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By Mike Rankin | Thursday, September 01, 2011

InDesign FX: Making shiny effects

Shiny graphics are everywhere nowadays. Pick up a magazine, walk down a store aisle, surf the Web, or turn on the TV, and it won’t be long till something shiny appears before your eyes. I think shiny graphics have become so incredibly popular for two main reasons. First, they make design elements seem bright, clean, polished, and new. These are often very desirable attributes to attach to your message. Second, shiny graphics are often very simple to create.

This week’s free video shows you just how quickly you can make a design shine. All you need to do to make something seem shiny is to add an area of reflectivity. By simply overlaying an object with a white frame set to low opacity, you can create a simple shine.

Before/After Shine

For a more detailed effect, you can apply a gradient feather to the white object, as in the case of this shiny sphere.

Shiny ball

Or you can go for the ultimate example of reflectivity—a mirrored surface—by creating a copy of an object, also with lowered opacity.

shiny surface

After you get the hang of it, you can combine different shiny effects in one design:

Billiard balls

For members, I have another new video this week exclusively in the Online Training Library® on creating a gooey slime effect (just the opposite of the clean and shiny).

And I’ll see you here again in two weeks with another free InDesign effect.

Interested in more?InDesign FX complete course • Courses on InDesign in the Online Training Library® • Courses by Mike Rankin in the Online Training Library®

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