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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.
I'm Mike Rankin, and welcome to InDesign effects. In this week's video, we'll see how to create some interesting looks just by giving the text a stroke but no fill, and then applying some transparency effects, like Outer Glow, Inner Glow, and Inner Shadow. And we can get results like these. So let's see how they're done. I'll go to the next page of my document and select the text I've set up here. If I go to the Swatches panel, target the text, I can see that there's no fill and a paper stroke. And up in the Control panel I see it's set to three points.
Now let's apply some effects. I'll slide it over to make room for the dialogue box. Back in the swatches, I'll make sure I target formatting effects container. And then I can open the Effects panel and double click on the text. For this one I'll choose Outer Glow, I'll set it to screen, an opacity of 100 percent and a size of 20 pixels. I also want a spread of 20 percent to make it more visible. Here it is, kind of a nice glowing light effect. Let's try a different one. I'll select this text, void, double-click on it in the Effects panel.
For this one I'll choose Inner Shadow. I'll keep the defaults of multiply and 75% opacity. I'll increase the distance just a little bit to say, eight pixels, and take the size down to about three pixels. What I really wanted is this nice contrast here. Makes it look kind of like shiny and metallic. I'll click OK, and we'll try a third one. I'll select this text, look in the Swatches panel. And this text is stroked with black, with no fill, and the stroke is 10 points thick. I'll target the container, open the Effects panel, and I'll set the text to Screen.
Now this makes the text disappear, because remember the text was stroked with black. When you set black to screen it disappears. But we're going to make it reappear in a second. I'll double click to open the Effects dialogue box and this time I'll choose Inner Glow. I'll set the blending mode to normal, the opacity all the way to 100%. I'll make the source the center, and fill it with noise, 100% noise and click OK. In this video we saw how to create some interesting type designs by giving text a stroke but no fill, and then applying transparency effects like Inner Glow, Outer Glow and Inner Shadow.
These examples really just scratch the surface of all the interesting things you can do with no-fill text. So I hope you'll experiment, try different combinations of effects and see what you can come up with. I'm Mike Rankin. I'll be back in two weeks. Thanks for watching
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