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Achieve shape with paragraph shading/border/rule?

Community Beginner ,
Jul 27, 2019

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Hi there,

Is there any way to have the below design/shape with using paragraph style options like shading / border / rule (and without actually drawing it)?

Please note that the shape has to be extended based on the text.

Screenshot 2019-07-27 at 7.02.58 PM.png

Any help on this would be very much appreciated.

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Achieve shape with paragraph shading/border/rule?

Community Beginner ,
Jul 27, 2019

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Hi there,

Is there any way to have the below design/shape with using paragraph style options like shading / border / rule (and without actually drawing it)?

Please note that the shape has to be extended based on the text.

Screenshot 2019-07-27 at 7.02.58 PM.png

Any help on this would be very much appreciated.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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No.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 27, 2019

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Hi bha$kar:

How about something like this?

Jul-27-2019 12-11-00a.gif

I used paragraph rule above, positioned behind the text (this can be saved as a paragraph style and re-used):

Screen Shot 2019-07-27 at 12.03.30 PM.png

And then added anchored frames on either side, with the anchor position relative to the anchor marker.

Screen Shot 2019-07-27 at 12.03.40 PM.png

Screen Shot 2019-07-27 at 12.07.13 PM.png

If this works for you, I would set one up, then just copy, paste and edit the content for the others.

~Barb

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 29, 2019

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This would make a great article for InDesign Magazine, including the variations!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 29, 2019

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Absolutely a good idea, Jane!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 28, 2019

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I was able to do it with a combination of paragraph shading, bullets and numbering and the right glyph to use at the front:

ScreenFlow.gif

make a paragraph style that contains paragraph shading as follows, making sure the corner size/shape are set for the top and bottom right, but not the top and bottom left:

Screen Shot 2019-07-28 at 21.46.41.png

then apply bullets and numbering. I'm using a right-facing triangle from Wingdings 3.

Screen Shot 2019-07-28 at 21.46.45.png

the character style "big triangle" has also been set to match the height of the shading and pointiness of the arrow on the right side of the text.

Screen Shot 2019-07-28 at 21.47.02.png

Screen Shot 2019-07-28 at 21.47.06.png

Feel free to adjust this to your liking so it works with your design.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 28, 2019

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Yes, the tricks and workarounds. But ‘simply’ with a paragraph rule, border or fill it is still: no 😉

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 28, 2019

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Is there any way to have the below design/shape with using paragraph style options like shading / border / rule (and without actually drawing it)?

Please note that the shape has to be extended based on the text.

I think Colin's answer meets the criteria of "using paragraph style options" perfectly.

~Barb

Jul-28-2019 12-03-47.gif

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Ah, yes, true 😉

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Advisor ,
Jul 28, 2019

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The two solutions are ingenious. Very clever.  

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Screen Shot 2019-07-28 at 2.39.34 PM.png

CONGRATULATIONS!

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Jul 28, 2019

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bha$kar  wrote

Any help on this would be very much appreciated.

I think this has sufficiently been answered. Do one of these two answers work for you? If not, further explanation may be needed.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 29, 2019

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Thanks everyone (especially Barb and Colin) for your answers and responses. I can use Colin's solution but still I need further help on this. By following Colin's solution, I can have a shape for the entire paragraph but there are cases where after the shape with text there could be additional regular text (please refer the first portion of the picture that I have shared earlier and given below for immediate reference). Can this be done too?

Screenshot 2019-07-29 at 1.13.10 PM.png

Thanks again for all your help on this.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 29, 2019

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If you put the text into a table - and set the margins to 0 all around.

2 Cells.

Cell1 will have the paragraph effect, and cell 2 will have the normal text applied.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 29, 2019

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Hi bha$kar ,

I see no issue to do this with three GREP Styles and two different character styles.

Plus two characters, one behind, one in front of the text that should be enclosed.

I suggest:

WHITE RIGHT-POINTING TRIANGLE with \x{25B7} and:

BLACK RIGHT-POINTING TRIANGLE with \x{25B6}

All text between the two characters is formatted with underline.

In my sample below with character style ArrowText-Center.

ArrowText-AppliedParaStyle-GREP-Styles.PNG

To make that perfect you have to do your own font with two characters like that:

Two-SpecialChars-TRIANGLE.PNG

I suggest Jogware's and Marc Autret's IndyFont script for this:

Indiscripts :: IndyFont

IndyFont-ArrowTextUwe-CREATION-1.PNG

Use no side barings for both glyphs and I think you are good to go:

IndyFont-ArrowTextUwe-CREATION-2.PNG

Final result:

IndyFont-ArrowTextUwe-CREATION-3.PNG

Story Editor view:

IndyFont-ArrowTextUwe-CREATION-4.PNG

Regards,
Uwe

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Hi bha$kar:

My solution above, would also work if you use an underline instead of shading. Shading is a paragraph-level command, meaning it will always impact the entire paragraph. An underline is a character level command that you can assign only to the highlighted text. This will allow you to assign the ribbon to selected words within a longer paragraph.

That said, I think the glyphs will be easier to work with than the anchored frames I originally suggested. Uwe has this process outlined above but doesn't explain how to define with a custom underline so I'll add that below:

Underline the text with the T button on the Control panel:

Screen Shot 2019-07-29 at 7.32.34 AM.png

Alt/Opt click the  T button on the Control panel and set the underline options.

Screen Shot 2019-07-29 at 7.33.23 AM.png

Finish formatting the underlined text and save it as a Character style for rapid application.

Screen Shot 2019-07-29 at 7.33.56 AM.png

~Barb

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Brilliant!

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Jul 30, 2019

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Hi There,

I can use same as “Colin's solution” options, I use with Nested styles for further changes. Create two different Paragraph styles for single line sentences and paragraph.

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Nested Styles:

Screen Shot 2019-07-30 at 12.53.30 PM.png

Shadow option:

Screen Shot 2019-07-30 at 12.53.11 PM.png

To Adobe Developers: This is very helpful to control this, If shadow option available in characters styles.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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If you need shadow options in the character styles then the best place to bring it up is here:

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