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079 Creating ornamental frames

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Video: 079 Creating ornamental frames

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.

079 Creating ornamental frames

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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  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. 093 Creating custom frames
      2m 11s
    95. 094 Making trading cards
      4m 43s
    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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