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064 Customizing stroke styles


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Video: 064 Customizing stroke styles

Hi! I'm Mike Rankin and welcome to InDesign FX. In this week's effect, we'll take a look at how to make custom stroke styles. InDesign comes with a bunch of built-in stroke styles that you can use to create different stroke effects on your objects. You can also create your own unique stroke styles when none of the built-in styles gives you the look that you want. In this video, we'll take a look at the kind of cool things you can do with custom dashed strokes. We'll make strokes that appear only at the corners of objects like this one. We'll make strokes that appear only on the sides like this one, sort of looks like brackets. And we'll make strokes that even look like these valentine hearts here.
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  1. 8h 7m
    1. 000 Welcome to InDesign FX
      2m 42s
    2. 001 Blurring Objects with Drop Shadows
      6m 26s
    3. 002 Creating Interlocking Objects
      3m 46s
    4. 003 Exploring the Effects Panel
      8m 43s
    5. 004 Creating Long Text Shadows with Type on a Path
      4m 23s
    6. 005 Making Shiny Effects
      4m 46s
    7. 006 Producing Slime
      6m 22s
    8. 007 Exploring Bevel and Emboss Settings
      5m 34s
    9. 008 Exploring Inner Glow Settings
      2m 9s
    10. 009 Building Better Bevels
      3m 16s
    11. 010 Punching Holes
      4m 26s
    12. 011 Exploring Basic Feather Settings
      2m 52s
    13. 012 Exploring Directional Feather Settings
      5m 15s
    14. 013 Getting Effects into Print
      8m 10s
    15. 014 Getting Effects into Ebooks
      4m 32s
    16. 015 Simulating a Polaroid Effect
      3m 15s
    17. 016 Creating Metallic Strokes
      3m 18s
    18. 017 Exploring Inner Shadow Settings
      3m 50s
    19. 018 Exploring Drop Shadow Settings
      6m 15s
    20. 019 Simulating Multiple Strokes, Part 1
      3m 59s
    21. 020 Simulating Multiple Strokes, Part 2
      3m 29s
    22. 021 Creating Metallic Chrome Effects
      3m 56s
    23. 022 Creating Glass and Plastic Effects
      4m 49s
    24. 023 Exploring Satin Settings
      6m 57s
    25. 024 Exploring Gradient Feather Settings
      3m 51s
    26. 025 Simulating Carving and Chiseling
      6m 42s
    27. 026 Understanding Transparency Blend Space
      8m 2s
    28. 027 Drawing Extrusions, Part 1
      5m 25s
    29. 028 Drawing Concentric Shapes
      3m 17s
    30. 029 Creative Blend Mode tricks, Part 1
      5m 29s
    31. 030 Creative Blend Mode tricks, Part 2
      4m 6s
    32. 031 Drawing Star Bursts
      6m 7s
    33. 032 Scaling effects
      3m 0s
    34. 033 Learning Pathfinder Tips and Tricks
      9m 10s
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      6m 39s
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      5m 27s
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      6m 45s
    38. 037 Understanding Perspective Drawing
      4m 38s
    39. 038 Drawing 3D Banners
      3m 23s
    40. 039 Shearing to Create 3D Effects, Part 1
      6m 41s
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      6m 20s
    42. 041 Simulating a Ripped Background
      1m 53s
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      2m 10s
    44. 043 Creating Spotlight Effects
      2m 22s
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      6m 8s
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      4m 23s
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      6m 26s
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      8m 39s
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      6m 40s
    50. 049 Simulating Liquid
      2m 48s
    51. 050 Creating Editable Knockout Text
      5m 52s
    52. 051 Making Peeling Stickers
      5m 42s
    53. 052 Tips for Text Stroke Effects
      6m 44s
    54. 053 Creating 3D arrows
      3m 37s
    55. 054 Creating personal buttons
      4m 22s
    56. 055 Simulating leather with bevel and emboss
      4m 17s
    57. 056 Creating the effect of a magnifying glass
      4m 20s
    58. 057 Simulating a college notebook
      6m 11s
    59. 058 Using multiple effects to create plastic type
      3m 58s
    60. 059 Achieving a rough-hewn look
      2m 28s
    61. 060 Creating speech bubbles
      2m 41s
    62. 061 Creating buttons for interaction
      4m 37s
    63. 062 Creating wraparound headings
      5m 46s
    64. 063 Creating picture frames
      3m 24s
    65. 064 Customizing stroke styles
      5m 19s
    66. 065 Creating photo corners
      3m 44s
    67. 066 Making new shadow effects
      3m 19s
    68. 067 Making 3D type
      3m 15s
    69. 068 Making a 3D object
      5m 13s
    70. 069 Making translucent objects
      3m 10s
    71. 070 Mocking up a film strip
      4m 53s
    72. 071 Showing graphics as tiles
      3m 41s
    73. 072 Simulating chalk
      3m 7s
    74. 073 Using drop- and inner-shadows to create a cutout effect
      4m 30s
    75. 074 Applying multiple strokes with layers
      7m 1s
    76. 075 Enhancing design with skewed text
      3m 59s
    77. 076 Creating and revealing hidden objects
      3m 33s
    78. 077 Setting text vertically
      2m 51s
    79. 078 Achieving a developing Polaroid effect
      3m 38s
    80. 079 Creating ornamental frames
      5m 54s
    81. 080 Framing photos in letters
      4m 19s
    82. 081 Creating effects with paragraph rules
      3m 30s
    83. 082 Putting curved shadows on paper
      2m 40s
    84. 083 Building a puzzle
      2m 16s
    85. 084 Applying a gradient to text
      2m 2s
    86. 085 Creating a theater marquee
      4m 38s
    87. 086 Centering type on a curve
      2m 33s
    88. 087 Creating looks without fill
      2m 31s
    89. 088 Creating spiral patters from random lines
      3m 11s
    90. 089 Creating highlights at top and bottom
      3m 24s
    91. 090 Combining stroke styles
      2m 11s
    92. 091 Making a bottle cap
      1m 47s
    93. 092 Creating a 3D bevel effect behind a cover
      3m 30s
    94. 094 Making trading cards
      4m 43s
    95. 093 Creating custom frames
      2m 11s
    96. 095 Revolving an item around an object
      2m 44s
    97. 096 Creating old-fashioned spotlights
      2m 12s
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      1m 54s
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      2m 24s
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      3m 2s
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      3m 7s
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InDesign FX
8h 7m Intermediate Aug 04, 2011 Updated Jul 08, 2014

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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.

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Author:
Mike Rankin

064 Customizing stroke styles

Hi! I'm Mike Rankin and welcome to InDesign FX. In this week's effect, we'll take a look at how to make custom stroke styles. InDesign comes with a bunch of built-in stroke styles that you can use to create different stroke effects on your objects. You can also create your own unique stroke styles when none of the built-in styles gives you the look that you want. In this video, we'll take a look at the kind of cool things you can do with custom dashed strokes. We'll make strokes that appear only at the corners of objects like this one. We'll make strokes that appear only on the sides like this one, sort of looks like brackets. And we'll make strokes that even look like these valentine hearts here.

This is achieved with a custom stroke style. So I'll switch over to my other document, I'll take my Rectangle Frame tool, click in the document and I'll make a new rectangle that's 40 picas wide by 30 picas high. I'll give it a 10 point stroke up in the Control panel, and over in the Stroke panel I'll align that stroke to the inside. In the Stroke panel menu, I'll choose Stroke Styles, I'll click on New to create a new stroke style, and we'll do the corner one first, call it Corners. I'll click OK, and I'll also click OK to get out of the dialog box, because right now I want to apply that stroke style to that frame I just created.

So as we change the settings in the dialog box, we can see that reflected on the frame. So I'll choose Type > Corners, my new stroke style, and then I'll go back to the panel menu and edit the style. So I have Preview selected, and I can see the effects of the changes that I make right now. So in the dialog box, I can click and drag to change the length of the dash, or I can adjust the values here by changing the numbers of the dash, or the overall Pattern Length. Now for this Corners stroke style, I'm going to have a very large Pattern Length because I only want dashes right in the corners.

So I'm going to choose 45 picas for the Pattern Length. And you notice what happened here in the dash length that stayed half the width of the overall pattern. I'm going to change the Corners from Adjust dashes and gaps to Adjust gaps. And I'm going to decrease the length of the dashes themselves down to about 12 picas, and that gives me nice corner dashes. All right, let's create that bracket stroke style. So again, in the Stroke panel menu, I'll choose Stroke Styles > New > Dash, and we'll call this Brackets, we'll click OK, get out of the dialog box and again I'll apply it to my frame, choose Brackets and then we'll edit the style.

Now for this one, I want a very long Pattern Length, I'm going to go all the way up to 60 picas, and there you can see the brackets, but I want the top and the bottom to be a little bit shorter. So what I am going to do is change Corners from Adjust dashes and gaps to Adjust dashes and that trims off the top and the bottom here. I'll click OK. One thing to note about this custom stroke style is the fact that it works depends on the exact size of the frame here. If I take my Selection tool and I click and drag one of the control handles, you can see that the bracket breaks as soon as I go beyond a certain height.

And if I change the Width, then the top and the bottom get crunched in a little bit there. I'm going to undo. So how can you fix this problem? Well, there's two ways you can do it; one, you can go back and change the settings in the custom stroke style or you can actually scale the frame. But if you scale the frame, you first have to make sure that you have your preferences set the right way that will preserve this stroke style. I'm going to press Command+K or Ctrl+K on the PC to bring up my Preferences dialog box and in General preferences, I want to have Adjust Scaling Percentage selected. Click OK.

Now I can hold down Command+Shift or Ctrl+Shift to constrain and I can drag a corner of this frame and my stroke style stays in tact. The bracket doesn't get broken. The one thing to note though is that as I make it larger the width of the stroke gets larger or if I make it smaller, the width of the stroke gets smaller. So that's the tradeoff you have in order to be able to scale this without having to change the stroke style itself. I'm going to undo that to get my original size of this frame. And we'll make the valentine heart stroke style now. Back in the Stroke Style menu > New > Dash and we'll call this Hearts, click OK, apply to the frame and I want these hearts to be pretty big.

So I'm going to go up to the Control panel and I'm going to increase the Width of the stroke all the way to 60 points. Now go back to the Stroke panel and edit it. For our Pattern Length, I want 45 picas, for the length of the dash I'll go to 11 picas, and in the Corners, I want to adjust the dashes. Now those don't look like hearts yet, but if I change the Cap setting to rounded, voila! Hearts. Click OK. Now let's make them red, so go to the Control panel and change the color of the stroke to red and then I'll open up my Effects panel, I'll target the Stroke, and let's apply some Bevel and Emboss.

We'll increase the size up to 3 picas and increase the Altitude to 75 degrees. That will give me a nice shiny look on these hearts. We will also add a little bit of the Satin effect for some texture. I will set the Distance to 3 picas and match that with the size and click OK. And there you have it, the valentine heart custom stroke style. So these are just a few of the examples of what you can do by adjusting the Gap and Dash settings on the stroke, and I hope they inspired you to see what cool things you can create on your own with your own custom stroke styles.

I'm Mike Rankin and I'll be back in two weeks. Thanks for watching.

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