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108 Simulating a train-station display board


InDesign FX

with Mike Rankin

Video: 108 Simulating a train-station display board

Hi I'm Mike Rankin and welcome to InDesign Effects. like a mechanical display board that you might see in a train station. The kind that shows arrival and departure schedules with split flaps that turn and flip to display different letters and numbers. And while this effect doesn't move so it won't do any flipping, it's still instantly recognizable and evocative of long-distance travel the excitement of a journey. So it's a really fun effect.
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  1. 8h 7m
    1. Welcome to InDesign FX
      2m 42s
    2. 001 Blurring Objects with Drop Shadows
      6m 26s
    3. 002 Creating Interlocking Objects
      3m 46s
    4. 003 Exploring the Effects Panel
      8m 43s
    5. 004 Creating Long Text Shadows with Type on a Path
      4m 23s
    6. 005 Making Shiny Effects
      4m 46s
    7. 006 Producing Slime
      6m 22s
    8. 007 Exploring Bevel and Emboss Settings
      5m 34s
    9. 008 Exploring Inner Glow Settings
      2m 9s
    10. 009 Building Better Bevels
      3m 16s
    11. 010 Punching Holes
      4m 26s
    12. 011 Exploring Basic Feather Settings
      2m 52s
    13. 012 Exploring Directional Feather Settings
      5m 15s
    14. 013 Getting Effects into Print
      8m 10s
    15. 014 Getting Effects into Ebooks
      4m 32s
    16. 015 Simulating a Polaroid Effect
      3m 15s
    17. 016 Creating Metallic Strokes
      3m 18s
    18. 017 Exploring Inner Shadow Settings
      3m 50s
    19. 018 Exploring Drop Shadow Settings
      6m 15s
    20. 019 Simulating Multiple Strokes, Part 1
      3m 59s
    21. 020 Simulating Multiple Strokes, Part 2
      3m 29s
    22. 021 Creating Metallic Chrome Effects
      3m 56s
    23. 022 Creating Glass and Plastic Effects
      4m 49s
    24. 023 Exploring Satin Settings
      6m 57s
    25. 024 Exploring Gradient Feather Settings
      3m 51s
    26. 025 Simulating Carving and Chiseling
      6m 42s
    27. 026 Understanding Transparency Blend Space
      8m 2s
    28. 027 Drawing Extrusions, Part 1
      5m 25s
    29. 028 Drawing Concentric Shapes
      3m 17s
    30. 029 Creative Blend Mode tricks, Part 1
      5m 29s
    31. 030 Creative Blend Mode tricks, Part 2
      4m 6s
    32. 031 Drawing Star Bursts
      6m 7s
    33. 032 Scaling effects
      3m 0s
    34. 033 Learning Pathfinder Tips and Tricks
      9m 11s
    35. 034 Learning Transform Again Tips and Tricks
      6m 39s
    36. 035 Creating Cast Shadows, Part 1
      5m 27s
    37. 036 Exploring Outer Glow Settings
      6m 45s
    38. 037 Understanding Perspective Drawing
      4m 38s
    39. 038 Drawing 3D Banners
      3m 23s
    40. 039 Shearing to Create 3D Effects, Part 1
      6m 41s
    41. 040 Shearing to Create 3D Effects, Part 2
      6m 20s
    42. 041 Simulating a Ripped Background
      1m 53s
    43. 042 Creating a Breakthrough Effect
      2m 10s
    44. 043 Creating Spotlight Effects
      2m 22s
    45. 044 Backlighting an Object
      6m 8s
    46. 045 Simulating Stickers and Tape
      4m 23s
    47. 046 Creating Burnt Edges
      6m 26s
    48. 047 Creating Seamless Patterns
      8m 39s
    49. 048 Using Scripts to Create New Shapes
      6m 40s
    50. 049 Simulating Liquid
      2m 48s
    51. 050 Creating Editable Knockout Text
      5m 52s
    52. 051 Making Peeling Stickers
      5m 42s
    53. 052 Tips for Text Stroke Effects
      6m 44s
    54. 053 Creating 3D arrows
      3m 37s
    55. 054 Creating personal buttons
      4m 22s
    56. 055 Simulating leather with bevel and emboss
      4m 17s
    57. 056 Creating the effect of a magnifying glass
      4m 20s
    58. 057 Simulating a college notebook
      6m 11s
    59. 058 Using multiple effects to create plastic type
      3m 58s
    60. 059 Achieving a rough-hewn look
      2m 28s
    61. 060 Creating speech bubbles
      2m 41s
    62. 061 Creating buttons for interaction
      4m 37s
    63. 062 Creating wraparound headings
      5m 46s
    64. 063 Creating picture frames
      3m 24s
    65. 064 Customizing stroke styles
      5m 19s
    66. 065 Creating photo corners
      3m 44s
    67. 066 Making new shadow effects
      3m 19s
    68. 067 Making 3D type
      3m 15s
    69. 068 Making a 3D object
      5m 13s
    70. 069 Making translucent objects
      3m 10s
    71. 070 Mocking up a film strip
      4m 53s
    72. 071 Showing graphics as tiles
      3m 41s
    73. 072 Simulating chalk
      3m 7s
    74. 073 Using drop- and inner-shadows to create a cutout effect
      4m 30s
    75. 074 Applying multiple strokes with layers
      7m 1s
    76. 075 Enhancing design with skewed text
      3m 59s
    77. 076 Creating and revealing hidden objects
      3m 33s
    78. 077 Setting text vertically
      2m 51s
    79. 078 Achieving a developing Polaroid effect
      3m 38s
    80. 079 Creating ornamental frames
      5m 54s
    81. 080 Framing photos in letters
      4m 19s
    82. 081 Creating effects with paragraph rules
      3m 30s
    83. 082 Putting curved shadows on paper
      2m 40s
    84. 083 Building a puzzle
      2m 16s
    85. 084 Applying a gradient to text
      2m 2s
    86. 085 Creating a theater marquee
      4m 38s
    87. 086 Centering type on a curve
      2m 33s
    88. 087 Creating looks without fill
      2m 31s
    89. 088 Creating spiral patters from random lines
      3m 11s
    90. 089 Creating highlights at top and bottom
      3m 24s
    91. 090 Combining stroke styles
      2m 11s
    92. 091 Making a bottle cap
      1m 47s
    93. 092 Creating a 3D bevel effect behind a cover
      3m 30s
    94. 093 Creating custom frames
      2m 11s
    95. 094 Making trading cards
      4m 43s
    96. 095 Revolving an item around an object
      2m 44s
    97. 096 Creating old-fashioned spotlights
      2m 12s
    98. 097 Creating a rust effect
      1m 44s
    99. 098 Creating sparkle
      1m 54s
    100. 099 Double beveling text
      2m 24s
    101. 100 Creating a 3D pocket with bevel and gradient
      3m 2s
    102. 101 Creating metallic text
      3m 7s
    103. 102 Creating stained glass
      2m 53s
    104. 103 Bobbling a photograph
      4m 47s
    105. 104 Creating a lighted sign
      3m 9s
    106. 105 Creating a blue ribbon
      12m 58s
    107. 106 Putting items on a shelf
      6m 11s
    108. 107 Creating a shredded-document effect
      4m 12s
    109. 108 Simulating a train-station display board
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8h 7m Intermediate Aug 04, 2011 Updated Jul 08, 2014

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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.

Mike Rankin

108 Simulating a train-station display board

Hi I'm Mike Rankin and welcome to InDesign Effects. In this movie we'll see how to create an effect that looks like a mechanical display board that you might see in a train station. The kind that shows arrival and departure schedules with split flaps that turn and flip to display different letters and numbers. And while this effect doesn't move so it won't do any flipping, it's still instantly recognizable and evocative of long-distance travel the excitement of a journey. So it's a really fun effect. To begin, I'll switch to the next page of my document.

And let's create a dark background for the letters. So I'll tap the M key on the keyboard, to get my rectangle tool. Click, and let's create a new frame that's 900 pixels wide by 200 pixels tall. And in the swatches panel we'll give it a black fill and no stroke. Next, let's create the first flap, so again click with the rectangle tool. And this one will be 80 pixels wide by 70 pixels tall. And in the swatches panel we'll fill it with 80% black. And no stroke. And let's apply a slight rounded corner effect in the control panel.

So I'll choose rounded and say 6 pixels. Now, this'll be the bottom flap. To create the top flap I'll duplicate this one by holding option or alt plus shift and dragging straight up. I'll zoom in. And make sure that they are just touching. And then I want to put a little gap in between the two, of three pixels. So I'll just tap my up arrow key on my keyboard three times. I'll zoom out, shift click to select them both, group them, and then shift click to select the background. Then I'll open the align panel and choose align vertical centers.

Now to make the little rings that hold the flaps into place. First I'll zoom in, tap M again to get my rectangle tool, click, and let's make a really small rectangle this time. Just three pixels wide by 11 pixels tall. Press Shift+X to exchange the stroke and fill. So, we have a black fill and no stroke. And apply a rounded corner effect again, in the control panel. And this time, just one pixel is all you need. With the selection tool, I'll make sure this is going to be centered in between the two flaps and that looks pretty good. And then I'll make the second ring by holding Option or Alt+Shift. And dragging over to the right. Then I'll Shift+click to select both the rings and the flaps and group them.

I'll zoom out. And then to make the other flaps, I'll hold Opt or Alt+Shift, and drag to the right. And when I do that, I'll also tap the up arrow key on my keyboard eight times, to make extra copies using InDesign's gridify feature. So Option or Alt+Shift, drag to the right, and tap the up arrow key. Again I'll group all the pieces and then Shift + click to select the background. Go to the align panel, and this time choose align horizontal centers, to make sure that the flaps are fully centered on the background.

Now to add some text. I'll tap the T key on my keyboard to get my type tool and drag across all the flaps. Now I'll type something in all caps like the word departures. Select the text and apply the font Source Sans Pro Regular. To make the letters fit better, I'm going to compress them horizontally, scaling them to 75% of their original width. If you're a true lover of type, you may dislike the idea of scaling type like this. And in that case you just might want to try a different font with very narrow glyphs.

Next, I'll make the text large. Say, 150 points. And let's change the fill color of the text to 10% black. Take my selection tool, select the text frame. Zoom in a bit. And I just want to nudge it down a little bit. Just to center these letters vertically inside the flaps. I'll also nudge it over to the right a little bit. So that D appears between these two rings. That looks pretty good. I'll zoom back out, select all the text. And space these letters out by applying some tracking with a keyboard shortcut. I'll hold Option or Alt and click the right arrow key on my keyboard a few times.

'Til I get to about 180. Now let's check and make sure each letter is centered in its flap. And if not, we can put our cursor before that letter and press option or alt left arrow to move the letter to the left or option alt right arrow to move it to the right. So I'll zoom in a little bit. And check letter by letter. So that E could maybe move over to the right a little bit, so I'll press option or alt right arrow. And then I'll just use the regular right arrow key to move over to the P. Hold option or alt. Tap the right arrow key, and continue on like this through the other letters, so move that A over.

Scroll over and check the rest of the letters. Move the R a little bit. T. The U needs to come back to the left a little bit. So I'll hold Option or Alt and tap the left arrow key. And do the same for the R, pull that back to the left, move the E to the right a little bit and same for the S. Zoom out and take a look. And that looks pretty good. Remember because this is all live text you can go back at any time and tweak it if you want to. And finally to add some shading to the top flaps, and the line dividing the top and bottom flaps, tick the rectangle tool, again.

Press the letter M on your keyboard. Drag over the top flaps and zoom in. And you want to make sure that this rectangle is sitting directly on top of that bottom flap. So I'll click and drag and make sure that it snaps right into place there. I'll go to the stroke panel, make sure that the stroke is aligned to the inside, and give it a weight of about three points. And zoom in. Snap it right to the top, there. And if I need to, I can press command or control + shift and the down arrow key to nudge this in a very small increment.

Just like that. I'll zoom out. And I can apply a fill of twenty percent black, in the Swatches panel. So target the fill, black, 20%. And use the blend mode menu in the effects panel to set the fill to multiply. So I'll chose window, effects, and switch from normal to multiply. And that just darkens up those top flaps a little bit and adds a little shading. You can also experiment with different colors for the letters.

So if I select the text frame, go to the Swatches panel, target the text, and I could try something like yellow with a tint of 70%. Or red, or even green. Here we saw how to create the look of a display board that you'd find in a train station. We did it just by creating flaps for the letters, with rounded rectangles and the gridify feature, plus some compressed text. Manually turned to be centered on each flap. I'm Mike Rankin, thanks for watching InDesign Effects.

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