Join Mike Rankin for an in-depth discussion in this video 073 Using drop- and inner-shadows to create a cutout effect, part of InDesign FX.
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Hi, I am Mike Rankin, and welcome to InDesign FX. In this week's video we're going to use both kinds of shadows in the InDesign arsenal of effects, Drop Shadows and Inner Shadows, and we're going to use them to make lettering look like it was cut out of paper like you see here. So let's get started. I'll create a new page in my document by pressing Command+Shift+P, or Ctrl+Shift+P on the PC, and then press F to get my Rectangle Frame tool. I'll click and drag out over the entire page, and what I'm doing now is just creating a background tint that looks like paper.
So I'll give it a fill of black with a light tint of say 10%, and I'll press Command+L or Ctrl+L to lock that so it stays out of my way. Now I'll take my Type tool, click and drag a large text frame, and I'll type the words CUT IT OUT, select them all, center them by pressing Command+Shift+C or Ctrl+Shift+C, I'll press Command+6 or Ctrl+6 to highlight the text controls in the Control panel, and change the font. I'll make it really large, switch to my Selection tool, and then I'll hold down Option or Alt and drag to make a copy.
And I'll select the original and I'll press Command+Shift+O, or Ctrl+Shift+O on the PC, to convert this text to outlines. With the text still selected, I'll press Command+D or Ctrl+D to bring up the Place dialog box, and in the Links folder I'll select woodgrain.jpg. With it placed into the outlines I'll click on fill frame proportionally, and now I can apply that inner shadow to make it look like a cutout. I'll use the fx controls and choose Inner Shadow and click OK.
Now for the paper cutouts, I'll select my other text and again convert it to outlines by pressing Command+Shift+O or Ctrl+Shift+O. I need to change the fill to match the rest of the paper background, reduce the Tint to 10%, and I'll give it a Drop Shadow. I'll set the Distance to 0, so the shadow sits directly behind the letter shapes and reduce the size a little bit down to say 4 pixels and click OK. Now what I'd like to do is sort of scatter these letters around.
So in order to do that I need to release the compound path. Right now I've converted these text outlines and it all acts as one path, but in order to move the letters individually I need to release that compound path. So I'll go to Object > Path > Release Compound Path. Now there's one thing I need to do on this letter O. You can see that the inner oval is independent of the outer oval. I need to join those two back together. So I'll undo, I'll choose Object > Path > Reverse Path, Shift-click to select the outer oval, and then remake a compound path out of those two pieces.
See now this acts as a regular compound path. You can see what's beneath inside the smaller oval. So now we can take all these letter shapes and move them independently, I can rotate them, I can have them overlap one another and so forth, make a nice messy effect. One other thing I can do is I can take one of these letter shapes and paste it into another copy of this outline text and that'll make it look like the letter fell through the hole, so let's try that.
I'll select the outline text with the inner shadow, I'll copy and paste it in place by pressing Command+Shift+Option+V, I'll remove the fill, and I'll also remove all effects. I'll position the I where I want it. I'll even rotate a little bit, I'll cut it, select these outlines and choose Edit > Paste Into, and there you have it. The I is falling through the hole there. If I want to reposition the I, I can select these outlines and then use the Select content button in the Control panel, I can use my Arrow keys to nudge it around, I can change the rotation angle, and so forth.
In this video we saw how to use both Drop Shadow and Inner Shadow on two separate copies of some outline text to create the look that the text was cut out of paper, and by releasing the compound path of the text outlines we could scatter the individual letters around for a variation on the effect. I am Mike Rankin, and I'll be back in two weeks. Thanks for watching.