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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. Sometimes you pour a lot of painstaking effort into making your effects precise and detailed, other times you might want to achieve a cool look as quick as possible, not just to save time but also to capture a feeling of spontaneity and energy. Like for example, this effect, where we have a motorcycle image that looks like it was hastily hacked out of a magazine or some other document, so let's see how to do this. I'll go to the next page of my document where I just have a copy of the background and the motorcycle photo, and I'm going to press the P key on my keyboard to get my Pen tool and I'm going to quickly start out drawing out the shape of the cut piece of the paper that I want this motorcycle to seem like it's sitting on.
I'm just going to click several times and just almost as if I were using a pair of scissors just quickly hacking the shape of this out, really working as fast as I can. There we go. Now I'm going to press Shift+X on my keyboard to exchange the Stroke and Fill, and I'll go up to the Control panel and I'll reduce this black tint down to say 15%. Now I'll go to the Effects and I'll add a Drop Shadow, I'll set the Distance to 0 and click OK. I'll deselect and now I want to add some tape holding this piece of paper onto the background.
So again I'll press my F key to my Rectangle Frame tool and I'll draw out a rectangle, and this is going to be a piece of tape. So I'll go up to the Control panel, I'll give it a Fill of black, 10%, and I'll reduce the Opacity of it down to 40% so I can see through it. I also want to add a drop shadow to this, so I'm going to Option+Click or Alt+Click the Drop Shadow button in the Control panel to bring up my Effects settings, and I can edit the Drop Shadow settings here. I want to change the Distance to 0 and I want a pretty small drop shadow in this case, just about 2 pixels and click OK.
I'll deselect and there's my piece of tape. Now I could re-position it to add to this sort of hasty feeling, so I'll just rotate it a little bit, and I'll Option+Drag or Alt+ Drag to make some extra copies, and click and drag to rotate that piece of tape into place and maybe one down there, the front tire. Hold down Option to make a copy and rotate this one into place. This effect shows that sometimes you can achieve a fun and interesting look by working quickly and freely which is not the same as being careless. We were sure to make the drop shadow appropriate for the materials we were trying to simulate, but even so, it didn't take much at all and that combination of speed and accuracy helped us create convincing rough cut effort.
I'm Mike Rankin and I'll be back in two weeks. Thanks for watching.
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