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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.
Hi! I'm Mike Rankin and welcome to this week's InDesign effect. One of the great things about working with InDesign effects is how you can use them to enhance the elements in your layout in creative ways. Take for example this butterfly and magnifying glass; I was able to combine two separate photos with one effect to make it look as if we're looking at the butterfly through the magnifying glass. Let me show you how. So if I go the second page of my document, I just have the placed photo of the butterfly, and now I'm going to place another photo of the magnifying glass. So I'll press Command+D or Ctrl+D to bring up place and in my Links, I'll go to magnifying glass, and click in the document to place that, sort of arrange it over the bottom half of the butterfly where I want it and you can see that this image is not silhouetted in any way. It has a white background and I want to knock that out so I can see the butterfly around the corners here.
So I'll choose Object > Clipping Path > Options and for Type I'll just choose Detect Edges and click OK. And that worked because the edges of the photograph were all pure white, so InDesign was pretty easily able to find them and clip them out. Now to create the circle inside of the magnifying glass that will hold the magnified image of the butterfly, I'm going to draw an ellipse. So I'll press the L key on my keyboard, click and drag and I'll press the spacebar to reposition as I draw, so I can get it just about right. That looks pretty good, right about there.
And I don't want any stroke on this, so I'll go up to the Control panel and I'll decrease the Stroke Width to zero. Now I'll take my Direct Selection tool, click on the butterfly, copy it. Take my Selection tool, click on the ellipse that I just drew, and I'll choose Edit > Paste Into and that pastes a second copy of the butterfly photo into the ellipse that I just drew. Now I can use my Control panel button to select the content, so now I've selected that new photo of the butterfly and I can use my Scaling tools to increase the scaling of that. So I'll select one and tap the up arrow key a few times while holding Shift, and I can click and drag to reposition it. I'll make it a little bit bigger, say 150% and slide it into place.
We're getting a really nice magnified effect. All right, the other thing I want to do here is to add a highlight, so it looks like there's really some glass here. So for that I am going to click with my Selection tool on the ellipse, I will copy it and choose Edit > Paste In Place, so I have another copy of the ellipse with the butterfly in it, but I do not need the butterfly photo in this copy. So I'll click to select the content and delete it, so now I just have an empty ellipse. I'll select it, slide it over to the left here and I'll give it a fill, so I'll go up to the Control panel, target the fill, set it to black with a Tint of 50%.
Next I'll go to my Effects and I'll choose Bevel and Emboss, and from my Bevel and Emboss settings I'll keep the defaults of Inner Bevel, Smooth and Up. I'll increase the size a lot, all the way to 50 pixels and for the Shading angle I want 90 degrees, so the light source coming straight down from above and the Altitude, I'm going to increase to 70 degrees which usually creates a really nice shiny effect; it creates an intense white highlight and it pushes the shadows back. In fact I'll increase the Opacity of that highlight a little bit, to say 80%, and I don't want this shadow going around the other edge, so I'm going to decrease that all the way down to 0% and click OK.
Now in order to see the photo underneath here, I need to make this gray fill disappear, and for that I need to use the RGB Blend Space. So I'll go to the Edit menu and make sure the Transparency Blend Space for this document is set to Document RGB. If your document was set up to use CMYK Blend Space, before you make this change you need to understand that that will affect all the colors in your document on spreads where there is transparency. 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 over here we have Document RGB selected, then I'll go to the Effects panel then I'll change the blending mode from Normal to Hard Light, and that makes the gray fill disappear, 50% gray is neutral for the Hard Light blending mode, so it completely disappears, but highlights and shadows that are lighter and darker than 50% gray remain when the Hard Light blending mode is applied.
So that's why the gray disappeared but we still have that nice highlight that makes it look like glass. So here we saw how one effect can subtly enhance a composition and make it more believable. I'm Mike Rankin and I'll be back in two weeks. Thanks for watching!
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