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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 weeks effect we'll see how to create it look like a stained glass window. The key is to find an interesting vector object to start with and then use the bevel and emboss command. Let's see how it's done. So I go to the next page of my document and here I have a large vector object. It's key that you work with a vector object for this effect because we're going to be working with vector paths and filling them with different colors. So where can you get a vector object? Well, you can grab one from a font. You can take a glyph from a font and convert it to outlines.
Or you can grab objects from Photoshop or Illustrator by copying and pasting them into InDesign. And of course you can draw vector objects from scratch in InDesign. So right now I have this. It's a compound path. I'm going to copy it. And then I'm going to release the compound path by choosing Object, Paths, release compound path. And now I can see all the different subpaths are now individual objects. I'm going to press Shift+X on my keyboard to exchange the stroke and fill. So I can see them a little bit better there. Now, remember I have another copy of this object in my clipboard right now.
And I'll paste that in place. Right on top of the other one. Now let's apply some bevel and emboss. I'll slide it over, go to the effects panel, double click to open the dialogue box, and select bevel and emboss. I'll choose chisel hard, and I'll basically leave all the other settings as they are. Now I'm going to lock this object so I don't accidentally move it and so it's not in my way. I'll just press command or control L. And I can click and drag over the whole object to select the other ones. That compound path that I released. They still have a stroke on them.
So I'll remove that stroke. And now what I want to do is fill these with different colors so it looks like glass. I will go to my swatches panel. And with them all selected, I'm just going to pick the color that's most commonly used. So I don't have to click on each individual object if there happen to be there 50 of them that are colored the same way. In this case most of the stems and leaves are going to be green. So I'll target the fill. And click on the green color and do select. Now I just have to change a few things. So I'll change the flowers to red. I'll shift click on them.
And I want some of these pieces to look like sky so I'll change them to blue just by shift clicking on them. And maybe these ones in between the leaves. And this one here. There we go. Quick and easy. So in this video we saw how to make a stained glass object by starting with an interesting vector object. Remember you can get them from a font, or Photoshop, or Illustrator, or draw your own. And then we applied a chiseled bevel effect to one copy of the object and then released the compound path from another copy so we could color the fills and make it look like stain glass. I'm Mike Rankin, I'll be back in two weeks.
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