009 Building Better Bevels


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009 Building Better Bevels

With all due respect to drop Shadow, Bevel and Emboss may be the most versatile and useful of InDesign's effects. But it does have an Achilles heel. When the path crosses itself, the effect goes awry and shadows and highlights get distorted. Fortunately, we can overcome this limitation quickly and easily by copying path segments and pasting them into new frames that serve as masks. So here I have just one single path that loops over itself and you can see that the Bevel and Emboss effect gets distorted here where I have the intersections of the path. InDesign gets kind of confused.

It doesn't know which direction the shadow and highlight should go in, and if you think about it, this going to make sense. This is one single path. It doesn't have any stacking order. It's just a single object and it's perfectly flat. So how would InDesign know which segment should go on top of another? It's impossible. But we can create our own stacking order by copying some of the path s...

009 Building Better Bevels
Video duration: 3m 16s 8h 7m Intermediate Updated Jul 08, 2014

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009 Building Better Bevels provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Mike Rankin as part of the InDesign FX

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