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How to add an arrow with a border?

New Here ,
Jan 05, 2022 Jan 05, 2022

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I've used the stroke tool to add a line with an arrowhead, but I don't see an option to add a colored border to the line.

 

Is there a workaround to add a border? 

 

I have tried duplicating the arrow, changing the color of one arrow, then overlaying them manually, but because my lines are so thin/small it is very hard to align them correctly.

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Community Expert , Jan 05, 2022 Jan 05, 2022

Hi @Adani5C60:

 

The issue is that an arrowhead is already a stroke, and you can't add a stroke to a stroke in InDesign. (You can in Adobe Illustrator and if that is an option, I can explain how.)

 

~Barb

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Jan 05, 2022 Jan 05, 2022

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Hi @Adani5C60:

 

The issue is that an arrowhead is already a stroke, and you can't add a stroke to a stroke in InDesign. (You can in Adobe Illustrator and if that is an option, I can explain how.)

 

~Barb

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Jan 05, 2022 Jan 05, 2022

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As Barb says, your best bet is to use Illustrator, as you can convert strokes to vectors in llustrator (then copy paste back into InDesign, if you wish).

A workaround if you don't have this option is to use an outerglow or drop shadow, if it's a case of making it pop.

And if you are struggling to line up two objects manually, instead of 'paste' use 'paste in place' - it will appear directly on top of the original object.

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Yes, @Prepress26710313guar. That is how you add an arrowhead to a stroke in InDesign. The OP wanted to add a stroke around the stroke with the arrowhead. That still isn't a feature in InDesign. We've outlined the various workarounds above.

I've used the stroke tool to add a line with an arrowhead, but I don't see an option to add a colored border to the line.

 

~Barb

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