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050 Creating Editable Knockout Text


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InDesign FX

with Mike Rankin

Video: 050 Creating Editable Knockout Text

Transparency blending modes allow us to mix the colors of objects. You can even make objects disappear with blending modes. You may wonder, what's the use of an invisible object? Well, one cool use is Knockout Text, where the text acts like a mask revealing objects underneath, and the name of this effect suggests the key to creating it: the Knockout Group feature. So here I have a nice placed photo of some flowers and some green grass giving me this nice summery feel and I can actually see the photo through the letters. And I have a slightly opaque background here. I can kind of see the flowers through that too.
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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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InDesign FX
8h 7m Intermediate Aug 04, 2011 Updated Jul 08, 2014

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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.

Subjects:
Design Design Techniques
Software:
InDesign
Author:
Mike Rankin

050 Creating Editable Knockout Text

Transparency blending modes allow us to mix the colors of objects. You can even make objects disappear with blending modes. You may wonder, what's the use of an invisible object? Well, one cool use is Knockout Text, where the text acts like a mask revealing objects underneath, and the name of this effect suggests the key to creating it: the Knockout Group feature. So here I have a nice placed photo of some flowers and some green grass giving me this nice summery feel and I can actually see the photo through the letters. And I have a slightly opaque background here. I can kind of see the flowers through that too.

But there's different opacity of the letters and the text frame and this is live text here. This is actual letters, not some kind of Outline Text effect. Let's see how I did that. So here I have the plain frame. The frame is filled with white and the text is black. In my Swatches panel, I will target the text and change the fill from black to Paper. That makes it match the background of the frame, so we can't really see it right now, but that's okay. Then I will select Formatting Affects Container and go to my Effects panel. I will target the text and change the blending mode from Normal to Multiply.

Then I will target the Object level and I will click on Knockout Group, and this makes the text knock out right through the frame, and I can see what's underneath. So again, I fill it with Paper and set it to Multiply, then when I click Knockout Group, that knocks the text right through the frame so I can see the photo. What's really cool is I can also control the opacity of the fill separately, so I can target that and change its opacity by dragging the slider. So I can bring that down to 75% or so, or whatever I want. So the fill opacity is completely separate from the opacity of the text.

Let's try something a little more complex. Now, this is a really cool effect where I am using the text to mask this picture of the jack-o-lantern and create this really cool Legend of Sleepy Hollow graphic. So I did this using that same idea of the Knockout Group text. Let's start from scratch. So here I just have the placed text and I am going to change the fill of the text from black to Paper. I'll go to my Swatches panel, select the text, and change the fill to Paper. Then I will select Formatting Affects Container and go to the Effects panel.

I'll target the text and I'll start applying some effects. First I will do Bevel and Emboss. I'll choose an Inner Bevel with a Smooth and Up settings. I will decrease the Size a little bit to 5 pixels, and I will leave the other settings the same. Now I'll apply an Outer Glow. I will keep the Screen blending mode but change from the Paper swatch to RGB Red. And I want to really intense Outer Glow. So I will leave the 75% Opacity, but I will really increase the Size, from 7 pixels to 20 pixels.

I will give some Noise and I will increase the Spread to 20% to thicken that Outer Glow, and click OK. Now I want a black background, so I'll grab my Rectangle Frame tool and click-and-drag over the whole layout. And in the Swatches panel, I will change the fill color to black and I'll send this to the back by choosing Object > Arrange > Sent to Back. I will lock it by pressing Command+L or Ctrl+L so it doesn't get in my way. Now I'll place the pumpkin graphic by pressing Command+D or Ctrl+D and clicking in my layout.

I will move him over a little bit and I will bring the text to the front. I will select the pumpkin, I'll copy it, and choose Edit > Paste in Place or Command+Shift+Option+V, Ctrl+Shift+Alt +V to make a second copy, and this is going to be the one that I fill with text. So I am going to right-click on it, and scroll down in the menu and choose Convert Clipping Path to Frame. This picture was saved with a clipping path in Photoshop and I can convert that to an InDesign frame that's going to hold the text.

Now, I will double-click on the pumpkin. I have a spare pumping graphic that I want to get rid of now, so I will press Delete. Now I have an empty frame and I need to change it so it's a text frame. So I will choose Object > Content > Text. Now I can place the text in it. I will choose my Sleepy Hollow text, and I will select the paragraph style sleepy hollow. I will remove any local override so I get the exact font and color that I want. So now I have text that's filled with paper overlaying my pumpkin graphic.

I will set the fill of the frame to black to completely hide the pumpkin and then I will go to the Effects panel, select my text, and change it from the Normal blending mode to Multiply. This makes it temporarily disappear, but then I will target the Object level and choose Knockout Group. And there you have it, the knockout text revealing the jack-o-lantern underneath. I will bring my title back to the front and then I will select my pumpkin and I will apply that Outer Glow effect to complete the graphic.

So I will select Effects, double-click at the Object level, and click on Outer Glow. I will select my red color. I will choose a really big Outer Glow, 100 pixels. I will add some eerie haze with some Noise and I will thicken the Outer Glow by giving it 20% Spread, and click OK. I will deselect and there is the finished product, a really cool Halloween graphic, courtesy of Knockout Text. Creating the effect of text knocking out the frame that contains it is a cool way to take advantage of the magic of blending modes.

You can do it in two steps. The first is to make the text invisible by filling it with the Paper swatch and then setting the text to multiply, then target the frame in the Effects panel and select Knockout Group. That's it! You can control the opacity of the text frame separately, and if you want, only reveal underlying objects through the text.

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