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How to Make Tables With Rounded Corners in InDesign

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This post is part of a series called Design Essentials.
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What You'll Be Creating

Looking for something new to try? Creating rounded rectangles in Adobe InDesign is a great way to start something new. Tables with rounded corners can add style and appeal to a document. This quick InDesign rounded corners trick will make your designs look more professional and beautiful. In this rounded table InDesign tutorial, you will learn how to make a simple table and how to make rounded edges in InDesign.

What You'll Learn in This How to Make Rounded Edges in InDesign Tutorial

  • How to create a table in InDesign
  • How to round corners in InDesign

What You'll Need

1. How to Create a Table in InDesign

Step 1

Before we get started with this round corners InDesign tutorial, open the restaurant brochure and install the fonts. In this rounded table example, we will work from the fresh juice section on page 3. Go to Table > Create Table and change the Body Rows to 6 and the Columns to 4. Select 'OK'.

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Step 2

Copy (Command-C) and paste (Command-V) the juice menu text into the table. 

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Step 3

Highlight the first row and click the Merge Cells icon in the top toolbar.

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Step 4

With the first row still selected, Fill it with C100 M0 Y0 K0 and change the Tint to 18%.

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Step 5

Fill the other rows with Pantone 7530 C and change the Tint to 20%.

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Step 6

Highlight the first two columns. Select the vertical inner bar in the top toolbar. In the Swatches panel, change the Stroke to None. Do the same to the other two columns.

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Step 7

Select the entire table and change the border Stroke to None. In the next section, we will create the round corners in InDesign.

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2. How to Round Corners in InDesign

Step 1

Select the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a frame that's bigger than our table. Change the Fill to None and the Stroke to Black.

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Step 2

Select the table and Edit > Cut. Now, select the black frame and Edit > Paste Into.

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Step 3

Double-click one of the corners (highlighted in red) of the frame so that the border snaps to the edges of the table. 

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Step 4

With the table still selected, go to Object > Corner Options. Change the Corner Shape to Rounded and click OK. You've now finished making a rounded rectangle in InDesign.

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There's More to Learn with Adobe InDesign!

After rounding corners in InDesign, there's so much more to learn. Throughout the tutorial, I walked you through how to create a simple table in InDesign and how to make rounded edges in InDesign. Feel free to try out these tutorials—they'll teach you how to insert an image, create curved text, package an InDesign file, and more. There are plenty of tutorials to pick from, so find one that fits your learning style.

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