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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.
There is no need to resort to using generic clip art when you have all of InDesign's drawing tools at your command. For example, if you want to create a banner for a title you can whip one up in no time at all just starting from a simple rectangle. And that's what I did here with this Woo Hoo! banner. So let's see how I created this. I just start with a simple rectangle. Press the F key on my keyboard to get my Rectangle Frame tool. Click in the document and I'll create the rectangle with these dimensions, 140 pixels wide and 60 pixels tall. In the Swatches panel I'll give it a fill, 50% of this blue color, and this is going to be the front side of my banner.
I'm going to copy that and choose Edit > Paste in Place. So now I have two copies of this rectangle. Switch to my Direct Selection tool by pressing the A key on my keyboard and I'm going to click on the right side of my rectangle and drag down, and I've created my first fold. Now I need to send this to the back, so I'll choose Object > Arrange > Send to Back. Now this is going to be the back side of my banner and I'd like some contrast between the front and the back. So I'm going to increase the Tint back to 100% of that blue color and there we have our first fold.
I'll select this, copy it, and again choose Edit > Paste in Place. So I have another copy to work with. I'll send this one to the back and this time I'll grab the left side and drag it down to create another fold. And this is again going to be the front side of my banner. So I'll reduce the Tint back to 50% again and we'll just keep repeating this process. We'll copy it, choose Edit > Paste in Place, or Command+Shift+Option+V, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+V, and we'll keep going back and forth between the left and the right side, dragging these folds down.
Again, I need to send it to the back and increase the Tint again to 100%. So we're just alternating. We'll do one more, Copy, Paste in Place, grab the left side we'll drag it down choose Object > Arrange > Send to Back and change the Tint down to 50%. We'll give it something fancy at the bottom here, so I'll press the P key on my keyboard to get my Pen tool. I'll click in the middle. Press the A key to get my Direct Selection tool and drag that point in.
Now I've created half of the banner. I'm going to use the Flip command to flip it and create the right side. So I'll select all my pieces, make sure my reference point in the Control panel is set to the right side, and hold the Option or Alt key on my keyboard and click on Flip Horizontal and there is my whole banner. If I want to I can select these two front parts and use Pathfinder, Add to fuse them together. Now all that's left to do is add a little bit of text. I'll press the T key, get a text frame, click-and-drag, and I'll just type the words Woo Hoo! Select them, center them, and we'll give him a fun font and make it a little bit bigger.
In our Swatches panel, we'll give it a color of gold and move it down into place. And there is our banner. To create a folded banner, you can start with a rectangle and create folds by duplicating and reshaping each piece with the direct selection tool and if you're making a symmetrical design, you only need to make one side and then use the Flip command in the Control panel to instantly make the other side.
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