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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 create an old fashioned spotlight effect like this one. It's a great example of the kind of thing you can do when you understand how to work with blend modes and transparency effects. So I go to the next page in my document, where I still have the sign about the big show tonight, but I don't have the spotlight shining up and down and all across the frame here. So I want to create that. First, I'll zoom out by pressing Cmd or Ctrl+minus. So I'm going to draw really big shapes here. I'll press the p key on my keyboard to get my pen tool, and I'm going to click up here first, and down below.
And I'm going to make a triangle shape that's sort of like the light being cast down from above. Just three clicks. I'll go to my Swatches panel, and I'll click the Exchange button to exchange the stroke and fill. So now it has a fill of black and no stroke. Then I'll go to my Effects panel. I'll select the fill. I'll change the blending mode from normal to screen, which makes that black fill disappear. And now I can double-click to open the dialog box and add a transparency effect. I'll add an Inner Glow. Set to the screen blending mode. I'll reduce the Opacity a little bit, say to 50%.
I'll change the technique to Precise. Keep the source at Edge, but I'll increase the size about 24 pixels. I'll also make it more visible by increasing the choke amount. Go to 40%. And I'll add a bunch of noise to give it some texture. Tap the up arrow key on my keyboard, and we'll start out with about 10% noise just to see. And click OK. Now let's zoom in, and see what we have. That's pretty good. That's kind of what I wanted. So I'll select it. Make sure the reference point is set to the center. And I'll hold down Option or Alt, and I'll flip it vertically, to make a spotlight that's coming up from below.
Now I'll Shift-click to select both of them. And I'll click on Flip Horizontal. And I'll drag these over. And there you go. Now I have spotlights shining from all directions. In this video we saw how to make an old-fashioned spotlight effect for our show poster by drawing just a few triangles, filling them with black, and then applying the screen blending mode plus an inner glow. And the texture was provided by a generous amount of noise applied to the glow. I'm Mike Rankin, I'll be back in two weeks. Thanks for watching.
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