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054 Creating personal buttons

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Video: 054 Creating personal buttons

Hi! I am Mike Rankin and welcome to this week's InDesign effect. Like bumper stickers and t-shirts, buttons can allow you to make a personal statement without even opening your mouth. You can also make a personal statement in your designs by adding buttons you make from scratch in InDesign, and you might be surprised at just how realistic the results can be, using a combination of Bevel & Emboss and Drop Shadow. So here in my document I have a photo of a backpack and I've created a button saying I Love FX, in InDesign. So let's see how we made that. I'll go to the second page of the document where I just have the photograph of the backpack, and I have a text frame here saying I Love FX.

054 Creating personal buttons

Hi! I am Mike Rankin and welcome to this week's InDesign effect. Like bumper stickers and t-shirts, buttons can allow you to make a personal statement without even opening your mouth. You can also make a personal statement in your designs by adding buttons you make from scratch in InDesign, and you might be surprised at just how realistic the results can be, using a combination of Bevel & Emboss and Drop Shadow. So here in my document I have a photo of a backpack and I've created a button saying I Love FX, in InDesign. So let's see how we made that. I'll go to the second page of the document where I just have the photograph of the backpack, and I have a text frame here saying I Love FX.

So to start drawing the button, I'm going to press the L key on my keyboard to get my Ellipse tool, I'll click on top of the backpack, and I'm going to create a circle with these dimensions; 120 pixels in width and height. I'll click OK, I'll press Shift+X on my keyboard to exchange the stroke and fill, so now I have a fill of black and no stroke, and I'll change that fill from Black to Paper. I'll switch to my Selection tool and move my text frame over the Ellipse, move it into place and choose Object > Arrange > Bring to Front.

Now I will select that Ellipse, I'll copy it and press Command+Shift+Option+V or Ctrl+Shift+Alt+V on the PC to paste it in place, and now I'll move it over to the left and we're going to change the fill from white to 50% black, and this is going to help with the effect that we're creating. In order for this button effect to work, I have to check the Transparency Blend Space in this document. So I'll go to the Edit menu and check Transparency Blend Space > Document RGB. The effect that I'm going to use here depends on the document using Document RGB blend space.

When InDesign blends colors using transparency effects, it needs a common color space in which to blend those colors, and every document is either set to Document CMYK or Document RGB. If your document was set up to use CMYK blend space, you need to understand that this can affect the colors on all your spreads that have transparency. So before you change that blend space, you need to do a little research about that setting. If you want to know more about this I recommend you watch my video in the InDesign FX series called Getting Effects into Print. So for this document, it's going to be set to Document RGB, and now I'll go to the Effects panel, and I'll apply Bevel and Emboss.

I'll keep the Style at Inner Bevel, the Technique at Smooth, and the Direction at Up. I'll keep the Size at 7 pixels, but I'm going to soften it a little bit, say 3 pixels. I'll keep the Depth at 100%. And for the Shading, I'm going to change the Angle of the light source from 120 degrees to 90 degrees, so the light is coming straight down from above, and I'll increase the Altitude setting from 30 degrees to 70 degrees. By increasing the Altitude, I lighten the Shadow area and I intensify the highlight, making for a more shiny effect.

I'll keep the Highlight at 75% Opacity, and I'll actually increase the Opacity of the Shadow all the way to 100%, and I'll add a Drop Shadow. I'll decrease the distance of the Drop Shadow down to 3 pixels, and I'll make that Angle match the angle that I used for the Bevel and Emboss; so 90 degrees. So I have a consistent lighting effect on this button and I'll click OK. Now we need to change the blending mode that's set to this object. Right now it's set to the Normal blending mode, but I want to switch it to Hard Light. When I do that, the 50% gray disappears.

So for the Hard Light Blending mode, 50% gray is a neutral color, meaning it disappears when you apply Hard Light, but shadows and highlights that are lighter and darker than 50% gray remain. And this is key for making shiny transparent effects like we want on our button. If I zoom in right now, I can see the shadow, but I can't really see the highlight because the button was filled with white. So what I want to do is to go to the Swatches panel, target the fill of this object, and make it a little bit darker than that 50% gray. So I'll just tap the up-arrow key on my keyboard a few times just to bring a little bit of gray there, and now I can see the highlight as well as the shadow.

I'll zoom back out and see the completed effect. The button effect is just one of many uses for the Hard Light blending mode when making effects. The key is to use Hard Light on an object filled with the neutral or near neutral gray overlaid on top of the background, and that's what gives this button effect its dimensionality and its personality. I'm Mike Rankin and I'll be back in two weeks. Thanks for watching!

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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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