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057 Simulating a college notebook


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InDesign FX

with Mike Rankin

Video: 057 Simulating a college notebook

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.
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  1. 7h 34m
    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

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InDesign FX
7h 34m Intermediate Aug 04, 2011 Updated Aug 01, 2013

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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

057 Simulating a college notebook

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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