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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 create some really fun creative effects by playing with the idea of breaking through the surface of your design. Just by drawing on irregular shape and applying an inner shadow, you can make it look like you've ripped a hole in the paper so the viewer can see what's on the page beneath. Let's see how it's done. So here it looks like I've torn through the black surface of my design and I'm seeing a page of type underneath and it's just a really simple effect accomplished by drawing this jagged shape with the Pencil tool and then applying the inner shadow effect just to give me that little sense of depth. Let's see another example. Wow, look at that. I have an eyes staring back at me through my design in the same idea, a jagged shape plus an inner shadow. One more example. It looks like I have torn through the pages of the book to see the pages beneath. Let's try to make this.
So here I just have two text frames and I am going take my Pencil tool and I am going click and drag up and down to draw this jittery jagged shape, the more jagged the better, and when I get close to the end I'll hold the Option or Alt key to complete the path and close it. Then in my Swatches panel I'll set at fill a Paper and a stroke of None and then I'll select my second text frame. Copy it. I'll select my jagged shape and choose Edit > Paste Into. Now I can apply the effect.
I'll go to Effect panel double-click and apply Inner Shadow and just like that, instant rip. If I want to change the content that I can see inside the rip, that's easy. I'll just Option or Alt drag across to make an extra copy and then in my Control panel, I'll select the content and delete that text frame that I have pasted in there. I'll select the Rip shaped and I will place a photo into it. I'll place this eye picture. I'll double -click to select the content and drug around until I can see the eye through my jagged shape. Inner Shadow gives us the effect that we are peering down into something below the surface of our page . By using Inner Shadow applied to a jagged shape drawn with the Pencil tool, we can create a rip right in our design.
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