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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 get not one but two great looking shiny bevels on text. There are a lot of great things you can do with transparency effects applied to text, but one limitation you may come across is the fact that you can only apply effects like bevel and emboss to text as a whole. You can't apply it to just the fill or just the stroke of text, so then you either have to convert the text to outlines, which causes its own problems with strokes or you can duplicate the text and apply separate effects to both copies and that's what we're going to do here.
So I'll zoom out, I'll go to the next page of my document where I just have some live text. I'll slide it over to make room for the dialogue box. Open my effects panel. Double click at the text level and I'll apply bevel and emboss. I'll set the size to three pixels. I'll set the angle to 90 degrees and increase the altitude to 75 degrees to make for a really shiny, beveled highlight. In fact, I'm even going to increase that highlight more by increasing the opacity of the highlight. And I want a really prominent shadow here too, so I'm going to try to go all the way to 100%, but because the altitude is so high we're not going to get very much of a shadow anyway.
But I just wanted to see how much I could get there. Next we'll apply a drop shadow, set the distance to zero so it's right behind the object. And we'll take it down to about two pixels and click okay. Now I'm going to copy this text and paste it in place by pressing command shift option V or control shift Alt V on the PC. Now I want to put a stroke around this new copy of the text. So I'll go to my swatches panel, target the text, select the stroke, I'll make it 10% black and I'll make it 15 points. Now that is sitting on top of my original text, so I need to bring the original text to the front.
So I'll select it, and then I'll hold down command or control, click, so now I've selected the original text underneath his object, and then I'll choose object, arrange, bring to front. I'll zoom in. We can see our nice double beveled text. So, you can see a little bit of the highlight down there and the shadow in the bottom. So, in this video, we saw how to overcome the fact that you can't put separate effects on both the fill and stroke of live texts. We worked around the problem by making a copy of the text, adding a stroke and then bringing the original text to the front. This way, we've got double belves and double drop shadows making for a doubly delicious effect.
I'm Mike Ranklin. I'll be back in two weeks. Thanks for watching.
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