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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 the shapes of overlapping frames to get a desired stroke effect. For example, take a look at this photograph of Boston. Notice the white stroke and how it follows the shape of the text down here at the bottom? Well you can't do that if you put a stroke around the text or just a simple stroke around a rectangular frame. You need to use the path finder command to unite those two shapes to get the stroke to follow the tops of the letters like that. So, let's give it a try. I'll go to the next page of my document.
And the first thing I'll note here is that this text is actually already been converted to outlines. I wanted to use the pathfinder command and you can't use the pathfinder command on live text. So I have outlined text here and I have my rectangular frame. So I'll shift click to select them both. I'll open my pathfinder panel, and I'll choose the second one from the left over here, subtract. So, I'll subtract the front object from the back one. But before I do that, I actually want to make a copy of this text, because I'm going to paste it right back in place. So I'll copy, select both, subtract.
She how that letter shapes are now sort of burned right into that shape of the frame? And then I'll place and paste the text. So, I can choose edit, place and paste. Just like that. Let's try another. Go to the next page of the document, and here I have an advertisement for some really vintage cell phones and we can see the star burst shape has been subtracted out of the little frames, the rounded corner frames for the phones. So, let's see how to do that. On the next page, I have that actual star brushed shape. It's independent from the frames. I'll copy it.
Shift click on the left frame to select it and the star burst and use subtract. Now, I'll do it again on the right side. I'll paste in place that star burst again by pressing Cmd+Shift+Opt+V or ctrl+Shift+Alt+V. Hold shift and click on the right frame and click on subtract. And there you go. Customized frame shapes. So in this video, we saw how to use the pathfinder subtract command to remove or subtract the shapes of frames and outline text from what's beneath them. And when you do this, you can create all kinds of interesting shapes for your picture frames.
I'm Mike Rankin. I'll be back in two weeks. Thanks for watching.
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