By Mike Rankin | Thursday, May 23, 2013
One of the challenges in designing any page layout is to make the various elements seem like they belong together. You can do this by making thoughtful choices with color, alignment, and type. You can also bring elements together by literally merging them. In this week’s InDesign FX video, I show how to create custom frames by merging simple rectangles with type outlines and other shapes in Adobe InDesign.
So for example, you can take a photo in a frame with a wide stroke and position it with overlapping text.
Then by subtracting the text from the rectangle, you can make the bottom stroke follow the curves of the letters, in effect making it look like the letters are pushing their way into the photo.
Another variation is to leave out the overlapping object to create an interesting negative space. Here, we can start with a plain old starburst overlapping a pair of rounded corner rectangles.
After we subtract the starburst from the rectangles, the message in the resulting space is made more powerful because we can see the impact it’s had on neighboring items, even if we can’t see the starburst itself any more.
I also have a member-exclusive video in the lynda.com library this week called Making trading cards. With this fun effect, you can bring together any series of images and give them a nostalgic, collectible aura.
See you here again in two weeks with more InDesign FX!
Interested in more?
• Start a free trial membership at lynda.com
• The entire InDesign FX biweekly series
• Courses by Mike Rankin on lynda.com
• All InDesign courses on lynda.com
Adobe and InDesign are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or countries.
Begin learning software, business, and creative skills—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.
Share this article:
Tags: Adobe InDesign, InDesign, InDesign FX, Mike Rankin
You can change your email preferences at any time. We will never sell your email. More info
Thanks for signing up.
We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.
Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:
Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.
We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go Review and accept our updated terms of service.