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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 combine some of InDesign's built in stroke styles to create new stroke effects. Including an example where we can use one stroke to punch a hole in another with a knock out group command. So here's what we're going to try to do. In the first example here, we're going to combine a double-striped stroke with a straight hash stroke. Here we'll combine a triple stroke with a dotted stroke to give us these nice rounded caps. We're combining both of the slanted hash strokes here. And this is our knockout group example, where the smaller stroke knocks a hole in the larger one.
So let's see if we can make these. I'll go to the next page in my document, and here I have a single object, I'm going to copy it, paste it in place so it's in the exact same location, and now I'll apply a different stroke. I'll reduce the width down to 20 points, I'll change the style from thick thick, to straight hash, and I'll change the color from orange to black. I'll select my second object, Copy it, Paste it in place and I'll change from triple to dotted. And in this case I want to send this behind the original stroke, so I'll press Command or Control to select the object underneath.
I can see that I have it here because I can see the triple stroke selected up in the control panel. And then I'll just use Object > Arrange > Bring to Front. I'll select the third example, Copy it, Paste it in place, and switch from left slant hash to right slant hash. And I'll also change the tint to 30% Gray. Now for our knock out group example, Copy, Paste in place. I'll reduce the width to 15 points. I'll change the style to left slant hash.
In the effects panel I'll reduce the opacity all the way down to zero, and I also have to make a visit to the stroke panel because I have a gap color here, and I need to turn that off. I'll drag over the two objects and then group them, and then back to the effects panel, and click on knockout group. So there you have it. In this video, we saw how we could combine two objects with the same shape, and apply different strokes to them, to come up with all new stroke effects. I'm Mike Rankin, I'll be back in two weeks. Thanks for watching.
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