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069 Making translucent objects

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Video: 069 Making translucent objects

Hi! I'm Mike Rankin, and welcome to InDesign FX. In this week's video, we'll see how to make translucent objects like these bubbles on the bar of soap using blending modes and effects. When it comes to making translucent objects, you just can't beat the Hard Light blending mode. It allows you to hide the fill color of an object, while still showing an effect applied to that object, like Bevel & Emboss. So let's see how to make these bubbles. I will go to the second page of my document where I have the bar of soap, but no bubbles. I'll press the L key on my keyboard to get my Ellipse tool and click in the document and I'm going to create circles 30 pixels in width and height.

069 Making translucent objects

Hi! I'm Mike Rankin, and welcome to InDesign FX. In this week's video, we'll see how to make translucent objects like these bubbles on the bar of soap using blending modes and effects. When it comes to making translucent objects, you just can't beat the Hard Light blending mode. It allows you to hide the fill color of an object, while still showing an effect applied to that object, like Bevel & Emboss. So let's see how to make these bubbles. I will go to the second page of my document where I have the bar of soap, but no bubbles. I'll press the L key on my keyboard to get my Ellipse tool and click in the document and I'm going to create circles 30 pixels in width and height.

I'm going to press Shift+X on my keyboard to exchange the stroke and fill. So now the circle has no stroke but a fill of black. Up in the Control panel, I'll change the Tint from 100% to 50% and this is the key step for making translucent objects; that 50% black fill. The reason is, 50% black is a neutral color for the Hard Light blending mode. It just disappears when you apply Hard Light to it, but we can still have the shadows and highlights of effects that I applied to this circle stay visible. So let's do that next.

With the circle still selected, I'll go to my Effects controls and I'll choose Bevel & Emboss. I'll keep Inner Bevel Smooth and Up, I'll increase the Size to 25 pixels, make it look really round. I'll change the Angle to match the rest of the lighting in this document, which was 90 degrees where the highlights are on top and the shadows are on bottom, and I'll increase the Altitude to about 70 degrees, making for a nice shiny circle. I might want to decrease that highlight just a little bit, I'll take it down to say 50% Opacity, and I'll also take down the Shadows as well, maybe about 30%.

Now I target the Transparency and I'll change the blending mode from Normal to Hard Light. See how it makes the fill color disappear, but I can still see that highlight and the shadow at the bottom here. I'll click OK, deselect, and there's my bubble. Now if I want to make copies, I'll just hold down Option or Alt and drag around. I can also hold down Command+Shift or Ctrl+Shift and drag one of the corner points and make smaller bubbles. Just see what happened to that new bubble? The highlight isn't as sharp and focused as it is on the larger bubbles, that's because of the Preference setting.

So let's press Command+K or Ctrl+K to bring up Preferences and in General Preferences > When Scaling, we want to select Adjust Scaling Percentage. I'll delete that smaller circle, and let's make a new one. Again, Option+Drag or Alt+Drag, and this time with the Scaling Preference set to Adjust Scaling Percentage, I'll get the effects scaled along with the circle. So I get that nice sharp highlight. And I can continue to drag around and make extra bubbles as many as I want, and so forth.

In this week's video we saw a key use for the Hard Light blending mode, making translucent objects. We did it by filling an object with 50% black before applying the Hard Light blending mode. This makes the fill disappear, so then you can apply effects like Bevel & Emboss, and only see those Highlights and Shadows. And Voila! Instant bubbles. I'm Mike Rankin, and I'll be back in two weeks with another new InDesign effect. 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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