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052 Tips for Text Stroke Effects

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Video: 052 Tips for Text Stroke Effects

InDesign only allows you to apply a single solid stroke to live text. Unfortunately, this prevents you from unleashing the full power of creative effects on text, but when you convert text to outlines they become just like any other object and you open up a ton of new possibilities. Here I have some text that I wanted to look like a neon sign with a glowing effect, and by converting it to outlines I was able to apply special stroke style, this double stroke of Thin - Thin, to make it look like a neon sign. Let's see how it's done. Here is my live text.

052 Tips for Text Stroke Effects

InDesign only allows you to apply a single solid stroke to live text. Unfortunately, this prevents you from unleashing the full power of creative effects on text, but when you convert text to outlines they become just like any other object and you open up a ton of new possibilities. Here I have some text that I wanted to look like a neon sign with a glowing effect, and by converting it to outlines I was able to apply special stroke style, this double stroke of Thin - Thin, to make it look like a neon sign. Let's see how it's done. Here is my live text.

I will choose Type > Create Outlines and now I can go to the Control panel and choose from the stroke menu any of the stroke styles and apply this to my outline text. In this case, I want to choose Thin - Thin. I'll change the fill to None and the stroke color to that orange color I was using. Now this is really thin so I want to increase the stroke width to something like 7 pixels. That looks good. Now I want to apply some effects. Click on the Effects panel. I can target the stroke and I'll apply an Outer Glow.

I'll change the color from Paper to orange. I'll decrease the opacity from 75% down to 60% and I'll increase the Size of the glow from 7 pixels to 20, and I'll give it some Spread. 30% Spread will make it visible. There, that's a nice glow. Now I want to apply some Bevel and Emboss to give some shape to the neon. I will click on Bevel and Emboss. I'll choose Inner Bevel, Smooth Technique, and a Direction of Up.

But it's too large right now. So I'll decrease the Size from 7 pixels down to 2. I'll increase the Altitude to increase the shininess, about from 30 degree to 40 degrees. I'll increase the Opacity of the Highlight all the way to 100%, because I'm looking for a really bright shiny sign, and I'll decrease the Opacity of the Shadow down to 0, because this is a light after all. There should be no shadows on it. There I have my neon sign by converting text to outlines and applying an Outer Glow and Bevel and Emboss. Let's try another.

Here is one I call blacklight. It's basically text that's been converted to outlines and the stroke is colored with a rainbow gradient and then I've applied a dotted stroke to it. Here is the original text. If I select it and choose Type > Create Outlines, I can go to the stroke styles in the Control panel and I can choose either Dotted or Japanese Dots. I'll choose Japanese Dots in this case, because I want the dots close together. Those are really small right now.

So I will increase the Width of the stroke to 2 pixels, and click off. A really simple effect, but a fun one too. Let's try another. Here is the scribble effect. It's accomplished by converting text to outlines and applying a number of wavy strokes one on top of the other to multiple copies of the outline text. Here's the original text. I'll choose Type > Create Outlines and change from a solid stroke to a wavy stroke. I'll zoom in, and because right now the stroke width is just 1 pixel the waves are very small. If I increase the stroke width, I'll increase the height of the waves.

So I'll increase it to say 3 pixels. I'll copy this and choose Edit > Paste in Place. So now I have two copies of the outlined text, one right on top of the other. For my copy on top of I am going to increase the stroke width again to say 5 pixels. Now I am getting a really nice mixed scribbly effect. Let's do it one more time. Copy, Edit > Paste in Place, and increase the stroke width again to get even bigger waves. I'll choose 7.

Zoom back out and there I have a neat scribbly effect. Here I have used two different custom stroke styles to make text look like it's been stitched into fabric. One stroke style is for the thread and the other stroke style is for the holes that the thread goes into. Let's see how it's done. Here's my live text. In the Swatches panel I'll give it a stroke of black and a fill of None. Then in the Stroke panel I can choose my custom stroke styles. I'll choose Stitching holes, and I will increase the Width to 2 pixels.

From the Stroke panel menu let's take a look at what this stroke style is. Stitching holes, I'll double-click on it and I can see it's a dotted stroke with a Pattern Length of six points and the Corner option is set to None. So I've turned off all adjustment of gaps, and this is an important setting in this case because I'm overlaying two custom stroke styles, one dotted and one dashed. If InDesign were to adjust the dashes and gaps around the corners of the text, my holes and my thread would become misaligned. So I don't want any of that kind of dynamic changing of the pattern width.

I want it to be locked down and stay exactly as I set it. So again Corner options are set to None. I'll click OK and get out of the dialog box. Now I'll zoom in because I want to apply effects to my holes. I want to apply a shadow to give a sense that I'm pushing down into the material and give it a little bit of depth. So I'll double-click, turn on Drop Shadow, I will change the Distance to 0, I'll change the Size to 2 pixels, and give it a Spread of 30%, and click OK. I'll zoom out.

Now I want to apply a second stroke style to a copy of this to make my thread. So I will copy it, choose Edit > Paste in Place, and I'll change from my custom hole stroke style to my custom thread stroke style. In the Swatches panel I will change the stroke color from black to Paper. I will zoom in and in my Effects panel I want to apply a Bevel and Emboss to make this have a little bit of dimension to it. So I will turn off the Drop Shadow and turn on Bevel and Emboss and for the thread I want an Inner Bevel, Smooth, with an Up Direction.

I'll reduce the Size from 7 pixels to 3 pixels and click OK. I will zoom out and deselect and there I have my stitched text, courtesy of two custom stroke styles and a couple of effects, Bevel and Emboss and Drop Shadow. By converting text to outlines you make it possible to apply any stroke style to it, including custom stroke styles that you create, and in doing so you unlock all kinds of possibilities for text stroke effects.

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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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