You can apply a diﬀerent corner eﬀect to
each corner of a rectangular frame.
vector graphic with the Eyedropper
tool, InDesign reads the RGB color
from the screen preview.
To transfer text formatting from one
range of text to another, select the
Eyedropper tool, click the source text
with the attributes you want to trans-
fer, and then click within a target
paragraph, or drag the loaded Eye-
dropper icon over a range of text.
Converting RGB and spot
colors to process colors
When working with spot colors, it’s
a good idea to choose Ink Manager
from the Swatches panel menu and
then select the Use Standard Lab
Values For Spots option. 周is helps
ensure you get the best quality color
for prooﬁng and for conversion to
CMYK. 周e Ink Manager also lets
you convert a spot color to a pro-
cess color by clicking the spot color
to the le晴 of the spot color
name or by selecting the All Spots
To Process option.
To convert RGB colors or images to
CMYK when you print, choose Com-
posite CMYK, Separations, or In-RIP
Separations from the Color pop-up
menu in the Output pane of the Print
You can convert to CMYK while
exporting a PDF ﬁle by choosing
Convert To Destination (Preserve
Numbers) from the Color Conver-
sion pop-up menu in the Output
pane of the Export Adobe PDF dialog
box. Preserve Numbers indicates that
images and swatches already deﬁned
with CMYK values will “pass through”
and not be changed.
Drawing Bezier paths
While Adobe Illustrator is the indus-
try’s premier drawing application,
InDesign oﬀers many excellent draw-
ing features that work identically to
those in Illustrator, including a Pen
tool and a Convert Direction Point
tool. Note that when the Pen tool is
over a path, it automatically changes
to the Add Anchor Point tool; when
it’s over an anchor point, it changes
to the Delete Anchor Point tool.
周e Pathﬁnder panel (Window >
Object & Layout > Pathﬁnder) lets
you merge and intersect paths. 周e
Object > Paths menu lets you com-
bine paths into compound paths.
You can also copy and paste editable
vector artwork between InDesign
and Illustrator (see “Copying graph-
ics” on page 24).
Redrawing frames with the Pencil tool
周e Pencil tool lets you draw paths
or frames free-form, by clicking and
dragging. To create a closed path,
hold down Option (Mac OS) or Alt
(Windows) a晴er you start drawing,
and keep holding it down until you
have released the mouse button.
周e Pencil tool not only draws, it
redraws: If you draw over part of a
path or frame edge, InDesign deletes
a section of the path and redraws
using the new path you drew. 周is
is helpful for converting rectangular
frames into irregular shapes.
To change the Pencil tool’s tolerance
settings, double-click the tool in the
You can make corners on any
selected frame or path appear
rounded (or one of several other
corner eﬀects) by choosing Object >
Corner Options or selecting from the
Corner Options pop-up menu
in the Control panel.
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