Add a double bevel to text: InDesign FX

Published by | Thursday, July 4th, 2013

If you can master only one of the Adobe InDesign transparency effects, it should be Bevel and Emboss. It is by far the most useful and versatile of the bunch. In fact, the only thing that might be better than a handsome bevel is, well, two handsome bevels. Creating a double bevel effect is the topic of this week’s free InDesign FX video.

InDesign FX: Figure 1

InDesign FX: Figure 2

This effect is achieved by stacking two copies of live text, each with an Inner Bevel and a Drop Shadow.

InDesign FX: Figure 3

What creates the double bevel (and the extra sense of stacking or depth) is the thick white stroke applied to the bottom copy of the text. The width of the stroke is so large that it serves to merge the letters together in what amounts to a snugly fitting custom frame.

InDesign FX: Figure 4

And since the text is live, you can change it at any time without having to re-create the effect. You can even use Find/Change to speed things up.

InDesign FX: Figure 5

I also have a member-exclusive movie in the library this week called Creating a 3D pocket with bevel and gradient. This effect also makes use of an Inner Bevel and Drop Shadow, and it shows how you can create depth without any transparency effects at all, just by applying a gradient fill in the right place.

InDesign FX: Figure 6

See you here again in two weeks with more InDesign FX!

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