Join Mike Rankin for an in-depth discussion in this video 071 Showing graphics as tiles, part of InDesign FX.
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Hi, I'm Mike Rankin, and welcome to InDesign FX. In this week's video we'll see how to make an image appear as though it's printed on a set of tiles. We can make a tiled image by creating multiple frames and then uniting them so they act as one, then we can apply effects like corner effects and transparency effects all at once. So let's see how it's done. I'll create a new page in my document by pressing Command+Shift+P or Ctrl+Shift+P on the PC, and I'm going to start with a simple square. I'll press the F key on my keyboard, click in the document, and I'll make it 60 pixels wide and tall.
This is going to be my single tile. I'll move it up to the left corner, I'll choose Edit > Step and Repeat. I'm going to create a Grid, and it's going to be a grid with the 10 rows, but before I can do that, I need to change this vertical and horizontal offset so I don't send objects off into space. I will change the Vertical offset to 76 pixels and the same for the Horizontal. Now I can create 10 Rows and 13 Columns and click OK. I have to be sure I select my original square, and now I can make these into a compound path by choosing Object > Path > Make Compound Path, or by pressing Command+A or Ctrl+A.
Now let's place in the image into this path. I'll press Command+D or Ctrl+D, and in the Links folder inside the Exercise Files folder, I'm going to choose goldengate.jpg. With it still selected, I'll choose Fill frame proportionally, and now I can start applying some effects to make these look like real tiles. I'll select my effects in my Control Panel and choose Bevel & Emboss. I'll choose an Inner Bevel with Smooth and Up. I'll decrease the Size from 7 pixels down to 3 pixels, and I'll increase the Altitude to 70 degrees to give me a nice shiny effect on these tiles and really decrease the Shadows.
In fact, I'm actually going to increase the Opacity of the Highlight all the way to 100% to make them even shinier. We'll also apply a Drop Shadow. I'll decrease the Opacity because that's a little dark for my taste. So we'll take it down to 40%. Let's set the Distance to just 1 pixel and also the Size down to 1 pixel. So I want a really small shadow here, I'll click OK. And now another thing that I can do with a compound path is I can also apply corner effects. Right now if I zoom in on these tiles, I can see that they have really sharp corners, but if I wanted to round those off, I can just do it once and the rounded corners apply to all of these squares.
So in the Control Panel, I'll select Rounded corners, I'll zoom out so I can see them all, and you can see the effect is applied throughout. If I didn't want rounded, I can choose any of the other styles, and they can create some interesting effects as well. But for now, I'm going to stick with Rounded at about 3 pixels. Now one other thing I'd like to do here is to apply some kind of background color, some texture here to look like grout in between the tiles. So for that, I'll press the F key on my keyboard to get my Rectangle Frame Tool, drag over the entire page, and in the Control Panel I'll set it to Black, the Tint of 40%.
I'll send it to the back, and I'm going to create some texture with an Inner Glow Effect. So I'll choose Effects > Inner Glow, I'm going to reduce the Opacity from 75% down to 25. I'll keep it Softer in the Source of the Edge, but I'm going to make it huge, 400 pixels. So it goes all the way from the edge to the center. And then I'm going to add Noise of 50%, that's a lot of noise. It's going to create this nice grainy texture and click OK. In this video we saw how to create a tiled image effect by using Step and Repeat to create an evenly spaced set of frames and rows and columns, then we united those frames by making a compound path into which we could place a single image, and then we applied the finishing touches like corner options and transparency effects.
I'm Mike Rankin, and I'll be back in two weeks. Thanks for watching!