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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 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.
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.
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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