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065 Creating photo corners

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Video: 065 Creating photo corners

Hi! I'm Mike Rankin and welcome to InDesign FX. In this week's effect we'll create the look of an old-fashioned album by adding these corners to our placed photos. I'll go to the next page of my document and here I have just a plain photo of some trees, and I'd like to make it look like a photograph in one of those old-fashioned albums. So the first thing I'm going to do is add a stroke to create a white border around the photo. So I'll go up to the Control panel and in the Stroke Settings I'll apply 10 point stroke, I'll change the tint from 100% down to about 15% black, I'll go to the Stroke panel and align to the inside of the frame, and now I'll go back up to the Control panel and I'm going to add a Drop Shadow.

065 Creating photo corners

Hi! I'm Mike Rankin and welcome to InDesign FX. In this week's effect we'll create the look of an old-fashioned album by adding these corners to our placed photos. I'll go to the next page of my document and here I have just a plain photo of some trees, and I'd like to make it look like a photograph in one of those old-fashioned albums. So the first thing I'm going to do is add a stroke to create a white border around the photo. So I'll go up to the Control panel and in the Stroke Settings I'll apply 10 point stroke, I'll change the tint from 100% down to about 15% black, I'll go to the Stroke panel and align to the inside of the frame, and now I'll go back up to the Control panel and I'm going to add a Drop Shadow.

I want to set the Distance to 0 so the shadow sits right behind the frame. I'll click OK and now we can start making those photo corners. I'll zoom in a little bit, I'll take my Rectangle Frame tool, click in the document, and I'll make both the Width and the Height 30 pixels. I'll fill it with black and reduce the Tint a little bit to about 90%. So it's a very dark gray color. I'll press the P key on my keyboard to get my Pen tool, and I'll click on the bottom-right Control Point to delete it, so now I have a triangle.

I'll move it into position, I'm going to zoom in so I can see the detail that I'm creating here. Now I don't want these corners to be perfectly sharp, so I'm going to round them off just a little bit. So in the Control panel I will choose Rounded and maybe 3 pixels, then I'll choose Effects in the Control panel, Bevel and Emboss, I'll reduce the size of the Bevel down to 3 pixels, and the only other setting I'm going to change down here is the Shadow setting, because I don't really want that shadow over here. You see how it gets a little bit darker right there? I want to take that off, so I'm going to reduce the Opacity all the way down to 0.

I just want the highlight. I'll click OK. And now what I want to do is align the edge of the Bevel with the edge of the photo. So it seems like the photo is pushing up the corner just a little bit. So I want this line right about there, and this one I'll nudge into the left with my arrow key on my keyboard. There, that looks pretty good. I'll zoom back out and see how it looks. Okay, so there is one. I'll zoom back in a little bit so I can see what I'm doing. I'll select that corner and hold down Option+Shift or Alt+Shift on the PC, drag that corner straight down, and in the Control panel I'm going to rotate this 90 degrees.

Again I'll hold Shift and drag down. I'll zoom in, and again, I want to align that beveled edge right with the edge of the photo. So I'll use my arrow keys to nudge up and this edge is right because I constrained it with the Shift key when I dragged down. Zoom back out. Now I'll select both corners, Option+Shift or Alt+Shift, drag over to the right side. In the Control panel I'll click on Flip Horizontal. I'll zoom in and use my arrow keys to nudge these in place again. That looks pretty good. Now the one thing you might notice when I did that transforming when I rotated, and then when I flipped the other three corners, the Bevel doesn't look right.

I have highlights coming from all four sides, and that's not really very realistic. I want the highlight of the Bevel to be in the same direction on all four corners. So what I need to do is to make them all act as one, and to do that I can make them into a compound path. So I'll select all four corners by holding down the Shift key and clicking on all four, and I can go to the Object menu, Paths > Make Compound Path, and when I do that, the highlight is all in the same direction now. You can see it's all coming from the upper left.

The other nice thing about making them into a compound path is now I can click on any one of them, and I can change the fill color. So if instead of black I wanted a dark magenta, I could have that color. In this video we saw how to make realistic looking photo corners by applying a little Bevel and Emboss to some triangles, transforming them, and then converting them to a compound path to make all the highlights look right. I'm Mike Rankin and I'll be back in two weeks. Thanks for watching!

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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
    35. 034 Learning Transform Again Tips and Tricks
      6m 39s
    36. 035 Creating Cast Shadows, Part 1
      5m 27s
    37. 036 Exploring Outer Glow Settings
      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
    41. 040 Shearing to Create 3D Effects, Part 2
      6m 20s
    42. 041 Simulating a Ripped Background
      1m 53s
    43. 042 Creating a Breakthrough Effect
      2m 10s
    44. 043 Creating Spotlight Effects
      2m 22s
    45. 044 Backlighting an Object
      6m 8s
    46. 045 Simulating Stickers and Tape
      4m 23s
    47. 046 Creating Burnt Edges
      6m 26s
    48. 047 Creating Seamless Patterns
      8m 39s
    49. 048 Using Scripts to Create New Shapes
      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
    98. 097 Creating a rust effect
      1m 44s
    99. 098 Creating sparkle
      1m 54s
    100. 099 Double beveling text
      2m 24s
    101. 100 Creating a 3D pocket with bevel and gradient
      3m 2s
    102. 101 Creating metallic text
      3m 7s
    103. 102 Creating stained glass
      2m 53s
    104. 103 Bobbling a photograph
      4m 47s
    105. 104 Creating a lighted sign
      3m 9s
    106. 105 Creating a blue ribbon NEW
      12m 58s
    107. 106 Putting items on a shelf NEW
      6m 11s
    108. 107 Creating a shredded-document effect NEW
      4m 12s
    109. 108 Simulating a train-station display board NEW
      9m 54s

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