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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 weeks InDesign effect. When it comes to simulating real-life objects, your best guide is to look at those objects in real life, study the details, take measurements if you have to, and then comes the fun work of figuring out how to recreate those things with InDesign's tools. So for example, here I have some notebook paper that I drew in InDesign and I just looked at some real life notebook paper, I measured how far all the rules were, all the sizes, the shapes of the holes and where they were positioned on the page, and I recreated that with InDesign. So let's see how to do that.
I'll go to the next page of my document which just has the background and I'll start from scratch. So I'll press that F key on my keyboard to get my Rectangle Frame tool and click in the document and I'm going to make it 8 inches by 10.5 inches, the real size of a piece of note book paper. I'll select the Fill in the Control panel, set it to black, and I really like tint of that, say 9 or 10%. I almost never use plain white when I'm trying to simulate paper because it's just too bright. In real life it's always a really light shade of gray. Now also in real life, the notebook paper has rounded corners on the right side at the top and the bottom, so I want to recreate that too.
So on the Control panel I have my corner options and I can Option+Click or Alt+Click to bring up the dialog box, and I only want it on the right-hand side, so I'm going to unconstrain, make sure this chain is broken here. I'll click to select the top right corner radius and I'll make it 6 points, and Rounded, and I'll do the same for the bottom right corner, and Rounded and click OK. I'll deselect and zoom in, and now I have a nice, accurate rounded corner. I'll zoom back out and I'll move this over to the left and look in my Paragraph Styles.
I've gone ahead and created a Paragraph Style called School Work and I'll right-click on it and choose Edit to see the Paragraph Style options here. The key was the Paragraph Rules, I turned on a Rule Below, very thin rule, it's just a quarter point in width, the Color is blue and the Offset is zero, so it sits right underneath the text. In my Basic Character Formats, the other important setting here is the Leading. I measured and it's 19.5 points in between each rule in a real piece of notebook paper, so that's what I use for the Leading in my Paragraph Style. I'll Cancel out of here, take my Type tool, click in my frame and now it's a text frame, I'll apply my School Work Paragraph Style and I'll press return a bunch of times to fill it up with rules.
Now in real life there is an extra gap at the top, an extra border, and we need to set that in our text frame. So I'll take my Selection tool, select the text frame and press Command+B or Ctrl+B to bring up my Text Frame Options. I'll go to Baseline Options, First Baseline, I am going to set it to Fixed, Minimum 1 and a quarter inches, and click OK. I have a little overset text here, so I'll just delete a couple of those rules and there I have all the blue rules that I need for my notebook paper. Next I need to draw some vertical red rules, some margins.
So I'll take my Line tool, I'll hold Shift and I'll drag down until I have a line that's the same height as my paper. Again, I'll make it a very thin rule, quarter point, and for the color I'll just make it red. I need to move it over one and a quarter inches, so in the Control panel I'll go to my X coordinate and I'll type +1.25 in, and there is my red margin. Now I can also see the margin from the other side of the paper through the paper in real life, so I want to make another one of these.
So I'll press option or alt and drag to make a copy, drag it all the way so it aligns over on the right side, and this one I want to move left one and a quarter inches. So on the Control panel I'll go to the X coordinates and this time I'll subtract 1.25 inches. And since this is behind the paper I want to reduce the Opacity a bit. So I'll go to the Effects panel, select the Opacity and drop it down to about 20%, and deselect. That's looking pretty realistic. Now I need to make the holes. So I'll take my Ellipse tool by pressing L, I'll click and I'll draw circles that are 5/16 of an inch in diameter.
I'll press Shift+X to exchange the Stroke and Fill and I'll change the Fill from black to paper. Now I need to position this, so I'll zoom in. I'll put it right at the top of the paper and align it on the red margin, and up in the Control panel I'll move it left a quarter of an inch, so I'll subtract 0.25, and in the Y coordinate I'll move it down by adding 7/8 inch. Now I need to make two more holes, so I'll copy this one and choose Edit > Paste in Place, and I need to move this one down four and a quarter inches, so +4.25.
I'll zoom out so I can see that one, I'll copy it, choose Edit > Paste in Place, and then Object > Transform Again. And that repeats the 4.25 inch move down. Now I need to select all three holes, and in the Effects panel I'm going to reduce the Opacity all the way down to 0. I'm going to Shift+Click to select my paper, group them, and select Knockout Group. Knockout Group makes these holes knock out through the paper.
Now I can't see my red margin, so I need to send this paper to the back. So I'll choose Object > Arrange > Send to Back, now I have my margins back, I can group the whole thing, so I get the red margins the holes and the paper grouped together, and now I can apply a Drop Shadow. So I'll Option+Click or Alt+Click on the Drop Shadow controls in the Control panel. We'll set the Distance to zero, because this is a very thin object here, it's just a slice a paper. I'll reduce the Opacity of it, say down to about 50% and the Size maybe to about 3 pixels, and click OK.
Deselect, and there I have my notebook paper. If I want to make it a little bit transparent I can do that as well. I can select it and reduce the Opacity. I'll select the Opacity and tap the down arrow on my keyboard a few times just until I can start to see the wood grain background shining through it. Zoom in and you can start to see that wood grain there, just like a real piece of paper. So by taking the time to study an object in real life, in this case a piece of notebook paper, we were able to capture the little details that make it convincing. It doesn't take a lot of time or special skill to do this, just a close inspection of the object and a desire to make something great.
I'm Mike Rankin and I'll be back in two weeks, thanks for watching.
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