. Select the shape and then go to the menu at the top of the window. 
  3. Here, go to Object. 
  4. In the drop-down menu, go to Corner Options. 
  5. A window will appear. Look for the Preview option at the bottom and place a checkmark next to it. Whatever changes you make in this window, they will show in the document. 
  6. In this window, you will see separate sections for each corner of your shape. If you have a rectangle, you will see four sections. Each section is dedicated to altering one corner.
  7. The corners are linked together by default. 
  8. Go to any of the sections and click the arrow next to the icon showing the corner. 
  9. Here, choose Rounded.
  10. All the corners will be rounded. 
  11. Hit OK. 

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How To Change Roundness Of Corners In Indesign

InDesign has a default setting according to which the corners are rounded. However, this may be something other than your preference. To change this to your liking, follow the instructions below. 

  1. Select the shape that needs rounding. 
  2. Go to Object in the top panel, and then choose Corner Options. 
  3. In the window that appears, you will see sections dedicated to each corner of the shape you are working with. 
  4. Link all the corners by clicking on the linking icon in the center. The icon should not have a line going through it. 
  5. Once you have chosen the rounded corner, you must move on to the numbers. 
  6. You can choose the number of millimeters where the corner is rounded. 
  7. Numbers can be put in manually. 
  8. Once done, hit OK.

How To Round Selected Corners

Create some designs with the corners. A good way to do this is to maneuver each corner separately. Look at the instructions below to round selected corners instead of all. 

  1. Select the shape that needs rounding. 
  2. Go to Object in the top panel, and then choose Corner Options. 
  3. In the window that appears, you will see sections dedicated to each corner of the shape you are working with. 
  4. Look for the linking icon in the middle of these sections. Turn this off. 
  5. The icon should have a line crossed on it to confirm unlinking. 
  6. The unlinking allows you to work with each corner separately. 
  7. You can select the corner you want to change and change its roundness to what you wish. 
  8. While you do this, the rest of the corners will stay unchanged. 
  9. Once you are done, click OK. 


We bet you never thought corners could be this versatile and offer so much in design. Well, you know it now. Stay in touch with us to find interesting information like this and learn how to perform complicated tasks easily, like rounding the corners of your shape.