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InDesign FX is a collection of self-contained effects projects designed to be completed in ten minutes or less. Taught by expert Mike Rankin, the series explores every aspect of InDesign's graphic effects capabilities through real-world examples, all without relying on Photoshop or Illustrator. The intent is to reveal the quick, practical, and sometimes surprising application of InDesign effects to creative projects.
You can do some really fun things by applying Inner Glow to type. Here I created some type that looks like it's made out of weathered wrought iron, and the way that I did that was to combine two effects, Bevel and Inner Glow. The Bevel gives me a nice 3D feel like this is made out of real metal, and the Inner Glow supplies the weathered texture. Let's see how it's done. I will select the text-frame, open my Effects panel, and I can see from the fx icon that effects have been applied at the text level. I will double-click to open the dialog box and I can see the Bevel and Emboss.
Here I chose an Inner Bevel with a Chisel Hard technique, a direction of Up, and a Size of 7 pixels. I increase the Altitude to make the Highlight a little more intense, but I took down the Opacity a little bit, just to make it a little less shiny. Let's look at the Inner Glow settings. I am screening with Paper at 50%, I used the Softer technique, and Center, so the glow comes from the center of the letters. Here's what it looks like at the edges of the letters. I will put it back to Center. I chose 9 pixels in Size, but I can take that Up or Down, to increase the size of the glow.
Again since I'm glowing from the center, increasing the size makes the glow smaller. If I decrease the size, I bring it back towards the edges of the object. Choke is the amount of Inner Glow set at the full color and opacity. So right now, 60% of my Glow is Paper, 50% opaque. And the Noise is what gives me this weathered effect, by breaking up the black color and making it look like the type is aged. I could increase the Noise for a more aged look, or take it back down for something more subtle. I like it at 25%.
You can do a lot of cool things with the Inner Glow effect. Of course you can use it to lighten the edges or center of objects or text. You can just as easily use it to apply inner shading, coloring or texture. A precise Inner Glow can look great when applied to type. Consider using it as an alternative to the Bevel effect when you're looking to add some dimension to an object.
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