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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.
What's better than tearing a hole in your design to give it some depth? How about punching a design element right through the hole, so it comes straight at the viewer? We can use the same technique that we saw in the Rips video to create a hole, and then add a second copy of a graphic to complete the breakthrough effect. So here I have a wonderful walrus who has ripped his way right through my page with his big fierce tusks and the way I accomplish this is to place two copies of this photo and I did a little pre-work in Photoshop. I have two layers in the Photoshop document. One of which is masked and that's the one that's on top here that's making his tusk stick out.
If I drag it over to the side you can kind of see what's going on, I placed one copy of the photo unmasked into this jagged shape and another copy that's masked on top, and when they lay one on top of the other, I get this nice breakthrough effect. So let's see how it's done. Here's my page with just a text frame on it and I'll take my Pencil tool and I'll just draw a jagged jittery shape for the rip, and when I get close to the end, I'll hold the Option or Alt key to close it.
In my Swatches panel, I'll remove the stroke and give it a fill of Paper, then I'll place my walrus photo. I'm going to check Show Import Options and the reason I want to do that is so I can see this, Show Layers. I want to turn on both layers for the copy that goes into the rip shape. I'll take my Direct Selection tool and drag him into place. Then I'll copy him and choose Edit > Paste In Place or Command+Shift+Option+V, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+V, and then I'll right- click and choose Object Layer Options.
And now I'm going to turn off the unmasked layer. I'll click OK and there you have it, the breakthrough effect. The trick to making something appear as if it's poking through a hole in your design is to use two copies of the thing. The top copy is masked to just reveal the details we want coming out the viewer. With Photoshop's layers in InDesign Object Layer Options, we can accomplish this with just one Photoshop file.
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