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How to make a star shape in indesign

As a desktop publishing program, Adobe InDesign is extremely useful for positioning images and shapes created in programs such as Illustrator or Photoshop. What is not as well known, however, is that InDesign also has some basic drawing tools. If you want to add a star to your document, rather than creating that star in Illustrator, saving it and importing it into InDesign, you can simply use the polygon tool and draw the star shape directly into your document.

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  1. Select the "Polygon" tool. If the "Polygon" tool is not visible, press on the "Rectangle" or the "Circle" tool until the available flyout tools appear, and then choose "Polygon" from the among them.

  2. Begin drawing, but do not release the mouse.

  3. Press the space bar and tap the up arrow key to increase the number of star points or tap the down arrow key to decrease the number of sides.

  4. Press the space bar and tap the right arrow key to increase the percentage of the star insets or tap the left arrow key to decrease the percentage of the star insets.

  5. Release the mouse when you have the desired star appearance.

  6. Double-click on the "Polygon" tool.

  7. Enter the number of points in the "Number of Sides" box.

  8. Enter the percentage of the star insets in the "Star Inset" box.

  9. Draw the star.

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About the Author

Josh McGee graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in English, professional and technical communication, and a minor in marketing. He has worked as a technical writer and illustrator for two large manufacturing companies, ICON Health and Fitness and Cover-Pools Incorporated. He is currently employed full-time for the latter.

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