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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 Effects. In this week's effect, we'll see how to create type that's perfectly centered on a curve. It's easy to place type on a path in InDesign, but sometimes it can be hard to get that type aligned exactly where you want it. But if you start with an ellipse and then remove one of the anchor points, the type has no choice but to be perfectly centered on the curve. Let's take a look. So, this is the effect that I'm going to create. I'll go to the next page of my document. And I'll start by creating that ellipse. I'll click on my Ellipse tool. Click in the document.
And these are the values that I'll use in this case. 710 pixels wide by 350 pixels tall. And click OK. There's my ellipse. I'll take my Type on a Path tool, and I can literally click anywhere I want to on the path. I'll add some text. Select it. I'll make it really large. I'll change the font to Mesquite. I'll center it by pressing Cmd+Shift+C, or Ctrl+Shift+C on the PC. And I'll take my Direct Selection tool. Right now this does not look like it's centered on the path as I'd mentioned. It's definitely not going over the top of the path, but all I have to do is delete the control point at the bottom, then the text will be forced to go over the top of the path.
So, I'll just click on this bottom anchor point with my Direct Selection tool and press the Delete key on my keyboard. And voila. The text is perfectly centered on the top of the curve. Now let's add some effects to it. I'll press Cmd+Shift+O or Ctrl+Shift+O on the PC to convert the type to outlines. I'll slide it over so I can see my Effects dialogue box, and open it up. I'll start with an Outer Glow. I'll leave it set to Screen. But change the color to Cyan, and up the opacity all the way to 100%. And increase the size to 10 pixels.
Click OK. Now I want an extra copy of this type, so I'll copy it, paste it in place, by pressing Cmd+Shift+Opt+V. I'm going to remove the glow, and on this copy I'm going to give a two point stroke, colored Cyan. I'll send this copy to the back. And then, to complete the effect, I'll take my Rectangle Frame tool, cover the page with the rectangle, and fill it with black. And lastly, send it to the back. In this video we saw how to get type perfectly centered on the curve by starting with an ellipse, center aligning the text, and deleting the bottom control point.
I'm Mike Rankin, I'll be back in two weeks, thanks for watching.
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