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InDesign FX is a collection of self-contained effects projects designed to be completed in ten minutes or less. Taught by expert Mike Rankin, the series explores every aspect of InDesign's graphic effects capabilities through real-world examples, all without relying on Photoshop or Illustrator. The intent is to reveal the quick, practical, and sometimes surprising application of InDesign effects to creative projects.
Hi, I'm Mike Rankin, and welcome to InDesign FX. In this week's video, we'll create a fun effect that looks like we're revealing hidden objects in a design. So here we have the text YES YES YES, and these objects revealed NO NO NO inside all the letter shapes. And in fact, I can actually move these objects around and see that these letter shapes are all filled with those nos. So how did I do this? Well, let's create a new page and start from scratch. I'll take the Type Tool, drag out a really large text frame, and type YES YES YES, I'll select the type, center it, and get really large, and I'll change the Font.
Next, I'll convert the text to outlines by choosing Type > Create Outlines, and I'll make a second copy by holding Option or Alt and dragging down. Now I'll create a new text frame that fits over all this text, and I'll fill it with little tiny nos. Select that, copy it, paste it over and over again, and just do it really quickly. There we go.
Now I'll cut this whole frame, select my top set of outlines, and choose Edit > Paste Into. I'll change the Fill to None, and I'll give it a 1-point Black Stroke. Now I'll align both sets of outlines using my Align Panel. I'll press the L key on my keyboard to get my Ellipse Tool, hold down Shift and drag out to create a circle I'll give it a Black stroke of 10 pixels, and I'll give it a Fill of Cyan.
I'll switch to my Selection Tool, hold down Option+Shift or Alt+Shift and drag over to create a second circle, I'll select them both go to my Pathfinder Panel and click on Add. So it's sort of like I'm creating this binocular shape here. Now I'll go to the Effects Panel, target the Fill, reduce the Opacity, and now I just have to change the stacking order of the objects. The one with the black fill needs to go to the back, so I'll choose Object > Arrange > Send to Back.
And then the circles have to go beneath the top object, and there I can see the frame that was filled with the little nos, but the big Black YES is still in the back. And I can move this around wherever I want it. Now if you want a variation on this effect, I'll hold down Option, drag over, I'll copy it and paste it in place or press Command+Shift+Option+V or Ctrl+Shift+Alt+V, and now because this copy is sitting on top of everything else I can actually change the stroke color to something other than black, like so.
In this video we saw how to create the illusion of revealing hidden text by making the text the same color as a background object--in this case Black--and then placing a third object in the middle. It's a simple trick, but it works like a charm. I'm Mike Rankin, and I'll be back in 2 weeks. Thanks for watching.
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