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Draw attention to your text with compound paths (InDesign CS/CS2)

Added on Saturday 4th of April 2009 09:23 am EST

 

Ifyou're looking for a way to call attention to your text, you can do something simple such as add a drop cap or design a full-blown letter-based logo. If so, try an effect like the one shown in Figure A. It's easy to create an eye-catching effect using the Compound Paths command in InDesign.

To do so, type your text as usual and use one of the shape tools to create the background object. Choose Object > Arrange > Send To Back, or press c[shift][[] ([Ctrl][Shift][[] in Windows) to place the selected object behind the text. Now, select the text and choose Type > Create Outlines to convert the text to paths. Then, select both the text and object with the Selection tool and choose Object > Compound Paths > Make. Or, you can press c8 ([Ctrl]8 in ...