How to Make Borders in Indesign

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How to Make Borders in Indesign
Add a border to your photos or text boxes in Adobe InDesign. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Adobe InDesign makes creating borders for your desktop publishing projects an easy process. InDesign, part of the Adobe Creative Suite, is used to design brochures, flyers, magazines, newspapers, posters and other printed media. If you have a text or object frame on your document that needs a border, InDesign has an option to add the border and customise its colour, width and style. You can even add borders to empty frames before filling them with content.

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  1. 1

    Click the "Selection" tool in the left side of your screen. The tool looks like a solid black cursor.

  2. 2

    Click on the frame to which you are adding a border.

  3. 3

    Enlarge the frame to a desired size by clicking the edge of the frame and dragging it outward.

  4. 4

    Go to the "Window" tab in InDesign CS5 and click "Color" and then "Swatches." For InDesign CS3 and CS4, go to the "Window" tab and click "Swatches." The "Swatches" panel will open. While the box frame is highlighted, choose a stroke style and colour from the panel.

  5. 5

    Return to the "Window" tab and click "Stroke." The "Stroke" panel will open. While the box frame is highlighted, adjust the alignment, style and weight of your border.

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