I would like to know the best way to add a grunge texture in InDesign. Here is an example I did using Pathfinder/Extract:
There is however at least two problems to this technique:
I tried using the Paste Into method, but this technique ALSO seems to have at least two problems:
Am I missing something? Is there ways to do this with Effects?
This is a task you should perform in Illustrator (there you need not to make outlines from text) or in Photoshop. Then you can place that AI or PSD or PDF file into InDesign.
InDesign is not so good in creating textured text.
Try this, while in Indesign import background as a grey scale jpeg.
Using both the (white/black arrows) ‘selection tool’ and ‘direct selection tool’ and clicking on the background graphic and selecting a colour for either foreground or background colour, you will have to alternate between both of the selections tools to get the desired colour you need.
This adds a texture while keeping the text live. Unfortunately it involves tricks with masking that make it difficult to put the text just anywhere, so designs really have to be thought ahead of time before using this method.