Reset Bounding Box in InDesign/ Custom Baseline Rotation InDesign
This is kind of a 2-for-one. Since it basically involves the same trick. What we really want to do is to reset the bounding box in InDesign. Basically, to have my shape and zero out the transformations. Well… you can’t do that. That function is in Illustrator. The easiest way to do this then, is to make your shape in Illustrator, Reset bounding box in Illustrator, then cut and paste the shape into InDesign. Now, what you have is a rotated shape with zero transformation values.
This really doesn’t mean much to InDesign, except that the baseline is really set at a different angle than the transformation of the box (InDesign’s Baseline Grid and Bounding Box are basically always at the same rotation). InDesign can actually create customized baseline rotations with a little trick. First, create a text box and an empty box. Then, rotate it such that the baseline and the angle of the shape is how you like it. Make sure your empty box is bigger than your text box, and in the back. Then, Pathfinder to combine the shape, and you’ve basically ended up with the same thing.