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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 video, we'll see how to create a type effect that looks like a lighted sign. We'll use a combination of transparency effects, bevel and emboss, satin and depending if we want the lights lit or not, outer glow or drop shadow. So, here's how the sign would look when the lights aren't lit. We have these little white lightbulbs here, a little drop shadow under them. And on the next page of the document, shows what they look like when they're lit, with this white outer glow. So let's make these.
I'll go to the third page of the document. I'll zoom in a little bit. And I'll take my pen tool. And what I'm going to do is just sort of trace the centers of these letter shapes with just straight lines. So I'll click. I don't have to be too precise because I'm going to fix these later on anyway. So once I have this shape, I'm going to deselect by pressing cmd+shift+A or ctrl+shift+A. I'll draw another little straight line, deselect. Then for the X, and draw one here and underneath. All right. That's good for now. I'll drag over and select them all. And I'll Shift+click to deselect those type outlines, because I only want to have the lines that I just drew.
So up in the control panel, I'll change the width of the stroke to 14 points, the style from Solid to Japanese Dots. And i'll change the color, from a 100% black, to 20% black. In the effect panel, i'll change the blending mode from normal, to hard light. And that's the basic effect. But what I need to do now, is zoom in, take my direct selection tool, and adjust the end points of these lines, to get the lights just where I want them. About there looks good. That looks okay. I'll move this one down here, and this one needs to move over a bit.
All right. That looks good. I'll zoom back out. I'll select all the lines. And I'll go back to the effects panel and we'll start applying some of the effects we want. Double click to open the dialogue box. And we'll start with bevel, and emboss. We'll choose a size of 25 pixels. Then we'll apply that outer glow, to light the sign. We'll increase the size to 10 pixels, and add some spread, about 20%. I'll also apply satin, i'll change the blending mode from multiply to screen. I'll screen with paper, I'll adjust the angle to negative 65 degrees and click OK.
I'll deselect so I can see what I have here, and there I have my showbiz lights all lit up. Now let's turn the lights off, I'll select them all again, go back to the dialogue box. I'll turn outer glow and I'll turn on drop shadow this time. And my drop shadow settings are reduce the opacity. Change the distance to three pixels and the size to three pixels and click OK. Deselect and now the lights are off. So in this video you saw how to make a lighted sign using your Japanese dotted stroke style along with several transparency effects like bevel and emboss, satin, drop shadow and outer glow.
I'm Mike Rankin. I'll be back in two weeks. Thanks for watching.
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