In this week’s InDesign FX movie, I show how to make a composition that looks like rough paper cutouts that have been taped to a surface.
This technique is a fun approach to take when you want to convey a brainstorming or scrapbooking theme. In the video I used a photo of wood for a background, but the effect would work just as well (or maybe even better) with a background photo of corkboard.
One of the things that makes this effect a lot of fun to create is the spontaneity it allows. In contrast to the careful precision shown in the last InDesign FX video, Simulating Notebook Paper, you can work fast and sloppy with the rough, chopped-edge effect, since that’s exactly the kind of look you’re trying to simulate.
The basic technique involves starting with a silhouetted photo placed in InDesign.
Then you click with the Pen tool to create the rough, cutout shape.
Next, apply a light gray fill and a subtle drop shadow to give the appearance of paper.
Finally, create the illusion of tape and dog-eared folds to attach your cutout images to your background.
I also have another member-exclusive movie in the lynda.com library this week called Creating Speech Bubbles where I show you how to create cartoon speech bubbles to place over photos in InDesign layouts. They’re fun, easy to create, and infinitely adjustable thanks to the way they’re constructed.
See you here again in two weeks with another InDesign effect!
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