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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 am Mike Rankin and welcome to this week's InDesign effect. The coolest InDesign effects are often those that combine multiple effects in some interesting way. And the coolest effects always seem to always include the use of Bevel and Emboss. So let's combine those ideas and see what we can create when we apply multiple instances of Bevel and Emboss. So here I have some text that I made look like it was molded out of plastic, now like you could break it off at this little mold here and assemble a model made out of these letters. And the way I did this was to apply three different instances of Bevel and Emboss to the text.
So let's go to the next page and start building this. First of all we'll select the frame, it's going to be the background, I'll press Shift+X on my keyboard to exchange the Stroke and Fill. And in the Control panel I'll change the Fill from black to this purple color. I also want to give it a Corner Radius, so I'll go the Control panel Corner Controls; I'll chose Rounded, 20 pixels, and let's apply some Bevel and Emboss. So go to the Effects panel, from the pop-up menu choose Bevel and Emboss, I'll choose Inner Bevel with a Smooth Technique and a Direction of Up, I'll keep the Size at 7 pixels, and I'll increase the Altitude here from 30 degrees to 70 degrees to make it a shinier effect.
And I even want a little bit more of a Highlight there, so I'll up the Opacity of the Highlight from 75% to 80%, and click OK. All right, now let's work on the text. In order to do this plastic effect, we are going to have to convert the text to outlines, so I am going to select the text frame and press Command+Shift+O or Ctrl+Shift+O on the PC to convert my live text to outlines. Now I need three separate copies of this in order to achieve the effect. So I am going to copy it to my clipboard, I am going to Shift+X to exchange the Stroke and Fill, so now this text has no fill, but it has a stroke. I am going to increase the width of that stroke to 7 points and color it Paper.
Now let's go to the Effects panel, target the stroke and apply Bevel and Emboss. For this one we'll use the Pillow Emboss style, Smooth Technique and a Direction of Down. I'll keep the size at 7 pixels, I'll increase the Altitude to 70 degrees and click OK. Now I am going to Paste in Place the other copy of the outline text that I have in my clipboard. Again, I am going to press Shift+X on my keyboard to exchange the Stroke and Fill, so it has no fill but it has a stroke, I'll make the stroke 5 points and color it Paper.
And I'll go to my Stroke panel and align this stroke to the inside. Then I'll chose Edit > Paste in Place one more time for the third copy of the outline text, I'll go to the Control panel and change the Fill from black to purple, and then go to my Effects panel, Bevel and Emboss again, and this time we'll use an Inner Bevel, Smooth Technique, Direction of Up, 7 pixels, all default settings except for the Altitude, 70 degrees again and click OK. Now I just want to add the little lines that attach the letters to the background.
So I'll zoom in, and with my Pen tool I'll tap P on my keyboard, I'll click, hold down the Shift key to constrain and click again. I'll make sure that this line has no fill and it has a stroke of purple, and we'll apply little Effects to that line too. So it too gets a Bevel and Emboss, with a Inner Bevel, Smooth and Up, and we'll decrease the size a bit to 4 pixels, and remember that Altitude, 70 degrees. I'll take my Selection tool, zoom in, I'll hold Option or Alt on the PC and Shift drag over to drag another copy.
And I can position it in place, or I can use my keyboard arrow keys to nudge it into place, I'll zoom out and continue along placing this line on the other letters. I'll zoom out and deselect to see the finished product. So here we saw how amazingly versatile InDesign's Bevel and Emboss effect is. We applied an Inner Bevel to an object and a Pillow Emboss to the stroke around that object to create a complex dimensional texture. And with all the options in the Bevel and Emboss dialog box the possible combinations are just about endless, and the results can be endlessly interesting too.
I am Mike Rankin and I'll be back in two weeks. Thanks for watching!
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