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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.
I'll double click the script to run it. And in the Script dialogue box, I'll choose just one row, 30 columns, and the Row Gutter doesn't matter, since there won't be a Gutter with just one row. And the Column Gutter will be small just one point. And this is going to be the gap in-between the shreds. And I'll be sure to select this last option, Delete Original Object. And click OK. And now, instead of one image in one frame, I have 30 narrow frames, each showing a small slice of the image.
And to make the effect a little more convincing, I'll zoom in a bit, and select each of the shreds, and just use my arrow keys on my keyboard to nudge them up and down, left and right and so on. Just to make it seem a little more organic. I'll move this one down, this one up, skip a few, move one way over and so on. All the way till I get to the end. And zoom back out to see the effects. Now if you want to add just a little bit of depth, you can add a very small drop shadow under all the frames. So I'll select them all and use the effects menu in the control panel and choose drop shadow. In the position settings, I'll choose a distance of zero. And in the options, I'll pick a size of just one pixel. And I'll also reduce the opacity down a little bit, from 75% down to 50.
And click OK. I'll press the W key on my keyboard and they get a preview of my effect. Now one more thing to note. If you're creating this effect with the 2014 release of InDesign CC and you want to scale the frames with the drop shadows up or down, you have a new preference that will determine if the shadow scales along with the frames. If I press cmd or ctrl k to open my InDesign preferences and in the general preferences under object editing, when scaling, apply to content, we have this option here, include effects.
I can either leave this selected or I can deselect it to leave effects untouched when I scale objects. In this case, I think I'd like to deselect it because my drop shadow is already so small, I don't want it to disappear altogether, if I scale these shredded paper effects down. So, I'll deselect that, click OK in the dialog box, and let's select everything and use the Control Panel to scale it down to say, 50%. And if I select one of the pieces and check the Drop Shadow settings, so go back to the effects menu, drop shadow. And I can see that the size is still one pixel even though I scaled down the rest of the object.
In this movie, we saw how to apply an effect to make an image look like it was put through a paper shredder by using a script that comes with InDesign called make grid. Our grid was composed of just one row and a whole bunch of narrow columns in separate frames each of which showed a little siiver of the image. And we saw how to preserve the size of small effects like this tiny drop shadow we applied by disabling effects scaling in our general preferences. I'm Mike Rankin. Thanks for watching InDesign FX
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