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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. Objects in InDesign usually look pretty flat and two dimensional, but you can create an interesting 3D effect by combining a little imagination with paragraph rules and anchored objects, and that's what we are going to do in this video. So here we have a couple of text frames and you can see that around the headings I have these extra little objects that make it look like the heading is sitting in a separate frame that's sitting above the normal text frame and it's sort of like folded paper that wraps around. And on the right-hand side we can see that it goes up above the top and down below and it's a nice wrap around sort of ribbon effect.
So let's see how to do this. I'll go to my second page of the document and here I just have the text set in a basic paragraph style. I'll move it over to the left, I'll select this second paragraph of wrap around heading and I'll apply a paragraph style that I've created. I'll change it from body text to blue wrap. And now I can see that I have a paragraph rule of blue going around this heading. But it's not extending out past the edges of the text frame, we need to edit the paragraph style for that. So I'll right-click and choose Edit blue wrap and then in the Paragraph Style Options dialog box I want to go to Paragraph Rules.
And here I can see that blue rule, I'm going to set the Width to the Column, I'll turn on Preview, and what I want to change here are the Left and Right Indents. Right now they're set at zero, so they go right along to the text inset, that's why they don't go all the way to the edge of the column. But I'm going to give this a negative value and that's going to push it out past the outside of the text frame. So I'm going to tap down arrow key a few times on my keyboard and you can see that rule start moving out to the left outside the text frame. I'll click on Right Indent and tap my down arrow key again and so they're both set at 1p6, I'll click OK.
Now that's nice but I have to create a couple of extra objects to create that sort of folded effect. So I'll switch to my Selection tool, I'll zoom in and now I want to take my Pen tool, and I'm going to draw a triangle object right here to create the fold. So I'll start out on the left, click, click, click and close up that triangle. I'll press Shift+X on my keyboard to exchange the Stroke and Fill, and I'm going to zoom in and neaten this up a little bit. So I'll switch to my Direct Selection tool and I'll grab one of the control points and try to align it just right. Right about there. That looks good.
I'll go to my Swatches panel and I'll change the Fill from Black to Cyan and I'll zoom out and deselect, and there I have one side. Now that's a nice looking effect but if I move the text frame it's not going to move with the rest of the text frame. So I'll do and what I'm going to do is I'm going to anchor that little triangle so it moves along with the text frame. I'll zoom in again, I'll select the triangle and this little blue square here is the anchored object control. If I click and drag that, I can drop it right before the beginning of the heading and now that's an anchored object.
So when the text frame moves, the little fold moves too. I'm going to zoom back out, switch to my Selection tool by pressing V on my keyboard, then I'll click that triangle, copy it and paste it and this is going to serve as the triangle for the right-hand side. Let's zoom in, let's move it into position, I'll zoom in and in my Control panel I'm going to press the Flip Horizontal controls and slide it right where I want it. Now again I want to anchor this object, so I'll zoom out a bit, click the anchored object controls and drag them into place, and now this is an anchored object too.
So it will move with the text frame but there's still a little problem here and that's if that's text frame resizes you can see that this object is no longer going to be in place, but we can fix that. I'll undo, select the object and I'm going to Option+ Click or Alt+Click on the Anchored Object controls. And now we are going to make same changes in this dialog box that's going to make that triangle stick to the frame. So I'll set the Reference Point of the Anchored Object to the left side, the Reference Point of the text frame to the right side, and an X Offset of zero. So the zero space between the right side of the text frame and the left side of that triangle and click OK.
Now it doesn't look like anything has happened but if I resize this text frame, you can see that that object stays in place. So we have our nice wrap around heading effect. Let me go down to the next page and we'll try a variation on this effect. So in this one, if I zoom in, you can see in this one I put the triangle on the top, so it's like the fold goes up and behind the text frame. I'll zoom back out and we'll make this. For this one I'm going to press the F key on keyboard to get my Rectangle Frame tool and I'm going to click and drag to make a rectangle that's about the same size as that paragraph rule.
In the Swatches panel I'll target the fill, fill it with magenta, then I'll press the A key on my keyboard to get my Direct Selection tool, I'll deselect and then click right on the right side of that new rectangle and drag it up. Then I'll go to Object > Arrange > Send to Back. And if I need to I can zoom in and nudge this into place. But that actually looks pretty good, so I'm going to zoom back out and do the bottom one. Again I'll press the F key on my keyboard to get my Rectangle Frame tool, and this one I'll start from the right side.
So I'll click and drag, go to my Swatches panel, target the Fill, set it to Magenta, press the A key on my keyboard, deselect and then select the left side this time and click and drag it down. Then I can select Object > Arrange > Send to Back, I'll zoom in this one I need to move into place. So I'll click and drag it until I get it where I want it, and deselect. I'll zoom back out and there's the finished effect. So here we have a couple of nice folded paper 3D effects that we created by setting paragraph rules to extend beyond the sides of the text frame and using anchored objects.
I'm Mike Rankin and I'll be back in two weeks. Thanks for watching.
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