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070 Mocking up a film strip

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Video: 070 Mocking up a film strip

Hi! I'm Mike Rankin, and welcome to InDesign FX. In this week's effect, we'll see how to create a strip of film like this and place images into it. Remember film? That stuff people use to stick in cameras to take photographs and movies before digital took over? Well, this week's InDesign FX video is all about simulating old-fashioned film as a fun way to display a series of images. So let's see how it's done. In my document I'll press Command+Shift+P or Ctrl+Shift+P on the PC to create a new page and I'll press the F key on my keyboard to get my Rectangle Frame tool. I'll click in the document and I'll create a rectangle that's 270 pixels wide by 160 pixels tall.

070 Mocking up a film strip

Hi! I'm Mike Rankin, and welcome to InDesign FX. In this week's effect, we'll see how to create a strip of film like this and place images into it. Remember film? That stuff people use to stick in cameras to take photographs and movies before digital took over? Well, this week's InDesign FX video is all about simulating old-fashioned film as a fun way to display a series of images. So let's see how it's done. In my document I'll press Command+Shift+P or Ctrl+Shift+P on the PC to create a new page and I'll press the F key on my keyboard to get my Rectangle Frame tool. I'll click in the document and I'll create a rectangle that's 270 pixels wide by 160 pixels tall.

And this is going to be the basis for one single frame of film. In the Control panel I'll target the Fill and set it to this brown color. I'll switch to my Selection tool and confirm that in the Control panel I have the Reference Point set to the bottom-center. I'll copy this object and paste it in place by pressing Command+Shift+Option+V or Ctrl+Shift+Alt+V, and now I'm going to decrease the width and height. I'll decrease the width to 230 pixels, and the height to 150. I'll change the Fill color from brown to gray, change that Tint from 100% to 50% black, and now I want to make the holes on either side of the film.

So I'm going to zoom in a bit, again press F to get my Rectangle Frame tool, click, and I will make these 15 pixels wide by 11 pixels tall. I'll Fill them with paper just so I can see them. And now I'm going to zoom in a bit and nudge this into place. I'm going to hold down Command+ Shift or Ctrl+Shift on the PC and use my arrow keys to move this 1/10th of the normal keyboard increment and get it just where I want it. That looks pretty good. Zoom back out a bit, so I can see the whole frame, and now I'm going to make some copies.

So I'll hold down Option or Alt, I will start dragging and hold down the Shift key to constrain and now when this matches the top of the gray rectangle, I'm going to tap the Up Arrow key on my keyboard. Let's make some extra copies till I end up with six total, let go off the mouse key and there I have all the holes I want on the left side. I'm going to hold down Option or Alt again, plus Shift to constrain, and drag this over to the right side. Again, I can nudge them into place. So make sure I got them where I want them, and that looks pretty good. Zoom back out.

Now I want to join all these smaller rectangles with the large brown one and make it a compound path, but before I can do that I need to reverse the direction of all these copied objects, otherwise they won't punch a hole in the brown object. So with them selected, I can go over to the Object menu and choose Paths > Reverse Path. Now I can hold down Shift, drag over the other small rectangles and the brown rectangle, and press Command+8 or Ctrl+8 on my keyboard to make this a compound path. So now all of these objects will act as one.

Now I'll take my Line tool, I'll click and drag and hold down Shift, and I'm going to set the Stroke of this to 15 points and make it black, and make sure it aligns right to the side of my filmstrip. It's a little too tall, that looks better. Again, I'll hold Option+Shift or Alt+Shift, drag over to the right side and the piece of film is starting to take shape. All right, let's place a photo in this filmstrip. So I'll select it and press Command+D or Ctrl+D, and in the Exercise Files folder, inside the Links folder there's apples.psd.

We'll place this and zoom out, so there's one piece of our filmstrip. Now we want to make some extra copies of this. So I'll select it all, move it up a bit, and again, I'll press Option+Shift or Alt+Shift to make a copy, and we'll do this a few times. Now because I've placed a Photoshop file that has different layers in it, I can use InDesign's Object Layer Options to expose different pictures of this apple. So I'll select this one, I'll right-click and choose Object Layer Options, and here I can see the layers in the Photoshop file.

Right now the only one that's showing is Layer 1, that shows this apple in its original state. But if I show Layer 2 and turn off Layer 1, and click OK, here I can see a bite has been taken out of the apple. Let's do that again. Right-click, Object Layer Options, turn off Layer 1, and this time we'll turn on Layer 3, OK, and we'll do the same thing for the last two frames. This time we'll show Layer 4, and lastly Layer 5.

And be sure to turn off Layer 1. And there you go, the disappearing apple. So in this video we saw how to construct an effect that looks like old-school film from just a series of well-placed rectangles, plus a couple of lines, and by using a layered Photoshop file, plus InDesign's Object Layer Options, we were able to use just one placed image for the effect. 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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