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073 Using drop- and inner-shadows to create a cutout effect

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Video: 073 Using drop- and inner-shadows to create a cutout effect

Hi, I am Mike Rankin, and welcome to InDesign FX. In this week's video we're going to use both kinds of shadows in the InDesign arsenal of effects, Drop Shadows and Inner Shadows, and we're going to use them to make lettering look like it was cut out of paper like you see here. So let's get started. I'll create a new page in my document by pressing Command+Shift+P, or Ctrl+Shift+P on the PC, and then press F to get my Rectangle Frame tool. I'll click and drag out over the entire page, and what I'm doing now is just creating a background tint that looks like paper.

073 Using drop- and inner-shadows to create a cutout effect

Hi, I am Mike Rankin, and welcome to InDesign FX. In this week's video we're going to use both kinds of shadows in the InDesign arsenal of effects, Drop Shadows and Inner Shadows, and we're going to use them to make lettering look like it was cut out of paper like you see here. So let's get started. I'll create a new page in my document by pressing Command+Shift+P, or Ctrl+Shift+P on the PC, and then press F to get my Rectangle Frame tool. I'll click and drag out over the entire page, and what I'm doing now is just creating a background tint that looks like paper.

So I'll give it a fill of black with a light tint of say 10%, and I'll press Command+L or Ctrl+L to lock that so it stays out of my way. Now I'll take my Type tool, click and drag a large text frame, and I'll type the words CUT IT OUT, select them all, center them by pressing Command+Shift+C or Ctrl+Shift+C, I'll press Command+6 or Ctrl+6 to highlight the text controls in the Control panel, and change the font. I'll make it really large, switch to my Selection tool, and then I'll hold down Option or Alt and drag to make a copy.

And I'll select the original and I'll press Command+Shift+O, or Ctrl+Shift+O on the PC, to convert this text to outlines. With the text still selected, I'll press Command+D or Ctrl+D to bring up the Place dialog box, and in the Links folder I'll select woodgrain.jpg. With it placed into the outlines I'll click on fill frame proportionally, and now I can apply that inner shadow to make it look like a cutout. I'll use the fx controls and choose Inner Shadow and click OK.

Now for the paper cutouts, I'll select my other text and again convert it to outlines by pressing Command+Shift+O or Ctrl+Shift+O. I need to change the fill to match the rest of the paper background, reduce the Tint to 10%, and I'll give it a Drop Shadow. I'll set the Distance to 0, so the shadow sits directly behind the letter shapes and reduce the size a little bit down to say 4 pixels and click OK. Now what I'd like to do is sort of scatter these letters around.

So in order to do that I need to release the compound path. Right now I've converted these text outlines and it all acts as one path, but in order to move the letters individually I need to release that compound path. So I'll go to Object > Path > Release Compound Path. Now there's one thing I need to do on this letter O. You can see that the inner oval is independent of the outer oval. I need to join those two back together. So I'll undo, I'll choose Object > Path > Reverse Path, Shift-click to select the outer oval, and then remake a compound path out of those two pieces.

See now this acts as a regular compound path. You can see what's beneath inside the smaller oval. So now we can take all these letter shapes and move them independently, I can rotate them, I can have them overlap one another and so forth, make a nice messy effect. One other thing I can do is I can take one of these letter shapes and paste it into another copy of this outline text and that'll make it look like the letter fell through the hole, so let's try that.

I'll select the outline text with the inner shadow, I'll copy and paste it in place by pressing Command+Shift+Option+V, I'll remove the fill, and I'll also remove all effects. I'll position the I where I want it. I'll even rotate a little bit, I'll cut it, select these outlines and choose Edit > Paste Into, and there you have it. The I is falling through the hole there. If I want to reposition the I, I can select these outlines and then use the Select content button in the Control panel, I can use my Arrow keys to nudge it around, I can change the rotation angle, and so forth.

In this video we saw how to use both Drop Shadow and Inner Shadow on two separate copies of some outline text to create the look that the text was cut out of paper, and by releasing the compound path of the text outlines we could scatter the individual letters around for a variation on the effect. I am 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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