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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 am Mike Rankin, and welcome InDesign FX. In this week's effect, we will see how to add ornamental features to a frame, taking a plain rectangular frame and adding some fancy details, like these and these. Let's see how it's done. I will go back to the first page of my document, I'll select my fancy frame, and delete it. I now have this plain photograph of the woman and her parasol. Now I am going to use the paste into feature to create the fancy frames, so I need a separate frame.
I can't apply those details right to this frame because it already has something in it, the photograph. So I am going to copy it, paste it in place, double-click to select the photo and delete it, so I have a second copy of this frame sitting right on top of the photo. So I am going to give it a Stroke, a large one, 60 points, I'll go to the Stroke Panel and just confirm that I have aligned it to the outside of the photo, and now I need an Ornament. I am going to steal a glyph from one of the fancy fonts that you can get.
This one is going to be called Adobe Wood Type Ornaments. So if I take my Type Tool, click and drag to Draw Frame, and now I'll go to the Type menu, choose Glyphs, and in the Glyphs Panel, here's the font that I want, Adobe Wood Type Ornaments and here's the Glyph. I'll double-click to Insert it, close the Glyphs Panel, and now that's a really tiny, so let's scale that up nice and large. I'll hold down Command+Shift or Ctrl+Shift and drag to scale this way up until it's about the size that I want.
Now I could, if I wanted to, just place it down at the bottom of the frame and that would look kind of interesting. But in this case, what I wanted to do is just show half of this glyph and put half up in this corner and half down in this corner, and that's why I am going to use the Paste into Command. So first of all, I'll just double-click to size that text frame down to the size of the glyph and just make it a little easier to move around. And then I'll position it up in the top left where I want it, I'll zoom in and nudge it using the arrow keys on my keyboard, right above, there it looks good, maybe one more nudge, I'll zoom back out, and I'll hold down Option or Alt and drag down to the bottom right corner, position it, zoom in to make sure it's where I want it to be.
We'll be nudge it down just a little bit again and zoom back out. Okay, now I need to hide these outer edges of the two glyphs, so I am going to select both of them by Shift-clicking, I'll group them, cut them, and paste it into my new frame by choosing Edit > Paste Into, and there you have it. So let's try another one. I'll delete this frame, and again, we'll copy the photo, paste it in place, double-click to select the photo and delete it, so we have a fresh new empty frame.
Again, we will give it a large 60-point Stroke, align to the outside, and again, we'll draw a text frame. Open the Glyphs Panel, now we'll choose a different Glyph this time, we'll choose this one. I'll double-click to insert it, and I'll Command+Shift-drag or Ctrl+Shift-drag to scale this up to the size that I want, maybe about there, and I'll position it at the bottom of the frame where I want it, nudge it with my arrow keys.
Now it's still a little too large, actually. So again, Command+Shift-drag or Ctrl+Shift-drag, make it smaller, and nudge it into place. Then I'll go up to the Control Panel, set the Reference Point to the left side, and hold down Option or Alt and click on Flip Horizontal, so I get this mirrored pair of ornaments here. Then I'll hold down the Shift key, select both, group them, then I'll hold down Option+Shift or Alt+Shift to constrain and drag to make another copy, just so they are touching there.
I'll zoom out and then I am going to use the Transform Sequence again command by pressing Command+Option+4 on the Mac or Ctrl+Alt+4 on the PC. Now we'll repeat that transformation all the way across. Now these Ornaments are still little too large. They don't exactly fit inside the shape here, so I want to scale them down again one more time. I'll Shift-click to select them all and I'll hold down Command+Shift+Option-drag or Ctrl+Shift+Alt-drag just in so I get that Width right.
That looks pretty good, just nudge them into place, maybe scale them up just a little bit more, can be a little tricky to do this. So I am having a little trouble getting it exactly sized the way I want to. There's still a small gap right here. So what I am going to do is group all of these, make sure the Reference Point in the Control Panel is set to the left side, and then just increase the scale just a little bit, making sure that I've constrained both horizontal and vertical. So I am just going to type in 100.5% and that's just enough to touch that right-hand side.
All right, now let's copy these and put them at the top of the frame. I'll select them, zoom out, I'll set the Reference Point at the top center, I'll hold Option or Alt and click on Flip Vertical, I'll Shift-drag up, and there I have a pretty fancy frame. In this video we saw how to use Glyphs from an ornamental typeface to create decorative elements for a picture frame via the Paste Into Command and the Transform Sequence Again Command. I am Mike Rankin, I will be back in two weeks, thanks for watching.
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