By Mike Rankin | Thursday, September 15, 2011
If I were faced with a scenario where I could choose only one of InDesign’s effects to use for the rest of my career, I’d definitely choose Bevel and Emboss. All the other effects certainly have their uses, but in my opinion, Bevel and Emboss is the most indispensable of InDesign FX because of its versatility. With it, you can not only create 3D effects, but also simulate textures. Many of the coolest techniques shown in the InDesign FX video series have one thing in common: the use of Bevel and Emboss.
It’s probably just a coincidence, but I think it’s perfect that Bevel and Emboss is located smack in the middle of InDesign’s Effects menus, because it is the central component of so many cool effects.
In this week’s free video, I go through each of the controls in the Bevel and Emboss dialog box. I show each of the effect’s four styles: Inner Bevel, Outer Bevel, Emboss, and Pillow Emboss.
Because these styles are just starting points, I also show how to customize them by adjusting settings like Technique, Direction, Soften, Depth, Angle, and Altitude.
A key concept I highlight in the video is the fact that you can set the Shadow and Highlight of the effect to use any blending mode and color. This flexibility is incredibly useful for simulating materials. For example, to simulate something like gold, you can change the Highlight settings from the defaults Screen and [Paper] to Multiply and [Black], so instead of creating a highlight, you create a second shadow.
On the other hand, you could do the opposite: set the Shadow to use Screen and [Paper] and create two highlights with the effect to make something super glossy.
For lynda.com members, I have another new video this week exclusively in the Online Training Library® on exploring Inner Glow Settings.
And I’ll see you here again in two weeks with another InDesign effect.
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By Mike Rankin | Thursday, September 01, 2011
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.
For a more detailed effect, you can apply a gradient feather to the white object, as in the case of this shiny sphere.
Or you can go for the ultimate example of reflectivity—a mirrored surface—by creating a copy of an object, also with lowered opacity.
After you get the hang of it, you can combine different shiny effects in one design:
For lynda.com 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.
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