How to Make a Curved Image With a Border in InDesign


Every image in Adobe InDesign appears within a frame. Modifying the frame's shape changes what portion of the image is visible. You can insert an image into a elliptical frame to easily curve the image, or you can use the Pen tool to modify the shape of any frame into a custom curve. Once your frame is complete, applying a stroke to the frame results in a border around your curved image.

  • Create a frame for your image. Click on the rectangle frame tool and draw a rectangle frame, or click and hold on the rectangle frame tool to select the ellipse or polygon frame tool. Alternatively, use the Pen tool to manually draw a frame in any shape.

  • Use the Selection tool or Direct Selection tool to select your image frame. Click on "Place" from InDesign's File menu to find your image and insert it into the frame.

  • Use the Pen tool to modify the shape of the image's frame. Click and hold on the Pen tool to select the Add Anchor tool, and click on the image's frame to add anchors. Use the Pen tool to convert sections of the shape's lines to curves, and drag the direction lines along the shape's segments to change the curve of the frame. Continue modifying the shape of the frame until only the desired portion of the image shows through it.

  • Click on "Stroke" in InDesign's Window menu to open the Stroke panel. Use the Selection tool to select the image's frame and set a weight for the frame's stroke to specify how thick the image's border should be. Click on "Show Options" in the Stroke panel's menu and choose a stroke style if you don't want a solid border.


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