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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. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but how do you know which words? Particularly if you want to know which words someone in a picture is saying or thinking. Well one way is put words in a speech bubble, and you could certainly get speech bubbles from clipart or you could make them in Illustrator or Photoshop, but by doing the job in InDesign you can have speech bubbles that only take a few seconds to make, they look perfect and they are infinitely adjustable. So let's see how. Here we have our picture of our little kitten and he is really excited, and you can tell that because he has his words in a speech bubble.
I'll go to the next page of this document and I just have the words up here but I want to put a speech bubble pointing down to the kitten. So to start that, I am going to press the L key on my keyboard to get my Ellipse tool, and I am going to hold down Option or Alt on the PC and drag to draw that ellipse from the center. Up in the Control panel I'll give the ellipse a 3 point stroke, and I'll color that stroke black. I'll go to the Stroke panel and align the stroke to the outside of the path, and then I'll switch to my Selection tool, I'll copy that ellipse and I'll choose Edit > Paste in Place.
And now I'm going to press Shift+X on my keyboard to exchange the Stroke and Fill, so now I have two copies of this ellipse. I'll undo to put that back in place and then in the Control panel I'll change the fill from black to Paper. Now I'll press the P key on my keyboard to get my Pen tool and I want to draw the little pointer pointing down to the kitten. So I'll just click three times; one, two, three, again I'll give that the same stroke that I gave the rest of the speech bubble, a 3 point solid stroke, color it Black, and I'll also give it a Fill, so target the Fill, fill it with Paper.
And now I just have to arrange it, so I'll go to Object > Arrange > Send Backward, and now that's sitting behind the white ellipse. And if I zoom in, I can see that I have a really nice join where the pointer joins the rest of the speech bubble. And if I want to reposition it I can just select it and move it around. And no matter where I move it up or down or left or right, it always stays perfectly joined, there is no seam visible. Further more, I can reshape this. If I select it with my Direct Selection tool, I'll click on it and I'll press Command+Option or Ctrl+Alt on the PC to get my Convert Direction Point tool, and click and drag on one of the end points, and I can make them curved if I wanted too.
I'll deselect and you can still see that the joins between the ellipse the pointer stay perfect. Speech bubbles are a great example of how an effect that might be tedious or difficult to make with a single object can be easily done when you use multiple objects, each contributing one aspect of the overall effect. I'm Mike Rankin and I'll be back in two weeks. Thanks for watching.
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