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006 Producing Slime

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Sometimes when you're working with effects, you're just adding a little seasoning here and there to your layout. Other times you may want to throw in everything but the kitchen sink. Let's see how we can combine several different effects to cook up some gooey green slime. So here I have some text and some bubbles sitting on top of this gooey green slime effect and what's going on here are these four different effects that are working in conjunction to create this look. If I click on the text and I bring up the Effects dialog box, you can see what's going on.

006 Producing Slime

Sometimes when you're working with effects, you're just adding a little seasoning here and there to your layout. Other times you may want to throw in everything but the kitchen sink. Let's see how we can combine several different effects to cook up some gooey green slime. So here I have some text and some bubbles sitting on top of this gooey green slime effect and what's going on here are these four different effects that are working in conjunction to create this look. If I click on the text and I bring up the Effects dialog box, you can see what's going on.

So I have a Drop Shadow, an Inner Glow, Bevel and Emboss, and Basic Feather all working together to create the look that this text is just sort of bubbling up from this cauldron of gooey slime. And if we turn them on and off we can see what each one is contributing. The Bevel and Emboss gives me that nice shiny highlight. The Inner Glow gives me a nice blend of light and dark green colors. The Drop Shadow gives me a little sense of depth and the Basic Feather softens the edges.

So it feels like this text is actually sitting in the liquid, and together they all work really nicely. So let's create it from scratch. Here I just have the text with no effects and I'll bring up the Effects dialog box and get to work. I'll start out with the Bevel and Emboss. I'll keep the Inner Bevel with the Technique of Smooth and a Direction of Up and I'll increase the Size to 20 pixels and I'll increase the Altitude. Remember increasing the Altitude gives us shiny effects.

It intensifies that highlight and deemphasizes the shadows. I'll go to about 75 degrees and I'm going to change the Angle, because I want the light to seem like it's coming from the lower right. So I'll change from 120 degrees to -30 degrees and I don't want black shadows here so I'm going to click on the swatch and change it from black to my dark green color. Click OK and I might want to just increase the intensity of the highlight a little bit more so I'll go all the way to 100% Opacity.

Next let's do the Drop Shadow. We'll change from the black swatch to the dark green swatch and we'll take the Opacity down to say 40%. And I want it right behind the text, so Distance should be 0 and I need it bigger. So I'm going to increase from 5 pixels to 20 pixels. I'll make it a little more opaque by adding some Spread and I'll go to the Inner Glow to blend the light and dark green colors. I'll change from the Screen blending mode to Normal and pick my dark green swatch.

So the glow gives me a blend of the light green that I filled the text with and the darker green. I'll set the Opacity at 100% and I'll increase the Size. I'll stick with 30 pixels here and I'll increase the opacity of the dark green color with some Choke. That looks good, 30%. And lastly, I'm going to apply Basic Feather to sort of blend the text with the green color in the background. I'll accept the default values. So there we go, there is our slime. It looks like it's shiny and sitting on top of this green liquid.

Now let's use the same four effects to create some bubbles. I'll take my Ellipse tool and Shift+Drag to create a circle. In my Swatches panel, I'll take off the stroke and I'll set the fill to my light green color. Now let's apply some effects. I will double-click to bring up the dialog box and we'll start again with the Bevel and Emboss. Same idea as with the text. I want to create a nice shiny effect. So I'll keep the Inner Bevel, Smooth, and Up. I'll make it really big, I'll go all the way to 50 pixels, and I'll get rid of that dark shadow by increasing the Altitude. We'll go to 70 degrees and I'll change the black swatch to my dark green swatch.

I'll increase the Opacity of the highlight all the way to 100% just like we do with the text, and then I'll move onto the Drop Shadow settings. I'll decrease the Opacity to 30% and pick my dark green swatch. I want it right behind the bubble, so Distance should be 0. I'll increase the Size a bit to about 15 pixels and I'll make it more opaque with some Spread, about 30%.

Next up, we'll apply the Inner Glow to blend the light and dark green colors. I'll change the Screen blending mode to Normal and pick my dark green swatch again. Increase the Opacity all the way to 100 and I'll change my Technique from Softer to Precise. And I want to increase the Size a bit up to say 20 pixels and make it more opaque with that Choke. 60 might be too much. I'll take it down to 50%.

And lastly, we'll use Basic Feather to blend the edges of the bubble into the surface of our liquid. I'll just increase the Feather Width until it looks right. That's too far. We'll take it down to 20 pixels and click OK. Now we have one bubble. We can make more by Option+Dragging or Alt+Dragging. And if we want to make them of different sizes, we can Command+Shift+Drag or Ctrl+Shift+Drag one of the anchor points. So I can make a big bubble, or I can make a really small one.

To make sure these effects scale properly, let's check our Preferences. We'll choose General preferences > Object Editing > When Scaling and have Adjust Scaling Percentage turned on. That way your effects will scale along with the object. In this video, we saw how to combine no less than four effects to create text doing in a slimy bubbly liquid. What's really fun is seeing how you can make the different effects work together, blending colors, and shadows, and highlights to brew up one potent look.

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InDesign FX

109 video lessons · 37145 viewers

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  1. 8h 7m
    1. 000 Welcome to InDesign FX
      2m 42s
    2. 001 Blurring Objects with Drop Shadows
      6m 26s
    3. 002 Creating Interlocking Objects
      3m 46s
    4. 003 Exploring the Effects Panel
      8m 43s
    5. 004 Creating Long Text Shadows with Type on a Path
      4m 23s
    6. 005 Making Shiny Effects
      4m 46s
    7. 006 Producing Slime
      6m 22s
    8. 007 Exploring Bevel and Emboss Settings
      5m 34s
    9. 008 Exploring Inner Glow Settings
      2m 9s
    10. 009 Building Better Bevels
      3m 16s
    11. 010 Punching Holes
      4m 26s
    12. 011 Exploring Basic Feather Settings
      2m 52s
    13. 012 Exploring Directional Feather Settings
      5m 15s
    14. 013 Getting Effects into Print
      8m 10s
    15. 014 Getting Effects into Ebooks
      4m 32s
    16. 015 Simulating a Polaroid Effect
      3m 15s
    17. 016 Creating Metallic Strokes
      3m 18s
    18. 017 Exploring Inner Shadow Settings
      3m 50s
    19. 018 Exploring Drop Shadow Settings
      6m 15s
    20. 019 Simulating Multiple Strokes, Part 1
      3m 59s
    21. 020 Simulating Multiple Strokes, Part 2
      3m 29s
    22. 021 Creating Metallic Chrome Effects
      3m 56s
    23. 022 Creating Glass and Plastic Effects
      4m 49s
    24. 023 Exploring Satin Settings
      6m 57s
    25. 024 Exploring Gradient Feather Settings
      3m 51s
    26. 025 Simulating Carving and Chiseling
      6m 42s
    27. 026 Understanding Transparency Blend Space
      8m 2s
    28. 027 Drawing Extrusions, Part 1
      5m 25s
    29. 028 Drawing Concentric Shapes
      3m 17s
    30. 029 Creative Blend Mode tricks, Part 1
      5m 29s
    31. 030 Creative Blend Mode tricks, Part 2
      4m 6s
    32. 031 Drawing Star Bursts
      6m 7s
    33. 032 Scaling effects
      3m 0s
    34. 033 Learning Pathfinder Tips and Tricks
      9m 10s
    35. 034 Learning Transform Again Tips and Tricks
      6m 39s
    36. 035 Creating Cast Shadows, Part 1
      5m 27s
    37. 036 Exploring Outer Glow Settings
      6m 45s
    38. 037 Understanding Perspective Drawing
      4m 38s
    39. 038 Drawing 3D Banners
      3m 23s
    40. 039 Shearing to Create 3D Effects, Part 1
      6m 41s
    41. 040 Shearing to Create 3D Effects, Part 2
      6m 20s
    42. 041 Simulating a Ripped Background
      1m 53s
    43. 042 Creating a Breakthrough Effect
      2m 10s
    44. 043 Creating Spotlight Effects
      2m 22s
    45. 044 Backlighting an Object
      6m 8s
    46. 045 Simulating Stickers and Tape
      4m 23s
    47. 046 Creating Burnt Edges
      6m 26s
    48. 047 Creating Seamless Patterns
      8m 39s
    49. 048 Using Scripts to Create New Shapes
      6m 40s
    50. 049 Simulating Liquid
      2m 48s
    51. 050 Creating Editable Knockout Text
      5m 52s
    52. 051 Making Peeling Stickers
      5m 42s
    53. 052 Tips for Text Stroke Effects
      6m 44s
    54. 053 Creating 3D arrows
      3m 37s
    55. 054 Creating personal buttons
      4m 22s
    56. 055 Simulating leather with bevel and emboss
      4m 17s
    57. 056 Creating the effect of a magnifying glass
      4m 20s
    58. 057 Simulating a college notebook
      6m 11s
    59. 058 Using multiple effects to create plastic type
      3m 58s
    60. 059 Achieving a rough-hewn look
      2m 28s
    61. 060 Creating speech bubbles
      2m 41s
    62. 061 Creating buttons for interaction
      4m 37s
    63. 062 Creating wraparound headings
      5m 46s
    64. 063 Creating picture frames
      3m 24s
    65. 064 Customizing stroke styles
      5m 19s
    66. 065 Creating photo corners
      3m 44s
    67. 066 Making new shadow effects
      3m 19s
    68. 067 Making 3D type
      3m 15s
    69. 068 Making a 3D object
      5m 13s
    70. 069 Making translucent objects
      3m 10s
    71. 070 Mocking up a film strip
      4m 53s
    72. 071 Showing graphics as tiles
      3m 41s
    73. 072 Simulating chalk
      3m 7s
    74. 073 Using drop- and inner-shadows to create a cutout effect
      4m 30s
    75. 074 Applying multiple strokes with layers
      7m 1s
    76. 075 Enhancing design with skewed text
      3m 59s
    77. 076 Creating and revealing hidden objects
      3m 33s
    78. 077 Setting text vertically
      2m 51s
    79. 078 Achieving a developing Polaroid effect
      3m 38s
    80. 079 Creating ornamental frames
      5m 54s
    81. 080 Framing photos in letters
      4m 19s
    82. 081 Creating effects with paragraph rules
      3m 30s
    83. 082 Putting curved shadows on paper
      2m 40s
    84. 083 Building a puzzle
      2m 16s
    85. 084 Applying a gradient to text
      2m 2s
    86. 085 Creating a theater marquee
      4m 38s
    87. 086 Centering type on a curve
      2m 33s
    88. 087 Creating looks without fill
      2m 31s
    89. 088 Creating spiral patters from random lines
      3m 11s
    90. 089 Creating highlights at top and bottom
      3m 24s
    91. 090 Combining stroke styles
      2m 11s
    92. 091 Making a bottle cap
      1m 47s
    93. 092 Creating a 3D bevel effect behind a cover
      3m 30s
    94. 094 Making trading cards
      4m 43s
    95. 093 Creating custom frames
      2m 11s
    96. 095 Revolving an item around an object
      2m 44s
    97. 096 Creating old-fashioned spotlights
      2m 12s
    98. 097 Creating a rust effect
      1m 44s
    99. 098 Creating sparkle
      1m 54s
    100. 099 Double beveling text
      2m 24s
    101. 100 Creating a 3D pocket with bevel and gradient
      3m 2s
    102. 101 Creating metallic text
      3m 7s
    103. 102 Creating stained glass
      2m 53s
    104. 103 Bobbling a photograph
      4m 47s
    105. 104 Creating a lighted sign
      3m 9s
    106. 105 Creating a blue ribbon NEW
      12m 58s
    107. 106 Putting items on a shelf NEW
      6m 11s
    108. 107 Creating a shredded-document effect NEW
      4m 12s
    109. 108 Simulating a train-station display board NEW
      9m 54s

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