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040 Shearing to Create 3D Effects, Part 2

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Video: 040 Shearing to Create 3D Effects, Part 2

After you've completed a project in InDesign you might have to produce some materials for marketing or promotional purposes, or you might want to collect samples of your favorite work into a portfolio layout. With the Shear tool you can take the PDFs used to print a project or the actual InDesign files themselves and use them to create reduced facsimiles of the documents. Let's see how. So here I have a cover of the fictitious Cow Moo-gazine and I made it seem like a little 3D mockup with some fanned out pages here, like it's standing up, and it's an attractive design.

040 Shearing to Create 3D Effects, Part 2

After you've completed a project in InDesign you might have to produce some materials for marketing or promotional purposes, or you might want to collect samples of your favorite work into a portfolio layout. With the Shear tool you can take the PDFs used to print a project or the actual InDesign files themselves and use them to create reduced facsimiles of the documents. Let's see how. So here I have a cover of the fictitious Cow Moo-gazine and I made it seem like a little 3D mockup with some fanned out pages here, like it's standing up, and it's an attractive design.

What I did is I used the actual PDF that was used to print this cover and then sheared it with a couple extra copies of pages to create this effect. So let's give it a try. Here is just a blank page. It's filled with a light Tint of black and has a small Drop Shadow just to add a little bit of depth, and we're going to shear this a few times to create that mockup of the magazine. So I'll set the reference point in the left-center, and I'll take my Shear tool and with the reference point here at the left-center, I'm going to go on the right side of the frame and I'm going to hold the Shift key and I'm going to drag down just a little bit.

And then I'll press the Option or Alt key to make a copy of this page. I just want a little bit, just around 1 degree of Shear, so that's pretty good. Now I want to scale it just a little bit, so it's not the full width of the original page and I can see the individual pages with that Drop Shadow effect I used. So I'll switch from the Shear tool to the Scale tool and I'll double-click and with that reference point at the same place, I'm going to scale it just a little bit horizontally, 99%, and I'll leave the vertical dimension as it was and I'll click OK.

Now I can use the Transform Again command to make some extra pages. I'll go to the Object menu, choose Transform Again > Transform Sequence Again, and I'll do it one more time. And deselect and now I have four nice fanned-out pages. I'll select the top copy and I'll place the photo of my cover into it. Now it's too big so I need to fit it to the frame. So with the frame selected I'll go to the Control panel and choose Fit Content to Frame, and there you go, a nice magazine mockup.

Let's try another variation. Here we have the magazine opened and the pages fanned-out and we can see both the left and the right side, and what I did here is I placed PDFs of interior pages of the magazine and I created a little lighting effect, so it seems like there is a little shadow on the inside. So let's see how to do this. Here I just have two empty pages with a small Drop Shadow on each again, so when I shear them I can see the individual pages, and I'll start on the left side. I'll set the reference point to the right-center, I'll take my Shear tool, and on the left side, I'm going to hold down the Shift key and drag up just a little bit and then I'll press and hold Option or Alt to make a copy of the page.

I just want a little bit of shear, just about 1 degree again. There we go. Then I'll switch to my Scale tool. I'll double-click on it, and I'll do that same scaling that I did for the cover. 99% horizontally, 100% vertically, and click OK. Now I want to Transform Again, so I'll just use the keyboard shortcut, Command+Option+4, Ctrl+Alt+4, and make a couple more pages. Deselect, there we go. Now let's do the same thing on the right-hand side.

I'll select the right page. I'll set the reference point to the left-center at this time. I'll take the Shear tool. I'll go outside the right edge I'll hold down Shift and drag up and then I'll press-and-hold Option or Alt to make that extra copy. Let go and now I'll scale again. I'll take my Scale tool, double-click and use those same values, and then I'll Transform Again with Command+Option+4, Ctrl+Alt+4 to make two more pages. So there I have the blank pages. Now I just need to place the PDFs into them.

So I'll select the left one, I'll choose File > Place, and I'll pick my left-hand page. In the Control panel I'll fit the content to the frame and do the same for the right-hand page. And then the last thing to do is to create that little lighting effect where there seems like there is a shadow around the spine here. So for that, I'll take my Selection tool, I'll select both pages, and I'll apply a fill to them.

In my Swatches panel I've created this little page shading gradient. I'll apply that and I'll actually double-click on it so you can see what that is. Mostly it's paper, so it contributes nothing all the way to this point, and then right at the end here it becomes a little light Tint of black, 25%, and that's just going to give me that little shadow in the gutter. So it's applied but I can't see it yet. What I need to do is use a little blending mode trick to see that gradient through these PDFs. So I'll double-click on the left page and you can see by the change in the outline color here that I have the graphic selected, and not the frame. I'll go to the Effects panel and I can see Graphic.

I'll change the blending mode from Normal to Multiply. So I'll multiply the graphic into that little gradient and create that little shading. I'll do the same for the right-hand side. Double-click to select the graphic and then in the Effects panel set it to Multiply. Now this one is backwards. The gradient is on the right-hand side still, so I need to go to my Gradient panel. I'll choose Window > Color > Gradient. Select the frame and click on the Reverse button. That puts the shading right in the middle.

I'll deselect and there is my effect. You can create miniature facsimiles of a layout by shearing frames and placing PDFs or InDesign pages into those frames. You can use Transform Again to create as many pages as you like and then apply effects to add some more visual impact. It's a fun way to reuse your work, thanks to the Shear tool.

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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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