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027 Drawing Extrusions, Part 1

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Video: 027 Drawing Extrusions, Part 1

InDesign doesn't provide you with tools for achieving sophisticated 3D effects quickly or automatically. But if you just need some basic 3D shapes, you can build them by starting with a simple shape and using the Pen tool and Pathfinder to add sides and extrude an object. Let's try taking an ellipse and making it into a cylinder. I'll press the L key on my keyboard to get the Ellipse tool. I'll click-and-drag in the document to make an ellipse. I'll press Shift+X to exchange the stroke and the fill. now I have no stroke and a fill of black.

027 Drawing Extrusions, Part 1

InDesign doesn't provide you with tools for achieving sophisticated 3D effects quickly or automatically. But if you just need some basic 3D shapes, you can build them by starting with a simple shape and using the Pen tool and Pathfinder to add sides and extrude an object. Let's try taking an ellipse and making it into a cylinder. I'll press the L key on my keyboard to get the Ellipse tool. I'll click-and-drag in the document to make an ellipse. I'll press Shift+X to exchange the stroke and the fill. now I have no stroke and a fill of black.

I'll press the V key to get my Selection tool and then I'll Option or Alt+Shift+Drag straight down to create a second copy right underneath the original ellipse. Next I'll copy this and choose Edit > Paste in Place to create a second copy of the lower ellipse, and then I'll choose Object > Convert Shape > Rectangle. So now I have created a rectangle right on top of the lower ellipse in the exact same size and dimensions as the ellipse. I'll take the bottom center anchor point and drag it up until it snaps to the center of the ellipse.

Then I'll take the top anchor point and drag it up till it meets the center of the top ellipse. Now I want to create the front side of my cylinder. I'll select both the side and the lower ellipse, I'll go to Pathfinder, and choose Add. Now I have one shape for the front of my cylinder. Next I'll select my top ellipse, copy it, then I'll select both the top ellipse and the side, and I'll choose Pathfinder, Minus Back, which eliminates that top ellipse and makes this nice curved shape for my cylinder.

Then I'll choose Edit > Paste in Place to put my original ellipse back where it was. Now I'll just go to my Swatches panel and apply some different colors so I can actually see my cylinder. I'll apply this blue color to the top and reduce the Tint to say 50%. I'll apply the same blue color to the side at 100%. Deselect and there I have a simple cylinder out of an ellipse. Let's try another shape. This time we'll make an extruded star shape.

I'll start with my Polygon tool, click- and-drag in my document to make a star shape. Again I'll press Shift+X to exchange the stroke and the fill so there's no stroke and a fill in the object. I'll press the V key to get my Selection tool, and I'll Option or Alt+Shift+Drag straight down to make a copy of the star. Next I'll press the A key to get my Direct Selection tool. We'll select each of these sides and make copies of them, and they'll form the sides of our extrusion. Click once here, I'll copy it, and choose Edit > Paste in Place, or I could use the keyboard shortcut Command+Shift+ Option+V, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+V, and I have a copy of this segment right on top of the old one.

I'll do the same on the lower star. I'll click on it, copy it, and press Command+Shift+Option+V, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+V. Then I'll press the P key to get my Pen tool and I'll connect these two segments. Click once on the bottom and once on the top. Now I have a basic shape I want for the side, but I want to close this. So I can go to the Object menu and choose Paths > Close Path. I'll send this to the back, choosing Object > Arrange > Send to Back, and I'll give it a fill.

I'll just use the star fill. So I have my first side that I need. Now let's repeat the process. I'll press the A key to get my Direct Selection tool, click on this segment, copy it, paste it in place, and do the same for its twin down below. Click on it, copy it, paste in place. P key for the Pen tool, click once, click again, and then go Object > Paths, close this path. And we'll apply that same Star gradient here. Let's do it again.

Click once on this segment, copy it, paste it in place, click once on its twin down below, copy, paste in place. P key for the Pen tool, click, click again, and in the Object menu choose Paths > Close Path, and we'll give it that gradient fill. One more time. Click once, copy, paste in place, click again down below, copy, paste in place, click once with the Pen tool, click again, Object > Paths > Close Path.

Fill it with the Star gradient and choose Object > Arrange > Send to Back. Now I don't need the bottom copy of the star anymore, so I'll take my Selection tool and click on it and delete it. And I'll just also change the fill color of the top star to this blue color. Deselect, and there I have my extruded star shape. Drawing simple 3D shapes in InDesign is a fun way to get some quality time with the Pen tool, Pathfinder tools, and Path commands like Close Path. It's not a substitute for the powerful 3D effects you can achieve in Illustrator or Photoshop, but it is a means of giving a design element that extra dimension.

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InDesign FX

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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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