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045 Simulating Stickers and Tape

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Video: 045 Simulating Stickers and Tape

When it comes to simulating real-world materials with effects, the little things do matter. The difference between something that looks flat and something that has depth and life to it is often just a subtle touch. Sometimes a very small drop shadow does just the trick. To illustrate this, here I have a placed photo that I wanted to look like it was a snapshot taped up against the wall. So I added a really small drop shadow right behind the photo and I created these two objects that look like tape and they also have a very small drop shadow. Let's see how that's done.

045 Simulating Stickers and Tape

When it comes to simulating real-world materials with effects, the little things do matter. The difference between something that looks flat and something that has depth and life to it is often just a subtle touch. Sometimes a very small drop shadow does just the trick. To illustrate this, here I have a placed photo that I wanted to look like it was a snapshot taped up against the wall. So I added a really small drop shadow right behind the photo and I created these two objects that look like tape and they also have a very small drop shadow. Let's see how that's done.

Here is the placed photo with no effects. I will go ahead and open the Effects dialog box and I will apply a Drop Shadow. I will reduce the Opacity to 40%. I will make the Distance 0, so the shadow is right behind the photo. I will lower the size to 3 pixels and I will increase the Spread to 50% to make the shadow more noticeable right against the edge of the photo and click OK.

Now I have that subtle shadow that makes the photo seem like it's sitting on top of the woodgrain rather than one with it, sort of one object. Now, I will make the tape. I will take my Rectangle Frame tool, click-and-drag to draw a tape rectangle. I will go to my Swatches panel and I will fill it with black, and a light tint of black. How about 15%? Then I will go to my Effects panel and reduce the opacity so I can see through this. I will make the tape 30% opaque. Now, it's time for one of those teeny tiny drop shadows to add a little bit of depth to the tape.

I will double-click to open the Effects dialog box, click on Drop Shadow, and I am going to make this shadow 100% opaque. Now, this may sound weird, but if you think we made this object only 30% opaque. So if I have 100% opacity in the Drop Shadow and 30% opacity in the object itself, the most opaque the drop shadow could possibly be is 30%. So I am going to put 100 here. I am going to make the Distance 0. I am going to make it really small, just 2 pixels.

I am looking for something subtle, but still noticeable, and I am going to make the Spread really large for the same reason that I made the Opacity 100%. So I am going to increase it to 70% Spread and click OK. I am going to deselect, and zoom in to see the effect. So I have this little shadow right around the tape and when I zoom out, it's there, but it's subtle. But it's all I need in this case. I will click-and-drag to move the tape into position and I'll click-and-drag outside one of the corners to rotate it, and I will just Option+Drag or Alt+Drag to make a copy down in the lower right-hand corner.

I've taped my photo to the wall. Let's try another effect. Here is an effect that's pretty popular now-a-days. It's a sticker or a decal effect and it's accomplished with just two steps: by putting a very large paper colored or very light tint of black stroke around something and then adding another teeny tiny drop shadow right behind it. Let's do this. I will select all of these objects. I will go to my Swatches panel. I will select Formatting effects text. I'll select the stroke and check it.

It's right now 15% black. That sounds good. Then I'll go to my Stroke panel. I will change my stroke weight from 0 pixels to 15 pixels. Now I will apply a teeny tiny drop shadow. I will click on Effects. Now, I will apply a small drop shadow by targeting the Formatting Affects Container, going to the Effects panel, double-clicking to open the dialog box, and turning on Drop Shadow. I will make the Distance 0.

I will keep the Size at 5 pixels, but I will increase the Spread to 30% just to make it a little more noticeable around the edges of the stickers or decals, and click OK. I'll deselect and now I have some stickers or decals instead of just some random objects sitting on top of this woodgrain. When you want to add some life to a design, usually a little drop shadow goes a long way, especially when you're simulating a thin material like paper or tape, just a few pixels worth of drop shadow can make all the difference.

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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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