Use Bevel and Emboss Effects on Object in Adobe InDesign CS6
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You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to apply a "Bevel and Emboss" effect in Adobe InDesign CS6 in Windows 7.
To begin, you should open Adobe InDesign either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon.
Clicking it will bring up a list of your recently used programs.
You might see "Adobe InDesign CS6" on the list.
If you do, click Adobe InDesign CS6. The application has a pink-and-purple icon with the letters "ID" on it.
Otherwise, click the search bar at the bottom of the screen and manually type "Adobe InDesign".
Then click "Adobe InDesign CS6" to open it.
You will be taken to your workspace.
Click "File" on the bar to the top-left of the window.
Let's click OK.
You need an object now.
If you already have your objects ready, click the "Selection Tool" black arrow icon to select the objects you wish to edit.
The icon is on the left in the toolbar. You can select more than one object by holding "Shift" on the keyboard.
Add a "Fill" color by clicking the drop-down menu at the top.
Click and drag the cursor to create a rectangle.
As there is only one object on the screen, it will be automatically selected. There is a blue frame around the edge of the object, which shows that it is ready for editing.
First, double-click "Gradient Feather Tool".
The icon looks like a rectangle with a horizontal gradient. A dialogue box will be revealed.
Now, uncheck "Gradient Feather" unless you wish to add it.
Then, click "Bevel and Emboss".
Make sure you click the actual words "Bevel and Emboss"; otherwise, you will get the checked box but not the settings.
Make sure that the "Preview" box is checked.
This will show you how your settings affect the object.
Next, click the "Style" drop-down menu under "Structure".
Then, you can click a style. There are styles such as "Outer Bevel", " Inner Bevel", "Emboss", and "Pillow Emboss". "Outer Bevel" and "Inner Bevel" will make the object look like it is increasing outwards or receding inwards. These can be good to use for a presentation to make it more interactive and engaging. You can use them on buttons.
Once you have changed "Style", you can click the "Technique" drop-down menu.
You can click "Smooth", "Chisel Hard", or "Chisel Soft".
The harder ones are more realistic like a plastic surface.
You can click the "Direction" drop-down menu.
Then, click either "Up" or "Down".
These can make the effect look as if it is receding outwards or inwards.
After that, you can change the "Size" value.
You can do that by clicking the arrows or typing the size you prefer. Centimeters ("cm") and inches ("in") will be converted automatically to picas.
To change the "Soften" value, use the same technique.
This soften the edges.
To change "Depth", click the arrow to the right.
"Depth" is automatically at 100%.
Then, you can click the scroller, click and drag the scroller, or type the percentage you want.
Now, you can change the "Angle" value under "Shading".
You can change "Angle" by clicking inside the circle or typing the degree on the right-hand side.
The "Altitude" value can be changed by clicking the arrows or typing the number.
Click the "Highlight" drop-down menu.
This option will depend a lot upon the colors that you're using as well as the textures and patterns.
Click each option to see how it affects your object.
To select the next or previous option, you can use the up and down arrows on the keyboard if the "Highlight" option is highlighted in blue.
Then, click the small white box to the right of "Highlight" to reveal color options.
The "Effect Color" window will pop up.
You can click the swatch colors from the selection.
The choice depends upon how interesting you would like your "Bevel and Emboss" effect to be.
You can click the "Color" drop-down menu.
Then, click "CMYK", "Lab", "RGB", or "Swatches" colors.
The selection is on "Swatches" by default.
Click "OK" to apply the color.
Click the "Shadow" drop-down menu.
It can be changed in the same way: click the color box to the right of "Shadow" to modify it in the same manner. This will choose the shadow color separately from the shadow highlight color. It is recommended to go through these options.
You can change the "Opacity" values.
By default, they are set at 75%. If you want to change them for "Highlight" or "Shadow", type a percentage. Alternatively, click the arrow to reveal the scroller that you can click or click and drag.
Let's switch from "Inner Bevel" to "Emboss" by clicking the "Style" drop-down menu again.
This is more of an "outwards" effect that can make text look appealing as if it is chiseled into some kind of stone.
Click "OK" to apply all of the changes to your object.
This concludes our tutorial showing you how to use a "Bevel and Emboss" effect in Adobe InDesign CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or comments regarding this video or the program used, then just add them to the comment section below. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!
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