How to Make Custom Shapes Using the Pathfinder Panel in Adobe InDesign

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The Pathfinder Panel is used to modify shapes in various ways. The following four steps show how to make custom shapes with it in Adobe InDesign.

  1. Go to the Window menu, scroll down to Object & Layout, and choose Pathfinder.Pathfinder Panel in Window Menu
  2. To change the shape of a frame, select the frame in the layout, then click one of the shape buttons in the Convert section of the Pathfinder Panel.Using the Pathfinder Panel to Convert a Square to a Circle
  3. Multiple frames can be merged in various ways. To combine shapes, select the frames in the layout, then click the Add button in the Pathfinder section of the Pathfinder Panel.Circle and Rectangle Merged into Keyhole Shape
  4. “Donut holes” can be created by selecting multiple shapes and clicking the Exclude Overlap button in the Pathfinder Panel.Hole in Oval Shape
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