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Outlining allows you to pull apart your text. Deforming it and stylizing it.
Pasting images inside text
This technique will let you put an image inside text. To make this happen you’ll need to outline your text like in the previous tutorial.
Effects in InDesign
Effects can be applied to text and images.
In this example we have text that is getting lost in the background image. Let’s add the drop shadow effect.
InDesign CC tutorial 17: How to turn a font into a shape.
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In this session we’re going to look at outlining text, putting an image inside that text and then using an effect to enhance it. Lets start by turning the headline, which is text, as we can see here, into an outlined graphic.
So we go type, create outline, now this is no longer type. Now while it still looks the same if I go my direct selection tools we now have an outlined group which is in fact graphic, which means that if we have a photograph we could place it inside. I just happen to have a graphic which I’ll now paste, control or ( Apple V ) So now its just a question of placing this graphic where I want it and if its not quite in the right place I can still move it around. I’m going to cut it, control or ( Apple X ) I am now going to select the outline type and use the paste into command, and look at that, we now have skylight with sky.
We can access the photograph to move it around with the direct selection tool selected. We can click anywhere inside this graphic and notice that the bounding box which is dark brown now indicates that I now have selected the inside graphic rather than the outside type. Or I could simply move it around like this. And looking at this page now I think that adding an effect to the graphic of the sky would strengthen the headline a little.
Our effect panel is under window, effects, or control or Apple shift F10. Down here add an object effect to the selected target, lets have a look. I can select the object and go to effects and drop shadow. Now am I going to use a drop shadow, no I don’t think so. Too many people use drop shadows so I’m going to go Inner shadow, and as long as I’ve got the preview button, I can do various things. Now I think I’ll stick within a shadow.
While we’re here lets look at the additional editing we can achieve with each effect. With inner shadow selected we can look at the different modes which is used exactly the same as in Photoshop. We can change the opacity, as long as we’ve got preview on we can see what happening. Some things don’t really do much. Distance, angel, how far its off set, using global light and the size of the actual effect. When your happy, click okay.
Notice I can drop this into the pallet stack on the right. A quick tip if I want to move a floating pallet. And that it for this tutorial on Outlining Type, adding a graphic to the out lining type and then adding an effect to that graphic.