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Are add-on stroke styles available?

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I would like to apply a nicely decorated frame stroke to a text box that is used as a dedication paragraph (for my wife) in a publication that I revise annually. When I originally created the text box in Quark over 15 years ago I used a nice one in that software, but unfortunately InDesign doesn't ship with or import those design elements, so I went with the "triple line" border at 3 points. Functional but not particularly decorative.

I'm not a good designer and can't really come up with one myself, I just want to add one in from some unknown-at-the-moment source. The stock frame styles in Illustrator aren't particularly nice looking either, but I'd rather it be something that changes size with the text box in InDesign, rather than a placed graphic. Is it possible to use add-in stroke styles, and if so, where could I find some simple yet elegant designs? I only need one.

Please and thanks in advance.

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There are a few hidden strokes built in, but I don't think these are what you are looking for

https://indesignsecrets.com/easter-egg-stroke-styles.php

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You can also make your own variations of the think-thin lines, and add a styled corner for extra effect.

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Not as fancy as what Quark had, but maybe it could work for you.

Otherwise, maybe you could find a stock image frame that you could use.

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Are add-on stroke styles available?

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I would like to apply a nicely decorated frame stroke to a text box that is used as a dedication paragraph (for my wife) in a publication that I revise annually. When I originally created the text box in Quark over 15 years ago I used a nice one in that software, but unfortunately InDesign doesn't ship with or import those design elements, so I went with the "triple line" border at 3 points. Functional but not particularly decorative.

I'm not a good designer and can't really come up with one myself, I just want to add one in from some unknown-at-the-moment source. The stock frame styles in Illustrator aren't particularly nice looking either, but I'd rather it be something that changes size with the text box in InDesign, rather than a placed graphic. Is it possible to use add-in stroke styles, and if so, where could I find some simple yet elegant designs? I only need one.

Please and thanks in advance.

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Correct answer by SJRiegel | Adobe Community Professional

There are a few hidden strokes built in, but I don't think these are what you are looking for

https://indesignsecrets.com/easter-egg-stroke-styles.php

Screenshot 2018-12-05 12.19.17.png

You can also make your own variations of the think-thin lines, and add a styled corner for extra effect.

Screenshot 2018-12-05 12.23.55.png

Not as fancy as what Quark had, but maybe it could work for you.

Otherwise, maybe you could find a stock image frame that you could use.

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Try a Google search on "indesign stroke styles free download"

I see some things listed there but you'll have to look through the postings to see if they're what you want.

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There are a few hidden strokes built in, but I don't think these are what you are looking for

https://indesignsecrets.com/easter-egg-stroke-styles.php

Screenshot 2018-12-05 12.19.17.png

You can also make your own variations of the think-thin lines, and add a styled corner for extra effect.

Screenshot 2018-12-05 12.23.55.png

Not as fancy as what Quark had, but maybe it could work for you.

Otherwise, maybe you could find a stock image frame that you could use.

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That's a nice style right there, but I have no idea how to create it (or anything like it). Obviously those options alone didn't make that fance effect. I'm using CS6, incidentally, so I don't know if I have all the stroke options that later versions have.

Yes, I could use a stock image frame, but my first preference is for a stroke style within InDesign rather than placing a vector image and scaling it to the text box.

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The corner effects have been available for several versions back. Look under Options >Corner Options.  

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For the stroke itself, there is a Stroke Styles menu - choose New, and you can click on the panel to and or drag to change the width of stroke sections.

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That one works quite nicely. I wish there were other similar choices, but that one will do for this application. Does anybody make a plugin or helper app that offers third party border styles?

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Hello, I have the same problem, I need more line stroke Styles.
I've tried what the posts on this thread suggest. The Indesign options are not what I'm looking for.
I couldn't find any "styles to download".
in the Strike Styles dialoge, there is a "load" botton. Where can one find Styles to load?
what is the file format/extention of the loadable files?
In which program can one create them, or import existing ones?
Thank you all in advance.

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Hello, I have the same problem, I need more line stroke Styles.

 

More ideas:

 

~Barb

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