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How would you select part of a letter/font and change the colour of it ??

Community Beginner ,
Dec 31, 2013 Dec 31, 2013

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for example i want to selct the the letter 'b' and just want to change the colour of the ascender' ( the top half of the b) how could i do this on INDESIGN

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 31, 2013 Dec 31, 2013

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Type > Create Outlines. Then use the Direct Selection tool, Pen tool, etc. to modify the paths so they can be colored.

Illustrator is better suited to this kind of task because it has more tools and commands to work with paths.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 31, 2013 Dec 31, 2013

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Yeah i know - But i can only use indesign for this project is there a way i can replicate the job on top ^^^^^ but only using indesgn.

I dont have illustrator yet.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 31, 2013 Dec 31, 2013

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Here are a few tips to get started:

(1) When you create outlines, hold down the Option/Alt key when you choose Type > Create Outlines. That will make a copy of the outlines which isn't anchored in the text frame. Move that copy away from the original frame.

(2) Select all the word with the Direct Selection tool and choose Object > Path > Release Compound Path. That will separate the letters from each other so you can work with them (it also fills in the counters (centers) of the letters).

(3) To create the effect on the "T," I selected the letter with the Direct Selection tool (selecting all the anchor points) and chose File > Copy, then chose Edit > Paste in Place to make a copy on top.

(4) I moved the top copy a little (Shift + Up Arrow) so I could select the bottom copy, then I locked the bottom copy (Object > Lock). I moved the top copy back (Shift + Down Arrow).

(5) With the Direct Selection tool, I selected the lower anchor points and deleted them. I filled the top anchor points with blue. Here is how far I got:

InDesign002.jpg

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 31, 2013 Dec 31, 2013

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I'd add

6) Don't let Steve do you homework for you Go and read the help file entries on all the things that Steve typed in Initial Caps, (Release Compound Path, Direct Select, et cetera) so that you know what is going on and are actually learning about the project in question.

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Dec 31, 2013 Dec 31, 2013

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Agreed, Joel. It's not an easy project, but it would provide a good way to learn to work with path tools.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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I'd be tempted to copy the text, and put the copy on top of the original and convert to outlines, then you can cut that up with the scissor tool and throw away the parts you don't want to color.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 31, 2013 Dec 31, 2013

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shoo: there is a much easier way...

1. leave the text dont convert.

2. Copy the text frame

3. use the pen tool and draw a closed path where you want the "cut" or diferent colour to show

4. Right click *on the selected path u just drew and paste into.

5. then change the colour of the text

forEG1.jpg

and to show the boxes

forEG2.jpg

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 31, 2013 Dec 31, 2013

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@Grant,

That works for that simple case, but it wouldn't work in the example the poster displayed. Different parts of the letterforms are being colored, each letter is done differently. That requires a more complex approach.

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Dec 31, 2013 Dec 31, 2013

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@Steve, why would that be a problem, create a compound path:

forEG3.jpg

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 01, 2014 Jan 01, 2014

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Whoa !!

thanks for the feedback all of U  ! Gonna put it to the test sometime this week !

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 01, 2014 Jan 01, 2014

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can u expalin this again.

Its not working on mine. I got Indesign cs6.

I havent used indesign before either, or not for something as complex as this

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May 07, 2021 May 07, 2021

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Years later, I found this solution and am having a lot of fun with it. Thank you!

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 02, 2014 Jan 02, 2014

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Thanks it worked reall well - although it was quite fiddly

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