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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 InDesign FX. In this week's effect, we'll see how to create picture frames like these. One of the best things about InDesign's transparency effects is the way different effects can work together to create a really interesting look. This picture frame look is achieved by combining four different effects, Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, Inner Glow and Bevel and Emboss. You couldn't get the same look with any single effect, but together they create the frame and give it some realism. So let's give it a try. I'll go to the next page in my document, and I'll zoom in on this dog, and let's give him a frame.
I'll select him and up in the Control panel, he already has a 30 point stroke. That's what I want, but I want it to be colored this mahogany color. So I'll select that swatch, I'll go to my Stroke panel, and I'll make sure to align the stroke to the outside, and now it's time to start applying some effects. Up at the Control panel, I'll start with the Drop Shadow. I'll leave the default settings of Multiply and 75% Opacity, but I'm going to decrease the Distance to 4 pixels. I'll set the Angle to 90 degrees so the light is shining directly down, and I'll leave the Size at 5 pixels.
Next, we are going to give it an Inner Glow and this is just going to add some texture to the frame. I'll keep the Screen Blending mode, but I'll change the Swatch from Paper to that same mahogany color and click OK. I'll reduce the opacity down a little bit say to 50% and I'll choke it back a little bit, about 20% just to make the effect a little bit more visible. Next, we'll apply Bevel and Emboss, we'll choose Inner Bevel, and instead of Smooth, we'll choose Chisel Hard with a Direction of Down, and the same size as the stroke, 30 pixels.
I want to match that lighting angle so I'll choose 90 degrees and I'll increase the Altitude just a little bit, say to 35, just to lighten up that shadow a little bit there on the top. I'm going to change the Highlight from Screen to the Multiply blending mode and switch the swatch from Paper to Black. So in effect, I have two shadows going on in the frame. I am going to reduce the Opacity down a little bit of the first shadow say to 50%, and I am going to take the other one down even more to about 30%. That looks pretty good.
Next, I'm going to change from the Object settings to the Fill settings, and I want to create that little tiny Inner Shadow here just to look like the frame is casting its shadow on the picture itself. So I will choose Inner Shadow, I will keep Multiply and Black. I'm going to increase the Opacity all the way to a 100%, a Distance of 0, and I'm going to increase the Size up to say 20 pixels, and I'm going to really increase the choke all the way to 80%. It's going to give me a nice little solid shadow right up against the inside of that frame and click OK.
I'll zoom out, deselect and there's our picture frame. Now another nice thing that you can do is you can make this into an object style really easily and apply it to your other photos. So I'll select the dog. I'll go to my Object Styles panel and create a new object style, I'll just call it frame, and now I can select my other pictures and apply the frame to them. In this video, we saw how to combine four effects, Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, Inner Glow and Bevel and Emboss to create a great picture frame effect. So don't be afraid to build up complex effects. Just think through what you are trying to do and take it one step at a time, and you can get great results like these.
I'm Mike Rankin and I'll be back in two weeks. Thanks for watching.
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