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InDesign FX
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InDesign FX

with Mike Rankin

Video: 105 Creating a blue ribbon

Hi, I'm Mike Rankin and welcome to InDesign FX. Let's move to the second page of this and I'll click in the document, and create a circle that's 100 pixels in diameter.
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  1. 8h 7m
    1. 000 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 10s
    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. 094 Making trading cards
      4m 43s
    95. 093 Creating custom frames
      2m 11s
    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 NEW
      12m 58s
    107. 106 Putting items on a shelf NEW
      6m 11s
    108. 107 Creating a shredded-document effect NEW
      4m 12s
    109. 108 Simulating a train-station display board NEW
      9m 54s

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InDesign FX
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.

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Mike Rankin

105 Creating a blue ribbon

Hi, I'm Mike Rankin and welcome to InDesign FX. In this movie, we'll see how to create a great looking blue ribbon that you can use whenever you want to say something is award winning or top notch and so on. And when we're done creating the effect, we'll see how a new preference in the 2014 release of InDesign CC, can give us different results when scaling effects. Let's move to the second page of this document, and we'll begin by creating a circle. So I'll tap the L key on my keyboard to get my ellipse tool, and I'll click in the document, and create a circle that's 100 pixels in diameter.

I'll click OK, and in the swatches panel, I'll fill the circle with 10% black, and make sure it has no stroke. Next, I'm going to add guides that intersect right at the center of the circle, and to do that precisely, I'll use a script that comes with InDesign. I'll show the scripts panel by choosing Window, Utilities, Scripts, and in the scripts panel, you'll see a folder called application. Open that and inside you'll find samples, JavaScript, and here's the one we're going to use, the one at the top, add guides.

So with my circle selected, I'll double click the script. And I'll deselect top, left, bottom and right. These are the only ones that I want, horizontal center and vertical center. And click OK. Now if I press the W key, to get out of preview mode, I can see the guides that were created. And if I go to the layers panel, I can see that a new guides layer has been created also, and that's where these new guides exist. So I'll lock that guides layer, click back on layer one so I can do some more drawing.

Now let's start creating the blue part of the blue ribbon. I'll put away the scripts panel. I'll take my rectangle tool, so I can just press my M key on my keyboard, and I'll click and enter in dimensions of 25 pixels by 35 pixels. I'll go back to the swatches panel. I'll remove the stroke, and fill it with this light blue color. I want to zoom in a bit. Take my selection tool and position this rectangle centered right over the top of my circle. I'll nudge it into place and nudge it down just a little bit. And if I zoom in, just so I can see, I don't want to have any gaps in my ribbon.

I just pushed it down just a little bit like that. Next, I'm going to use another script that comes with InDesign to curve the sides of the rectangle. So again, I'll open my scripts panel by choosing Window, Utility, Scripts. And in that same samples JavaScript folder, I'll scroll down until I see a script called Path Effects. With the rectangle selected, I'll double click the Path Effects script, and we're going to use the bloat effect in here. So I'll select that, and choose the options value of 10%, and click OK.

If I zoom in, you can see what the script did. So it added a curve on all the sides so it's no longer a rectangle with perfectly straight sides. Now let's apply a transparency effect to add some shine to this little piece of ribbon. So with the object selected, I'll go to the effects menu in the control panel and choose satin. I'll choose an angle of 0 degrees, opacity of 45%, and 12 pixels for both the distance and the size. And just note that in many cases you will get the best results with the satin effect when you use the same values for size and distance.

Now let's make some copies of this piece rotated all around the center circle. I'll zoom out a little bit, and with the blue piece selected, I'll take the rotate tool and click right at the intersection of my two guides to set the reference point. And then I'll double click the rotate tool to bring up the dialogue box. I'll enter in a value of 30 degrees for the angle, and click copy. Then I'm going to repeat this rotate and copy process again by pressing the keyboard shortcut command option 4, or control alt 4, which is the keyboard shortcut for transform sequence again.

And I'll press that shortcut several times until I have blue pieces arranged all around the circle. Now to create the look of more ribbon in between these pieces, I'll take my selection tool, select the piece at the top, and again, I'll take the rotate tool, click at the intersection of the guides, double click the rotate tool. And this time, I'll choose an angle of 15 degrees to place this new piece half way between the other pieces, and click Copy. Next, I want to change the curve on the edge of the new copy so it looks like the ribbon's curled away from us instead of towards us.

And for that, I'll use the path effect script again. So I'll double click to run it. And this time, I'll use the punk effect, the one right at the top, with a value of 95%, and click OK. And if I zoom in, we can see what that did. So now this curves inward towards the center of the object. Zoom back out. And now let's make a bunch of copies of this new piece arranged all around the circle, by again, taking the rotate tool, clicking at the intersection of those guides, double clicking the rotate tool, change the angle back to 30 degrees, then click Copy.

And again we'll repeat the sequence by pressing command option 4, or control alt 4, all the way around the circle. I'll take my selection tool,and I'll move this first one to the back, by choosing Object, Arrange, Send to Back. And the same for this piece. Next, let's apply some drop shadows to both the circle and the ribbon pieces. First, I'll select all the ribbon pieces. I'll drag over them and press shift to deselect the circle. I'll group them. Then I'll click on the circle and bring it to the front.

I'll select everything and use the effects menu in the control panel to select Drop Shadow. I'll reduce the distance to 4 pixels, and add a little bit of noise, maybe about 2%, then click OK. Next, let's add a bevel and emboss effect to make the circle stand out a little bit, like it's a button. I'll select the circle, again use the effects menu, and this time select Bevel and Emboss. I'll make the bevel 5 pixels in size. I'll keep the altitude at 30 degrees.

And click OK. And finally, lets add two pointed strips of ribbon hanging down from the center. I'll take my rectangle tool by pressing the M key on my keyboard, clicking the document and create a new rectangle that's 50 pixels by 200 pixels. And to create the two points at the bottom, I'll use another script that comes with InDesign. This one's located in the same folder as the other scripts we've used so far, and it's called add points. I'll scroll up till I see it. There it is, add points. And I'll double click to run it.

Now at first, it doesn't look like anything's happened. But if I switch to the direct selection tool, by pressing the A key on my keyboard, now I can see these new points that were added in the middle of each side of the rectangle. And with the direct selection tool, I'll click on the new point in the center of the bottom, and use my keyboard up arrow key, along with the shift key, twice, to move that point up. In the swatches panel, I'll apply No Stroke, target the fill, and apply this blue ribbon gradient. And then with the selection tool, I'll move this into place.

I'll just align it to the center of the circle. And I'll make sure the reference point in the control panel is set to the top center. And then I'll rotate this piece 15 degrees. To create the other piece of hanging ribbon, I'll copy and reflect this one horizontally by holding option or alt and clicking the Flip Horizontal button in the control panel. Now, I'd like to apply the same drop shadow to these pieces that I've used elsewhere. And I can quickly reuse the same settings by showing the effects panel. By choosing Window, Effects, selecting an object that has the drop shadow, like these blue pieces here, and I can click and drag this fx icon and drop it on top of my new pieces of ribbon, like so.

Now I'll select both of these pieces and move them to the back. And finally, now that we can see how much of these two pieces are visible underneath the rest of the ribbon, let's reapply the gradient fill by pressing G on the keyboard to get our gradient tool, and click and drag straight down to reapply the gradient. This way we get a nice progression from dark blue to lighter blue. I'll press the W key on my keyboard to see a preview, and there's our effect. If you wanted to, you could add some text on top of the circle to say something like 1st place, or number 1, or something like that.

Let's group all these pieces together, just so they don't accidentally become separated. And at the start of the movie, I mentioned that there's a new feature in the 2014 release of InDesign CC that will determine how effects are treated when we scale objects. So let's take a quick look at that. I'll zoom out, and close some of these panels that I don't need any more. And I'll move the ribbon over to the top left corner of my document and hold option or alt, and make two copies as I drag. I'll select the first copy, and use the control panel to scale this to 200%.

Now I'll open my InDesign preferences by pressing command or control K. And here in general preferences, under object editing, when scaling, you have this choice, Include Effects. This is selected by default and it means that effects are scaled the same as the rest of the object. So in this case, the drop shadows and bevels in satin were all doubled in size. I'll deselect this option, click OK to close the dialogue box. And now let's scale the other copy 200%.

Note the differences. So you can see in the first copy on the left, with scaled effects, everything is bigger. So the drop shadow is bigger. The shading in the satin is bigger. The bevel and emboss looks bolder. And there's really no right or wrong answer here. It's really up to you to decide if you want effects to scale along with the object. The important thing is just to remember where the preference is so you can use it to get the look that you want. In this movie we created a great looking blue ribbon using several techniques for working with InDesign effects, including three scripts that come with InDesign, the transform again command, and transparency effects like bevel and emboss, drop shadow and satin.

And we also saw how a new preference, in the 2014 release of InDesign CC, allows you to control whether or not effects are scaled when you scale and object up or down. I'm Mike Rankin. Thanks for watching InDesign FX.

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