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081 Creating effects with paragraph rules

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Video: 081 Creating effects with paragraph rules

Hi, I am Mike Rankin, and welcome to InDesign FX. This week we'll see how to create some interesting effects with paragraph rules. As you see from these examples, there's no shortage of things you can do with paragraph rules. You can control the colors, the stroke styles, the size, and position of rules both above and below a paragraph. So let's see how each of these were done. I'll go to the next page of my document, and we'll start at the top with Rounded Rules. I'll double-click to select the paragraph, and I am going to press Command+Option+J or Ctrl+Alt+J on the PC, and because I just copied the paragraphs from the first page of this document, it's going to remember the rule that I used.

081 Creating effects with paragraph rules

Hi, I am Mike Rankin, and welcome to InDesign FX. This week we'll see how to create some interesting effects with paragraph rules. As you see from these examples, there's no shortage of things you can do with paragraph rules. You can control the colors, the stroke styles, the size, and position of rules both above and below a paragraph. So let's see how each of these were done. I'll go to the next page of my document, and we'll start at the top with Rounded Rules. I'll double-click to select the paragraph, and I am going to press Command+Option+J or Ctrl+Alt+J on the PC, and because I just copied the paragraphs from the first page of this document, it's going to remember the rule that I used.

I just temporarily turned it off here. So I am going to turn it back on, and we can walk through the dialog box and see the settings that create the rule. The first thing I need to do is turn on Preview, so I can actually see the Rounded Rule, and the way this was created is with a very thick rule. I used a red color, and the interesting part is a Rounded Rule is made of two parts, a Dotted Rule, and a Gap Color. If I turn off the Gap Color, if I make it None, you can see that this really is just a bunch of dots, but by applying a Gap Color in between, I can fill in these empty spaces and make a solid Rounded Rule.

Of course, if I wanted to, I could pick a different color, and then you'd see the dots again. But I'll just leave this as a Rounded Rule and click OK. Now let's try a different one, again, Command+Option+J or Ctrl+Alt+J to bring up the Paragraph Rules dialog box. I'll turn this rule back on and this is a double-dotted rule, so I have a rule both above and below the paragraph. We'll try another one, Gradient Rules, Rule Above, let's turn it on, and again this is a really thick rule, so all the type fits inside of it, so 30 points.

Let's round it just like the first one by choosing Japanese Dots style and a matching Gap Color, but in this case instead of using a Solid Color, I'll use the Gradient Swatch. And the interesting thing about this is as you type or add more text, the gradient will stretch to be applied to the entire paragraph. But you can see what happens when it goes to a second line. If I go too far, I don't see the rule applied down here, so it's only going to be applied to one line of type. Let's try the next one.

Turn this rule on, and I made something that looks a little bit like Green Grass here. This time I chose a Straight Hash and again a Gap Color, but the contrast is provided by Tint change, so I have 100% for the regular hash mark and only 60% tint for the gap, so slightly different green color. And the last one, this is a really interesting one. With this rule, I have a different color that appears behind each letter. Now the key to this was choosing a mono- space font, so if I look up in the Control Panel, I can see I have chosen Courier Regular.

This will only work with a mono-space font where each glyph is the same width, and for this rule I chose a Dashed rule with different colors, so I have Cyan and Magenta for both the Dash and the Gap. And as I type more text, you can see that it continues on alternating. In this video, we saw how to make a variety of paragraph rules, we saw how to make rounded rules with dotted stroke styles and matching gap colors, we saw how to place rules above and below a paragraph, how to make a gradient filled rule that fits a paragraph text, and even how to make a crazy rule that alternates colors with each character that you type.

Really, you can do a huge number of different things with Paragraph Rules, so have fun experimenting. I'm Mike Rankin, 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 NEW
      12m 58s
    107. 106 Putting items on a shelf NEW
      6m 11s
    108. 107 Creating a shredded-document effect NEW
      4m 12s
    109. 108 Simulating a train-station display board NEW
      9m 54s

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