How to Make Pie Pieces in InDesign CS5


InDesign allows you to create custom shapes by combining standard shapes and lines in unique ways. One option is to create a new shape from the overlap of two objects, or from the portions of two objects that don't overlap. By overlapping circles with triangles, you can use these tools to create pie pieces and pies missing pieces.

Create a Single Pie Piece

  • Click and hold the Rectangle tool in InDesign's toolbox to select the Ellipse tool. Hold down the shift key while you click and drag within the InDesign document to create a circle.

  • Click and hold the Ellipse tool to select the Polygon tool and begin drawing a polygon on top of the circle. Press the spacebar once and the down arrow twice to reduce the number of sides on the polygon to three to create a triangle. Draw a triangle on top of the circle so that the overlapping portions form a pie slice.

  • Right-click on the rectangle, point to Arrange and click on "Send to Back" to bring the put the circle on top of the rectangle. Copy the shapes to the clipboard if you need to create more than one slice of a pie.

  • Click on "Pathfinder" in InDesign's Window menu to open the Pathfinder panel. Click on the Intersect icon to create a pie piece from the overlap of the two shapes. Click on the Minus Back icon to create a pie with a missing piece.

  • Paste the circle and triangle you copied earlier if you need to create another slice from the same pie. Adjust the size of the triangle and where it overlaps the circle as needed. Use the Pathfinder panel to create a pie slice from the overlap of the two shapes.

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