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071 Showing graphics as tiles

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Hi, I'm Mike Rankin, and welcome to InDesign FX. In this week's video we'll see how to make an image appear as though it's printed on a set of tiles. We can make a tiled image by creating multiple frames and then uniting them so they act as one, then we can apply effects like corner effects and transparency effects all at once. So let's see how it's done. I'll create a new page in my document by pressing Command+Shift+P or Ctrl+Shift+P on the PC, and I'm going to start with a simple square. I'll press the F key on my keyboard, click in the document, and I'll make it 60 pixels wide and tall.

071 Showing graphics as tiles

Hi, I'm Mike Rankin, and welcome to InDesign FX. In this week's video we'll see how to make an image appear as though it's printed on a set of tiles. We can make a tiled image by creating multiple frames and then uniting them so they act as one, then we can apply effects like corner effects and transparency effects all at once. So let's see how it's done. I'll create a new page in my document by pressing Command+Shift+P or Ctrl+Shift+P on the PC, and I'm going to start with a simple square. I'll press the F key on my keyboard, click in the document, and I'll make it 60 pixels wide and tall.

This is going to be my single tile. I'll move it up to the left corner, I'll choose Edit > Step and Repeat. I'm going to create a Grid, and it's going to be a grid with the 10 rows, but before I can do that, I need to change this vertical and horizontal offset so I don't send objects off into space. I will change the Vertical offset to 76 pixels and the same for the Horizontal. Now I can create 10 Rows and 13 Columns and click OK. I have to be sure I select my original square, and now I can make these into a compound path by choosing Object > Path > Make Compound Path, or by pressing Command+A or Ctrl+A.

Now let's place in the image into this path. I'll press Command+D or Ctrl+D, and in the Links folder inside the Exercise Files folder, I'm going to choose goldengate.jpg. With it still selected, I'll choose Fill frame proportionally, and now I can start applying some effects to make these look like real tiles. I'll select my effects in my Control Panel and choose Bevel & Emboss. I'll choose an Inner Bevel with Smooth and Up. I'll decrease the Size from 7 pixels down to 3 pixels, and I'll increase the Altitude to 70 degrees to give me a nice shiny effect on these tiles and really decrease the Shadows.

In fact, I'm actually going to increase the Opacity of the Highlight all the way to 100% to make them even shinier. We'll also apply a Drop Shadow. I'll decrease the Opacity because that's a little dark for my taste. So we'll take it down to 40%. Let's set the Distance to just 1 pixel and also the Size down to 1 pixel. So I want a really small shadow here, I'll click OK. And now another thing that I can do with a compound path is I can also apply corner effects. Right now if I zoom in on these tiles, I can see that they have really sharp corners, but if I wanted to round those off, I can just do it once and the rounded corners apply to all of these squares.

So in the Control Panel, I'll select Rounded corners, I'll zoom out so I can see them all, and you can see the effect is applied throughout. If I didn't want rounded, I can choose any of the other styles, and they can create some interesting effects as well. But for now, I'm going to stick with Rounded at about 3 pixels. Now one other thing I'd like to do here is to apply some kind of background color, some texture here to look like grout in between the tiles. So for that, I'll press the F key on my keyboard to get my Rectangle Frame Tool, drag over the entire page, and in the Control Panel I'll set it to Black, the Tint of 40%.

I'll send it to the back, and I'm going to create some texture with an Inner Glow Effect. So I'll choose Effects > Inner Glow, I'm going to reduce the Opacity from 75% down to 25. I'll keep it Softer in the Source of the Edge, but I'm going to make it huge, 400 pixels. So it goes all the way from the edge to the center. And then I'm going to add Noise of 50%, that's a lot of noise. It's going to create this nice grainy texture and click OK. In this video we saw how to create a tiled image effect by using Step and Repeat to create an evenly spaced set of frames and rows and columns, then we united those frames by making a compound path into which we could place a single image, and then we applied the finishing touches like corner options and transparency effects.

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
      12m 58s
    107. 106 Putting items on a shelf
      6m 11s
    108. 107 Creating a shredded-document effect
      4m 12s
    109. 108 Simulating a train-station display board
      9m 54s

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