Turning an Image Into a Circle in InDesign


Although Adobe InDesign is not a graphics editor like PhotoShop or Illustrator, you can create some interesting visual effects with images you add to your documents. For example, you can convert an ordinary, rectangular photo taken with your smartphone, tablet or digital camera into a circular button, sign or disc shape. This is possible using InDesign's "Ellipse Frame Tool."

  • Launch InDesign, then press "Ctrl-N" to start a new document. Select "OK" to accept the default document settings.

  • Select the "Rectangle Frame Tool," hold down the left mouse button, then select the "Ellipse Frame Tool."

  • Press and hold the "Shift" key and left mouse button, then drag the cursor across the blank document to create a circle the size you need for your document. Holding the "Shift" key enables you to create a perfect circle for your image frame.

  • Select the "Bridge" button, then use the Bridge file manager to locate the image file you want to edit.

  • Right-click the image, select "Place," then select "In InDesign" to copy the image into your circular frame. If the image is larger than the frame, however, some parts of the image will not be visible. You can adjust the image's viewing area by double-clicking it, holding down the left mouse button, then dragging the image around within the circular frame until the parts you want to see are visible.

Tips & Warnings

  • Select the "Object" menu, "Fitting," then "Fill Frame Proportionally" if your image is too small for the circle you created for it. This tool will scale your image until it completely fills out the circular frame. Your image will not be skewed or distorted, since the tool retains the image's original height-to-width proportions or aspect ratio.

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