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031 Drawing Star Bursts

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Video: 031 Drawing Star Bursts

By starting with just a simple triangle, rotating it, and using the Transform Again commands, you can create all kinds of custom light ray effects inside InDesign. So here I have a simple layout and it looks like I have a lovely yellow sun rising up over a horizon. And below I have lines of perspective coming across this field that stretches to the horizon. So let's see how I did that. I'll start out taking my Polygon tool, click in the document, and I'm going to create a triangle, a very thin tall one, so I'll just use 10 pixels in Width and a Height of 100 pixels and 3 sides.

031 Drawing Star Bursts

By starting with just a simple triangle, rotating it, and using the Transform Again commands, you can create all kinds of custom light ray effects inside InDesign. So here I have a simple layout and it looks like I have a lovely yellow sun rising up over a horizon. And below I have lines of perspective coming across this field that stretches to the horizon. So let's see how I did that. I'll start out taking my Polygon tool, click in the document, and I'm going to create a triangle, a very thin tall one, so I'll just use 10 pixels in Width and a Height of 100 pixels and 3 sides.

Click OK, and I'll give it a fill. I have the sun ray color, and I'm going to make sure that the reference point is set to the top center, and I'm going to double-click on my Rotate tool and I'm going to rotate it 10 degrees, and click Copy. Now I'm going to choose Object > Transform Again > Transform Sequence Again, and I like this one because it has the keyboard shortcut Command+Option+4, Ctrl+Alt+4, that I can just keep pressing over and over again to create extra copies. And I'll do that until I go all the way around the circle. So there you go! I have 36 copies now.

I'm going to group them all. I'm going to zoom way out, because I'm going to scale them up really big. I'm going to hover over one of the corner anchor points and hold down Command+Shift+Option, Ctrl+Shift+Alt, to scale proportionally from the center. And voila! Instant light burst! Now I'm going to position it about in the center of the document using my Smart Guides, and I'm going to take my Rectangle Frame tool and I'm going to click and drag to draw a rectangle over the top-half of the document. This is going to be my sky and I'm going to paste the light rays into this.

So I'm going to fill my sky with the sun ray color and I'm going to lower the Tint a little bit so I can see my light rays. Just a little bit, say 80%. Now I need to create the circle for the sun itself, so I'll press the L key on my keyboard to get the Ellipse tool, go right in the center of my document, and I'm going to Option+Shift+Drag or Alt+Shift+Drag to create a circle. I'll fill that with my sun ray color too and reduce the Tint even more, to about 60%. Now I'll select the circle, plus all my light rays, group them, cut them, and then I'll select the frame that's going to be my sky, and I'll choose Edit > Paste Into or press Command+Option+V, Ctrl+Alt+V. And there is my sky! Now I still have that sun on my clipboard.

I'm going to paste it in place, so I'll choose Edit > Paste in Place, and I'm going to use this in a different way for the lines of perspective of the ground. First of all, I'm going to double-click into the group to select the circle for the sun, because I don't need that in this instance. So I'm going to just delete it. And with this group selected, I'm going to change the color from sun ray to Darker Yellow Green. I'm going to zoom way out and now I'm going to hover over one of the control points, and I'm going to Command+ Option+Drag, Ctrl+Alt+Drag to scale it. But I'm not going to hold down the Shift key, because I don't want to scale proportionally.

I want to stretch these out. See how I'm flattening them? And if I don't go into the corner anymore, now I can hold down the Shift key and make everything bigger. I might squish them a little bit more. So I'll grab this bottom center anchor point and Command+Option+Drag up a little bit, and drag the corner a little bit more just to fill the page. Okay, that looks good. Now I'll cut this, I'll zoom in, I'll press the F key on my keyboard to get my Rectangle Frame tool again, and I'm going to click and drag to draw a frame that'll represent the ground. And then I'll choose Edit > Paste Into to paste my lines of perspective into the ground.

I'll select that frame, I'll choose Dark Yellow Green, deselect, and there I have my sunburst and by lines of perspective. Now let's try a different effect. Here is a variation on a starburst and you might be thinking, okay, I could do something like this with the Polygon tool. But the interesting thing here is see how there are two different tints of this blue color. So by having independent objects that I rotate around, I can change fill color and make a different effect that you couldn't achieve with just the regular Polygon tool. So actually, let's start with the Polygon tool for just one piece here and we'll create a triangle.

Again, it's going to be a tall, skinny triangle of 10 pixels wide by 100 pixels tall. 3 sides. Click OK. We'll give it a fill color of blue. And for this effect, I actually want a four-sided object, sort of like a diamond, and I'm going to use one of InDesign's scripts that come with the program. So I'll open my Scripts panel and there is this AddPoints script which is really handy. All you do is double-click on it and it immediately adds points in between each anchor point, exactly halfway in between the anchor points. So this way I don't have to measure or try to click around with the Pen tool and guess where the exact center of these sides are.

I'll just click on the AddPoints script, and I can zoom in and with my Direct Selection tool I can see I have a nice point added for me right in the center of the bottom of the triangle. I'll hold the Shift key on my keyboard down and I'll tap the down arrow key a couple times to make my diamond, and this will form the basis for my starburst. I'll zoom out a little and with the reference point in the bottom center, I'll double-click on the Rotate tool and I'll rotate it 20 degrees, and click Copy. Now I'll change the Tint in the Swatches panel to 50%, I'll select both of these objects, group them, and that grouping is important because that gives InDesign a common reference point for both pieces.

If I didn't group them and used the Transform Again feature, I would sort of see them spiral around off the page as I continue to rotate them. So I wanted them to stay together and rotate around the same point. That's why I grouped them. Click once on the Rotate tool and then I'm going to click and drag to move the reference point right to where these two objects come together. That's going to be the center of my starburst. Then I'll double-click on the Rotate tool and I'll double the angle of rotation from 20 degrees to 40 degrees, and click Copy. And then I can press my favorite keyboard shortcut, Command+Option+4, Ctrl+Alt+4, to transform the sequence again, and deselect.

And there you have it. An interesting starburst effect that you can use the Transform Sequence Again command, but you can't do that with just the regular Polygon tool. So again, by just starting with simple shapes like triangles or diamonds, rotating them and using Transform Sequence Again, you can create all kinds of light ray effects inside InDesign.

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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. 093 Creating custom frames
      2m 11s
    95. 094 Making trading cards
      4m 43s
    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
      12m 58s
    107. 106 Putting items on a shelf
      6m 11s
    108. 107 Creating a shredded-document effect
      4m 12s
    109. 108 Simulating a train-station display board
      9m 54s

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