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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 FX. In this week's effect, we'll see how to achieve a unique kind of bevelled highlight that you can't get with any single object in InDesign. But by combining two objects we can get this look here where I have sharp highlights at both the top and the bottom of text. Let's see how it's done. I'll go to the second page of my document where I have just a single copy of this text, and it's been beveled so I have the highlight at the top here. In fact, let's go over to the Effects panel and take a look at what's going on. So I have Bevel and Emboss turned on, Smooth and a direction of Up.
And the lighting angle is 90 degrees so the highlights are at the top, and the shadows would be at the bottom. Except I set the opacity of the shadows to zero to completely hide them. I don't want any shadows at all here, just highlights. So, in order to get a second highlight at the bottom, I'm going to copy this text, paste it in place. So I have two copies now. Go back to the Effects panel and double-click. And in this copy I'm going to reverse the Shading Angle. So I'll just press negative to get negative 90 degrees. And click OK. Now the problem with this is I have the highlight at the bottom, but I've masked the highlight at the top.
And the word Mask is key here because that's exactly what I want to to do. I want to mask out the part that I don't want to see at the top. So I'm going to cut this text, press the F key on my keyboard, click and drag out a new frame, and choose Edit > Paste Into. So, I've pasted that second copy with the reversed highlight into this frame. And I've masked out the top of it so I can see the original text at the top. But there's a little problem here, and that's right at the middle here where the frames meet. The highlight's getting clipped. So, I need to do a little work to tweak this frame.
I can nudge it down a little bit, or I can work on it with the Pen tool. And that's what I'm going to do here. So I'll press the p key on my keyboard. I'll click a few times to get some control points. I'll hover over one that I want to move, and I'll press Cmd+Shift+a or Ctrl+Shift+a to deselect and then a, to get my Direct Selection tools, so I can select just a single control point. Without moving my mouse I'll just click, and drag down. And now I've revealed that highlight that I want. I'll move this point down a little bit, just so I'm going through the center of the E.
Now I need to do some work on the S, so I'll press p again, add some control points. Hover over one and deselect. Press a and click, and reveal the highlights that we want, and move along. Onto the N, back to the Pen tool. Might want to nudge this down a bit to go through the center of the F there. And I'll nudge this a little bit to get that highlight on the X. Sometimes it can be a little difficult to click and get that frame selected, and I need to add another control point here. Drag that one down, and drag this one up to reveal what we want. Go all the way up to there, deselect and zoom out, and there's the effect.
So I have sharp highlights at the top and the bottom because I masked a copy of this text. So we used two beveled objects also with the Paste Into command, to achieve this sharp double highlight. I'm Mike Rankin. I'll be back in two weeks. Thanks for watching.
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