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094 Making trading cards

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Hi, I am Mike Rankin and welcome to InDesign FX. I'll copy and paste in place, so press And there, now I have my nice eight point border around the top and the sides.

094 Making trading cards

Hi, I am Mike Rankin and welcome to InDesign FX. In this week's effect, we'll see how to make a trading card template that you can customize the design of and fill in with your own photos and text, like these ones that I created for the movies in the InDesign FX series. So, let's see how it's done. I'll go to the next page of my document, and I just prepared a little text in advance here that I am going to put on the card. The first step we want to do is to create the overall card shape and make it the right size. So I'll take my rectangle frame tool, click in the document, and the standard size for a trading card or baseball card is 3 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches.

So that's what we'll enter in here, 3.5 in and 2.5 inches. Okay, I'll go to my swatches panel and I'll fill it with this dark purple color. I'll have to click up here to exchange the stroke and fill, 'cause the stroke was foremost there. So now I have the purple fill and no stroke. Next I want to make a rectangle to hold the photo for the card. And I want to make it so that there's an 8 point border around the top and the sides. So I'll take my selection tool. I'll copy and paste in place, so press Command Shift Option V, or Control Shift Alt V, so I have a second copy of this purple frame stacked on the first one.

And I'll go to the control panel and set the size that I want for the inner rectangle. I'll set the reference point to the top center, and I'll change the width to 236 points by 138. And I need to nudge it down eight points, so in the Y coordinates I'll just type in plus eight. And there, now I have my nice eight point border around the top and the sides. I'll change the fill here to fifty percent black, and let's zoom in on it a bit and give it a stroke. Up in the control panel, I'll give it a three point stroke. We'll use the style thin, thin.

And over in the stroke panel, I'm going to set a gap color, because I want a color white in between the two parts of the thin, thin stroke. So I'll choose paper. That looks pretty good. I'll also make sure that the stroke is aligned to the inside. That'll preserve my eight point margin. Alright, now I'll position the type on my card. Put InDesign effects over here. Bring it to the front. That looks pretty good. I can always nudge it around later. And I'll go to the swatches panel and change the fill from black to paper. Can also position the title.

Right about there, again bring it to the front and do the same, changing the fill color. There we go. Now I'd like to add a little decorative element over the logo here. So I'm going to create some bubbles, because that's one of my favorite InDesign effects, creating translucent objects. I'll press the L key on my keyboard to get my ellipse tool. Click in the document, and I'll create an ellipse that's 70 pixels wide by 60 pixels tall. I'll fill it with 50% black, move it into position, and over in the effects panel, I'll change the blending mode from normal to hard light.

And that's why I chose that 50% black color, because 50% black disappears when you apply the hard light blending mode, but you can still see shades that are lighter or darker than 50%. So, that's how I'm going to create my bubble. Move this over a bit and double click to open the dialogue box. I'll select a Bevel and Emboss. I'll make it a lot larger. About 28 pixels would probably be good in this case. I want the light coming straight down from above, so I'll have a 90 degree angle. And I want a shiny bubble, so I'll use a 78 degree altitude.

And this shadows a little dark for me, so I'm going to reduce the opacity. That's a little too much. I think I'll bring it back a bit just so I can see the bubble. That's a little better. And now, I'll also apply an inner glow. I'll increase the size from 7 pixels to 20, and that looks pretty good for my bubble. I'll click OK. Now I can easily copy and make new bubbles, if I want to, just by holding option or alt and dragging. And then I'll hold command or control plus shift to scale it down proportionally. Make a second bubble. Do a nice little small one like that. Now I should note, to get this effect to scale properly, you have to have your preferences set a certain way.

If I open InDesign Preferences, General, under Object Editing, I have to choose adjust scaling percentage. That makes effects scale properly. So in this case, the highlight on the bubble scaled properly. So from here, you can fill in a photo and change the title, or you could even use a printing template and lay out a whole sheet of these cards and print them. Or you could send your design to a professional printer and have it printed on cardstock. You can have a lot of fun with trading cards. So here we saw how to make a custom trading card template that you can fill in with your own photos and text. I'm Mike Rankin.

I'll be back in two weeks. Thanks for watching!

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InDesign FX

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  1. 8h 7m
    1. 000 Welcome to InDesign FX
      2m 42s
    2. 001 Blurring Objects with Drop Shadows
      6m 26s
    3. 002 Creating Interlocking Objects
      3m 46s
    4. 003 Exploring the Effects Panel
      8m 43s
    5. 004 Creating Long Text Shadows with Type on a Path
      4m 23s
    6. 005 Making Shiny Effects
      4m 46s
    7. 006 Producing Slime
      6m 22s
    8. 007 Exploring Bevel and Emboss Settings
      5m 34s
    9. 008 Exploring Inner Glow Settings
      2m 9s
    10. 009 Building Better Bevels
      3m 16s
    11. 010 Punching Holes
      4m 26s
    12. 011 Exploring Basic Feather Settings
      2m 52s
    13. 012 Exploring Directional Feather Settings
      5m 15s
    14. 013 Getting Effects into Print
      8m 10s
    15. 014 Getting Effects into Ebooks
      4m 32s
    16. 015 Simulating a Polaroid Effect
      3m 15s
    17. 016 Creating Metallic Strokes
      3m 18s
    18. 017 Exploring Inner Shadow Settings
      3m 50s
    19. 018 Exploring Drop Shadow Settings
      6m 15s
    20. 019 Simulating Multiple Strokes, Part 1
      3m 59s
    21. 020 Simulating Multiple Strokes, Part 2
      3m 29s
    22. 021 Creating Metallic Chrome Effects
      3m 56s
    23. 022 Creating Glass and Plastic Effects
      4m 49s
    24. 023 Exploring Satin Settings
      6m 57s
    25. 024 Exploring Gradient Feather Settings
      3m 51s
    26. 025 Simulating Carving and Chiseling
      6m 42s
    27. 026 Understanding Transparency Blend Space
      8m 2s
    28. 027 Drawing Extrusions, Part 1
      5m 25s
    29. 028 Drawing Concentric Shapes
      3m 17s
    30. 029 Creative Blend Mode tricks, Part 1
      5m 29s
    31. 030 Creative Blend Mode tricks, Part 2
      4m 6s
    32. 031 Drawing Star Bursts
      6m 7s
    33. 032 Scaling effects
      3m 0s
    34. 033 Learning Pathfinder Tips and Tricks
      9m 10s
    35. 034 Learning Transform Again Tips and Tricks
      6m 39s
    36. 035 Creating Cast Shadows, Part 1
      5m 27s
    37. 036 Exploring Outer Glow Settings
      6m 45s
    38. 037 Understanding Perspective Drawing
      4m 38s
    39. 038 Drawing 3D Banners
      3m 23s
    40. 039 Shearing to Create 3D Effects, Part 1
      6m 41s
    41. 040 Shearing to Create 3D Effects, Part 2
      6m 20s
    42. 041 Simulating a Ripped Background
      1m 53s
    43. 042 Creating a Breakthrough Effect
      2m 10s
    44. 043 Creating Spotlight Effects
      2m 22s
    45. 044 Backlighting an Object
      6m 8s
    46. 045 Simulating Stickers and Tape
      4m 23s
    47. 046 Creating Burnt Edges
      6m 26s
    48. 047 Creating Seamless Patterns
      8m 39s
    49. 048 Using Scripts to Create New Shapes
      6m 40s
    50. 049 Simulating Liquid
      2m 48s
    51. 050 Creating Editable Knockout Text
      5m 52s
    52. 051 Making Peeling Stickers
      5m 42s
    53. 052 Tips for Text Stroke Effects
      6m 44s
    54. 053 Creating 3D arrows
      3m 37s
    55. 054 Creating personal buttons
      4m 22s
    56. 055 Simulating leather with bevel and emboss
      4m 17s
    57. 056 Creating the effect of a magnifying glass
      4m 20s
    58. 057 Simulating a college notebook
      6m 11s
    59. 058 Using multiple effects to create plastic type
      3m 58s
    60. 059 Achieving a rough-hewn look
      2m 28s
    61. 060 Creating speech bubbles
      2m 41s
    62. 061 Creating buttons for interaction
      4m 37s
    63. 062 Creating wraparound headings
      5m 46s
    64. 063 Creating picture frames
      3m 24s
    65. 064 Customizing stroke styles
      5m 19s
    66. 065 Creating photo corners
      3m 44s
    67. 066 Making new shadow effects
      3m 19s
    68. 067 Making 3D type
      3m 15s
    69. 068 Making a 3D object
      5m 13s
    70. 069 Making translucent objects
      3m 10s
    71. 070 Mocking up a film strip
      4m 53s
    72. 071 Showing graphics as tiles
      3m 41s
    73. 072 Simulating chalk
      3m 7s
    74. 073 Using drop- and inner-shadows to create a cutout effect
      4m 30s
    75. 074 Applying multiple strokes with layers
      7m 1s
    76. 075 Enhancing design with skewed text
      3m 59s
    77. 076 Creating and revealing hidden objects
      3m 33s
    78. 077 Setting text vertically
      2m 51s
    79. 078 Achieving a developing Polaroid effect
      3m 38s
    80. 079 Creating ornamental frames
      5m 54s
    81. 080 Framing photos in letters
      4m 19s
    82. 081 Creating effects with paragraph rules
      3m 30s
    83. 082 Putting curved shadows on paper
      2m 40s
    84. 083 Building a puzzle
      2m 16s
    85. 084 Applying a gradient to text
      2m 2s
    86. 085 Creating a theater marquee
      4m 38s
    87. 086 Centering type on a curve
      2m 33s
    88. 087 Creating looks without fill
      2m 31s
    89. 088 Creating spiral patters from random lines
      3m 11s
    90. 089 Creating highlights at top and bottom
      3m 24s
    91. 090 Combining stroke styles
      2m 11s
    92. 091 Making a bottle cap
      1m 47s
    93. 092 Creating a 3D bevel effect behind a cover
      3m 30s
    94. 094 Making trading cards
      4m 43s
    95. 093 Creating custom frames
      2m 11s
    96. 095 Revolving an item around an object
      2m 44s
    97. 096 Creating old-fashioned spotlights
      2m 12s
    98. 097 Creating a rust effect
      1m 44s
    99. 098 Creating sparkle
      1m 54s
    100. 099 Double beveling text
      2m 24s
    101. 100 Creating a 3D pocket with bevel and gradient
      3m 2s
    102. 101 Creating metallic text
      3m 7s
    103. 102 Creating stained glass
      2m 53s
    104. 103 Bobbling a photograph
      4m 47s
    105. 104 Creating a lighted sign
      3m 9s
    106. 105 Creating a blue ribbon NEW
      12m 58s
    107. 106 Putting items on a shelf NEW
      6m 11s
    108. 107 Creating a shredded-document effect NEW
      4m 12s
    109. 108 Simulating a train-station display board NEW
      9m 54s

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