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How do I distort/skew text?

Apr 19, 2012 4:19 PM

Tags: #distort_text #distort_images #skew_text #skew_image

Hi,

 

I need to change the perspective of the text on my poster document to make it look like a page lying on a desk, the top of the page smaller (giving the impresion it's further away) to match the paper I've already distorted in photoshop.  If you could tell me how to do this with images as well that would be great, then I won't have to distort the image in photoshop before placing it in InDesign.

 

Many thanks experts!

 

Sophie

Screen shot 2012-04-20 at 00.15.07.png

 
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    Apr 19, 2012 11:44 PM   in reply to activeroo

    go to windows-->object & layout --->transform, you will find all the tools and option to play with for this task.  (break the chain lik icon in the transform panel for better control)

     

    However it works on comlplete frame , hence if you want to edit the frame width or hight at one side then use direct selection or selection tool.

     
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    Apr 20, 2012 1:10 AM   in reply to Manish-Sharma

    .. all the tools and option to play with for this task ..

     

    Except proper Perspective. That's not doable with InDesign.

     
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    Apr 20, 2012 1:37 AM   in reply to [Jongware]

    yes,,,,valid point....but I beleive another image created from Photoshop as said in the OP can be used as the reference when working on the pictures in Indesign.

     

    The reference picture couls help in setting up the prespective but yes it would not be automatic we have to do it manually and mainly depend on the options present and skills.\

     

    as In indesign we will tricking to show the object in 3D but actually its in 2D , not as in Illustrator where we have prespective tool to use.(it also work on 2D but show as it is 3d)

    more of the skill job and user requirement

     
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    Apr 22, 2012 5:25 AM   in reply to activeroo

    You can use the Direct Select tool (white arrow) to move inidividual corners of the text frame, to get the shape you want, but this won't distort the text inside the frame which would happen with true perspective. You'll have to go through line by line and manually tweak the font size, and maybe even add varying amounts of left and right skew to individual characters to really get the full effect.

     
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    Apr 22, 2012 6:15 AM   in reply to activeroo

    What we are providing here is the workaround not the resolution........You have to work a lot in Indesign to get the exact 3D effect , every detail you have to check and then change it yourself as said by Peter.

     

    Better would be to use application like Illustrator which have perspective tool to create 3d like effect and then copy and paste from there.

     
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    Apr 22, 2012 8:52 AM   in reply to activeroo

    Select each of the top two corners in turn and move them toward the center handle.

     
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    Apr 22, 2012 8:53 AM   in reply to Peter Spier

    That should have said select each of the top two coneres in turn with the direct select tool.

     
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    Apr 22, 2012 10:41 AM   in reply to activeroo

    There are two selection tool , black arrow and the white arrow .....select the white arrow tool and then click on the box.

     

    In your screen shot there are big 8 square.....4 on edges and 2 in center.

     

    however when you select with the direct selection tool(white arrow tool) then there will be only 4 small sqaure, that's the main difference.

     

    hence create the box with the black arrow and to resize the edge do it with the white arrow.

     
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